Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 13, 2000
UK's ZeTek, ORNL technology Tennessee-bound
ZeTek Power Corp. will soon be using technology licensed from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and setting up shop in East Tennessee.

California anti-smoking program may have saved more than 30,000 lives from heart disease, UCSF study shows; cutbacks linked to 8300 excess deaths
An estimated 33,300 heart-disease deaths were prevented during the first nine years of the voter-approved anti- smoking program in California, according to a new report by researchers at UCSF.

New $35.5 million center for mind, brain and learning created at UW
A Center for Mind, Brain and Learning to conduct innovative research on early brain and behavorial development has been created at the University of Washington with a $35.5 million pledge.

Sushi condiment may prevent cavities
Wasabi, the pungent green horseradish served with Japanese sushi, has been found to afford yet another health benefit: it could prevent tooth decay.

Studies show normal children today report more anxiety than child psychiatric patients in the 1950's
Two new meta-analytic studies involving thousands of children and college students show that anxiety has increased substantially since the 1950's.

NASA Goddard scientists present new results at Fall AGU meeting
New insights on warming of the stratosphere, breakup of Antarctic ice shelves, and many other earth science topics will be presented by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center scientists this week at the Fall 2000 American Geophysical Union meeting.

Vanderbilt neuroscientists identify 'oops center' in the brain
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Ecstasy use up sharply; use of many drugs steady, some declines
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Animal study show that heat-sensitive liposome improves chemotherapy delivery to tumors
A tiny fat-based spherical structure called a liposome, modified at Duke to be sensitive to mild heating, can triple the amount of an anti-cancer drug delivered to tumors in mice compared to other liposome-based drug-delivery methods, Duke Medical Center researchers reported Thursday.

Study identifies effective nonhormonal remedy for hot flashes
Venlafaxine, one of the newer antidepressant drugs, alleviates hot flashes in about 60 percent of breast cancer survivors and other women with postmenopausal symptoms, according to a new study conducted by the North Central Cancer Treatment Group, a clinical trials cooperative group based at Mayo Clinic.

Population growth and the environment
Population growth and residential and commercial development are having environmental impacts in areas that are far from the nation's urban centers, according to an analysis by two University of Maine professors and a the U.S.

Tobacco settlement $ = biomedical research; business development
The State of Michigan Life Sciences Corridor has awarded the first grants from tobacco settlement revenue to support life sciences research and economic development throughout the state.

Naturally occurring radiogenic isotopes make effective groundwater flow tracers
Researchers successfully identified regional groundwater flow paths in the Eastern Snake River Plain aquifer by analyzing radiogenic isotope ratios.

New non-stick? Many uses possible from "squeezed" molecules
Chemical engineers have found a way to group molecules so tightly that they form a slick surface useful for a multitude of medical, technical and industrial applications.

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