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  • 18 Aug 2000

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  • 15 Aug 2000

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  • 7 Aug 2000

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  • 27 Jun 2000

    Astronomers have discovered the first extraterrestrial sugar, sweetening up the center of the Milky Way. Because sugar molecules are essential ingredients of DNA and other biological building blocks, the finding will help scientists model how life might have begun.

  • 14 Jun 2000

    Water will stick even to a duck's back---if you mix in trace amounts of tiny coiled molecules called polymers, researchers report in the 13 June issue of Nature.

  • 22 May 2000

    Turbulence is expensive. By some estimates, overcoming the swirling drag that slows down submarines, boats, and airplanes costs billions of dollars a year. Now researchers have proposed a method that might one day harness electromagnetic fields to smooth the flow of salt water.

  • A wildfire is raging out of control at the western border of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico. The lab has been closed and all personnel evacuated while firefighters battle the blaze. In addition, residents of 500 homes in the nearby village were ordered to leave.

  • 2 May 2000

    Physicists have for the first time accomplished what the second law of thermodynamics seems to forbid: transfer of heat from something cold to something hot. But don't expect to replicate the experiment at home. The weird result was witnessed last year onboard the Mir space station.

  • 1 May 2000

    After successfully sweeping up the first particles ever captured from a stream of interstellar dust, the Stardust spacecraft today safely stored its microscopic treasures. It's now zooming toward a January 2004 encounter with Comet Wild-2.