Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 16, 1999
Full bone mass restored to most postmenopausal women with osteoporosis in two-year trial of new treatment
The first fully controlled two-year study of a new treatment for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women restored bone mass to its original level in nearly two thirds of the women participating in the trial, UC San Francisco scientists reported today.

Correction: Chandra x-ray observatory website URL
The correct URL for NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory is:
Natural disaster is waiting to happen
A lake in the quake-prone mountains of central Asia is close to unleashing one of the deadliest natural disasters in history, say an international team of geologists and aid workers.

Astronomers pinpoint birth/history of Hale-Bopp
The most precise measurement to date of the carbon monoxide to water ratio in a comet is reported by a team of astrophysicists in the June 17 issue of Nature.

More lightning news from inside hurricanes and tornadoes
Three news shorts from the Lightning Conference - 3D lightning imaging using interferometry, Hurricane lightning is muted, and Getting up close and almost too personal with a tornado.

Alaska's Columbia glacier traveling at record pace
Already the fastest moving glacier in the world, the Columbia Glacier in Alaska has increased its speed from 25 meters to 35 meters per day in recent months, according to a University of Colorado at Boulder glaciologist.

For DNA, it's all about fitting in
The enzymes in charge of copying our DNA do an incredible job, getting the sequence in humans correct more than 99.999 percent of the time.

New Census report shows exponential growth in number of centenarians
The number of centenarians in the U.S. is growing rapidly, according to a new report from the U.S.

Using spatial illusion to learn how the brain processes sound
In a paper published in the June 17 issue of Nature, U-M scientist describe how localization errors made by nerve cells in the brains of cats exposed to filtered sounds are consistent with errors made by humans in previous experiments.

Nanotubes for better TV screens
An Australian advance in nanotube technology paves the way for a completely new type of television and computer flat screen.

Inherited deafness studies may affect genetic counseling
Researchers have confirmed that one type of genetic mutation causes inherited profound deafness, while another mutation thought to cause deafness does not.

New unified dietary guidelines offer nutritional protection against wide range of killer diseases
Four of the nation's top health organizations have banded together to endorse an eating plan designed to help stave off the diseases that kill most people: heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.

Scientific team identifies gene critical in embryonic development
A team of scientists has identified a gene which appears to be critical during embryonic development.

Virtual back-seat driver could save your life
Researchers are developing a smart car that can predict when you are about to make a dangerous move and help you avoid disaster.

UT Southwestern researcher finds genetic cause for Gulf War syndrome
A genetic trait can predispose people to Gulf War syndrome, a new study has found.

Yerkes researchers find primate face recognition can be purely visual
According to a report by researchers at Yerkes Regional Primate Center of Emory University in the June 17 issue of Nature, chimpanzees can easily recognize faces of their brethren presented in digitized photographs.

Is there a link between intelligent life and total eclipses?
Why does the Moon look the same size as the Sun in the sky?

Magnetic field exposure associated with childhood leukemia
Researchers at the University of Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children have found an association between magnetic field exposures in residences and the risk of developing childhood leukemia.

Sandia researchers push Z machine to new limits to test radiation effects
Researchers at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Sandia National Laboratories have pushed the Z machine, the world's most powerful X-ray source, to new limits using it to test effects of radiation on materials in experiments designed to mimic the response that would occur near a hostile nuclear explosion.

Looking sharp: Data analysis with superb accuracy
A powerful method to derive the most extensive and reliable information from experimental data has been developed at the Max Planck Institute for Plasmaphysics (IPP) in Garching near Munich, Germany.

Coffee: a cause of neonatal seizures?
The detrimental effect of caffeine on the immature neonatal brain has been confirmed by the latest study from INSERM 29 unit.

Losing ground: The inaffordability of rental housing for low-income families in the 1990s
The constant stream of economic good news may not be as bright as it seems, according to a new study by the Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech.

Evolutionary genetic tools trace cancer clone lines
Sophisticated computational tools developed to trace species evolution by comparing DNA sequences have now been used to track the development of human cancer.

Discovery of new bird species in China, oldest beak shows evolution complexity
Working together on fossilized remains, Chinese and U.S. researchers have discovered a previously unknown species of primitive bird, a finding that offers new evidence that early bird evolution was considerably more complex than previously believed.

UCSF study finds that an osteoporosis prevention drug reduces the risk of breast cancer by 76 percent in postmenopausal women
Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco report that a novel osteoporosis prevention drug, called raloxifene, reduced the risk of invasive breast cancer in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis by 76 percent after forty months of treatment.

Researchers develop better means to diagnose adrenal gland tumors
A newly developed blood test to detect potentially deadly tumors that form in the adrenal glands has been shown to be significantly more sensitive than traditional diagnostic tests.

Pennsylvania voters believe tobacco settlement funds should be used for cancer research
In a recent poll of 800 Pennsylvania voters, those questioned indicated that they want Pennsylvania's tobacco settlement funds used for cancer research. 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