Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 16, 1999
Jupiter's atmosphere gives clues on how solar system started
A new analysis of data collected by the Galileo spacecraft's suicide plunge into Jupiter's roiling atmosphere has stamped a huge question mark over the prevailing models of how our solar system formed.

Yale research on molecular switches may lead to smaller, cheaper computers
Yale and Rice University scientists have demonstrated molecular devices that act as reversible electronic switches, making it possible to build smaller computers that are less expensive.

Multiple, overlapping addictions common among young adults
Women are more likely than men to become addicted to caffeine and chocolate, whereas men are more likely to get hooked on alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, television and internet use, according to a new study from Washington University in St.

Were the last dinosaurs roasted alive?
The dinosaurs may have perished in a gas-fuelled firestorm, claims a team of American oceanographers.

Monsanto's modified soya beans don't agree with the heat
Researchers in the U.S. have found that Monsanto's herbicide- resistant soya beans are cracking up in the heat.

Laproscopic anti-reflux surgery in the elderly: Is it safe?
A study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St.

Modified foods: UD extension agents grapple with biotech farming issues
Cooperative Extension specialists from the University of Delaware and Delaware State University met last week to discuss the scope of issues surrounding genetically modified foods.

Mystery of the missing atmosphere
Why should Mars have so little atmosphere when Venus and Earth have so much?

Scientists at Princess Margaret Hospital and AMGEN discover the role of T cells in bone destruction
The role of T cells in the crippling bone and cartilage deterioration characteristic of many diseases including arthritis and other inflammatory diseases has been unraveled for the first time by a research team at Princess Margaret Hospital and the AMGEN Research Institute.

VION applies bacteria to create unique TAPET® technology for novel and highly specific gene-based anti-cancer drug delivery
VION PHARMACEUTICALS presents preclinical data on TAPET® (Tumor Amplified Protein Expression Therapy), which uses Salmonella bacteria to colonize and multiply preferentially within the confines of a tumor, thereby inhibiting tumor growth, at The International Conference on Molecular Targets/Cancer Therapeutics in Washington, D.C., November 17- 18 sponsored by AACR/NCI/EORTC.

ENBREL (etanercept) long-term clinical trial data
Data from patients receiving ENBREL (etanercept) for as long as 41 months were presented at the 63rd National Scientific Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) today.

Rochester neuroscientist receives $1 million Alzheimer's research award
A University of Rochester neuroscientist who is working on research that may someday help inform healthy people whether they are in the earliest stages of Alzheimer's disease has been awarded $1 million by the Alzheimer's Association to continue his studies.

USGS reports that West Nile virus goes beyond crows
The virus that can cause West Nile encephalitis in humans is not only found in crows, according to scientists at the U.S.

Chemists create the first of a new class of catalysts to handle big molecules
Chemists at Arizona State University have designed and synthesized the first stable example of a

Support for death penalty reaches 15-year low: poll
Support for the death penalty for convicted murderers in North Carolina is at its lowest point since 1984, according to a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill statewide poll.

Heart failure treatments are cost-effective; some even save health-care dollars
Judicious use of medications and other therapies is the most cost-effective approach to caring for patients with heart failure -- people whose hearts pump too little blood.

First time use of stent graft helps save trauma victim
A stent graft to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm was used for the first time ever on a trauma victim by University of Washington physicians at Harborview Medical Center.
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