Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 10, 1999
Whole Sun Month At Solar Minimum: Results Of A Worldwide Study
Scientists around the world investigated the solar corona and related phenomena during the last solar minimum in 1996.

Cure For Abnormal Heart Rhythm Available To More People
Upgrading the 'search-and-destroy' treatment that removes the abnormal heart tissue responsible for irregular heart rhythms may permit more individuals to benefit from the procedure, according to a new study in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Less Bleeding On The Battlefield
With ONR support, Marine Polymer Technologies, a Danvers, Mass., company, has identified a compound with the ability to induce blood clot formation.

Tougher Than Silicon
A rugged, powerful new breed of semiconducting devices may be possible with a new alloy of silicon-carbide and germanium developed by scientists at the University of Delaware.

Wistar scientist awarded American Cancer Society grant for research on tumor killing cells
Daniela Santoli, Ph.D., a professor at The Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, has been awarded a two-year grant from the American Cancer Society for a Phase I/II trial of TALL-104 cells in patients with metastatic melanoma.

Exploring Ocean Optics
From May 21 to June 4, sixty researchers will participate in a field experiment which is part of a five-year, ONR- sponsored initiative known as Coastal Benthic Optical Properties (CoBOP).

Endangered Species' Recovery Plans Face Comprehensive Scientific Review
In 25 years, the Endangered Species Act has spawned numerous recovery plans, but there still the question of how well the listed species are recovering.

The Green Party
Biologists conducting Space Shuttle experiments may be one step closer to shedding light on the biggest power booster on the planet: a protein in green plants called Photosystem I.

$50 million from Bill and Melinda Gates will fund Columbia Public Health program to prevent maternal deaths in developing nations
Columbia University's Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health has been awarded $50 million from Bill and Melinda Gates to treat maternal health in the developing world.

Marker Found For The Most Malignant Brain Tumors
Researchers at Penn State's College of Medicine have identified what could be a marker for certain types of brain tumors.

Research Bears Fruit, And Patents
Researchers from four universities who cooperated to create three new raspberry cultivars will be honored by Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, Inc. later this month.

Go For The Burn
After weighing the consequences, the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard conducted one of the first in-situ oil burns ever in the lower 48 states in an attempt to ameliorate the Feb.

Male Moth's Sperm Protects Females
An enduring nuptial gift is included in every sperm package from a male rattlebox moth (Utetheisa ornatrix) to his freshly mated female: a potent, plant-derived chemical that protects her for life against predatory spiders, biologists at Cornell University have discovered.

Breast Milk Of Women Who Eat Lake Ontario Fish Contains High Levels Of PCBs, UB Study Finds
Women who eat fish from Lake Ontario have significantly higher levels of PCBs and pesticides in their breast milk than women who do not eat Lake Ontario fish, results of a study of lactating women in the New York State Angler Cohort has shown.

Scientific Trials Of So-Called 'Wonder' Hormone Treatment For Autism Will Be Conducted In Seattle, Denver
Secretin, a hormone that some parents claim possesses almost magical properties as a treatment for autism, will be scientifically tested in large-scale trials starting later this month in Seattle and Denver.

Positive Results Of Pivotal Phase III Trial With ENBREL In Patients With Early, Active Rheumatoid Arthritis
Immunex plans to file with the FDA seeking an expanded label for ENBREL to slow structural joint damage in patients and to improve the signs and symptoms of patients with early, active RA.

UCSB Transistor Triumphs
A next-generation transistor developed by Dr. M. J. W. Rodell and his team at U.C.

Women May React To General Anesthesia Differently Than Men
In a finding that has perplexed researchers, women appear to wake up almost twice as fast as men when general anesthesia is discontinued after surgery.

Researchers Engineer A Way To Improve T-Cell Receptors
University of Illinois scientists have come up with a way to improve the properties of T-cell receptors - and potentially other proteins.
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