Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 14, 1999
A New NCAR/United Nations Study Will Help 12 Countries Prepare For The Next El Nino
The National Center for Atmospheric Research and the United Nations Environment Programme have together received a $650,000 UN grant to help 12 countries build operational, research and educational programs to protect their people and environment from El Nino and La Nina impacts.

British Adolescents Need Government Support To Help Clean Up Their Act
British teenagers have the worst sexual health in western Europe, say researchers in this week's BMJ.

Middle Atlantic Chemists Hold May 17-19 Regional Meeting At Fairleigh Dickinson University
Mid-Atlantic members of the world's largest scientific society will meet in Madison, N.J., next week to consider new research findings on cutting-edge chemistry in such areas as plastics, environmental protection, medicinal chemistry, and more.

Keeping Electronic Patient Records Whilst Maintaining Privacy Is Feasible With Appropriate Systems In Place
The electronic patient record threatens to make private health information open to violation, either by illegitimate users or by inappropriate access by legitimate users, say researchers in this week's BMJ.

Jefferson Researchers Report Progress In Using Vaccinia-Based Vaccine For Melanoma
The concept is straightforward: beat cancer by boosting the body's defense system.

Vanderbilt Researcher: Human Brain Has Great Sense Of Timing
Startling new findings reported by Vanderbilt researcher Randolph Blake in the May 14 issue of Science indicate that the human brain can also use the precise timing of subtle visual changes to group elements into objects.

'Dual Control' Strategy Assures Accurate Cellular Marching Orders, But A Pathogenic Microbe Can Hijack The System
In an effort to discover how cells

Unprecedented View Of RNA Structure Captured
A pioneering view of the internal structure of RNA has been captured by scientists at Johns Hopkins.

Report: High Carbon Dioxide Boosts Duke Forest Growth By 25 Percent
Duke University forest plots bathed in the higher carbon- dioxide atmosphere expected by the year 2050 experienced a 25 percent growth increase over the first two years of a continuing experiment, scientists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Duke reported Thursday.

Jefferson Researchers Report First Evidence Of Radiation Therapy Preventing Prostate Cancer Patients From Dying
Doctors have suspected that radiation therapy helped prevent patients from dying of prostate cancer, but had little scientific proof.

NICHD Researchers Discover Gene For Major Brain Structure
Researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) have discovered a gene that controls the development of the hippocampus, a brain structure crucial for learning and memory.

Discovery: Chromosomes Found To End In Big Loops
Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Rockefeller University appear to have solved an important and long- standing mystery in cell biology.

New Class Of Synthetic Capsules That Mimic Biological Cells Has Wide Array Of Potential Uses
Bioengineers from the Institute for Medicine and Engineering (IME) at the University of Pennsylvania have designed an artificial capsule that imitates many of the qualities of natural cells.

Research Shows Religion Plays A Major Role In Health, Longevity
Being good has its rewards in this life, as well as in the next.

Stress Increases Blood Chemical Related To Heart Disease
Mild psychological stress can temporarily increase blood levels of a chemical associated with the development of heart disease.

Fossilized Emu Eggshells Give Clues To 65,000 Years Of Vegetation And Climate Changes In Australia
Emu diets, as evidenced through fossilized eggshells, tell the tale that humans -- starting with the first human settlers some 60,000 years ago -- have had an effect on the climate changes in Australia.

UB Engineers Develop Virtual-Factory Software; Click Of A Mouse Lets Users Redesign Manufacturing Plants
Imagine walking through an assembly plant that hasn't been built yet and moving around pieces of equipment that weigh several tons just by pointing and dragging your mouse.

Bone Marrow Gives Rise To Functioning Liver Cells, University Of Pittsburgh Scientists Discover
Bone marrow-derived cells give rise to fully functional liver cells, states a University of Pittsburgh study published May 14 in Science, yielding the first report that bone marrow- derived cells provide a lineage for cells of solid organs and suggesting that they could eventually repair or replace injured or diseased livers.

Researchers Discover How The Immune System Shuts Down Faulty T Cells
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School researchers have identified a mechanism the immune system uses to detect and eliminate dysfunctional T cells.

Immunex Advances CD40 Ligand To Phase II Clinical Trial In People With Metastatic Kidney Cancer
Immunex Corporation announced today that it has launched a Phase II trial of the investigational agent CD40 Ligand (CD40L) in the most common form of kidney cancer, renal cell carcinoma. 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