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  • 28 Apr 1998

    Scientists in half a dozen countries have been vying to work with Nobel laureate D. Carleton Gajdusek, who was released from prison this week after serving a year on charges of child sexual abuse.

  • 28 Apr 1998

    Armchair scientists can venture 2 kilometers underground Tuesday morning to tour the newly completed Solar Neutrino Observatory (SNO).

  • 28 Apr 1998

    Vast tornadoes ravage the sun at speeds up to 200,000 kilometers per hour, astronomers reported today at a meeting at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) near Oxford, U.K., celebrating the extension of the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) satellite for a further 5 years.

  • 28 Apr 1998

    Scientists have found a mutation that leads to an inherited form of heart failure. The defective gene, reported in the 1 May issue of Science, may help researchers understand what makes the heart tissue slowly waste away--and how to slow this disease's progression.

  • 27 Apr 1998

    Naturalist John James Audubon, renowned for his intricate paintings of North American birds, was born on 26 April 1785 in what is now Haiti. Audubon grew up in France and emigrated to the United States in 1803.

  • 27 Apr 1998

    Many wine lovers uncork a bottle of their favorite red and set it aside for a few minutes to let it breathe.

  • 27 Apr 1998

    A nagging problem with artificial hearts and other medical implants is that blood proteins stick to them, gumming them up and sometimes leading to dangerous blood clots. Now scientists have devised a new coating that repels these proteins by mimicking the cells that line blood vessels.

  • 27 Apr 1998

    After polishing your teeth, the dentist of tomorrow may well have you swish a mouthful of plant vaccine. Researchers have shown that antibodies from genetically engineered plants can ward off tooth-decaying bacteria for up to 4 months.

  • 24 Apr 1998

    Although laughing gas was discovered nearly 200 years ago, how it works in the brain has been an enduring mystery.

  • 24 Apr 1998

    Working amidst gale-force winds and torrential rains, a team of researchers has discovered that hurricanes whip up highly localized "rolls" of wind that bring stormy air from high in the atmosphere to the ground where it wreaks havoc.

  • 24 Apr 1998

    Bacteria are legendary for their ability to swap genes for antibiotic resistance.

  • 23 Apr 1998

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--An independent report released here today by NASA's Advisory Council paints a sobering picture of the agency's space station program. After a major overhaul 5 years ago, the planned space station was to cost $17.4 billion and be ready by 2002.

  • 23 Apr 1998

    COLUMBUS, OHIO--A blast of gamma rays picked up by satellites last December originated 10 billion years ago at the very edge of the visible universe, observers reported here last Sunday.

  • 23 Apr 1998

    When natural gas is discovered at remote oil drilling sites, it is typically burned off or pumped back into the ground, because shipping the gas costs more than it's worth.

  • 23 Apr 1998

    Bad weather may have plagued the first English settlements in America. According to a new analysis of tree-ring climate data, the "Lost Colony" of Roanoke Island in North Carolina and the Jamestown colony in Virginia faced two of the worst droughts in the last 800 years.

  • 22 Apr 1998

    SAN FRANCISCO--Elite athletes sometimes push themselves so hard while training that their performance begins to suffer. Now a physiologist has measured the toll this overtraining can take on athletic ability, the immune system, and mood.

  • 22 Apr 1998

    The Northern Hemisphere's three warmest years in the last 6 centuries were 1990, 1995, and 1997, according to a new climate analysis in tomorrow's issue of Nature.

  • 22 Apr 1998

    Scientists have tweaked the structure of a protein so that it gets blood to clot 50 times faster than it normally does. The advance, described in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could lead to more powerful and cheaper treatments for hemophilia.

  • 22 Apr 1998

    Last February, the idea that it's advantageous for human females to live long after menopause so they can help feed their grandchildren--a notion taken from studies of African hunter-gatherers--captured public attention.

  • 21 Apr 1998

    Reading the lay of the land can lead biologists to biodiversity hotspots. Landscapes with great variation in slope, soil, and other characteristics tend to shelter more species than do featureless areas, according to two studies appearing in the current issue of Conservation Biology.

  • 21 Apr 1998

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--The U.S. State Department has compiled a secret list of 20 Russian research institutes suspected of helping Iran's missile program and is restricting the flow of U.S. research funds to some of those institutes.

  • 21 Apr 1998

    X-rays from a distant neutron star have shown that its massive gravity is warping the motions of nearby objects just as Einstein's theory of relativity predicts.

  • 21 Apr 1998

    Astronomers today unveiled unprecedented views of swirling disks of dust around young stars, apparently the nurseries of planets like our own.

  • 20 Apr 1998

    MELBOURNE--A major network of research partnerships has been spared the budgetary ax.

  • 20 Apr 1998

    In the ruins of a castle destroyed during the Crusades, researchers have for the first time found geologic evidence of a major earthquake that shook the Middle East almost 800 years ago.

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