Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 08, 2001
Drug treatment of lead-exposed children does not improve psychological test scores
Using a lead-lowering drug to reverse the IQ damage associated with the lead exposure has proved ineffective, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences announced today.

Lobsters play biological violins
A Duke University graduate student has discovered that spiny lobsters make sound using the biological equivalent of a violin - the first time such a mechanism has been found in nature.

The other side of the nursing shortage: why successful professionals with advanced degrees are choosing nursing.
In spite of the shortage, nursing is attracting young people from diverse professions who have purposively chosen nursing as a career .

Jefferson scientist receives award to develop test to find genetic signatures of cancer
A scientist at Jefferson Medical College has been awarded a one-year grant for $100,000 from the National Cancer Institute's Early Detection Research Network to develop a test to detect bits of genetic information in the urine, including DNA from tumors or developing fetuses.

High school students present original math research at Rutgers conference
Twenty-nine high school students from across the United States presented results from original mathematical research during an April 28 Rutgers conference,

Breaking the speed limit
A hypersonic wind tunnel that can test aircraft at 15 times the speed of sound is being designed by the US Air Force.

Harold Varmus, Lewis Branscomb are honored with the Vannevar Bush Award
The National Science Board (NSB) has named two renowned scientists to receive the Vannevar Bush Award for lifetime achievement in science and public service.

UNC work on Blackbeard wreck offers chance to develop techniques, reveal state, nation's past
Raising one of Blackbeard's largest crusty cannons, as divers plan to do off Atlantic Beach, N.C., Wednesday (May 9), is among the more visible and exciting aspects of salvaging a pirate wreck that's lain submerged 20 feet below the surface for nearly three centuries.

New form of nitrogen: a semiconductor
Scientists at the Carnegie Institution of Washington reported today they have created a new form of nitrogen by subjecting ordinary nitrogen gas, which makes up about 75 percent of the earth's atmosphere, to pressures of up to 2.4 million times the atmospheric pressure at sea level.

Antacids are as effective as surgery for treating severe heartburn, UT Southwestern physician shows
Many Americans suffer heartburn, but for some it's more frequent and serious.

Smoking cigarettes, cigars, pipes or using snuff or chewing tobacco does not cause brain cancer, Yale study shows
Although cigarette smoking and use of other tobacco products are considered to be the greatest single source of human exposure to certain carcinogens, they do not appear to cause brain cancer, a Yale investigation has found.

Scripps professor wins 25th Rosenstiel Award for contributions to marine science
Lynne Talley, a research oceanographer and professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, has been chosen as the recipient of the 25th annual Rosenstiel Award.

Patient finds relief of severe hiccups
A 58-year old woman found relief from a severe case of hiccups after seeking chiropractic care, reports the May 2001 issue of the Journal of the American Chiropractic Association (JACA).

BresaGen announces Australia's first cloned pig
An Australian biotechnology company has made a major breakthrough in cloning technology.

So just how many genes do we have?
Humans may have thousands more genes than the genome sequencers have led us to believe.

Moth larvae would rather starve than switch
The larvae of Manduca sexta, a moth nicknamed the tobacco hornworn, can become so chemically dependent to one of their favorite foods -- the leaves of eggplant, or potato and tomato plants -- that they would rather starve to death than eat leaves from other plants.

Computer can follow you even when you're out of sight
Researchers at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) have come up with a method of video manipulation which makes it possible to follow an object even if its contours change or it moves out of sight.

Walking protects women from cognitve decline
Walking may help women keep their brains young, according to research presented during the American Academy of Neurology's 53rd Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, May 5-11, 2001.
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