Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 10, 2000
Running out of reptiles
National attention has been riveted on the issue of amphibian declines for years and has intensified with each new report of vanishing populations or deformities.

Zirconate material will improve plutonium storage safety
An international research team, led by University of Michigan scientists, has found that gadolinium zirconate is much more resistant to radiation than the ceramic currently being considered for disposal of plutonium from dismantled nuclear weapons in the United States.

The English patient -- facing covert privatisation of the NHS
Government proposals to allow NHS bodies to levy charges for the personal elements of care will fundamentally change the way some English patients receive health care, says an editorial in this week's BMJ.

Wisconsin lake study shows persistence of acid rain effects
Wisconsin's Little Rock Lake, the site of a landmark study on the effects of acid rain, has been taken to chemical hell and back, and seemingly recovered from the trip.

Dibblee Medal awarded to retired USGS scientist, Thomas A. Steven
The 7th Annual Dibblee Award Medal was awarded June 17, 2000 to Thomas A.

Media briefing on cyberspace and everyday life
This briefing will present new work on the consequences of living in a highly-wired, broadband society.

'Fat switch' fights flab at the cellular level, Science authors report
The discovery of a cellular

Engineers develop systems to ease 'bottle neck' in air traffic control system
Two Virginia Tech engineers are calling for a change in the way air traffic controllers perform their work in order to help alleviate the enormous time delays air travelers are now experiencing.

UCSF researchers identify regulator of critical brain messenger, hinting at therapy
In the dynamic world of the central nervous system, the neurotransmitter glutamate is a key player, ceaselessly transmitting critical instructions between nerve cells.

Placebo controlled trials -- a moral issue?
The World Medical Association is debating the next revision of the Declaration of Helsinki which covers issues surrounding using patients in medical trials.

Physicians have seen a rise in the number of infants suffering from rickets
In the past 10 years, physicians have been seeing an increase in the number of infants diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency rickets, a disease once considered to be virtually nonexistent, according to an article in the August edition of the Journal of Pediatrics.

Chillis - a red hot export?
South Australia's climate is more Mediterranean than South American, but an Adelaide University researcher has been developing horticultural techniques to grow chillis there.

Radiation procedure to prevent closing of arteries after angioplasty and stenting approved by FDA for expanded use with patients
A clinical trial on a procedure that delivers radiation to arteries to prevent them from re-closing after patients are treated with angioplasty and stenting has been so successful that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the trial can be expanded.

High-resolution image illuminates catalytic engine of the ribosome
Using a high-energy x-ray beam to probe fragile crystals of RNA and protein, HHMI researchers have obtained the most detailed images ever seen of the ribosome, a protein-making machine found in all cells.

First born children of older mothers at greater risk of diabetes
Children of older mothers have an increased risk of diabetes according a new study published in this week's BMJ.
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