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  • 29 Oct 1996

    DUBLIN--The Irish government has unveiled a set of measures to make scientific advice more accessible to its policy-makers.

  • 29 Oct 1996

    Somewhere in the cosmos, something is blocking certain wavelengths of starlight from reaching Earth. In a report in the December Astrophysical Journal, scientists say they may have identified the culprit: the simplest and most abundant molecule in the universe, molecular hydrogen.

  • 29 Oct 1996

    WASHINGTON--In a major embarrassment for the genome program, its leader Francis Collins has found it necessary to withdraw all or part of five scientific articles on leukemia research in which he took part because of alleged data fabrication by a colleague.

  • 28 Oct 1996

    WASHINGTON--In a rare campaign gesture supporting basic research, the White House is setting aside $30 million in new money for studies of breast cancer genetics in 1997.

  • 28 Oct 1996

    DENVER--Scientists have excavated near the Arctic Circle in Russia what they believe are the oldest fossils of a mollusk-like animal.

  • 28 Oct 1996

    MOSCOW--Faced with declining funds and plummeting morale, the Russian Academy of Sciences on 29 October will elect a president with the unenviable task of leading the scientific behemoth into the next century.

  • 28 Oct 1996

    Herring gulls nesting in a polluted Canadian harbor have a higher rate of genetic mutation than do gulls in the countryside. The finding suggests that harbor pollutants may damage DNA, but so far, no ill effects from this damage have been established.

  • 24 Oct 1996

    Whatever fell from the sky and exploded in the Tunguska region of central Siberia on 30 June 1908 left thousands of trees charred and blown down over a 2000-square-kilometer area. But it deposited no sizable debris--be it chunks of a meteorite or cometary dust.

  • 24 Oct 1996

    A study of nearly 400,000 adults living near power lines in Finland--the largest survey of its kind--offers no evidence that exposure to the low-level magnetic fields they generate increases the risk of cancer.

  • 24 Oct 1996

    Animals appeared on Earth more than a billion years ago--twice as early as previously estimated, according to a provocative study published in the 25 October issue of Science.

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