Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 21, 1999
National Science Board to meet (July 29-30)
Journalists are invited to attend the next open session of the National Science Board (NSB) on Thursday, July 29, and related events on Friday, July 30, at the National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va.

Bracing for impact
Professional and amateur astronomers are preparing to observe the Moon on July 31st when Lunar Prospector plunges into a permanently shadowed crater in search of water.

Jefferson scientist begins clinical trial to study promising Parkinson's disease drug
Scientists at Jefferson Medical College, armed with a newly awarded $2.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, hope to find out whether a promising, drug, GM1 ganglioside, can improve symptoms, delay disease progression, and in some cases actually restore damaged brain cells in Parkinson's disease patients.

Drug dependence: Towards a new treatment?
A new compound has proved capable of reducing drug seeking in cocaine-dependent rats.

UK Markey Cancer Center selected for future cancer information service contract award
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center has been selected by the National Cancer Institute as one of 14 organizations for future contract awards to operate its Cancer Information Service (CIS).

Typing makes laptops run for longer
An ingenious device that uses the energy from typing on a laptop's keyboard to recharge the battery has been patented by Compaq in the US.

Aspirin's role in colon cancer prevention focus of $5 million grant
The National Cancer Institute has awarded a major grant to a multi-disciplinary team of scientists at the Vanderbilt- Ingram Cancer Center to learn more precisely how aspirin and similar drugs play a role in the prevention of colon cancer.

Plant pathologists to discuss anti-crop bioterrorism and food security, August 1999
A symposium to bring together plant pathologists, military intelligence and criminal experts to discuss anti-crop bioterrorism will be held during the joint American Phytopathological Society (APS) and Canadian Phytopathogical Society (CPS) Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada on August 10, 1999.

Step in a booth to put your 3D image on the net
A digital photo booth that allows people to create 3D computer images of themselves will be launched in Los Angeles next month.

Florida team helping to create solar cells thinner than human hair
University of Florida engineers are pioneering an inexpensive method for making a new breed of exceptionally thin and cheap solar cells expected to make solar power a more widespread source of electricity in the new millennium.

Dartmouth researchers urge caution in communicating results to public
Responsible reporting of medical research poses challenges for both journals and journalists to avoid misunderstandings that affect news coverage, say Dartmouth Medical School physicians.

Catastrophic draining of huge lakes tied to ancient global cooling event
The catastrophic draining of two gigantic glacial lakes in Canada's Hudson Bay region some 8,200 years ago appears to have caused the most abrupt, widespread cold spell on Earth during the last 10,000 years, according to a group of scientists.

USGS scientist receives award for brucellosis research in Greater Yellowstone Area
U.S. Geological Survey scientist Dr. Thomas J. Roffe received the Department of the Interior's Superior Service Award for his outstanding contributions to wildlife health and natural resources management in the Greater Yellowstone Area during a recent meeting of the Greater Yellowstone Interagency Brucellosis Committee.

Modifying plant genes without foreign DNA
Scientists at the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) for Plant Research Inc., located on the campus of Cornell University, and researchers from Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., have developed a new technique to quickly produce genetically modified crops without transferring genes across species.

Primary care highly valued, but difficulty accessing specialists undermines patient trust, UCSF study finds
In the first systematic study of what Americans value in primary health care, patients overwhelmingly endorsed the importance of primary care physicians, according to new research headed by the University of California, San Francisco.

Study finds tenuous link between gender and self esteem
Popular assumptions about a cavernous self-esteem gender gap may be greatly exaggerated, according to a new analysis of nearly 150,000 respondents by University of Wisconsin-Madison psychologists.

Study: calcium channels regulate cell movement
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill scientists and colleagues, who discovered several years ago that certain cells glide forward in a microscopic version of

ONR report details potential biological effects of underwater noise
The Office of Naval Research Marine Mammal Science Program has released the

Keep an eye on the weather if you take herbal antidepressants
People using the herb St John's wort, a popular antidepressant, should take care if going out into the sunshine.

List of MAK and BAT values 1999 published - New classification for chemical substances in the workplace air
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft has published the list of MAK and BAT values 1999.

Computers use Darwinian model to 'evolve' fuel additives
Chemical engineers at Purdue University have demonstrated how a computerized system that mimics evolution can discover new gasoline additives for better engine performance.

Quality criteria for survey research - DFG presents memorandum
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) has presented a memorandum on Quality Criteria for Survey Research which describes the state of the art and defines quality standards.

Synthesis of a new cubic phase of silicon nitride: A promising material for technical applications
A new phase of the technologically important ceramic material silicon nitride, Si3N4, was sythesized and identified by scientists of the High Pressure Group at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, from the Technische Universit├Ąt Darmstadt and the Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. 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