Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 08, 1999
Magnet therapy: what's the attraction?
A University of Maryland physics professor raises doubts on the practice of using magnets to relieve pain--with some simple experiments you can try at home.

Snapshot of new drug marks a major advance by Memorial Sloan-Kettering researchers
MSKCC scientists have achieved a major milestone in a line of research that has spanned a quarter-century: the first-ever molecular

Woman professor shatters 'glass ceiling'
The so-called

A violent blast of radiation spawned the planets
A gamma-ray burst could have speeded up the formation of the Solar System, say two astrophysicists from Ireland.

Suggested changes in federal report on carcinogens to be aired Sept. 15 at public meeting in Washington
The National Toxicology Program will hold a public meeting Wednesday, Sept.

New hope for self-injury sufferers
People who routinely injure themselves may do so in order to stimulate a release of feel-good chemicals in the brain, and most of those sufferers can now be helped with an innovative combination of two therapies, according to Vanderbilt researcher Travis Thompson.

The world's oceans seem to be draining away
Within a billion years, our planet could be as dry and barren as Mars, claim geologists in Tokyo.

NIDA celebrates 25th anniversary of scientific progress with a day of events for public and scientific audiences
The National Institute on Drug Abuse will host a scientific symposium on September 27 to commemorate its 25 years of progress in addiction research.

New research on Tourette's syndrome
People who swear and twitch because they have Tourette's syndrome are doing so intentionally rather than as a result of involuntary spasms, as people have previously assumed.

Scientists see with 'Eyes Wide Shut'
Precision measurements of radiation will be the key to pinpointing breast cancers smaller than a grain of sand and discovering what lies in the space between galaxies, an international conference will discover today.

Understanding serotonin receptors can speed treatment for depression
Manipulating gene expression levels in rats' brains can help to understand the causes of clinical depression, according to psychiatric research at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Ethics course increases medical students' awareness
Medical students who completed a course in medical ethics attached greater importance to patients' capacity to make informed choices, displayed a deeper understanding of the issues raised by physician-assisted suicide, and showed a greater concern over economic and liability issues, according to researchers at Emory University.

UI study advances understanding of antimicrobials and cystic fibrosis-related infection
Human airway secretions include antimicrobial agents that normally protect the lungs from infection caused by inhaled bacteria and other microorganisms.

New Penn State system improves wireless access to global information sharing
Penn State researchers have designed and tested a new concept for providing wireless access to the full resources of the information superhighway that promises to improve efficiency by reducing

Mini-motor models nature, advances miniaturization technology
For the first time, researchers have designed from scratch a working, chemically powered, molecular motor.

UI team wins $4 million NASA contract to search for water on Mars
University of Iowa professor and space physicist Don Gurnett has won a $4 million NASA contract in collaboration with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif. to develop and use radar in a search for underground water on Mars.
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