Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 12, 1999
UT Southwestern Researchers Find Way To Control Gene Activity, Opening Way For Cancer Drugs
Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas have developed a method to turn off a gene for telomerase, which activates the continuous division of cancer cells.

Spiders Can Protect Plants From Insects
Spiders can protect plants from leaf-eating insects in exchange for dollops of sugary nectar.

Physicists Find Simple Solution To Great-And-Small Mystery
Physicists have devised a simple theorem to explain why many biological processes change in curiously disproportional but precisely predictable ways depending on an animal's body mass.

Radar Camera Aims High For The Air Force
When a U.S. fighter pilot is flying over enemy territory, he must deal with the issue of whether or not his stealth fighter can be detected by radar.

Community Plays Key Role In Preventing Teen Suicide, UF Scientist Says
In a study of almost 15,000 teens, a University of Florida researcher has found that community involvement plays an important role in preventing suicide.

Transplant Pioneer Thomas E. Starzl Most Cited Researcher In Clinical Medicine Over Past 17 Years
Transplant pioneer Thomas E. Starzl, M.D., Ph.D., has had the most impact in clinical medicine in the past 17 years, according to a ranking of the number of times researchers' publications have been cited by others in the medical literature.

Students Show Restraint Could Cut School Bus Injuries
Inspired by roller coaster cars, two Johns Hopkins undergrads have designed and tested a restraining bar to protect children in school bus crashes.

Fossil Footprints Show Foot-Movement Similarity In Dinosaurs And Birds
A new study of dinosaur footprints preserved in three dimensions finds similarities and differences between modern- day fowl and ancient theropods.

Enzyme Required To Prolong Life In Worms Identified By Researchers At Columbia; Key Enzyme Appears To Protect Animal Cells From Oxidative Damage
Researchers at Columbia University have discovered an enzyme required to prolong the lives of microscopic roundworms and that strains of long-lived worms produce in greater quantity than normal.

Researchers, Regulators, Industry, Consumer Advocates Gather to Discuss Critical Issues Facing the Pharmaceutical Industry
Unexpected liver damage caused by a new treatment for diabetes, life-threatening side-effects from weight loss drugs, disfiguring skin problems seen with a recently approved AIDS treatment- what do these events have in common?

Fullerene-Based Materials Clear From Tissue, Go To The Bone
Rice University researchers recently conducted the first detailed biological study showing what happens to carbon fullerene material--the buckyball and its relatives--in mice, proving that fullerenes with radioactive metals inside can be cleared from the body and that they are attracted to bone.

Food Fight Among Student Product Developers To Be Resolved At IFT Annual Meeting In July
Six university teams of graduate and undergraduate students will engage in a

NYU Chemist Supports New Theory For Origin Of Life
In a new paper and book, NYU chemist Robert Shapiro argues that the laws of nature might favor the generation of life throughout the Universe.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome The Focus Of Three UNC-CH Reports At Digestive Diseases Conference
The co-directors of the UNC Center for Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders are senior authors of three scientific reports on Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), slated for presentation at this year's American Gastroenterology Society Digestive Diseases Week meetings, May 16-19 in Orlando, Fla.

Multitasking Behaviors Mapped To The Prefrontal Cortex
Investigators have mapped a region of the brain responsible for a certain kind of multitasking behavior, the uniquely human ability to perform several separate tasks consecutively while keeping the goals of each task in mind.

Semiconductor Plants May Be A Danger To The Health Of Employees
For years the semiconductor industry has had a clean image.

American Heart Association Comment: The Effect Of Folic Acid Fortification On Plasma Folate And Total Homocysteine Concentrations
Researchers at the Framingham Offspring Study report on the federal government's requirement that bread and other grain food products be supplemented with the vitamin folate.

Chemical Microscope Enabled: Imaging Of Materials At The Nanometer Scale
Physicists at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry show that infrared contrast can be used for identifying nanoscale materials (Nature, 13 May 1999).

IFT And NRA To Co-Host Food Safety Forum For Restaurateurs And Food Retailers
A newly formed strategic alliance between the Institute of Food Technologists and the National Restaurant Association will debut with a special forum on food safety at the annual meetings of both organizations this summer in Chicago.

Normal Cameras Can Now Take Digital Pictures
Photographers have so far been reluctant to adopt digital cameras, as they don't want to discard their lenses and accessories that only fit their film-based cameras. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to