Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 18, 1999
Even in the Amazon jungles, treatment for heat exhaustion is the same as it is right here at home
Whether you plan to trek through the Peruvian Amazon or ride a bike on a sunny day in Los Angeles, Dr.

USGS adjusts the magnitude of Turkey earthquake
On the basis of additional data, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has updated the magnitude of the destructive earthquake that struck western Turkey early Tuesday, to 7.4.

Cellphones are the perfect device for eavesdropping
Cellphones with hands-free sets can be used as the perfect bugging device.

Social behavior transformed with one new gene
For the first time, researchers have transformed an antisocial mouse into a more social animal by genetically manipulating the distribution of a specific receptor in the brain.

Simply brilliant: UF/Russian team makes gem-quality diamonds
Scientists and engineers from the University of Florida and Russia are speeding up Mother Nature's handiwork by creating gem-quality diamonds with man-made heat and pressure.

Cedars-Sinai reports excellent outcomes for its cardiac surgery division
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's heart surgery division recently released its 1998 statistics and sixth annual report card.

Bizarre striped rabbit discovered in Asia
What's black and brown and striped all over? A new species of rabbit hopping around the forests of Southeast Asia, according to the Aug.

Are the signs of dyslexia in a newborn baby?
It may be possible to identify newborn babies who will grow up to be dyslexic, which may help reduce or eliminate reading problems in childhood.

UI researchers learn more about how exercise affects the colon
Some runners experience cramps and diarrhea while running, suggesting that colonic activity increases during exercise.

Drought brings environmental, ecological changes
The drought of 1999 is causing more than frustration for farmers and homeowners in the eastern half of the country.

Vanderbilt School of Nursing begins graduate program in correctional health
The program, set to begin this fall, is one of the first in the country to train nurses specifically for work in the nation's prisons.

MIT researchers monitoring earthquakes in Turkey say Istanbul could be next target
This week's earthquake, which killed hundreds in northwestern Turkey, increased the likelihood of a future earthquake near the metropolis of Istanbul by increasing the forces on the fault just south of the city, say MIT researchers who have been studying earthquakes and tectonic deformation in Turkey since 1971.
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