Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 13, 1999
Scientists Use Fossilized Emu Eggshells To Discern Changes In Vegetation, Provide Additional Evidence Of Human Impact On Australian Landscape
For more than 30 years, scientists have suggested that the first human immigrants into Australia dramatically changed the continent's vegetation with the use of fire.

Second Annual AIDS Vaccine Day Honors Volunteers Nationwide
On May 18, communities around the country will sponsor a variety of activities for the Second Annual AIDS Vaccine Day honoring the thousands of volunteers who have literally rolled up their sleeves to receive one of 27 different experimental AIDS vaccines.

Press Advisory: Inner Space/Outer Space II Symposium
The Inner Space/Outer Space II Symposium will be held at Fermilab, May 26-29, 1999.

New Way To Modify Mammalian Genes: Honolulu Transgenesis
Less than a year after announcing the Honolulu Technique for Cloning, University of Hawaii scientists have developed the Honolulu Transgenesis, a new method for producing transgenic mammals.

Nerve Cells Live Long And Talkative Lives In Sculpted Colonies On Silicon Chips
A USC researcher discusses the colonies of rat nerve cells she has cultured on silicon semiconductor substrate.

Low-Tech Devices, Home Adaptations Preserve Independence, Reduce Health-Care Costs For Physically Frail Elderly
A case-control study of frail elderly, in which half of the participants received assistive devices and home adaptations as needed and half received

Heart Drug Finds New Use In Patients With Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome
A drug that is used to treat atrial fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm disturbance in the United States, may have wider applications than previously thought, according to researchers at the University of California San Francisco.

Purdue Scientist Wants To Find Out What Went Sour With Flowers
Flower researcher Natalia Dudareva is on the scent of a mysterious disappearance.

NSF grant brings 'Virtual Worlds' to life
Using a $1.3-million NSF grant, an interdisciplinary team of researchers led by Richard R.

Urban Restorer Sees Trash Trees, Beetles As Signs Of Hope
Ailanthus, the trash tree famous for growing in sidewalk cracks, sewer grates and vacant lots, is usually unwelcome in a landscape architect's plans but Penn State's Ken Tamminga says its presence in Pittsburgh's Nine Mile Run area is a sign of hope.

Margin Width The Key To Control Of Ductal Carcinoma In Situ Of The Breast
Patients with one of the most common and curable forms of breast cancer may be undergoing post-surgical radiation therapy unnecessarily.

Near-Sightedness In Children Linked To Light Exposure During Sleep Before Age Two
Children who sleep with a light on in their bedrooms at night before the age of 2 may be at significantly higher risk of developing myopia - near-sightedness - when they become older than children who sleep as infants in the dark at night, according to a new study

UC engineer wins NATO 'Science for Peace' grant
University of Cincinnati chemical engineering associate professor Peter Smirniotis will be heading to Siberia later this year to team up with Russian scientists trying to find a safer way to degrade toxic chemical weapons.
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