Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 21, 1999
New dinosaurs appear to be oldest yet, as reported in the 22 October issue of Science
The jaws of two of the oldest dinosaurs ever discovered and the remains of eight other prehistoric animals have been unearthed in Madagascar.

Why so many earthquakes lately? Who's next?
Has there been an increase in earthquakes around the world during the past three months, and is this activity a sign of more shakes to come?

Lack of sleep alters hormones, metabolism
Chronic partial sleep loss can reduce the capacity of even young adults to perform basic metabolic functions such as processing and storing carbohydrates or regulating hormone secretion, report Chicago researchers.

Jellyfish protein illuminates active immune cells
HHMI researchers have illuminated a crucial step in the immune system's response to infection by using live cell imaging to follow the movement of immune system cells that have been genetically manipulated to produce a fluorescent jellyfish protein.

Yale and state researchers develop improved test for new tick disease
Yale and state scientists have developed a new, simpler and more reliable blood test to detect a recently discovered disease called ehrlichiosis, which is carried by deer ticks.

Some antidepressants increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding -- especially when taken with NSAIDS or aspirin
People taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (a type of antidepressant) have an increased risk of upper gastrointestinal bleeding, claim researchers from Spain in this week's BMJ.

Cutting-edge research on hepatitis, liver transplants and liver disease to be revealed at national medical conference
The nation's leading biomedical researchers will present breakthrough therapies and technologies in liver disease November 5 through November 9 at the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), the leading medical organization dedicated to the study of the liver and its diseases.

To build a better artificial hip, UD prof says, mimic Mother Nature
By simulating the natural load on human thigh bones, a new artificial hip design might someday help prevent post- surgical atrophy, a common problem among younger, more active patients, University of Delaware scientists reported today.

Greater awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning needed among patients and doctors
As the UK sees the onset of Autumn and the cooler weather that it brings, the numbers of unintentional deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning begin to rise, write Dr.

USGS scientist discusses feasibility of CO2 burial . . .
Depleted gas reservoirs can provide enough storage to limit carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels for at least 20 years, to levels set for the U.S. under the 1997 Kyoto Treaty on Global Warming, according to Dr.
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