Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 15, 2000
Brown physicist proposes that electron may be split
Brown professor of physics and engineering Humphrey Maris proposes that it is possible to split the electron.

Voice from the grave
American researchers have discovered that a subtle change in the sound of the voice is the first sign that someone is serious about committing suicide.

Study finds cochlear implants cost-effective in children
Researchers at Johns Hopkins report that cochlear implants, electronic devices surgically implanted behind the ear to bring sound to profoundly deaf people, not only improve children's quality of life, but also are highly cost- effective, with an expected lifetime savings of $53,198.

A clean sweep
A laser 'broom' known as Project Orion, that can sweep space junk out of the path of the International Space Station will be tested on a Space Suttle mission in 2003.

NYU neuroscientists find long-term memories are surprisingly unstable and impermanent
NYU neuroscientists have discovered that the storage and retrieval of long-term memories of fearful experiences are surprisingly unstable.

Study Shows Glucose Consumption Increases Production of Destructive Free Radicals, Lowers Level of Key Antioxidant
A study by University at Buffalo researchers has shown that excess sugar in the bloodstream stimulates the generation of free radicals, the oxygen molecules known to damage cells lining blood vessels and many other organs.

Low dietary vitamin C can increase the risk for periodontal disease, especially in smokers
A study released today found that people who consume less than the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for vitamin C have slightly higher rates of periodontal disease.

LSU to establish first hurricane engineering program in the world
Louisiana State University has received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to establish a ground- breaking new curriculum in hurricane engineering.

Man longs for purity
Man's desire for purity is closely related to their need for order.

Rice research another step forward for green revolution
Field tests have shown that a new system of planting different varieties of rice plants can dramatically reduce problems with the most important fungal disease of rice, with implications for greater rice production around the world and more food for literally billions of people.

Insult laws threaten press freedom, new UNC-CH global research shows
In more than 100 of the world's states, journalists can be imprisoned for 'insulting' government officials and institutions, Dr.

Scarce evidence that chronic pain treatments work
Whether most methods of treating chronic pain actually help the patient is unclear.

Arthritis drug shows promise in breast tumor control, prevention
A drug commonly used to treat arthritis symptoms in humans is showing promise in reducing the number and size of cancerous breast tumors in animals.

Some autistic people have memory advantage for certain tasks
A new study suggests that some people with autism may have a better memory when performing certain tasks than do non- autistic people.

Cheer up
St John's Wort is about to get a revamp. Researchers in the US and Britain are trying to develop a form of the popular anti-depressant that doesn't interfere with other drugs.

Aging alters sleep and hormone levels sooner than expected
University of Chicago researchers report that age-related deterioration of sleep quality occurs in at least two stages.

Bullfrogs invading Canada's west coast
Bug-eyed bullfrogs with big appetites are invading lakes and ponds on southern Vancouver Island, eating other frogs plus fish, snakes, small mammals and birds.
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