Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 17, 2000
Terra spacecraft and ER-2 aircraft begin study of Southern Africa's environment
NASA's Terra spacecraft and ER-2 aircraft made their first synchronized scientific observations over Southern Africa on Aug.

Pittsburgh researcher receives national award
Chemical engineer Raman Venkatesh of Pittsburgh, Pa., will be honored on August 20 by the world's largest scientific society for developing the first cost-effective process to remove the toxic contaminants perchlorate and nitrate from drinking water.

Connecticut researchers receive national award
Two Connecticut chemists and their Croatian colleagues will be honored on August 20 by the world's largest scientific society for discovering a new and unusual kind of antibiotic.

Parents need help to tell their children about cancer
Most parents diagnosed with cancer avoid communicating with their children in the hope of preventing distress.

Third generation pills do not increase risk of venous clotting
The newer types of combined oral contraceptive pills do not put women at increased risk of clots in the veins, contrary to previous information, a study in the BMJ shows this week.

New Jersey researchers receive national award
Medicinal chemists Miguel A. Ondetti of Princeton, N.J., and David W.

Swiss research team receives American award
A team of chemists led by Peter Buehlmayer of Basel, Switzerland, will be honored on August 20 by the world's largest scientific society for its role in discovering valsartan, a drug that controls high blood pressure without causing side effects.

Genetic program builds the pipeline that nourishes tumor growth
Detailed analysis of the activity levels of thousands of genes isolated from normal and cancerous tissue has led to the identification of a genetic program that constructs the pipeline that supplies blood and nutrients to colorectal tumors.

Michigan researchers receive national award
The husband and wife team of Stan and Iris Ovshinsky of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., will be honored on August 20 by the world's largest scientific society for 40 years of energy innovations, including development of better batteries for electric cars, roof shingles that convert sunlight to electricity, and hydrogen-fuel technology.

Gigantic new telescope to unlock secrets of the universe
On August 25, 2000, the National Science Foundation's National Radio Astronomy Observatory and Associated Universities, Inc., will dedicate the world's largest fully steerable radio telescope, the Green Bank Telescope.

Hopkins researchers uncover new information about tumor angiogenesis
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center and Howard Hughes Medical Institute have uncovered important new biological information about how cancer cells grow and spread.

Treatment could help thousands who experience blockage after angioplasty procedure
More than 300,000 angioplasty procedures are performed in the United States every year, but in almost 40percent of those cases tissue grows back in the blood vessel and additional blockages develop - all because of the trauma associated with inserting the angioplasty catheter itself.

New conserve water educators guide now available
In the midst of one of the driest summers in many parts of the United States, the headquarters of The Watercourse and International Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is releasing the Conserve Water Educators Guide, a new publication of The Watercourse's national water conservation education division.

American award recognizes Swiss researchers
Wilfried Bauer and Trevor Petcher of Basel, Switzerland, will be honored on August 20 by the world's largest scientific society for their role in discovering octreotide, a versatile drug first used to help patients who suffer from excess growth hormone.

Does homoeopathy have a therapeutic effect?
Much scepticism exists about the effectiveness of homoeopathy, but the time may have come to confront the idea that homoeopathic treatment differs from placebo - a chemically inert substance given in place of a drug - according a new study published in this week's BMJ.

Creeping reduces quake risk on Berkeley fault, say Science authors
A new model of the northern Hayward Fault in California's San Francisco Bay Area suggests that a major earthquake along that portion of the fault may be less likely than previously suspected.

The ultimate pocket protector--radiation detection made easy
The Department of Energy's Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory has created a dosimeter capable of simultaneously detecting two types of radiation-bundles of massless energy called gamma rays and tiny particles called neutrons.

Webster research team receives national award
Chemists Damodar Pai, John Yanus and Milan Stolka of Webster, N.Y., will be honored on August 20 by the world's largest scientific society for innovations that made laser printers more durable and affordable for home as well as office use.

Teenagers who become pregnant do seek contraceptive advice
Teenagers who become pregnant are not as reluctant or ill informed about contraception as previously assumed.

Changes in psychiatric care blamed for increased deaths among schizophrenia patients
Increased death rates among patients with schizophrenia are most probably due to fundamental changes in psychiatric care and a reduction in hospital beds, says a study in this week's BMJ.

Ohio researcher receives national award
M. David Francis of Wyoming, Ohio, will be honored on August 20 by the world's largest scientific society for his pioneering role in developing fluoride additives for toothpaste, bone-strengthening pharmaceuticals and other medical products.
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