Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 23, 2000
Shift in Great Lakes 'seasons' may reflect warming trend
Scrutinizing a 139-year record of Great Lakes water levels, a University of Wisconsin-Madison scientist has discovered a dramatic shift in the seasonal changes in water levels on the Great Lakes.

Astronomers wipe clean their cosmic window
An Australian-led team of 30 astronomers from 4 countries has used CSIRO's Parkes radio telescope to make the first picture of the sky in which the Milky Way no longer blocks our view of the Universe beyond.

Membrane protein research yields new insight into inner workings of the cell
Biophysicists at the National Science Foundation's National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida, have discovered that membrane proteins give rise to unique patterns of signals in their nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra.

GM seed may be more widespread than we think
According to an American company, the latest furore over accidental planting of genetically modified seed in Europe may be just the tip of the iceberg.

UNC-CH experiments reveal new 'pen' can disinfect water
Researchers have developed a battery-powered disinfecting

Treatment helps dyslexics significantly improve reading, shows brain changes as children learn
A novel treatment for dyslexia not only helps children significantly improve their reading skills but also shows that the brain changes as dyslexics learn.

Fiery birth of new Pacific island
An international science team has witnessed the dramatic birth of a new volcanic island in the Pacific.

Suitland High School teacher wins regional chemistry teaching award
Mary Kochansky, a chemistry teacher at Suitland High School in Forestville, Md., has received the Middle Atlantic Regional High School Chemistry Teaching Award from the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.

Stickers warn of UV radiation
Avoiding sunburn will be easier with the Sticker, a dime- sized patch worn on the skin or clothing, that changes color when the wearer has had too much sun.

Twenty years of radio observations to highlight VLA's anniversary
Scientists next week will mark the 20th anniversary of the National Science Foundation's Very Large Array (VLA), the most powerful, flexible and widely-used radio telescope in the world.

UT Southwestern researchers develop severity index for Alzheimer's disease
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas researchers have developed an easy, inexpensive index to measure the severity of Alzheimer's disease.

Researchers identify key enzyme in aneurysm development
Up to 9 percent of people over age 65 are carrying a time bomb that one day could kill them in minutes: a weak area in the aorta, the main artery coursing from the heart.

Yale study pinpoints how plants adjust to and grow in various lighting conditions
Yale researchers have identified how plants adjust their growth patterns to adapt to various lighting environments, paving the way for development of bigger, stronger plants that are more tolerant to pests and pathogens--bacteria and fungus.

Study suggests many e-mail users cut long-distance calls
An Ohio State study of 309 personal e-mail users in Ohio found that nearly half say they make fewer long-distance telephone calls since they've gone online.

Asprin-like drugs may be useful for cancer treatment, study suggests
An enzyme implicated in colon cancer may also play a role in other cancers by promoting development of blood vessels to feed tumors, a Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center team reports in the June 1 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Cincinnati high school teacher wins regional chemistry teaching award
Linda Ford, a chemistry teacher at Seven Hills School in Cincinnati, Ohio, has received the Central Regional High School Chemistry Teaching Award from the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.

Battery-operated pen quickly disinfects drinking water
Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a battery-operated pen that can quickly turn a simple salt solution into a powerful concoction of oxidants that can safely disinfect drinking water.

Gene responsible for aging found in yeast
Researchers have discovered that the secret to slowing the aging process in yeast is calorie restriction and have also identified the gene involved, a finding that could have potential for the development of anti-aging therapies.

Chautauqua 2000 demonstrates cutting-edge web-based remote conferencing technology
You can participate remotely in Chautauqua 2000, an event that uses and demonstrates the growing power of the National Computational Science Alliance's Access Grid for interactive remote conferencing, at Boston University on June 13-15 or August 1-3.

We have a lot more to learn before we can halt the AIDS pandemic
Basic ignorance about how vaccines like polio and measles actually work is stalling the urgent quest for an AIDS vaccine, say leading HIV researchers.

Biomedical informatics research group develops teaching/diagnostic software
A multidisciplinary informatics research group working in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine has created a Java-based 'Problem List Generator' learning tool that helps veterinary students improve deductive reasoning skills as they learn the art and science of diagnosing disease.

Hypnosis as smoking cessation therapy needs further scrutiny
Smokers who are hopeful that hypnosis will help them kick their habit need to temper their expectations.

Glucowatch could give diabetics updates on their health
A watch-like monitor is close to revolutionising the prospects for diabetics.
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