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  • 8 Apr 1998

    Scientists have discovered a massive gene that, when mutated, causes a rare condition similar to Parkinson's disease.

  • 7 Apr 1998

    One of the most fruitful decades of chemical research began on 6 April 1931, with a landmark paper by Linus Pauling on the relationship between chemical bonds and the magnetic properties of substances.

  • 7 Apr 1998

    Astronomers have detected a new ring of tiny dust particles circling Jupiter. The ring is unique in the solar system, because most of the dust seems to be orbiting backward--in the opposite direction of Jupiter's rotation.

  • 7 Apr 1998

    Recovering from surgery can be less of a trial if patients' nerves are numbed right before surgery begins.

  • 6 Apr 1998

    A new blood test can quickly reveal whether an infant has a bacterial infection.

  • 6 Apr 1998

    Scientists have worked out the structure of the potassium ion channel, a sluice in the cell membrane that enables neurons to transmit electrical signals.

  • WASHINGTON, D.C.--Energy Secretary Federico Peña announced at a press conference here today that he will resign at the end of June, ending over a year of speculation about his future with the Department of Energy (DOE).

  • 6 Apr 1998

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--A popular drug used to treat breast cancer also can prevent it in healthy older women with an elevated risk for the disease, according to results from a large clinical trial.

  • 3 Apr 1998

    Thick fog poses an obvious traffic hazard--you can't see very far. Now scientists have identified a surprising danger of driving in pea soup: The lack of contrast makes high speeds seem slow.

  • 3 Apr 1998

    Scientists have invented a new type of ultrasound probe that jostles tissue or other material then listens for sounds generated by the movement.

  • 3 Apr 1998

    A genetic mutation usually leads to crippled and misfolded proteins, but in rare instances an additional mutation can bring a protein back to life. Now researchers have discovered a mutation that fixes a key protein that's often broken in cancer cells.

  • 2 Apr 1998

    Today is the 70th birthday of Elizabeth Hay, an embryologist at Harvard Medical School who, through pioneering studies on regeneration of amphibian limbs, has shed light on the cellular mechanisms that transform normal cells into tumors.

  • 2 Apr 1998

    A serious contender in the race for fusion energy could emerge from a once obscure program at New Mexico's Sandia National Laboratories.

  • 2 Apr 1998

    Scientists have engineered a small mustardlike plant to withstand the damaging effects of freezing temperatures.

  • 1 Apr 1998

    Mars looms large in the future of the French space agency CNES, which yesterday held a press conference in Paris to unveil its plans for the next decade.

  • 1 Apr 1998

    In the 1970s TV drama "The Six Million Dollar Man," the show's opening credits feature a team of scientists creating artificial limbs and an eye that, unlike today's prosthetic devices, could really work like the originals.

  • 1 Apr 1998

    Scientists have found a strong link between inbreeding--mating with first cousins and other close kin--and whether a small, isolated butterfly population went extinct.

  • 1 Apr 1998

    In the R&D sector, spending measures have refurbished university labs, bought supercomputers, and sped up the completion of major facilities such as the Super Photon Ring 8-giga-electron-volt synchrotron, which came on line a year early last fall.

  • 31 Mar 1998

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must revamp its air-pollution research and monitoring program to support an expensive clampdown on fine soot emissions, according to a report released here today by the National Research Council (NRC).

  • 31 Mar 1998

    Like flying syringes, mosquitoes excel at pricking your skin and drawing blood. But some species also inadvertently spread diseases, like malaria. Now researchers have taken an important step toward genetically altering mosquitoes so that they are incapable of transmitting disease.

  • 31 Mar 1998

    DURAK, ARGENTINA--Scientists have uncovered the remains of a massive stone structure and other artifacts, estimated to be 4000 years old, in a remote corner of Antarctica.

  • 31 Mar 1998

    A plan to breathe life back into the European Space Agency (ESA) by forging new partnerships with aerospace industry was unveiled last week at a meeting of ESA's Council at its Paris headquarters.

  • 30 Mar 1998

    Researchers have located regions in the DNA of bees that appear to harbor one or more genes that make so-called "killer bees" so aggressive.

  • 30 Mar 1998

    Astronomers have spotted a near-perfect circle of light whose eerie shape was produced by a galaxy acting like an enormous lens. This "Einstein ring" is the first to be seen in infrared light, a team will report Wednesday in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

  • 30 Mar 1998

    Antibiotic resistance has been a mixed blessing for bacteria, as the mutations that enable a bug to survive a drug also often disable some key cellular function or slow its growth.

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