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Article ID: 6407

The Sun-Earth Connection: NCAR Scientist Quantifies Variations in Sun's Radiation

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Scientist Peter Fox and colleagues at the National Center for Atmospheric Research are using observations, theoretical physics, and computer modeling to get the best representation so far of the total radiative output of the sun. The research will lead to a better understanding of the sun's influence on earth's climate.

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13-Feb-1998 12:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 6406

New Analysis Shows Earth's Lower Stratosphere in Synch with Solar Cycle from Pole to Pole

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

The sun's 11-year solar cycle may be the driving force behind periodic changes in temperatures and pressure heights of earth's lower stratosphere from pole to pole, according to new research by Harry van Loon of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and Karin Labitzke of the Free University of Berlin.

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13-Feb-1998 12:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 6398

New Blue Laser May Revolutionize Video Screens, Optical Storage: Novel Fabrication Technique Is The Key

Boston University

Scientists at Boston University have announced the development of a new blue laser that may lead to a new generation of more vivid color video screens and computer displays as well as optical storage disks that can hold four times the amount of information that can be squeezed onto today's new digital video disks.

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13-Feb-1998 12:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 6237

Galaxy invading Milky Way; apparently contains much unseen matter

Johns Hopkins University

The Milky Way is being invaded by another galaxy, but don't worry: we're bigger. On the other hand, new research shows, the intruder is surprisingly sturdy. A large quantity of dark matter is apparently protecting it from being torn apart by the Milky Way's gravity.

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13-Feb-1998 12:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 65

Biotech Approach to Feral Cat Problem Devised

Virginia Tech

A student at Virginia Tech has used a prestigious veterinary summer fellowship grant from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation to develop a genetically engineered bacterium to serve as an oral contraceptive which may one day help solve a major animal overpopulation problem.

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13-Feb-1998 12:00 AM EST

Article ID: 53

Engineering Our Arteries: Replacements and Assisted Healing

Rice University

To combat heart disease and problems that arise after angioplasty, the balloon procedure used to open clogged arteries, Rice bioengineer Jennifer West is developing alternatives like bioengineered arteries--including assisted healing that will stop clotting and allow healthy cells to grow.

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13-Feb-1998 12:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 52

Scientists Seek First Glimpse of Solar Features During February 26 Solar Eclipse

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research and other colleagues will aim new detectors at the sun's corona during the February 26 solar eclipse, searching for structures they've never observed before. The total eclipse over the Caribbean promises to be one of the most heavily studied in recent history.

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13-Feb-1998 12:00 AM EST

Article ID: 51

Conservation Biology Clearinghouse; Engineering Design Tutor

Rice University

1) ConBio Clearinghouse: An online educational site based at Rice called the Center for Conservation Biology Network (CCBN) offers information ranging from Native Americans' water rights to new species of orchids to university degree programs, 2) Rice researchers are creating an Engineering Design Tutor, a World Wide Web-based automated learning system

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13-Feb-1998 12:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 6393

No longer science fiction: Sandia quantum mechanic develops very fast transistorstor

Sandia National Laboratories

A manufacturable transistor operating under quantum mechanical laws is faster than any commecial transistor in use today. Developed at Sandia National Laboratories, the quantum transistor-jokingly called the Quantristador - has many possible uses.

Released:
12-Feb-1998 12:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 6385

Evidence Found For Molten Rock Two Thousand Miles Beneath Earth's Surface

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deep inside the earth, two thousand miles beneath its surface, pockets of molten rock can be found in a region where many scientists did not expect to find anything but solid rock. Researchers funded by the National Science Foundation report the finding in this week's issue of the journal Nature.

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12-Feb-1998 12:00 AM EST

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