Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 05, 1999
Duke expedition to rescue rare lemurs
An expedition from the Duke University Primate Center will set out Oct.

Scientists grow heart tissue in Bioreactor
MIT scientists use a NASA-developed device in a first step towards tissue engineering.

Spacecraft provides first direct evidence: Smoke in the atmosphere inhibits rainfall
For the first time, researchers have proven that smoke from forest fires inhibits rainfall.

New textbook is first comprehensive guide to horse dentistry
A dental exam is more than just parting the lips, looking at incisors and feeling around with a finger.

Tamoxifen found to increase risk of endometrial cancer
Tamoxifen heightens endometrial cancer risk.

Common grass infected by fungus makes life difficult for other species
Two-thirds of the most common grass in the eastern United States is infected by a certain fungus, which makes life hard for other species throughout its expanding range, according to a report in the Sept.

Synthetic enzyme shows promise as way to make hydrogen cheaply
A look-alike enzyme active site synthesized by scientists at the University of Illinois may move the world closer to an energy-efficient, hydrogen-based economy, which could curb future energy crises and ease global warming.

Conference convenes on ibogaine, a controversial drug to treat heroin addiction
In November, the Department of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine will host a conference on ibogaine, a controversial drug hailed by some researchers as a potentially powerful treatment for heroin addiction.

Annual UNC-CH study shows state gaining health providers, but big imbalances remain
Almost everything you want to know about the supply of doctors, nurses, dentists and other health-care providers in every North Carolina county -- plus a lot you probably never thought to ask -- appear in a new booklet published by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Great increase seen in antibiotic-resistant bacteria in human colon
A gene that makes bacteria resistant to the antibiotic tetracycline has been found in 80 percent of bacteria normally found in the human colon, says a University of Illinois scientist who studied samples drawn recently from both healthy and hospitalized people.

Help may only be a phone call away! Study finds a practical solution to assist ailing elders
Results from a recent study, co-authored by Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at NYU, brought to light a simple solution for the elderly who live alone and are at great risk of developing health complications due to poor adherence to their prescribed medication regimen.

Effect of Hurricane Floyd on current water resources in Maine
The remnants of Hurricane Floyd and other rain in September have ended drought conditions in Maine, in terms of water resources.

Pentium cluster makes a supercomputer
Cornell University has linked a cluster of 256 Intel Pentium III microprocessors together to act as a supercomputer, the largest

Researchers characterize mollusk insulin gene, find unique peptide
Researchers at the University of Illinois have isolated, sequenced and characterized an insulin gene from the marine mollusk Aplysia californica.

Scientists look for signs of pollution in the superhighway in the sky
If you think traffic is getting worse on your commute, you're not alone.

Uncovering the role of water vapor in climate change
With global temperatures rising, scientists from around the world are studying both human-caused influences and the Earth's natural fluctuations to explain changes in our climate.
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