Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 11, 2000
Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Computing - Electronic notebook ...Paper laboratory notebooks may go the way of the typewriter with the invention of the DOE Electronic Notebook.

'Top flight' mathematician receives presidential early career award
Jeffrey Borggaard, assistant professor of mathematics at Virginia Tech, received the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers April 12 in a ceremony at the White House.

U.S. math teachers' group stresses connections, equity
More than 10 years after becoming the first national teacher organization to release comprehensive educational standards for its subject area, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics has done it again.

Religious people show desire for interdependence, not weakness
The desire for independence is the key psychological difference that separates religious and non-religious people, new research suggests.

Identification of genes controlled by the weight-regulating hormone leptin may provide future targets for treating obesity
In the April 15 issue of the journal Genes & Development, researchers at Rockefeller University provide clues as to how a hormone that regulates body weight works.

Two statesmen of science are first of the new century to receive the Vannevar Bush Award
The National Science Board (NSB) has taken the unprecedented step of naming two renowned scientists to receive the coveted Vannevar Bush Award for lifetime achievement in science and public service.

Strict diets required for chronic disease management may increase risk of unhealthy eating behaviors
Young women with diseases that require them to adhere to a strict diet may be more vulnerable to a range of eating disturbances that varies depending on the disease, according to the results of a small study.

Four important steps to take before you take that supplement
A Cedars-Sinai Medical Center internist who has also studied herbal and other

UMass research team builds something from (almost) nothing
A team of University of Massachusetts researchers has found a way to make molecules that are too tiny to be seen, under even the strongest microscopes, behave in a predictable and orderly way.

From blimps to the space shuttle, helium's a historic gas
When Kansans first saw helium up close in the early 1900s, it was a public relations disaster.

NASA astronaut to speak to professional, amateur astronomers gathering in Huntsville April 13-15
NASA astronaut Dr. John Grunsfeld, a physicist at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, will speak at the 89th meeting of the American Association of Variable Star Observers at 8:30 p.m., April 15 at the Marriott Hotel in Huntsville, Ala.

Gorillas in the bits: remote sensing boosts efforts to protect mountain gorillas & rebuild Rwanda's economy
A partnership involving conservation organizations and universities on two continents is bringing new technology to bear on efforts to protect the endangered mountain gorillas popularized by the movie

Hands-off: the best way to reap benefits from step workout
Taking a hands-off approach is the best way for a woman to maximize her stepping-machine workout, a new study suggests.

UMass researchers find key to spurring methane conversion
Derek Lovley, head of the microbiology department at the University of Massachusetts, and Robert T.

UW co-hosts conference about healthy weight in adolescent women of color
University of Washington nutritionists and other health experts are addressing a growing national epidemic: obesity in adolescent women of color.

University of Rochester awarded patent for class of drugs known as cox-2 inhibitors
The University of Rochester has been awarded a patent for the use of the entire class of drugs known as cox-2 inhibitors, the popular new medications that have been heralded as

Data storage enters a new dimension
Holograms will be storing movies, pictures and computer data much sooner than anyone thought, according to a company in Minnesota.

Oxidants play major role in healing of damaged blood vessels
Researchers have long labeled oxidants as villains in the fight against heart disease.

Restored immunity protects AIDS patients from opportunistic infection
A new study led by a Columbia researcher demonstrates that HIV-infected patients who respond well to antiretroviral drugs can safely forgo antibiotics to prevent certain opportunistic infections.

Intergalactic travel
Intergalactic space travel is back on the agenda again. A Russian theorist has found a new type of wormhole compatible with Einstein's theory of relativity, that can be large and stable enough to allow voyages across the Universe.

Hair loss with chemotherapy could be on the way out
A cream or gel rubbed onto the scalp like shampoo could prevent hair loss for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

NHLBI study shows relationship between sleep apnea and hypertension
People with sleep apnea have a 45 percent greater risk of hypertension than people without the condition, according to the Sleep Heart Health Study from the NHLBI.

Caring for ill or disabled family member adversely affects emotional health, study shows
At least half of American women will care for a disabled family member during their lifetime. 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