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  • 6 Jun 1997

    Scientists have linked two key air pollutants with increased death rates in 12 European cities.

  • 6 Jun 1997

    Scientists have engineered tobacco and papaya plants to resist one of the world's least known enemies of agriculture: aluminum.

  • 6 Jun 1997

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--Hard-drinking Russian men may be dying young these days, but Russia's much-hyped recent downward spiral in life expectancy obscures what may be a more disturbing trend: Life expectancy in the former Soviet Union (FSU) leveled off more than 30 years

  • 5 Jun 1997

    Allvar Gullstrand, a Swedish ophthalmologist who discovered how the eye bends light to form images, was born on this day in 1862. When Gullstrand began his work, the optics of glass lenses were already well established.

  • 5 Jun 1997

    In some regions of Africa where the incidence of malaria is relatively low, children tend to get much sicker from the disease.

  • 5 Jun 1997

    Scientists have found evidence that the brain has separate centers for understanding the rules of grammar and for understanding exceptions to the rules.

  • 5 Jun 1997

    Whether we become dotards or quick-witted retirees appears to have more to do with our genes than years of schooling or experience.

  • 4 Jun 1997

    One of the most troubling questions surrounding the health of soldiers who served in the Persian Gulf War has been whether they are at high risk of having children with birth defects.

  • 4 Jun 1997

    France's new prime minister, Lionel Jospin, announced today that his longtime science and education adviser, geochemist Claude Allegre, will become minister of science and education.

  • 4 Jun 1997

    Astronomers have discovered a new class of the icy bodies left over from the formation of the solar system, inhabiting a region of space once thought to be barren.

  • 3 Jun 1997

    Charles R. Drew, an African-American surgeon whose research on the storage and shipment of blood plasma revolutionized blood banking, was born in Washington, D.C., on 3 June 1904. As late as the 1930s, blood could be stored for only a few days before spoiling. While Drew was a Ph.D.

  • 3 Jun 1997

    The housefly is a vile creature whose nasty habits--eating feces, regurgitating, and defecating on our skin--can infect us with organisms responsible for salmonella and other diseases.

  • 3 Jun 1997

    LONDON--Billionaire Bill Gates, founder of the software giant Microsoft, is negotiating with the U.K.'s Cambridge University to set up a joint multimillion-dollar software research complex at the university.

  • 3 Jun 1997

    Scientists have found a second gene that, when mutated, can cause hearing loss but leave a person otherwise normal.

  • 2 Jun 1997

    Like a notorious suspect able to stay one step ahead of the law, corrosive oxygen compounds called free radicals are implicated in many diseases but leave little hard evidence of their handiwork.

  • 2 Jun 1997

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is initiating an all-out effort to uncover the genetic and neurobiological roots of autism, a mysterious developmental disorder that affects about 400,000 Americans.

  • 2 Jun 1997

    Tiny electrical zaps to the brain appear to soothe the herky-jerky movements of people with Parkinson's disease.

  • 2 Jun 1997

    MELBOURNE--An Australian court here today shot down a novel attack on a creationist's claim to have found Noah's Ark.

  • 30 May 1997

    Tomorrow is the 230th anniversary of the birth of Cagniard de Latour, a French experimental physicist who discovered the concept of a critical state. Latour conducted a number of ingenious experiments that proved important to theoretical physics.

  • 30 May 1997

    Japanese researchers have transplanted an entire human chromosome into a mouse, and its genes appear to be functioning normally in their new host.

  • 30 May 1997

    Researchers may have learned how a yeast protein usurps the usual role of DNA: transmitting a trait from one generation to the next.

  • 30 May 1997

    Astronomers have enlisted a continent-wide array of radio telescopes to map the magnetic field of a bloated red giant star.

  • 29 May 1997

    Following a meeting in Bonn this week, German science officials appear likely to defuse a dispute enveloping the country's new genome research program.

  • 29 May 1997

    A team of California astronomers has come up with new evidence disputing the existence of the first planetlike object found around a star like our sun. The putative planet, detected some 18 months ago at the star 51 Pegasi, has already faced more than its share of scrutiny.

  • 29 May 1997

    Spanish researchers have discovered 800,000-year-old fossils which they believe are a new species of early humans directly ancestral to us.

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