Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 22, 2001
Drug can reduce pain for stroke patients
The drug lamotrigine can reduce the pain that affects some stroke patients, according to a study in the January 23 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Even low-level office noise can increase health risks
Low-level noise in offices can result in more stress and lower task motivation, which may contribute to heart and musculoskeletal problems, according to a study by Gary Evans, Cornell environmental psychologist.

Pioneering surgery seals ruptured birth sac
Three months after an unusual operation to seal a rupture in the fluid-filled sac protecting a pregnant woman's growing fetus, a healthy baby boy was delivered at NYU Medical Center.

New predatory dog-sized dinosaur unearthed on Madagascar
Fossilized remains of a bizarre, dog-sized predatory dinosaur were recently recovered on the island of Madagascar.

Carnegie Mellon Professor's unique new vision technology will be used to present replays in Super Bowl XXXV
CBS will use a new technology to present replays during the Super Bowl.

Parents and peers influence teen smoking and drinking
Teen smoking and drinking do not occur in a vacuum -- both parents and peers may promote or discourage substance abuse among teens, according to a study of more than 4,500 students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

Excessive pregnancy weight gain encourages obesity
Women who gain more than the amount recommended during pregnancy are four times more likely to be obese one year after giving birth compared with mothers who gain within the recommended range, says a Cornell University nutritionist

Brown-led team observes melting in a superconductor
Researchers from Brown University and the National Institute of Standards and Technology are the first to directly observe the melting of a vortex lattice in a superconductor.

Cassini camera visualizes the invisible during Jupiter flyby
A camera known as MIMI is helping scientists see the unseeable during Cassini's six-month swing around Jupiter.

Scientists discover supernova may control activity in the center of our galaxy
Scientists using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have discovered that an apparent supernova remnant in the center of our galaxy might help to regulate a nearby supermassive black hole and that such relationships between supernova remnants and black holes might be common throughout the universe.

Long-term care staff crisis costs lives yet could be solved
A severe shortage of nursing assistants and other personnel in nursing homes is resulting in more injuries, careless errors and deaths, risk of abuse and nursing home shutdowns, says Cornell University gerontologist Karl Pillemer.
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