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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.
October 29, 2002 | John Hendren and Aaron Zitner, Times Staff Writers
Russia's use of an unspecified gas to end a Moscow hostage crisis last weekend is drawing new focus to claims that the United States is also developing chemical agents that would be illegal if used in warfare. Bush administration officials said Monday that they suspect the gas used by Russian authorities was an opiate rather than a nerve gas, the most lethal and feared agent of chemical warfare.
May 2, 1993 | Margy Rocklin, Contributing editor Margy Rochlin is working on an NEA-funded radio documnetary, "Ambos Nogales: The Mingling Cultures on the Border."
LAST SPRING, AN AUDIENCE COMposed mostly of earnest-looking young female students gathered in a small auditorium to hear a panel discussion entitled "Women Scientists at Work: Opportunities, Obstacles and Challenges." Among the speakers were a bookish-looking research physicist, a computer-engineering researcher and a pregnant professor of civil engineering whose faded blue maternity smock couldn't conceal her third trimester fullness.
November 25, 2009 | By Don Hansen
California's anglers and boaters aren't sure which was more egregious: the state blue-ribbon task force's draconian decision to stifle California's offshore recreational fishing in the guise of protecting the ocean environment, or The Times' one-sided article on the subject, "Panel backs no-fishing zones off Southern California coast" (Nov. 11). The article buys into the myth -- hook, line and sinker -- that because catches of some species have declined by as much as 95%, fish populations off the Southern California coast have fallen by similar levels over the last few decades.
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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