Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 13, 2003
Odors summon emotion and influence behavior, new study says
Psychologist Rachel S. Herz found that college students stymied by a computer game exhibited their frustration during a later word test when they were in a room with the same scent.

Hebrew University excavations strengthen dating of archaeological findings to David, Solomon
A new, laboratory-based affirmation of the existence of a united Israelite monarchy headed by kings David and Solomon in the 10th century B.C.E. has been revealed as the result of excavations carried out by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Institute of Archeology.

Intrusive emotional memories make rats forget recently learned information, USF/VA researchers find
Researchers have shown for the first time that intrusive emotional memories disrupt rats' ability to learn new information -- a symptom common in people with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Bone loss possible after stomach reduction surgery, says University of Pittsburgh study
Women and men who have stomach reduction surgery to lose weight may be losing bone even when they take daily calcium supplements, putting them at risk for osteoporosis and bone fracture.

Adolescent girls who consume more calcium weigh less
The first large study to look at total calcium consumption in adolescents found that girls who consumed more calcium weighed less and had lower body fat.

Cholestyramine shows protective effects for marine toxin poisoning
Investigators at NOAA's National Ocean Service have observed that a commonly used cholesterol-lowering drug provides protective effects to a toxin produced by microscopic marine algae.

Discovery of how prolactin travels to gene's machinery helps explain its role in breast cancer
Dr. Charles Clevenger, the same researcher who first demonstrated the scope and mechanism of prolactin's role in cancer, has discovered that prolactin functions directly inside the cell, not merely by sending signals across the cell membrane as had been assumed for it and all other peptide hormones. 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