Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 23, 1999
Renowned researcher in prenatal diagnostics joins Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has served as the Los Angeles area's training and quality assurance center since the

Psychological attributes, not physical gifts, of young athletes predict success, say coaches in a new study
In a new study examining how much psychological and physical characteristics matter in the development of young athletes, psychologist Shari Kuchenbecker, Ph.D., found that psychological factors were most important in achieving athletic success.

Rescuing brain cells in stroke patients from the brink of suicide
For several days after a patient suffers a stroke, brain cells are bombarded with molecular 'pro-death' signals carrying such bad news about the brain environment that cells are tempted to commit suicide.

Help with 'screamingly radioactive' storage tanks: Nonradioactive substitute created to aid nuclear waste clean-up
Synthetic goods are generally modeled on scarce but desirable materials -- diamonds, fine wools, even fruit juices.

NASA scientist to see 22 years pay off with release of first images from world's most powerful x-ray telescope
When the first images from the world's most powerful X-ray telescope are released this week, no one awaits them with greater anticipation than the scientist who's spent 22 years helping make those images possible.

INEEL researchers separate the good from the bad with durable, tailorable membranes
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory are creating durable membranes that can be specially tailored to separate different chemicals from water.

Flea collars may expose children to insecticides
When children pet the family dog, are they exposed to flea collar insecticides present in the animal's coat?

Symposium on treating drug addiction -- Tip sheet
Four new studies on the chemistry of addictions will be featured at the national meeting of the world's largest scientific society, the American Chemical Society.

You may be an aggressive driver and not know it
You may be an aggressive driver and not know it.

CU-Boulder developing $1 million science project for Alaskan students
A University of Colorado at Boulder researcher is developing an interactive computer program for Alaskan middle school students to interest them in science and show them that natural sciences don't necessarily conflict with traditional American Indian views of nature.

Recipe for happy retired husbands: work
Retired men who are back at work report the highest morale and lowest rates of depression, especially if their wives are not employed, according to a new Cornell University study.

Progress toward a vaccine to fight cocaine addiction is reported
A potential vaccine against the addictive effects of cocaine was described here today at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.

New theory of epilepsy could lead to treatment for patients
For the first time, scientists believe they have discovered what happens in the brain just before an epileptic seizure.

Clothes that kill: New cotton additive kills odor-causing and pathogenic bacteria and viruses within minutes
A simple, inexpensive way of treating cotton textiles with a long-lasting antimicrobial compound -- which rapidly kills pathogenic and odor-causing bacteria, plus a variety of viruses -- was described here today at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.

UI research team discovers new genes involved in the spread of breast cancer
Findings from a University of Iowa Health Care study may provide important new clues in understanding how breast cancer spreads.

Biomedical needs of the workforce topic of NIH speech to American Chemical Society meeting in New Orleans
Dr. John Ruffin, Associate Director of Research on Minority Health at the National Institutes of Health, will speak on

Retirement brings different rewards for husbands and wives
Can two people who have enjoyed a successful marriage for three decades share a retirement without driving each other crazy?

New research indicates that ultra-thin magazine models do not have a long-term,negative impact on adolescent girls
Previous research indicated that exposure to ultra-thin models in fashion magazines leads to excessive dieting and body dissatisfaction among adolescent girls.

Computers have had dramatic impact on chemistry
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the ACS Division of Computers in Chemistry.

Consumers, health experts desire benefits of biotech foods and concur with current FDA labeling policy
The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), The Georgetown Center for Food and Nutrition Policy and The International Food Information Council (IFIC) agree with Consumer Reports' statement that,

USGS scientists tracking Hurricane Bret's effects
Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey in Texas are working with local, state and federal officials to provide near real-time flood data in the wake of Hurricane Bret to emergency managers and others who then use the data to make decisions on evacuations and water management.

Food, Glorious Food! Local chef and a renowned food expert fill your plate with the chemistry of food
Do you know that by cooking with the right kind of chemistry you can create the perfect meal?

Cockroaches beware! This house has been treated with catnip
Researchers have confirmed an old wives' tale: Placing catnip around the house helps keep cockroaches away.
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