Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 26, 1999
Controversy Over The Effects Of Passive Smoking
Scientists are in disagreement about how much passive smoking contributes to the population's burden of heart disease.

Even Organic Farming Is Not Immune To Health Scares
Bacterial spores sprayed on organic crops as a pesticide may damage the health of people who inadvertently breathe them in.

What Comes Out Of The Top Of A Thunderstorm -- Gamma Rays From Severe Weather
Scientists studying powerful gama-ray bursts in deep space accidentally discovered a closer source of gamma energy -- thunderclouds on Earth.

NASA Scientist To Present Findings On Space Storms
NASA scientist Dr. James Spann will present the latest findings on space storms -- which can disrupt satellite and radio communications and even power grids -- at the American Geophysical Union's spring meeting June 1-4 in Boston.

Scientists Determine Atomic Structure Of Lego-Like Molecule That Self-Assembles Into Cell's Cargo Capsule
Scientists have determined the atomic structure of the three- spoked molecule called clathrin which

Smoke-Free Restaurant Laws Have Not Hurt Tourism, New Study Finds
Despite claims by the tobacco industry and its allies that smoke-free restaurant ordinances discourage tourism, a new study shows that cities and states that barred smoking in restaurants experienced no drop in hotel visitors, and in some cases registered increases after the smoke-free laws went into effect.

Calculus With Sculpture? UF To Launch Unique Program To Train Artist-Engineers
UF plans to launch a Digital Arts & Sciences Program aimed at turning out graduates as comfortable programming computers as sketching landscapes or writing a score for a battle scene.

Reproductive Signals Affect Lifespan In Roundworm C. Elegans, Offering Possible Insight Into Human Aging Process
Researchers at UC San Francisco have determined that signals from the reproductive system influence the lifespan of the nematode roundworm C. elegans, a phenomenon that could offer insight into the impact of reproductive development on aging in humans.

Conservation Biologists And Natural Resource Managers Can Meet In Cyberspace
To encourage conservation biologists and natural resource managers to work together, the Committee for the National Institute for the Environment (CNIE) will provide them with an electronic meeting place.

Magnetic Fluids More Complex Than Previously Thought
Free-flowing liquids that

Robotic Fish
Museums and aquaria could soon be displaying the ideal exhibits--lifelike robotic fish models.

New Anti-HIV Therapies Needed To Eradicate HIV
Currently approved anti-HIV drug combinations are remarkably effective at reducing the amount of HIV in many patients to undetectable blood levels.

Researchers Analyze Role Of Shear In Turbine Passage
Although turbines have generated power at hydroelectric dams for more than 100 years, not much is known about how water flowing through the turbines may harm fish.

Bell Atlantic-Temple University Conference To Look At How Digital Age Communication Is Transforming The World
With digital technology changing forever how the world communicates, scholars and industry leaders will explore what lies ahead in the digital age--greater access for everyone or dominance by a few media giants--at the Bell Atlantic-Temple University Conference on Digital Communication June 3-5 in Philadelphia.

New Key To Saving African Elephants
Habitat loss is a bigger threat to African elephants than the ivory trade and the conventional wisdom is that declines in elephant populations mirror increases in human populations.

Roll Up Your Sleeves And Join Us In The Field, Says Fish And Wildlife Service To Conservation Biologists
When conservation biologists said resource managers should consider entire ecosystems rather than focusing on single species, U.S.
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