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New Scientist

Press release of issue dated 26 July for New Scientist, the international science and technology weekly news magazine.

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25-Jul-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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Researchers find contaminants in sea otters and bald eagle eggs in the western Aleutian Islands

University of California, Santa Cruz

Remote islands of surreal beauty, the foggy, windswept Aleutians are thousands of miles from heavily populated areas. Even so, the islands harbor a nasty reminder of human activity: Sea otters and bald eagle eggs from the western Aleutians carry potentially harmful levels of DDT and other contaminants.

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17-Jul-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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Oldest monkey skull shakes up evolutionary tree

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Researchers from Southern Illinois University have discovered the oldest African or Asian monkey skull yet found. Their account of their find appears in the July 24 issue of ìNature.î

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24-Jul-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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Polymer "Mirror" Created for "Time Reversal" Optical Tasks

University of California San Diego

UCSD Chemists Create Polymer "Mirror" for a variety of "Time Reversal" Optical Tasks.

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22-Jul-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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Glow of Jellyfish May Light Way toward New Optical Storage Device

University of California San Diego

Researchers have found a way of controlling a tailor-made version of a protein that gives the glow to the Pacific Northwest jellyfish. The discovery not only sheds light on the inner workings of the green fluorescent protein (GFP) of the jellyfish Aequorea victoria, it also suggests a potential new way for storing and accessing computer memories in packages the size of a single molecule.

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19-Jul-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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World's smallest silicon mechanical devices

Cornell University

Using electron-beam lithography, researchers at the Cornell University Nanofabrication Facility have built what they believe are the world's smallest mechanical devices, including a Fabry-Perot interferometer and, for fun, the world's smallest guitar, carved out of crystalline silicon and no larger than a single cell. The technology that could have a variety of uses in fiber optics, displays, sensors and electronics. Mechanical force probes can be made much smaller than a single cell, and forces associated with single biological molecules could be measured.

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23-Jul-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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A Blockbuster El Nino for the Late Nineties

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

El Nino is a warming of surface waters of the tropical Pacific Ocean with far- reaching climatic consequences. This Tip Sheet describes an upcoming scientific meeting on El Nino, the relation between El Nino and global warming, and a new El Nino book, and lists El Nino experts and Web sites.

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23-Jul-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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Record-Breaking 100-Channel Optical Amplifier

Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs

Continuing its leadership in optical networking, Lucent Technologies has demonstrated a record-breaking experimental ultra-wideband optical-fiber amplifier that can boost lightwave signals carried simultaneously over 100 or more channels, or wavelengths, of light. The experiment underscores the potential of optical networks to deliver unprecedented network capacity. The optical amplifier spans 80 nanometers of the lightwave spectrum.

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23-Jul-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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Asme Asia Explores Environment And Energy In The Far East

ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)

The first ASME Asia Congress and Exhibition, sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), will be held in Singapore, September 30 to October 2, 1997, at the Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre. This conference provides a forum for engineers to examine environmental issues and technological advancements relevant to this region's industries, particularly those involved in power generation, offshore technology, oil and gas.

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22-Jul-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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Gift By Houston Company Promotes Science And Engineering

ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)

The M.W. Kellogg Company in Houston has pledged $100,000 to a foundation operated by ASME International (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), a gift which will be put toward programs to enhance science, technology and engineering throughout the world.

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22-Jul-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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