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  • 25 Jun 1997

    NOW wishes a happy birthday to Thomas Eisner, 68, considered the founder of chemical ecology. An entomologist at Cornell University, Eisner has earned renown for discovering many of the intricate ways that insects court, communicate, and defend themselves with chemicals.

  • 25 Jun 1997

    Jacques-Yves Cousteau, ocean explorer, television personality, and co-inventor of the Aqua-Lung, died early today in Paris after a long illness. He was 87.

  • 25 Jun 1997

    LONDON--The more Europeans know about biotechnology, the less they like it, according to a new multinational survey. And when they ponder potential applications, they worry more about moral issues than perceived risks.

  • 24 Jun 1997

    Some of our solar system's "gas giant" planets may have formed when clumps of gas and dust in the early solar system collapsed precipitously, in 1000 years or less, a new computer model suggests.

  • 24 Jun 1997

    VENICE, ITALY--The Swiss government has given the green light to construction of a machine that is expected to produce the world's brightest and most coherent x-ray beam.

  • 24 Jun 1997

    Heroin addicts can cut their drug use up to 90% with a medication more convenient than the standard treatment, according to a report in tomorrow's Journal of the American Medical Association.

  • 24 Jun 1997

    WASHINGTON--William Haseltine and J. Craig Venter, who graced the cover of Business Week as the "Gene Kings" in 1995, announced yesterday that they are going their separate ways.

  • 23 Jun 1997

    fAlan Turing, an English mathematician who was a trailblazer in computer theory, was born on this day in 1912.

  • 23 Jun 1997

    Portuguese scientists say they have discovered the world's oldest dinosaur embryo. Found in 140-million-year-old sediments, the Jurassic period fossil is the first dino embryo to be found in Europe, and it appears to be twice as old as any yet discovered.

  • 23 Jun 1997

    A genetic desert on chromosome 21 may harbor a sinister oasis: a series of genes that might include one or more that lead to mental retardation in Down syndrome.

  • 23 Jun 1997

    After a long, frustrating hunt, two groups of scientists have finally nabbed genetic defects responsible for obesity in some people.

  • 20 Jun 1997

    Just weeks before a sophisticated probe reaches Mars and only months before launch of a major probe to Saturn, NASA's science program director for solar system exploration was killed on 18 June in a tragic accident. Jurgen Rahe, 57, died when a tree crushed his car during a severe storm.

  • 20 Jun 1997

    With millions of life-forms crawling, flying, and slithering about, the world's rainforests seem a cauldron of diversity.

  • 20 Jun 1997

    Anyone watching two things at once is bound to miss something. Now research in this week's issue of the journal Nature reveals that your attention, when caught up in a challenging activity, will lapse for even the simplest additional tasks.

  • 20 Jun 1997

    A burst of radiation has seriously injured a physicist in one of Russia's restricted research cities, some 350 kilometers east of Moscow. The accident took place Tuesday in an underground nuclear laboratory, and officials are still trying to figure out how to shut down the reactor.

  • 19 Jun 1997

    Sir Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, a British physical chemist who shed light on how chemicals react, was born 100 years ago on this day.

  • 19 Jun 1997

    In his maiden policy pronouncement in Paris today, new French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin said that the troubled French Superphénix nuclear reactor would be "abandoned." Jospin's Socialist-led government includes members of the Green Party, among them Environment Minister Dominique Voynet, who b

  • 19 Jun 1997

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--As the sole witness for 3 hours of questioning on embryo research, Harold Varmus, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), endured a grilling on Capitol Hill today before the House subcommittee on oversight and investigations.

  • 19 Jun 1997

    PARIS--A common virus may help the AIDS virus to infect some types of cells and wreak havoc on the immune system.

  • 19 Jun 1997

    Researchers have fingered a virus as the culprit behind a bone marrow tumor called multiple myeloma.

  • 18 Jun 1997

    It may not sound as pretty as a harp, but a new instrument that picks up on vibrations in liquid helium is setting the laws of quantum mechanics to music.

  • 18 Jun 1997

    PITTSBURGH--A four-wheel-drive robot named Nomad, one of a new generation of robots designed to explore the moon and Mars, embarked today on a 200-kilometer test drive through a barren desert in the high Andes of Chile.

  • 18 Jun 1997

    The odds are that the world's population won't double in the next century--but that its proportion of elderly people will, according to a new forecast.

  • 18 Jun 1997

    It's official--El Niño is back in the tropical Pacific, and it's big.

  • 17 Jun 1997

    Profits from the British lottery are going to help pay for construction of a National Space Science Center (NSSC) in Leicester, United Kingdom.

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