Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 30, 2000
Stop the bleeding
Doctors may eventually use sound waves to halt haemorrhages deep within the body without having to slice into a patient.

New ground-based photos of Mercury's unseen surface obtained by Boston University astronomers
Images from a ground-based telescope revealing details of Mercury's surface were released by a team of astronomers from Boston University's Center for Space Physics in the May issue of The Astronomical Journal and at the meeting of the American Geophysical Union in Washington, DC.

Virtual reality tool quantifies physics of a doctor's touch
University at Buffalo researchers are developing a system that will allow physicians to use virtual reality to store information about what they feel during an exam.

Spiders get better web sites by rising early
The early spider catches the web site. Instead of fighting for space, larger spiders in colonies rise early to claim the best spots, Researchers at the University of Cincinnati and Cornell University have discovered.

Virtual medical system beams Navy into 21st Century
A new virtual medical system under development at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory could save time and potentially lives by helping Navy medical corpsmen treat and transport injured sailors or marines more efficiently.

Zeno's quantum paradox reversed: Watching a flying arrow increase its speed
For over 2,500 years, scientists and philosophers have been grappling with Zeno of Elea's famous paradox.

Rockets or rainforest
Guyana's agreement to sell a large patch of swampy rainforest to a Texan rocket-launch company, has angered environmentalists.

Ultrasound technology may help glaucoma patients, study suggests
Ultrasound technology may soon play an important role in the treatment of glaucoma, an eye disease that can lead to blindness.

NEAR Shoemaker observations link Eros to primordial solar system
NEAR Shoemaker probe gets evidence that the asteroid it is orbiting is made of material left over from the primordial solar system, before planets began forming.

Antarctic environment and global climate
Learning how Antarctica has responded to changes in the past is a key to understanding the global climate changes that concern us today.

Welch Award honors 2 for unlocking nature's secrets
Sir Alan R. Battersby and A. Ian Scott will share the $300,000 annual Welch Award recognizing their lifetime achievements in biosynthesis and bioorganic chemistry.

New analysis sheds light on Earth's origins
A new analytical method has resolved a longstanding scientific debate on the origins of Earth and the moon.

Penn study finds no adverse cardiovascular effects from Viagra in men with existing heart disesae
Viagra has no direct adverse cardiovascular effects in men with severe coronary artery disease, according to a study by University of Pennsylvania researchers.

Cancer conference unveils new alternative therapies, research
Comprehensive Cancer Care is nation's only conference exploring how alternative and traditional therapies work together.

Internet companies profit more from B2B e-commerce than brick and mortar firms, paper argues
Marketplace collaborations allow Internet companies to profit more from B2B e-commerce than brick-and-mortar companies, according to a paper delivered this month at a convention of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMSĀ®).

Valuable Arabidopsis data released through unique public-private partership
New data that will allow researchers to isolate essentially any gene in Arabidopsis, a mustard plant that serves as a model organism for scientists worldwide--and will greatly facilitate the goal of understanding the function of every gene in Arabidopsis within the next 10 years--have just been released by The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR).

New potential drug target for Alzheimer's disease
Researchers at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons have determined that a cell receptor, called RAGE, may be a new potential target for compounds that may treat or prevent Alzheimer's disease.

May advanced space transportation media update
Engineers developing air-breathing rocket propulsion technology achieved an important milestone in May.

Disruptions from Sun's geomagnetic storms forecast with 'cat-scan' of solar wind
Three-dimensional images of magnetic storms from the Sun, developed by physicists at the University of California, San Diego and Japan's Nagoya University, are allowing space- weather forecasters to improve their predictions of solar disruptions on Earth as the Sun moves into the most active period of its 11-year cycle.

Hydroelectric dams stoke global warming
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