Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 07, 1999
OHSU Researcher studies possible negative impacts of long-term soccer play
Oregon Health Sciences University researcher studies long- term impacts of 'heading' soccer balls and concussions.

Scenario for high-temperature, cuprate superconductivity proposed
A University of Illinois theorist has proposed a

Heart transplant surgeon at Cedars-Sinai specializes in implanting mechanisms that allow a defective heart to rest while awaiting a transplant
Ventricular assist device surgery as a bridge to heart transplantation or as a bridge to recovery is at the forefront of what's happening in heart failure cardiology and heart failure surgery today.

New Landsat 7 images of the Earth now available
New images from the Landsat 7 spacecraft are now available for viewing and purchase by scientific researchers and the general public via the Internet from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and NASA.

Mercury can jump barrier that keeps toxins out of brain
Researchers say they have found the first evidence that mercury can circumvent the blood-brain barrier that usually prevents such toxins from entering the brain.

Lowering your homocysteine level may help reduce risk for heart disease
It's well known that stopping smoking and lowering cholesterol level and high blood pressure help prevent cardiovascular disease.

9th European Congress on Lung Disease
The 9th annual meeting of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) will be held in Madrid, Spain, this fall.

'Sun-glasses' in the eye
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany in collaboration with researchers at the CNS Research group of the pharmaceutical company Novartis, Basel, Switzerland, detected a protein in the terminals of the photoreceptor cells of the eye that might play an important role in the transmission of the light signals (Proc.

Atmospheric carbon monoxide levels decreasing in mid-Atlantic region
Carbon monoxide levels in the air over Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, have decreased over 22 percent since 1988, according to a new study.

First link demonstrated between multiple concussions, neuropsychological deficits in college athletes
College football players who sustain multiple concussions are at risk for a decline in long-term neuropsychological function.

Fragile X brain synapses mostly undeveloped, researchers say
Views of normal brains and of those afflicted with Fragile X Mental Retardation Syndrome are coming into focus, and the contrast in synapse development is vividly clear, say researchers at the University of Illinois.

New type of proto-planetary nebula hints at stellar superwind
The discovery of a new type of low-surface-brightness reflection nebula around aging stars has provided important clues about how stars lose mass and form planetary nebulae, say University of Illinois researchers.

Poor health is a major factor for early retirement, according to UCSF researchers
Findings from a UC San Francisco survey of older Californians ages 45-70, show one in five retired early (before age 50) and almost half of those early retirees left their jobs for health reasons.

Earthquake near Athens unrelated to Turkish event
The moderate earthquake, preliminary magnitude 5.8 according to the U.S.

Plasma, plasma everywhere
A NASA scientist has created a new model of the plasmasphere surrounding our world, building on the work of previous models.

X-33 liquid hydrogen fuel tank ready for tests at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center
A major component of the X-33 advanced technology demonstrator -- one of its twin composite liquid hydrogen fuel tanks -- soon will undergo a series of pressure and stress tests at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Magnetic fields crucial to star formation, astronomer says
Observations by a University of Illinois astronomer have shown that magnetic fields are a critical component controlling when and how stars form.
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