Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 18, 2000
Yale receives $3 million for the study and treatment of personality disorders
Yale has received a $3 million grant from a Swiss family to study borderline personality disorder, as well as other personality disorders.

Hummingbird space probe
NASA engineers want to build a space probe that behaves like a hummingbird to check out comets.

All you need to block satellite systems is the Internet
Instructions on how to block satellite signals can be found on the Internet.

ASTA opposes EU proposal to label genetically modified seed
There is no scientific rationale for labeling seed based on the method used to produce it, says the American Seed Trade Association in response to the European Union's recent proposal to the World Trade Organization to require labeling of genetically modified seed.

Chatting over backyard fence is most effective form of communication, USC researchers say
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Sludge power
A bacterial fuel cell could run communications equipment in space.

Canadian study shows laws requiring bike helmets work
Bicyclists dramatically increased how often they donned safety helmets following a bicycle helmet law enacted in 1996 in British Columbia, according to a report released Tuesday (April 18) by Canada's Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) and the Highway Safety Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Way in which vaccination given may contribute to falling uptake
Mothers may be deterred from bringing their infants to be vaccinated if they feel that health professionals are unsympathetic to them and the pain inflicted on their children, suggests research in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Occupational disease associated with pneumatic tool use worsened by smoking
Workers who frequently use pneumatic and oscillating tools often suffer from vibration white finger, otherwise known as occupational Raynaud's phenomenon.

Measles infection and and two or more younger siblings seem to protect against asthma
Having measles before the age of 3 and two or more younger siblings seems to protect against asthma, finds a study in Thorax.

Enjoyable mother/adult daughter chats become more realistic as women age
The sweet closeness in enjoyable visits between middle-aged mothers and their young adult daughters fades as the women age and is replaced by a more realistic interaction that includes negatives as well as positives, a Penn State researcher has found.

University of Pittsburgh researchers develop computer system to predict impending arrhythmia and sudden death
A team of computer software engineers at the University of Pittsburgh has developed and patented a computerized system that can predict a cardiac arrhythmia or sudden death up to eight hours prior to the onset of symptoms.

Smoking in later life linked to impaired intellect
Smoking in later life seems to be linked to intellectual impairment over the age of 65, suggests new research. 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