Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 02, 1999
Do reassuring computers give pilots a false sense of security?
Prompts by computer systems designed to reduce human error in aircraft cockpits or nuclear plants can have the opposite effect.

You can't see it, but it's real: Glass ceiling is solid
A University of Cincinnati sociologist's analysis, published in the November issue of

Cedars-Sinai researchers present findings suggesting link between high soy diet and eventual developmental changes in children
Scientists from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center will present on Nov. 3 (this information is embargoed until noon that day) data from two separate studies - one in animals and the other in humans - that considered together suggest that a diet high in soybeans and other legumes during pregnancy and breastfeeding may have a subtle but long-term impact on the development of children.

Plasmas in Seattle
Physicist will present the latest discoveries in the most common form of matter in the universe; highlights include a pollution reduction device for cars and a new theory of solar eruptions which disrupt cell phone communications on Earth.

Few physicians counsel adolescents about smoking
Despite the fact that most smokers take up the habit as adolescents, few U.S. physicians counsel their young patients about the health risks of smoking, according to a study appearing in the Nov.

Lemur 'Juliet' may be new subspecies; no mate for 'Romeo'
Duke University primatologists who have just returned from an expedition to capture a mate for a rare lemur

Why are the elderly so easily fooled by con artists?
Why do con artists find it so easy to trick the elderly?

Lasers clean fossils in no time
A powerful laser could make the task of freeing delicate fossils from the rock in which they are entombed much easier and quicker.

UCSF receives grant to fight cervical cancer
The UCSF Vietnamese Community Health Promotion Project, part of the UCSF Division of General Medicine recently received a grant of more than $290,000 from the Centers for Disease Control to develop and implement a program to reduce cervical cancer in Vietnamese women in Santa Clara County.

Astronomers find evidence for the first planet seen orbiting a pair of stars
Astronomers announced today they have found evidence of the first known planet orbiting a pair of stars.

UF study shows contemporary method accurately predicts cancer risk
A simple method that packs the diagnostic power of the Pap smear and the ease of a blood draw accurately predicts breast cancer risk in women with suspicious lumps or lesions.

Pacific Northwest researcher wins prestigious international climate change award
William Chandler, a research scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has received the prestigious World Climate Technology Leadership Award from the Climate Technology Initiative.

A key to depression
Prozac stimulates the birth of new brain cells in rats, say scientists from New Jersey.

New book asks ethical questions about human subjects research
For years, conscientious scientists conducting all kinds of research involving human subjects -- from anthropology to public health to clinical medicine -- have bumped up against deep ethical questions about the people they study, says a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty expert.

DFG invites applications for Communicator Award
For the first time the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) has invited applications for a highly endowed personal award for scientists who have done an excellent job in presenting the results of their scientific work to the public. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to