Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 23, 1999
Puzzle of galactic evolution solved
Massive clouds of gas, discovered long ago but only recently identified as being within the margins of the Milky Way, play a key role in the ability of the galaxy to churn out new stars by raining gas onto the plane of the galaxy, a new report suggests.

Heart bypass graft markers ease later cardiac catheterization
A new study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St.

BATSE finds most distant quasar yet seen in soft gamma rays
Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, a supermassive black hole burped and sent a flash of gamma rays that arrived at Earth 11 billion years later.

Gobbling food helps threadsnakes avoid danger; in a snake-eat-ant world, it's survival of the fastest
Although large snakes often fascinate people with their ability to swallow prey many times their size, the snakes' diminutive relatives, threadsnakes, have a unique feeding mechanism which may be equally important, according to University of Massachusetts biologists.

Crossing rice with its wild cousins works wonders
Crossing scrawny wild species of rice with their commercial relatives is boosting rice yields by 10 to 20 per cent.

Oregon Health Sciences University researchers find a genetic link between vascular disease and a common human herpes virus
OHSU researchers have found a connection between human cytomegalovirus and vascular disease.

China now leads world in sulfur emissions, study shows
An ambitious analysis of global sulfur emissions shows that the United States, Europe and former Soviet Union have stabilized their emissions over 20 years, but mainland China now leads the world in most sulfur emissions produced in a country.

New transgenic mouse likely to advance Alzheimer's disease research
A new strain of mice develops, with age, damaging tangles of a normal protein called tau in neurons.

Seattle researchers uncover structure of blood-clotting protein involved in most common form of hemophilia
Seattle researchers have described the structure of a key blood-clotting protein implicated in hemophilia A, the most prevalent and serious type of hemophilia.

"Preventing the second HIV epidemic" is focus for World AIDS Day symposium on December 1
The UCSF AIDS Research Institute will sponsor a special symposium addressing the theme

MGH researchers first to identify genetic malfunction in type 1 diabetes
A research study from the Massachusetts General Hospital has identified a gene malfunction that appears to be central to the development of type 1 diabetes.

Successful aging: Keeping socially active, not just active, key to well-being
A researcher at Washington University School of Medicine in St.

Moderate caffeine use does not increase miscarriage risk but high caffeine use doubles risk
Consuming the amount of caffeine equivalent to that found in 1 to 2 cups of coffee does not appear to increase a pregnant women's chances of having a miscarriage.

Are there parts of the universe where time runs backwards?
The Universe may contain regions where milk would stir itself out of coffee and eggs would un-break, according to a physicist in New York state.
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