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Flie Rs, Astronomy, Nebula, Nebulae, HST, Hubble, Space, Telescope

New images of FLIERS, mysterious cosmic spouts

Astronomers will release today (Dec. 17) the clearest Hubble Space Telescope images yet of zesty and mysterious cosmic spouts - known as FLIERs -- emanating from distant objects that once were stars like our sun.


Vassar, Kautz, Renovation, Design, Construction, Architecture, Admission, House

Vassar admission house receives national awards

The renovation of Vassar College's Carol and James Kautz Admission House has garnered awards for renovation and design from leading construction and architectural organizations.


Titanic, Metallurgy, Movies

Testing Shows Titanic Steel Was Brittle

Rolla, Mo. -- Recent tests of steel from the Titanic reveal that the metal was much more brittle than modern steel but the best available at the time, a metallurgical engineering professor at the University of Missouri-Rolla says in a paper to be published in the January 1998 issue of Journal of Metals.


Phobia, Psychology, Superstition, fear, Friday, the, 13th, Triskaidekaphobia, Mathematics

Fear of Friday the 13th

If you have a phobia about "Friday the 13th" then 1998 isn't going to be a good year for you. There are three "Friday the 13ths" in the upcoming year: February 13, March 13 and November 13. Thomas Fernsler can discuss triskaidekaphobia--fear of the number 13.


Space, Shuttle, Satellite, soy, Plastics, Large, Hadron, Collider

News about Science, Technology and Engineering at Iowa State University

Science tips for December include ISU research on: 1.) Shuttle bus to space; 2.) Satellite sticky tape; 3.) Homegrown plastics; 4.) ISU physicists help build 'discovery engine'; 5.) Pure cooling power.


CAVE, LIFE, SETI, Mexico, Microbiology, Geology, Aliens, Bacteria

Brave New World in a Mexican Cave

Between January 2 and 9, 1998, Louise Hose, the country's leading female cave explorer and a geology professor from Westminster College in Missouri, will lead a team of scientists into an almost unknown worldówhere they will study living creatures so bizarre that for centuries no one realized they were alive. Hose's team will travel to southern Mexico to delve into the Cueva de Villa Luz, or "The Cave of the Lighted House" and the rare sulfur-based life there.


Bacteria, Insects, Entomology, Insecticide, BUGS, Pesticides, Farming, Agriculture

New Bacterium May Aid War on Insect Pests

Scientists have discovered a bacterium with the same insect-thwarting properties as the widely-used Bacillus thurengensis. The bacterium, Photorhabdus luminescens, contains a toxin proven effective against a broad array of insects, and promises to become a potent, safe and environmentally benign weapon in the war against insect pests.


Finch, bird, Canada, North, America, Bird Source, Web, Internet, Ornithology

Bird invasion tracked by online citizens

As winter finches move south across the Canada-U.S. border in what may be record numbers, ornithological scientists are getting their best-ever look at a massive bird 'irruption,' thanks to thousands of citizen scientists using BirdSource, the interactive World Wide Web database for bird information operated by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. The online database records bird sightings -- by casual backyard bird-watchers as well as serious bird enthusiasts.


Canine, Genetics, Genome, MAP, Veterinary, Medicine, Cornell, University, Dog

Researchers Construct Genetic Map for Dogs

Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle and the James A. Baker Institute for Animal Health at Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine are reporting the development of a framework reference map of the canine genome. The map covers most of the canine genome. It was constructed from 150 microsatellite markers developed by the Seattle group and typed on pedigrees developed by the Cornell team.


Arabidopsis, Genetics, Dispatcher, Agriculture, Crops, Biotechnology

Ready, set, fight! 'Dispatcher' may help plants fend off many different diseases, UD researcher says

A 'dispatcher' gene--described in the Dec. 12, 1997, issue of Science--seems to juggle assignments for many `sentry' genes in a model plant system and may ultimately help researchers design hardier, more disease-resistant food plants, a University of Delaware scientist says.

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