Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 12, 1999
'Hard' NP-complete computer problems explained
A group of physicists and computer scientists has shown that some computer problems which take far too long to solve contain abrupt mathematical 'phase transitions' similar to those occurring in statistical physics.

Plants, pathogens engage in trench warfare
Researchers at the University of Chicago have gained new insight into the co-evolution of plants and the microbes that attack them.

Texas company adding ORNL material to portfolio
Poco Graphite is expanding its product base with Grafoam, a material developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) that could lead to more powerful laptop computers and better aerodynamics in automobiles.

Forest fires a burning issue
While the widespread, destructive fire ravaged Tyresta national park close to Stockholm, Swedish environmental protection authorities allowed the burning of 120 hectares of forest in the prospective nature reserve Helvetesbrännan.

Anti-diabetic drug found to dramatically reduce symptoms of bowel disease that affects millions worldwide
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center have shown that a class of anti-diabetic agents currently on the market dramatically decreases the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease in mice. 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