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  • 8 Aug 1997

    A network of telescopes in the Southern Hemisphere has uncovered a strong candidate for a planet circling a star thousands of light years from Earth.

  • 8 Aug 1997

    Tomorrow is the 70th birthday of computer scientist Marvin Minsky, a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence--the quest to develop computers that can learn, think, and perform tasks just as humans do.

  • 7 Aug 1997

    Male primates care about status, since dominance offers a host of benefits, from better food to more children. But researchers have long believed that female chimpanzees don't go in for such status-seeking because rank doesn't matter to them very much.

  • 7 Aug 1997

    High energy x-rays are a great way to probe matter, but it's hard to control a beam of them, since they shoot straight through lenses. Now, inspired by the famous "whispering gallery" of St.

  • 7 Aug 1997

    Researchers have discovered a landmark clue to what causes the nerve cell loss in a group of seven deadly neurological conditions, the most common of which are Huntington's disease and Machado-Joseph disease (MJD).

  • 6 Aug 1997

    Today is the birthday of Alexander Fleming, a Scottish bacteriologist born in 1881 who accidentally discovered the antibiotic penicillin, one of the most important medicines of the 20th century.

  • 6 Aug 1997

    Although trees stand alone, their roots keep in touch through an underground network of fungal hairs. Now, an ecological study reveals that this fungal network can redistribute nutrients in the forest, shifting them from sun-soaked trees to shaded ones--even if they belong to different species.

  • 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.

  • 6 Aug 1997

    Researchers around the world are about to get their first detailed look at the genetic blueprint of a pathogenic microbe that causes most peptic ulcers.

  • 5 Aug 1997

    The rise of bacteria resistant to antibiotics has left researchers scrambling to develop more powerful drugs.

  • 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.

  • 5 Aug 1997

    Spin doctors may be the masters of manipulation, but scientists are catching up fast--at least with atoms. In the current issue of Physical Review Letters, scientists describe how to push, pull, and slide individual atoms along a sheet of copper.

  • 5 Aug 1997

    The mightiest accelerator at CERN, the European particle physics laboratory near Geneva, has rebounded from a fire that struck in May (Science, 23 May, p. 1183).

  • 4 Aug 1997

    Yesterday was the 79th birthday of Frederick Sanger, an English biochemist who was the first to take apart a protein molecule, chemically removing one amino acid at a time.

  • 4 Aug 1997

    Supernova SN 1987A--a massive stellar blast that went off 167,000 light-years away--announced itself 10 years ago with a flash of incredibly bright light, but the display is continuing.

  • 4 Aug 1997

    A gene-therapy technique can help protect rats against brain damage similar to that of Parkinson's disease.

  • 1 Aug 1997

    Supercomputers at the Department of Energy's (DOE's) nuclear weapons labs--including the world's fastest--will soon become available to scientists at five U.S. universities, Secretary of Energy Federico Peña announced yesterday.

  • 1 Aug 1997

    When heart muscle or blood vessels are damaged by atherosclerosis, heart attack, or surgery, the body's attempts at repair can often cause further trouble.

  • 1 Aug 1997

    Doctors and cancer researchers now have access to a new Web site that will help them to paint a complete genetic picture of tumor cells throughout the body.

  • 1 Aug 1997

    A satellite that should give scientists the big picture of plant life in the oceans was launched this afternoon from an L-1011 jet flying at 10 kilometers over the Pacific Ocean.

  • 31 Jul 1997

    The singsong speech adults use when talking to infants seems to get a baby's attention and even bring a smile. But a report published in today's issue of Science* suggests that this "parentese" may be more than just a tool of endearment.

  • 31 Jul 1997

    The thundering collapse of ice from towering glaciers off the Antarctic Peninsula highlights their vulnerability to the warming trend there in recent decades. Does this presage the ultimate fate of Antarctica's major ice shelves, which lie in colder climes farther south?

  • 31 Jul 1997

    Women who have had breast cancer are often told they should think twice about having a child because pregnancy could worsen their disease.

  • 30 Jul 1997

    Today is the 77th birthday of Marie Tharp, an oceanographic cartographer whose maps of the world's sea floors helped shape a new view of Earth--plate tectonics--in which crustal plates constantly shift and move on top of the mantle.

  • 30 Jul 1997

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

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