Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 10, 1999
Procedure, new apparatus may allow relief from incontinence
Imagine planning your life around the location of the nearest restroom or missing out on a nightly walk or tennis match due to the chance of an embarrassing accident.

Gene therapy could treat diabetic incontinence, suggest early studies at University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh researchers have successfully controlled incontinence in animals with diabetes using a modified herpes virus to shuttle a therapeutic gene into damaged bladder nerves.

Remarkable results from a new observatory
Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have established a new observatory, but instead of looking to the stars, it is a Cellular Observatory designed to focus inward to study the smallest components of living organisms.

UF researchers explore gene therapy to treat obesity
University of Florida scientists have successfully used gene therapy to control appetite and weight in obese animal models, they announced this week.

Spirits of another sort
Dr. Dave Sentman, who originally dubbed the mysterious red flickers of light above thunderclouds Sprites, works to move them from the realm of mystery into scientific knowledge.

Bad quality can make customers come back, researchers find
Receiving an expected level of bad service may increase the chance that a customer will return.

Roundworm studies yield new insight into organ formation
Studies of a gene found throughout the animal kingdom shed light on how organs grow into the correct shape.

Europe and U.S. to collaborate on design and development of a giant radio telescope project in Chile
Representatives from the United States and Europe signed an agreement today in Washington to continue collaboration on the first phase of a giant new telescope project.

NASA looks for new ways to harness Sun's energy for Earth and space
NASA has selected proposals from organizations for negotiations leading to contract awards that could result in development of revolutionary space-based power generating systems to harness the Sun's energy for use on Earth and in space.

Researchers at UNC-CH succeed in synthesizing ginkgo molecule
CHAPEL HILL - After 12 years work, chemists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have succeeded in completely synthesizing ginkgolide B, a complex molecule produced naturally by what may be the world's oldest living plant.

Embryos that implant in uterus 'late' prove more likely to die in first weeks of pregnancy
Most successful human conceptions implant 8 to 10 days after ovulation.

Wanted: Holistic approach to cancer treatment
The effective treatment of cancer requires a comprehensive approach by the medical community to a patient's total life situation, says Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor David Hess.

Lightning follows the Sun
Tantalizing findings show patterns of lightning vary with the Sun, El NiƱo, and other phenomena.

New study establishes when pregnancy starts
With help from healthy women trying to conceive babies, North Carolina scientists have uncovered the most precise information yet about when pregnancy starts in humans.

Jefferson scientists detail mechanisms of programmed cell death
By detailing the precise molecular pathways of apoptosis, or programmed cell death, scientists at Jefferson Medical College hope to someday develop new drugs against cancer, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.

Cystic fibrosis gene undetected in screening of infertile men
A new study at the University of Toronto shows a significant number of infertile men have mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene and many of these genetic defects go undetected in routine screening for cystic fibrosis.

'Altered state' may be responsible for creating important brain chemicals
Twenty years after visualizing a surprising left-handed form of the DNA double helix, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher Alexander Rich has found that this altered form of genetic material is involved in some important biological activities.

USGS study casts doubt on role of fire suppression in causing catastrophic shrubland wildfires
A recent USGS study has found that urban sprawl -- not fire suppression -- is largely responsible for the wildfires that occur in the shrublands of southern and central-coastal California.
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