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Article ID: 3036

Special Edition Tipsheet August 26, 1997

National Science Foundation (NSF)

BACK TO SCHOOL WITH NSF--The National Science Foundation funds an array of programs to improve the quality of science and math education for all Americans and to ensure a steady supply of the world's best-educated scientists, mathematicians and engineers. Roughly 20 percent of the NSF's $3.3 billion annual budget is allocated to its education and human resources programs. NSF's investment represents one-third of all federal spending on math and science education.

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27-Aug-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 3034

Scientists Successfully Isolate Pfiesteria Toxin in Lab Tests

North Carolina State University

Scientists are one step closer to identifying one of the major toxins produced by the fish-killing organism Pfiesteria piscicida, which has been blamed for killing millions of fish along the East Coast. In a series of experiments completed earlier this month, researchers at North Carolina State University have for the first time successfully isolated and purified a water-soluble toxin component from Pfiesteria.

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Article ID: 3032

'Space-capsule' computing concept may unlock petaflops power

University of Delaware

A new computing concept--patterned after successful space missions--may soon help UD researchers complete the blueprint for a supercomputer 1 million times more powerful than the most advanced PC now on the market. Capable of processing 1 million billion commands or "floating point operations" per second, the world's first "petaflops" machine may feature superconducting microprocessors and 3-D holographic data storage.

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26-Aug-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 3027

Nuke Scientists Study Train Wheel Steel

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Scientists working on nuclear weapons have developed expertise and knowledge of exotic alloys. Now they are trying to improve the steel used in train wheels, with the potential to save the railroad industry millions annually.

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26-Aug-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 3016

Largest Monarch Migration in 20 Years Expected in Kansas

University of Kansas

Tens of millions of monarch butterflies will stampede through Kansas in September, and a researcher at the University of Kansas is ready for the show.

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23-Aug-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 3015

August 22, 1997 NSF Tipsheet

National Science Foundation (NSF)

1) Huddled over a 20-gallon tank, counting thousands of tiny swimmers, an NSF-funded psychologist got more than she bargained for. 2) Scientists have discovered how 3 genes work together to regulate the development of nerve cells. 3) While some parts of the United States have been sweltering this summer, the South Pole just recorded the coldest July ever.

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23-Aug-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 3013

Satellite to Study Lightning, Non-proliferation

Los Alamos National Laboratory

The FORTE satellite is set for launch Aug. 28 to gather new data on electromagnetic emissions from natural and manmade sources and to demonstrate new technologies for nuclear weapons treaty monitoring.

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23-Aug-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 3012

New England Climate Change Workshop

University of New Hampshire

The UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space will host the New England Regional Climate Change Impacts Workshop Sept. 3-5. This important regional gathering will bring together stakeholders interested in identifying climage change issues that impact their communities and possible local solutions for responding to global warming. The workshop is part of a federal initiative to define the nation's research agenda in the area of climate change.

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23-Aug-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 3011

Using Lowly Lichens To Gauge The Effects Of Air Pollution On Vegetation

University of New Hampshire

University of New Hampshire researchers think some of the Earth's smallest organisms can tell us some big things about what we're doing to our planet. That's why Barry Rock, UNH associate professor of natural resources, and graduate student Katrina Maloney focus part of their research on lichen, which can be found on rocks, trees--even roof shingles.

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23-Aug-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 3009

Report Addresses Questions Over Wolves in Adirondacks

Wildlife Conservation Society

In an effort to inform the 130,000 people living in New York's Adirondacks State Park where wolves may soon be sharing the landscape, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) released a report today answering many of the commonly asked questions by residents about the big canines.

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22-Aug-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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