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  • 27 May 1997

    Today is the 290th anniversary of the birth of Carolus Linnaeus, the Swedish botanical taxonomist who was the first person to formulate and adhere to a uniform system for defining and naming the world's plants and animals.

  • 27 May 1997

    Britain's Medical Research Council (MRC) is planning major changes in the way it funds projects in universities, pushing researchers to forge collaborations or else see their funds dry up.

  • 27 May 1997

    So familiar is the double-stranded structure of DNA that biologists often refer to the molecule simply as the double helix.

  • 27 May 1997

    Researchers have long thought that pollution high in the atmosphere may be putting the brakes on global warming by reflecting sunlight back into space. But new measurements presented this week at the American Geophysical Union meeting in Baltimore are casting doubt on that assumption.

  • 23 May 1997

    A new study of twins suggests that attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is strongly linked to genes, and that it is less a clear-cut disorder than an extreme form of a trait, like blood pressure, that varies throughout the population.

  • 23 May 1997

    The blue waters of the Pacific hide a profusion of submerged mountains, the residue of more than 10,000 undersea volcanoes.

  • 23 May 1997

    Researchers at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, have used a type of gene therapy to treat mice with a disease that mimics multiple sclerosis (MS).

  • 23 May 1997

    When you see something unexpected, your brain kicks into high gear--even when you're not consciously aware of the novelty.

  • 22 May 1997

    Today is the 67th birthday of LaSalle Leffall Jr., an American oncologist who has brought attention to the problem of high cancer death rates among minorities, particularly African Americans. Leffall published research in 1973 showing increasing cancer mortality in the U.S. black population.

  • 22 May 1997

    Scientists have found that proteins that stimulate the growth and survival of nerve cells as they build the brain do more than just that.

  • 22 May 1997

    The Internet has been a boon to science, but paleoanthropologists surfing the Web last week got an unpleasant surprise: A site called Fossilnet is advertising 20,000-year-old human skulls and even older human jaws for sale online.

  • 22 May 1997

    By monitoring the brains of napping and active cats, scientists have pinpointed a natural brain chemical that brings on a deep slumber after prolonged wakefulness.

  • 21 May 1997

    For scientists trying to share vast amounts of electronic data, traffic on the Internet can slow to an agonizing crawl. But the pace will pick up soon for 35 research institutions across the country.

  • 21 May 1997

    Genome researchers have put together the most complete map of the human genome yet.

  • 21 May 1997

    An analysis of medical research grant applications in Sweden suggests that the peer-review process is not immune to sexism.

  • 20 May 1997

    The rising stock market will be floating more biomedical research. With its endowment soaring, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) of Chevy Chase, Maryland, is expanding its support for scientists at universities and labs around the country.

  • 20 May 1997

    Astronomers' spirits sagged earlier this year when the Hubble Space Telescope's new infrared camera sprang a coolant leak, potentially cutting in half the instrument's planned 4-year lifetime.

  • 20 May 1997

    Women who are obese or who gain significant amounts of weight as adults have a higher risk of the most common kind of stroke, according to a study in tomorrow's issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association.

  • 19 May 1997

    Yesterday would have been the 94th birthday of Frits Went, a Dutch-born American botanist who discovered the role of the plant hormone auxin and paved the way for the development of weed killers, fertilizers, and genetically engineered crops.

  • 19 May 1997

    Worried that business secrecy may undermine scientific cooperation, an international group of geneticists last week appealed for a change of European patent policies to encourage scientists to release sequence data as quickly as robotic sequencing machines spew the information out.

  • 19 May 1997

    Light is a great way to transmit information, but its speedy photons are difficult to slow down when signals must be delayed, for example, to be stored for brief times in optoelectronic circuits.

  • 19 May 1997

    TOKYO--A Japanese mission to sample a small asteroid got a boost last week when NASA announced it would contribute a robotic rover and ground support.

  • 16 May 1997

    A theoretical physicist who helped lead the U.S. effort to develop the atom bomb has launched an appeal for an end to all federal funding for new nuclear weapons.

  • 16 May 1997

    When the possible existence of an exotic new particle called a leptoquark was announced earlier this year by researchers in Germany, other physicists rushed to try and corroborate their results.

  • 16 May 1997

    The skull of what may be the biggest meat-eating dinosaur ever found confirms that the southern continents were once a single huge stomping ground for dinosaurs.

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