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January 30, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
A research team from the United States and Sweden has reported the discovery of a link between multiple sclerosis and a virus related to the microorganism that causes AIDS. The researchers said they clearly demonstrated the presence of the virus, known as HTLV-1, in the blood cells of multiple sclerosis patients. But they cautioned it could not yet be determined whether the virus was a cause of the degenerative brain disease.
August 9, 1987 | Compiled from Times staff and wire service reports
Scientists have found evidence that the gassy halo of Halley's comet contains tiny chains of formaldehyde molecules that may be older than the solar system. The evidence comes from data collected by the Giotto spacecraft as it flew by the comet in March, 1986, according to two papers in the current issue of Science magazine. Comets are considered remnants of the gas and dust that condensed to create the sun and its planets.
November 14, 1986
AIDS "now ranks as the most serious epidemic of the last 50 years," an international group of researchers declared in a report that urges global cooperation to head off the spread of the deadly acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Noting that several million people around the world now are infected with the AIDS virus, the researchers called for "a major international commitment, not only in terms of providing financial help but also in providing scientific, educational and technical assistance."
September 19, 1988
In Atlanta and certain other southern cities, trees may contribute more hydrocarbons to the formation of photochemical smog than do cars and factories, according to computer modeling studies conducted by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology. These emissions may doom the Environmental Protection Agency's attempt to control pollution by restricting release of man-made hydrocarbons, the researchers said.
March 26, 1990 | From staff and wire reports
More than a billion tons of carbon emitted into the atmosphere each year in the form of carbon dioxide cannot be accounted for but is probably being absorbed by land masses in the Northern Hemisphere, researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported last week in Science magazine. Release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere is believed to be contributing to a warming of the planet through the greenhouse effect, which traps heat at the Earth's surface.
May 8, 2001
Arthur Walker, 64, a Stanford physics professor whose work helped scientists investigate mysteries of the sun, died at his Stanford home April 29 of cancer. Using X-ray and thin-film telescopes, Walker photographed the sun's corona, or outermost atmosphere, obtaining images that were printed on the cover of the Sept. 30, 1988, Science magazine.
October 2, 2009 | Rosie Mestel
A man who cracked the knuckles of one hand -- but not the other -- for six decades, scientists who figured out why pregnant women don't topple over and chemists who made diamonds from tequila were honored Thursday at the annual Ig Nobel prize ceremony -- a tongue-in-cheek parody of the famous and august Nobels, which are due to be announced next week. Produced by a science humor magazine, the Annals of Improbable Research, the event was celebrated at a raucous event at Harvard University, during which each recipient received his or her prize from a genuine Nobel laureate.
July 1, 1986 | Associated Press
Science 86, the award-winning popular science magazine that helped pioneer a trend toward glossy, technical publications for lay readers, will cease publication with its current issue and sell some assets to Time Inc., it was announced Friday. The American Assn. for the Advancement of Science, which began publishing the magazine as Science 80 in the fall of 1979, said it is selling its Science 86 subscriber list and licensing the publication's name to Time for two years as part of the deal.
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