Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 05, 2000
Researchers home in on a gene that could play a major role in prostate cancer
Researchers who have spent 10 years studying brothers with prostate cancer are hot on the trail of a gene that may be significant for the cancer's development in many men.

Do mitigated wetlands really work? Only time will tell
Are man-made wetlands as good as the real thing? It's going to take scientists more than a dozen years to find out.

Short burst of stress may enhance immune system function
Researchers know that chronic stress negatively affects the body. But a new study suggests that there may be instances where short-term stress may help mobilize the immune system.

Surgical team from Cedars-Sinai travels to Ecuador to provide free care for children with live-threatening heart conditions
Two four-year-olds in Ecuador who were born as

About half of new jobs for women due to increased computer use
Many of the women who have joined the American workforce since the 1970s have the computer revolution to thank, according to a new study.

Engineers eavesdrop on 'aeroacoustics' of human voice
Engineers are trying to better understand and duplicate the aerodynamics and acoustics of the human voice, in part to help prevent profound changes to the voice after surgeries on the throat.

Ground-penetrating radar detects hard-to-find hazardous waste
Geophysicists at Ohio State University have found a new application for ground penetrating radar: detecting subsurface liquid hazardous waste.

Scientists discover significant new immune cell link to multiple sclerosis
Emory University pathologist Melissa A. Brown, Ph.D. and Ginny Secor, a doctoral student in Dr.

Most engineering schools don't require a course in ethics, UMass professor finds
Only about one-third of the nation's engineering schools require all students to take any courses in the ethics of engineering, according to Karl Stephan of the electrical and computer engineering department at the University of Massachusetts.

2000 Spring Meeting press registration
Spring Meeting, hosted by the American Geophysical Union and 10 other scientific societies, takes place from May 30 to June 3 in Washington, D.C.

Study: Methane cleans nitric oxide from power plant emissions
Engineers have learned to use methane to remove toxic nitric oxide emissions from the stack gases of coal-burning power plants.

UI study: first-generation antihistamine has more impact than alcohol on driving performance
A medication commonly found in over-the-counter cold and allergy remedies may cause more driving impairment than being legally drunk.

Dominant birds stay leaner than their subordinates, study finds
The early bird may get the worm, but the bird that dines just before going to bed has the real advantage.

'Thought-controlled' neuroprosthesis
Biomedical engineers have developed a prototype neuroprosthesis that a quadriplegic can use to grasp and manipulate objects just by thinking about it.

High credit card debt may be bad for your health, study suggests
High levels of credit card debt and debt stress may be bad for a person's health, new research suggests.

Whose science is it, anyway?: A conference on the uses and misuses of science in public discourse
On April 1 and 2 a distinguished panel of academic experts hosted by Boston University's Institute for the Study of Economic Culture will gather to discuss

Irregular heartbeat leads to greater complications in older Americans who have heart attacks
Having a heart attack is damaging enough for elderly Americans, but if they also have an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, outcomes are even worse, according to a new study in today's issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Formula additives boost small children's intelligence in study
Adding two substances found in breast milk to infant formula boosted the average intelligence scores in a group of 18- month-old children significantly, according to a study funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

Future power source for undersea vehicles
ONR-funded researchers at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, R.I., recently conducted a continuous 37-hour demonstration of a high-energy electric power source to propel unmanned undersea vehicles.

Dr Norman Li to receive the Perkin Medal : Celebrating creative chemistry
Dr Norman Li, separation science and technology pioneer, will be awarded the 2000 Perkin Medal.
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