Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 26, 2001
Scientific symposium focuses on nutritional beverages, August 26-28
Scientists report increasing insight into the potential health benefits of beverages ranging from tropical fruit juices to soy-based drinks.

Material could lead to self-healing cavities
A dental composite than can actually cause teeth to repair their own small cavities is under development by researchers with the National Institutes of Standards and the American Dental Association Health Foundation in Gaithersburg, Md.

New food packaging technique improves quality, extends shelf life
Packaging food with argon instead of nitrogen gas extends its shelf life, maintains its freshness, and improves its overall quality, according to research presented today at the 222nd national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.

UCLA neurobiologists identify brain cells that control breathing
For the first time, UCLA scientists have identified the small group of brain cells believed to generate breathing in mammals.

One out of ten female adolescents experience date violence and/or rape, says study of over 80,000 youths in Minnesota
Nearly one in ten girls and one in twenty boys report experiencing violence and/or being raped on a date, according to a survey of 81,247 ninth and twelfth grade boys and girls in Minnesota public schools.

Clay reduces permeability of biomedical polymer
A compound used in cosmetics and food supplements may help make artificial heart device polymer parts less permeable to air and water, according to a team of Penn State researchers.

Polymer could allow oral delivery of insulin to diabetics
A new material that could allow diabetics to take insulin by mouth will be discussed August 26 in Chicago at the 222nd national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.

Researchers building a trap for chromium six
Virginia Tech researchers are testing an innovative method for capturing and preserving chromium six until it can be tested.

Hypnosis may give false confidence in inaccurate memories
Hypnosis doesn't help people recall events more accurately - but it does make people more confident about inaccurate memories.

Researchers closer to delivering new insulin pill for diabetics
Chemical engineers are getting closer to developing a method for taking insulin and other medications orally instead of by injection and will discuss new findings during an American Chemical Society meeting Aug.

Israeli scientists discover gene responsible for hereditary muscle disease prevalent among Jews of Persian descent
Researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science and from Hadassah University Hospital have identified the gene that in its mutated form causes a degenerative muscle disease known as hereditary inclusion body myopathy, or HIBM.

Energy in the 21st century: government policy and alternative sources
Researchers address scientific questions underlying the political rhetoric and public concerns about energy, such as: How much energy do we use?
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