Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 26, 2002
UCLA researchers cool hot silicon chips by spraying them with water
Borrowing from a method often used to cool down on a hot summer day, UCLA researchers are coaxing more efficiency out of hot silicon chips by spraying them with water.

New P.E. study demonstrates vigorous exercise can lower adolescents' body fat, blood pressure
By cutting the time adolescents spend standing around in school physical education classes and boosting the amount of exercise they do, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill experts have shown they can control the children's body fat and lower their blood pressure.

Noggin mutation causes rare congenital hearing loss
If hearing loss runs in your family and the doctor says it's otosclerosis, it may be important to see a genetic counselor before you see a surgeon, according to new research from the University of Michigan Medical School.

Scientists sequence genome of rice-killing fungus
The genome of one of the world's worst plant blights - rice blast disease, which each year destroys enough rice to feed 60 million people worldwide - has been sequenced.

Antioxidant protects islet cells used in transplants for diabetes
A synthetic antioxidant developed by researchers at National Jewish Medical and Research Center improves the survival of islet cells used in transplants for diabetes.

American Thoracic Society Journal news tips for July (second issue)
Research published in the journal show that humming is an extremely effective way of increasing ventilation for your sinuses; that smoking by family members increases the likelihood that a child will be diagnosed with asthma before age 6; and that obstructive sleep apnea caused almost a 5-fold increase in heart disease.

UB researcher observes strong statistical correlation between prevalence of diabetes, air pollution
A dramatic statistical correlation between the prevalence of diabetes and air pollution levels has been demonstrated by a University at Buffalo researcher who publishes his observations in the August issue of the journal, Diabetes Care.

UC Riverside receives grant to study dads and teens
Two researchers from the University of California, Riverside are teaming up with three researchers from Arizona State University to study how fathers and stepfathers influence the mental health and behavior of teenagers.

Narcissism can be as much a hindrance as a help to relationships, new UGA study reports
For two decades, self-help books have hammered home a consistent theme for successful romantic relationships: first, you must love yourself.
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