Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 24, 1999
Neurons produced during adulthood react to stimuli
Brain cells that are produced in adult mammals respond to sexual stimuli, according to a team of biologists at the University of Massachusetts.

Right models for e-commerce -- Corn flakes & ketchup
Wharton and the London Business School professors say that Internet sales bear a striking resemblance to supermarket sales.

Cattails and contamination: marshy stalks hold DNA clues on pollution
A team of researchers at the University of Cincinnati has detected significant differences in the genetic diversity of common cattails in areas heavily impacted by pollution, providing evidence that cattails might be an effective indicator of environmental stress.

Skull Base Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to host fourth annual Skull Base Surgery Symposium
Eleven internationally recognized physicians and surgeons will comprise the faculty for the fourth annual Skull Base Surgery Symposium Nov.

Original purpose of escalating violence in movies backfired, Virginia Tech film critic says
In 1967, Bonnie's and Clyde's slow-motion, bullet-riddled, body-jerking deaths in a film scene scandalized society.

Thermoelectric cooling and power generation
Francis DiSalvo, professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Cornell University, who is attempting to develop new thermoelectric materials that could pack the cooling power of a household refrigerator, and, given a heat source like a car's exhaust pipe, could generate electricity.

Hartford Institute/AACN award honors nursing schools for innovative gerontology education
The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University partnered with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to bestow the second annual Award for Exceptional Curriculum in Gerontologic Nursing.

Postmortems in the sky
To say they are ghoulish may be going too far, but like ghouls those studying gamma ray bursts gleefully seek the moldering remains, and never see the living victim.

Yale and Alexion report advance in spinal cord repair
Researchers from the Yale University School of Medicine and Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Over 400 heart attacks every year in young women smokers could be prevented
Over 400 heart attacks could be prevented every year in young women smokers, if they were to kick the habit, finds research published in Heart.

Inter-vehicular communication system research shedding light on solution to road rage problem
Experts say the pressures and stresses of ordinary living cause some drivers to use their automobiles as weapons.

Old brains can learn new tricks!
Old brains can learn new tricks! A study, published in the Oct.

Halloween horror movies may sabotage your social life
When the leaves are swirling around the sidewalks and trick- or-treat costumes are lining aisles of department stores, many people are thinking about taking their dates to a horror movie Halloween night or renting horror movies for parties.

Infectious disease researcher available to discuss new federal recommendations aimed at protecting college students from meningococcal meningitis
Moshe Arditi, M.D., the Director of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and an authority on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of bacterial infections, says meningococcal infection is a very dangerous situation that can kill within just a few hours.

Harvard and Alexion researchers report successful transplantation of immuneprotected neurons in primate model of Parkinson's disease
Researchers from the Harvard Medical School and Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

As key neural circuits weaken with age, our brains call upon alternate pathways to pick up the slack, study says
New research from Brandeis University indicates that when the human brain's important neural circuits no longer work as well as they should - a normal side effect of aging - the brain can compensate by calling upon substitute circuits to pitch in.

Scientists document most recent date for Neandertals
An international team of scientists has documented through new radiocarbon dating that Neandertals roamed central Europe as recently as 28,000 years ago, representing the latest date ever recorded for Neandertal fossils worldwide.

CU studies suggest exercise protects body against negative effects of stress from brain to cell
Four related studies from the laboratory of Assistant Professor Monika Fleshner of the University of Colorado at Boulder suggest physiological responses to stress from the brain, hormonal system and immune system are moderated by regular exercise.

New therapy raises good cholesterol results in regression of heart disease in mice
A new type of therapy that raises the good form of cholesterol -- and caused a

Northwestern researchers present findings at Neuroscience Meeting
Researchers from Northwestern University will present findings from their studies at the Society for Neuroscience's meeting, Oct.

Depression costs UK economy 2 billion a year, conference will be told
Depression has reached epidemic levels worldwide and at present rates will account for a greater health burden than any other condition apart from heart disease in 20 years, an international conference at the Royal Society of Medicine in London will be told today (28 October).

New awards connect higher education and K-12 classrooms
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made a first round of grants to researchers at 31 institutions nationwide under an innovative educational program enabling talented graduate students and advanced undergraduates in science, mathematics, engineering and technology to serve as teaching fellows in K- 12 schools.

Choices and Challenges to get award from Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
Doris Zallen saw that, while scientific discoveries were being used to promote human health, security, and comfort, they also were creating ethical and societal concerns.

NASA-invented fastener for use in space may have big impact in earthly uses
A specially designed nut -- for quick and easy assembly of components in the harsh environment of space -- is being licensed by NASA to a Philadelphia firm in a step that could result in saving lives on Earth.
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