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  • 5 Dec 1996

    Washington, D.C.--The fight between the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and Harold Liebowitz, its ousted president, appears to be over. This week, NAE officials paid Liebowitz $687,500, and in return he relinquished any claim to the job he held until June.

  • 5 Dec 1996

    PARIS--The European Union is about to launch a 4-year, $2.5-billion R&D effort to make up ground in the global battle for supremacy in electronics technologies.

  • 5 Dec 1996

    New calculations suggest that a megaproject on nuclear fusion may be doomed to fail. Scientists have struggled for decades to demonstrate that fusion could be a practical source of power.

  • 5 Dec 1996

    London--Talk about a transformation worthy of Superman. In the St.

  • 4 Dec 1996

    BOSTON--Trading on the Pacific's high seas may have begun 2500 years earlier than archaeologists have thought, according to an analysis of volcanic glass shards presented here at the annual meeting of the Materials Research Society.

  • 4 Dec 1996

    A hole in the leading theory of quasars may now have been filled by results announced in the 10 December Astrophysical Journal. Shining brightly in the far reaches of the universe, quasars are the most energetic objects known.

  • 4 Dec 1996

    A strong heart may be healthy, but too much heart muscle can be fatal: A leading cause of sudden death in young people--particularly in world-class athletes--is a condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or enlarged heart.

  • 4 Dec 1996

    When dust from Earth's surface is swept up into the atmosphere or belched there by volcanoes, it blocks sunlight, leading to cooler global temperatures.

  • 3 Dec 1996

    How do you tell whether a cat is alive or dead without looking directly at it? Simple. Let a mouse run past its nose and see what happens.

  • 3 Dec 1996

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--NASA hopes the third try will be the charm for the launch of Mars Pathfinder. High winds scrubbed the first attempt on Monday, and a computer glitch halted the second yesterday morning.

  • 3 Dec 1996

    Daily injections of human growth hormone (HGH) appear to counteract the devastating and sometimes deadly effects of weight loss and atrophy often seen in AIDS patients, according to a study published in the latest issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

  • 3 Dec 1996

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--Planetary scientists announced at a press conference this afternoon that they have found strong signs of ice secreted in a dark cranny near the moon's south pole.

  • 2 Dec 1996

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--The National Science Foundation (NSF) is betting that less is more when it comes to judging which proposals from scientists it should fund.

  • 2 Dec 1996

    Researchers searching for a compound that could block the addictive effects of cocaine may have overturned an unwritten law of neurological drug design.

  • 2 Dec 1996

    PARIS--The European Space Agency's (ESA's) science program committee late last week approved a reincarnation of the Cluster-2 mission, four satellites that are to study Earth's magnetosphere.

  • 2 Dec 1996

    The blood-brain barrier, a bastion against harmful chemicals and microbes, may be a lot more permeable than researchers have thought. Scientists have found that in mice, at least, the barrier weakens during emotional stress.

  • 29 Nov 1996

    Chaos may sound like anarchy, but the chaos that scientists know can be tamed--and now, it seems, even put to work.

  • 29 Nov 1996

    Ever wonder why some people are more nervous than others?

  • 27 Nov 1996

    LONDON--=The Universities of Oxford and Cambridge still have gold-plated reputations in British science, but they do not have a monopoly on the hot papers, according to figures to be published in January by the Philadelphia-based Institute for Scientific Information

  • 27 Nov 1996

    The Hubble Space Telescope has glimpsed massive balls of gas reeling like comets around a galaxy's center. These whirling dervishes may help scientists better understand the strange physics of galactic collisions.

  • 27 Nov 1996

    A fugitive on the lam in the heavens for years has finally been nailed. In tomorrow's issue of Nature, scientists announce that they have glimpsed an unusual three-proton hydrogen ion, H3+, floating in interstellar clouds.

  • 25 Nov 1996

    A collection of Albert Einstein's letters, including some eyebrow-raising ones to his first wife, and a 1913 manuscript on relativity theory were sold at auction today for about $1.3 million at Christie's in New York.

  • 25 Nov 1996

    Scientists have isolated a gene that causes Leber's congenital amaurosis (LCA), a disorder that destroys its victims' vision within the first few months of life. The finding could someday lead to a cure for LCA, which is responsible for a few thousand cases of inherited blindness each year.

  • 25 Nov 1996

    Archaeologists working in a remote corner of Papua New Guinea have found evidence that the some of the legendary seafarers who first settled Polynesia 3600 years ago were from the archipelago of Melanesia--not directly from Southeast Asia as previously believed.

  • 25 Nov 1996

    Sunlight may use a one-two punch to trigger skin cancer.

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