Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 30, 2002
Market potential exists for superconductivity in medical, energy, transportation sectors
From new medical and communications devices to super-efficient power systems, the science of superconductivity has enormous potential in the marketplace, according to a report to be released in Houston on Aug.

On-line home shopping habits go under the spotlight
The buying habits of Internet shoppers from home have become the focus of attention at the new Home Shopping Research Unit at Cardiff University.

Penn graduate students design new concepts for East Fremont Street in Las Vegas
Las Vegas city officials are putting their faith in the products of a University of Pennsylvania design studio.

Scientists determine age of New World map
Scientists from the University of Arizona, the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the Smithsonian Institution have used carbon-dating technology to determine the age of a controversial parchment that might be the first-ever map of North America.

New study: Sleep apnea linked to decreased libido
Men who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea -- the inability to breathe properly during sleep -- produce lower levels of testosterone, resulting in decreased libido and sexual activity, according to researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

Some sports linked to unhealthy eating behaviors in girls
Girls involved in sports that emphasize staying at a certain weight are more likely than their peers to practice unhealthy eating behaviors to achieve their desired weight, a new large-scale study confirms.

Cambodian government creates 1,000,000-acre protected area
The Cambodian government announced today the creation of the Central Cardamoms Protected Forest, a 1,000,000-acre (402,000-hectare) area in southwestern Cambodia's Central Cardamom Mountains.

Cosmic rays linked to global warming
Researchers studying global warming have often been confounded by the differences between observed increases in surface-level temperatures and unchanging low-atmosphere temperatures.

A drug's effectiveness for depression is linked to the body's unique response to treatment
The thousands of Americans who are clinically depressed seek therapeutic treatment.

Art work, meditation and group support may help cancer patients live more fulfilling life
Coping with cancer can lead to uncertainty about what kind of life a patient will have in the future.

Physicians' sun protection lapses match those of patients
Physicians are no more likely than their patients to protect themselves from the sun's harmful rays, a new study reveals.

Wild plant or food plant?
Distinctly sculptured opaline phytoliths in soil and plant remains tell archaeologists which plants were present thousands of years ago.

Beyond prescribed burning
Combining fuel reduction treatments may be the best way to manage the risk of fire in southern pine forests, according to recent USDA Forest Service research.

Scientists find cause of dead crabs, fish off coast
An unusual combination of oceanic and atmospheric events may be to blame for a mysterious and sudden die-off of numerous crabs, fish and invertebrate animals off the central Oregon coast during the past two weeks. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to