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  • 25 Feb 1999

    Early particle accelerators were the size of trash cans. Today they sprawl over an area as big as some golf courses. Tomorrow, will they girdle the globe? Physicists hope not.

  • 19 Jan 1999

    Scientists knew that nanotubes combine the strength of a weightlifter with the flexibility of a contortionist. But these tiny carbon hoses may also be near-perfect springs.

  • 14 Jan 1999

    Last summer a crack of slugger Mark McGwire's bat slammed a very special baseball into the hands of fan and genome scientist Philip Ozersky. The ball brought McGwire his record-setting 70th homer.

  • It was a chain of events only slightly less complicated than nuclear decay that made Representative Dennis Hastert (R-IL) Speaker of the House yesterday. And physicists hoping to embark on new neutrino studies at Fermilab (which sits in Hastert's district) applaud the appointment.

  • 23 Dec 1998

    Earlier this year archaeologists in Rome stumbled across an ancient mural of a mysterious city. The metropolitan grandeur of the scene suggested to some that it might be Rome, or one of the ancient cities of Alexandria, Antioch, or Carthage.

  • 17 Dec 1998

    Physicists are finally getting a grip on gravity. Gravity's strength, a number called Big G, is perhaps the most elusive of all the fundamental quantities.

  • The heavy hand of Mickey Mouse descended on Discover Magazine today, ousting editor-in-chief Marc Zabludoff. Insiders say Zabludoff was bounced after banging heads with the new head of publishing at Walt Disney Company, which bought Discover in 1991.

  • 30 Nov 1998

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--The bitter partisan battle over whether the Census Bureau may use statistical sampling to estimate the nation's population in the 2000 census landed at the feet of the Supreme Court today.

  • 24 Nov 1998

    Burton Richter, director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), announced this week that he will be resigning the post next August. After 15 years at the helm, "it's time for a new team to take over," says Richter, 67.

  • 23 Nov 1998

    Ants are social animals (try sharing your home with 100,000 in-laws) that live by a complex social code. Many house rules were thought to be flexible: When food is scarce, for instance, a colony with one queen might take on others.