Scientific Community

  • 12 Dec 1997

    An Air Force cruise missile crashed into a trailer of computer equipment for cosmic ray telescopes at the U.S. Army's Dugway Proving Grounds, about 70 miles southwest of Salt Lake City on Wednesday (10 December) afternoon.

  • The hard hand of capitalism has struck down the struggling Journal of NIH (National Institutes of Health) Research, a monthly news and features magazine for biomedical researchers. Started in 1989, it ceases publication with the December issue.

  • It's enough to make a scientist swear off coffee. Last month, six researchers at the University of California, San Diego, Medical Center fell ill after swigging coffee at a lab meeting. The cause: Their drinks were laced with acrylamide, a neurotoxic chemical used in molecular biology labs.

  • 12 Nov 1997

    MOSCOW--For much of the past year, government officials here have been trying to confiscate 60 tons of ultrapure gallium that forms the heart of a neutrino detector beneath the mountains of the northern Caucasus.

  • 7 Nov 1997

    Marie Curie, a French physicist famous for her research on radioactivity, was born on this day in 1867.

  • 30 Oct 1997

    While the Final Four tournament showcases college basketball's crème de la crème, the Top Four in physical sciences excel at an entirely different game: buckyball.

  • 20 Oct 1997

    Polish scientists gained a highly placed ally this week when the new Solidarity-led parliament tapped chemical engineer Jerzy Buzek, an active researcher at the Polish Academy of Sciences' Institute of Chemical Engineering, to be the new prime minister.

  • 20 Oct 1997

    Honored for their lifelong contributions to medical sciences, 60 scientists and health professionals were elected today to the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

  • 16 Oct 1997

    NEW DELHI--A notorious poacher has kidnapped a botanist and two wildlife photographers and has sent a message to police authorities demanding amnesty for 2 decades of crime.

  • 14 Oct 1997

    Here's a comforting thought for any scientist feeling overlooked by the Nobel jurists this month: At least you didn't win an Ig Nobel, the spoof prize given by the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research.

  • 7 Oct 1997

    The world's most lucrative engineering award today went to Vladimir Haensel, 83, a chemical engineer who invented a catalyst that led to high-quality gasoline. The prestigious Charles Stark Draper Prize, given by the National Academy of Engineering, is worth $450,000.

  • The Nobel Prize in medicine has been awarded to Stanley Prusiner, who has tirelessly championed the idea that infectious proteins can cause brain diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob syndrome, scrapie, and mad cow disease.

  • 2 Oct 1997

    William Paul, who oversees one of the largest budgets at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as head of its Office of AIDS Research (OAR), has decided to step down.

  • 29 Sep 1997

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA--A multifaceted review of the country's R&D policies may be delayed by the resignation last Friday of Science Minister Peter McGauran, who got caught up in a governmentwide scandal over the misuse of travel expenses.

  • 23 Sep 1997

    Prominent scientists and engineers are increasingly visible in the new leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, which is also better educated than its predecessor.

  • 23 Sep 1997

    This year's Albert Lasker medical research awards, each worth $25,000, go to two scientists who have done pioneering work in genetics and to a physician who brought vitamin A therapy to children throughout Africa and Asia.

  • 15 Sep 1997

    A 65-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex named Sue, said to be the largest and most complete theropod ever found, will be auctioned off at Sotheby's in New York City on 4 October. The bones have spent the past 5 years stashed in crates because of a legal battle over their ownership.

  • 12 Sep 1997

    The British Medical Journal announced today that it and more than 100 other journals will urge medical researchers to register their unpublished clinical trials.

  • 11 Sep 1997

    After more than 3 years of overseeing the nation's biggest natural resources research and mapping agency, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) director Gordon Eaton yesterday announced his retirement, effective 1 October.

  • 18 Aug 1997

    Whistleblowers who accuse their peers of scientific misconduct may soon get some full-time support--from a Michigan-based organization calling itself Whistleblowers for Integrity in Science and Education (WISE).

  • Physicist Ernest Moniz, the White House has announced, is in line to become the undersecretary of the Department of Energy (DOE)--the number three official at the agency. This is welcome news to researchers, who hope to gain a high-level advocate for science programs in the department.

  • Today is the 89th birthday of naturalist Miriam Rothschild, a self-trained English naturalist and the world's foremost authority on fleas. Rothschild had no formal education growing up, but learned about insects from her zoologist father and an uncle who was an avid specimen collector.

  • 30 Jul 1997

    A nuclear physicist has been promoted to lead the largest research directorate at the National Science Foundation.

  • 29 Jul 1997

    Frustration with the United Kingdom's lack of policies on scientific misconduct has spawned a grassroots effort to deal with the problem.

  • 25 Jul 1997

    Seven prominent researchers had the rare honor of conducting an hour-long seminar yesterday for President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore on the scientific bases for global change.