Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 19, 2000
'Roadmap' to guide U.S. photovoltaics industry in 21st century
Solar-cell manufacturers and suppliers see photovoltaics (PV) producing at least 15 percent of the additional electrical power the United States will need in 2020.

Wake Forest University School of Medicine launches major research initiative
Wake Forest University School of Medicine will hire more than 60 new faculty members in five research areas and strengthen its support of other research efforts as part of a $67 million initiative to build on its longstanding research tradition and create a research engine for economic growth

Modern-day butterflies 'invented' by bats
The evolutionary development of modern-day butterflies was so profoundly influenced by insect-eating bats that they could be credited with

Genes pertaining to 'maleness' evolve more rapidly than their non-sexual counterparts
Researchers at the University of Chicago report in the January 20 issue of Nature that genes pertaining to male reproduction--those involved in sperm production, transfer and morphology--evolve much faster than their non-sexual counterparts.

Database atomic quantum phase
The U-M experiment is the first to test a theoretical approach to using quantum phase for data storage and retrieval

Study may help clarify how cells grow
A study led by a University of North Carolina scientist sheds new light on the process of cell growth regulation.

Copper-lowering drug stabilizes advanced cancer in anti-angiogenesis trial
By depriving cancer tumors of the copper supply they need to form new blood vessels, researchers at the University of Michigan report they have stopped the growth and spread of the disease in a small group of patients with advanced cancer for over a year.

An algorithm for the ages: PSLQ, a better way to find integer relations
Named one of the top 10

Dutch archaeologists uncover earliest Egyptian temple
During excavations at Tel Ibrahim Awad in the eastern Nile Delta, Dutch archaeologists, funded by NWO, discovered a large Middle Kingdom temple.

University of New Orleans researcher develops nontoxic corrosion inhibitor
In the current wave of environmental prudence and cost- cutting consciousness, University of New Orleans researcher developed a new, environmentally friendly corrosion inhibitor that could save the military and commercial airline industry millions of dollars in their war against corrosion.

Register now for the 2000 AAAS Annual Meeting
The 2000 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science will be held February 17-22 in Washington, D.C. at the Marriott Wardman Park and Omni Shoreham Hotels.

Routine preoperative tests for cataract surgery are unnecessary
Standard medical exams routinely performed before cataract surgery do not measurably improve outcomes or reduce deaths or complications from the surgery, according to a Johns Hopkins-led study.

Deadly to cattle and humans, prions may help other organisms survive, researchers find
Molecular studies have yielded surprising evidence that the contorted, often deadly proteins known as prions may serve a beneficial role in some organisms, and possibly in humans.

Last unidentified sport fish in North America gets a scientific name
Scientists have identified a new species of bass, making the finned fighter likely the last game fish in North America to get a scientific name, says a University of Florida researcher. 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