Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 24, 2001
Internet taxes could weave a tangled web for e-business
The taxing of Internet purchases and services could create confusion in an e-business environment already in upheaval.

September media highlights - Geology and GSA Today
September GEOLOGY's newsworthy items include a new discovery of an extraterrestrial impact that caused End-Permian mass extinction; a biomineralization sunscreen for Archean life; a unique climate record from upstate New York--1000 yr of winter jet stream variability, its associated influence on northeastern US storms, and the jet stream position's

Permian extraterrestrial impact caused largest mass extinction on earth
What actually ended the Permian Period 251 million years ago?

Researchers find mercury pollution in wildfires
As thousands of acres burn across the western United States, scientists are flying over wildfires in the Pacific Northwest, measuring mercury emissions in their smoke.

Antimicrobial resistance poses increasing problem for growers
An apple a day may keep the doctor away but apples themselves are often the victims of disease.

Religious involvement found to have largest influence on self-esteem of young adolescents, according to national survey
Young adolescents who participate in religious activities evaluated themselves more positively than youths who don't participate in religious activities, according to a national survey of eighth graders that examined self-esteem of early adolescents.

The lands nobody wanted
According to an article in the August edition of Ecological Applications, nature reserves are not accomplishing a critical task: preserving the biodiversity of plant and animal species present in the lower-48 states.

Reforming psychiatry's DSM
Modern psychiatry has become mired in a system of disease classification that defines mental disorders by the way they look and not on biological or psychological processes, according to Paul R.

NASA spacecraft getting a boost to extend its watch on weather and climate processes
On August 22, NASA completed a set of maneuvers on the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) spacecraft to boost its orbit around Earth.

Virtual telescope observes record-breaking asteroid
Ceres, the first asteroid (minor planet) to be discovered in the Solar System, has held the record as the largest known object of its kind for two centuries.

International Nitrogen 2001 Conference
The Ecological Society of America is hosting the Second International Nitrogen Conference (N2001) from October 14-18, 2001 in Potomac, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC.

Fine needle biopsy accurate in the hands of trained practitioners, UCSF study finds
Thoroughly training doctors to perform fine needle biopsies dramatically increases diagnostic accuracy, UCSF researchers have reported.

'Footprints' of early human migration left in DNA
New research published in BMC Genetics examines 'footprints' left in mitochondrial DNA leading to the conclusion that after humans migrated out of Africa to Western Asia around sixty-to-seventy thousand years ago, subsequent migrations from Western Asia resulted in the populating of Europe and Northern Africa.

Religion and adolscent self-esteem-youth ministry experts comment
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Genetic mutation influences spread of AIDS; African population lacks mutation
Absence of a genetic mutation that protects people from HIV infection could be a major factor responsible for the current AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new model developed by University of Michigan scientists.

UNC scientists develop new way to calculate stability of proteins
Scientists from the University of North Carolina schools of medicine and pharmacy have teamed up to develop a new way to calculate the stability of cellular proteins.

"Obesity," guide for primary care doctors, published
The American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine has released

Superexchange seen in molecular electronic switch broadens design possibilities
Using photosynthesis as their model, chemists at Washington University in St.

September media highlights - The Geological Society Of America Bulletin
The September issue of the GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA BULLETIN includes new discoveries of the reptile Macroleter in Oklahoma--previously known only in Russia; a challenge to the Baja BC hypothesis; the travels of an ancient mountain from the North American interior to the Newfoundland Appalachians; and the use of uranium isotopic evidence for groundwater evolution in Idaho.
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