Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 24, 2000
New partnership tests advanced supercomputing system
A research project to test one of the mos advanced shared- memory computing technologies available will be initiated this fall with installation of a new 512-processor supercomputer by a unique partnership of academic, government and industry collaborators.

Human-computer interaction gets a helping hand, eye and voice
Computers are one step closer to

Health of the homeless
This issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal presents three articles related to the health of the homeless and barriers that must be overcome to improve the overall well-being of marginalized members of our society.

Gabon ends logging in key wildlife area
In a unique agreement with logging companies and conservation organizations, the Government of Gabon has agreed to end logging in the 1,900-square-mile Lopé Reserve, home to the highest density of large mammals ever recorded in a rainforest, the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today.

Faulty practices threaten condor program
Releases of captive California condors into the wild will probably fail unless changes are made soon.

New research reveals jury bias against whiplash lawsuits
A new study by a University of Delaware professor indicates that potential jurors are highly skeptical of people who sue for soft or connective tissue automobile injuries, even if their quality of life is diminished.

Physicist uses science to pull off GOP National Convention
Physicist Jack Randorff uses science to transform a potentially noisy, reverberant political convention into a sonically viable meeting place.

Sandia Red Team hacks all defenses
The Sandia Red Team has successfully attacked every computing system the group has attempted, demonstrating that competent outsiders can hack into almost all networked computers as presently conformed, no matter how well guarded, even when attack methods are announced in advance.

Population-Development-Environment in Namibia: background readings
The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Multidisciplinary Research and Consultancy Centre at the University of Namibia announce the publication of Population-Development-Environment in Namibia: Background Readings.

Cincinnati researchers document environmental problems caused by tourist trade in Crete
Four teams of University of Cincinnati faculty and students spent two months this summer identifying problems and potential solutions related to tourism on the island of Crete.

Minimally invasive procedure offers long-term pain relief for patients with pancreatitis
Many more patients with chronic pancreatitis can safely turn to a minimally invasive operation for long-term pain relief, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins physicians.

Job burnout of cancer care workers
Dr. Eva Grunfeld and colleagues surveyed 1016 physicians, allied health professionals and support staff in the Ontario cancer care system about job stress and found that about one- third of the respondents in each group are considering leaving their jobs.

STD risk may be greater for internet sex seekers
People who seek sex partners through the Internet may be at greater risk for sexually transmitted diseases, including the virus that causes AIDS, according to an article in the July 26 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Coffee may be linked to rheumatoid arthritis
Coffee drinkers seem to be at increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, suggests research in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Ecstasy use depletes brain's serotonin levels
Use of the recreational drug Ecstasy causes a severe reduction in the amount of serotonin in the brain, according to a study in the July 25 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Worldwide chemical sales rise six percent to nearly $400 billion
German chemical giant BASF captured the largest share of worldwide chemical sales in 1999 for the fourth straight year.

Summer program at NASA Marshall Center fires students' dreams of space
In grade school, Douglas Neal dreamed of becoming an astronaut.
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