Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 02, 1999
Nematode makes scientific history
For the first time in history, scientists now have the complete blueprint of the genetic information that makes up the tiny soil-dwelling, free-living nematode Caenorhabditis elegans.

Warmer Wetter Winters Linked To Greenhouse Gases
Why are winters warming up so much faster over Northern Hemisphere continents than over the rest of the globe?

UNC-CH Surveys Reveal Where The 'Real' South Lies
Ask even educated Americans what states form

A simulator for space fitness
Undergraduate honors students at the University of Hawaii have received federal Space Grant fellowships to help develop a driving simulator that can also be used to test elder astronauts for fitness for space travel.

Big star ate my planet
Astronomers from Baltimore, Maryland, have found telltale signs that giant stars are gobbling up planets--giving clues as to how many planets are out there.

'Glitches' discovered and fixed in animal study make surgery for human pituitary tumors quicker, safer and less painful
Surgeons at the Skull Base Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have refined an endoscopic procedure that reduces trauma, decreases risk of complications and speeds recovery for patients who need surgery of the pituitary gland.

Solar flares show their true colors: New research points to common mechanism for spectral behavior in flares
New research presented today at the Centennial Meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Chicago shows that the detailed spectral behavior of solar flares falls for the most part into just two categories.

Composite 'Bird Strikes' Examined Using Acoustic Microscopy
A new scanning device developed by researchers at Pennsylvania State University is helping aerospace engineers monitor the potential effects of 'bird strikes' on the new composite materials being developed for use as turbine blades in aircraft engines.

Lasform - Building Aircraft Parts From Powder
A new process for producing high-tech titanium components for the aerospace industry, using laser forming technology and powdered titanium, could help to reduce production costs for prototype parts.

Where the wild ones are: origins of staple crop found
Biologists at Washington University in St. Louis have written the ultimate roots story for cassava -- a staple subsistence crop that feeds an estimated 600 million Third World people.

New outpatient surgery is helping women with stress incontinence
A new outpatient procedure called TVT (tension-free vaginal tape) now is being tested on female patients.

Warm winters result from greenhouse effect, Columbia scientists find, using NASA model
Warm winters in the northern hemisphere likely can be explained by the action of upper-atmosphere winds linked to global warming, a team from Columbia University reports.

K-State researchers say bug zappers may cause more harm than good
According to a team of researchers at Kansas State University, the sound of bug zappers may also signal the potential for a shower of microorganisms including viruses cascading onto the surrounding area.

Immunex Files Supplemental NDA for NOVANTRONE
Company seeks priority review of NOVANTRONE in secondary progressive Multiple Sclerosis.

Women, men view and judge childhood sexual abuses cases differently
Men and women view sexual abuse cases differently and could be poles apart in rendering an actual verdict.

Lightning experts to discuss electrifying research at conference in Guntersville, Ala.; media invited to cover
Lightning -- its connection to severe weather, dangers of lightning strikes, triggering lightning with rockets, and detecting lightning from space -- will be discussed by researchers at the Eleventh International Conference on Atmospheric Electricity in Guntersville, Ala., June 7-11.

'Edge Of Light' Showing Up The Cracks And Defects In Aircraft Panels
A scanning device known as the

Study links body image to athletes' fertility
A Penn State study of female athletes has linked psychological stress resulting from a poor body image, along with inadequate diet and excessive exercise, to transient menstrual disturbances that could render a woman temporarily infertile.

Revealing the complex patterns of cardiac disease
In a paper published in Nature this week, scientists from Boston University's Center for Polymer Studies describe a new technique derived from modern physics that can help doctors distinguish between a healthy heart and one that is headed for trouble.

Why read the packet when your oven can do it for you?
A new intelligent microwave oven, developed in New Jersey, that knows how to cook convenience foods could also warn people with allergies that their dinner may contain potentially dangerous ingredients such as peanuts.

Bright future for buckyball?
Conventional scientific wisdom says so-called

Study shows unrelenting grip of nicotine withdrawal
For smokers trying to kick the habit, it's an article of faith that the worst comes first, and persistence will help tame the beast of withdrawal.

UW scientists say Arctic oscillation might carry evidence of global warming
University of Washington researchers say a Northern Hemisphere climate cycle they call the Arctic oscillation has far-reaching impact in North America.

Spray Forming Aerospace Alloys For Bigger Aircraft
Spray forming technology is rapidly becoming one of the most cost-effective and reliable ways of producing aircraft engine parts from nickel and aluminium superalloys.

Uranium weapons threaten danger to soldiers in the Balkans
The depleted uranium weapons NATO are using in the Balkans may be effective against the Serbian tanks, but the clouds of uranium dust produced on impact threaten soldiers on both sides - and the Kosovar people.

The mother of all cells makes an excellent lab guinea pig
A biotechnology company in California believes that embryonic stem (ES) cells could provide a quick, accurate way of identifying dangerous experimental drugs that might damage the liver.

Asteroids, comets and meteors conference
The seventh International Conference on Asteroids, Comets and Meteors will be held at Cornell University July 26-30.

Chlorine discovery near Jupiter moon hints at salt presence on surface
The recent discovery of chlorine above Io, a moon of Jupiter, indicates the odd object may hold common table salt, according to two University of Colorado at Boulder scientists.

Noninvasive test aims to prevent sudden cardiac death
A researcher at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis has invented the first noninvasive test that identifies an electrical glitch in advance of a patient's first rhythm problem. 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