Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 17, 1999
New books view storms, the stratosphere, and more
A global perspective on storms, a glimpse into creeping degradation of the Aral Sea, and a portrait of the stratosphere await readers of recent books by National Center for Atmospheric Research scientists.

Poll shows state residents give governor high marks
Governor Jim Hunt gets higher marks from N.C. residents for doing his job well than President Bill Clinton and U.S. senators John Edwards and Jessie Helms, according to a new survey conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Evidence for historic global warming published in Science
By analyzing a core of sediments from the ocean floor, scientists have discovered strong evidence linking a dramatic period of global warming, approximately 55.5 million years ago, to a massive release of methane, an event that resulted in an extensive die-off of deep sea dwelling organisms, according to this week's issue of Science.

UI antibiotic resistance investigations indicate both good and bad news
The University of Iowa has good and bad news to report on the war against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Vion's toxicology data highlights TAPET®'s safety profile
Vion presented preclinical toxicology data on TAPET® candidate VNP20009 for potential use as an antitumor agent/delivery vector at AACR/NCI/EORTC meeting on November 18, 1999.

Distance education with an edge
Mix an irreverent sense of humor and a little social insight with a good understanding of the details and nuances of science and you have The Why Files, one of the web's critically acclaimed science destinations.

American Psychoanalytic Association Fall 1999 meeting
The American Psychoanalytic Assocation 1999 Fall Meeting. December 15-19 1999 Waldorf Astoria Hotel New York

Science and Amersham Pharmacia Biotech award Young Scientist Prize
Victor Velculescu, a 29-year old cancer researcher at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center in Baltimore, is the grand prize winner of the Amersham Pharmacia Biotech & Science Young Scientist Award for his enterprising work on a technique that provides a

New target identified for chronic pain therapy
Scientists funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) may soon be able to reduce sensitivity to stimuli that are associated with chronic neuropathic and inflammatory pain by disabling certain nerve cells that send pain signals to the brain.

Scientists discover how to make nanostructures assemble themselves
Princeton researchers created ultrasmall plastic structures with a method that is cheaper and more versatile than previous techniques.

New tool for comparative gene studies
A great deal is known about how model organisms such as fruit flies, nematodes and mice develop.

Scientists discover how cells 'catch' a cold
In what could be a first step toward finding a cure for the common cold, scientists at the U.S.

Public-private partnership develops digital atlas for the Greater Yellowstone area
A state- of-the-art digital atlas of the Greater Yellowstone area is being released that will serve as a powerful information resource for many users in the Yellowstone ecosystem and nationwide.

Vion's armed TAPET® vector caused complete tumor regression in animals
Vion presented armed TAPET® preclinical data at AACR/NCI/EORTC meeting in D.C.

Earth's core may contain 'cold front' of molten iron
One of the world's biggest cold fronts might be under our feet rather than over our heads, according to results from earth scientists at The Johns Hopkins University.

Insulin-free diabetes research receives funding boost
Research conducted by the University of Alberta (UofA) diabetes research team received a $2.7 million funding boost recently, moving it closer to achieving insulin-free treatment for diabetics.

Wage disparity still large, despite more women becoming own boss
Study finds that a lot more women are becoming their own bosses but that the earnings disparity between the genders is still high.

Researchers turn carbon dioxide into gel
A Yale research team has succeeded for the first time in turning supercritical carbon dioxide, which is CO2 under tremendous pressure, into gel form.

Mayo Clinic researcher finds nearly one out of ten female soldiers suffer from eating disorders
A researcher at Mayo Clinic has found that eating disorders plague eight percent of women on active duty in the United States Army.
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