December 13, 2013 |
The fury of a woman scorned is just one of the perils encountered in "Dangerous Women," a splendid cross-genre anthology featuring original stories by a number of writers, male and female. The title invokes that of "Dangerous Visions," Harlan Ellison's groundbreaking 1967 science fiction anthology, and even though there are no real game-changers here, it's an impressive assembly of work by mostly well-known authors, with a few relative newcomers who make a strong impression. Gardner Dozois, former editor of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine and founding editor of "The Year's Best Science Fiction" series, has at least 100 anthologies to his credit, six co-edited with George R.R. Martin.
December 7, 1990 |
Scientists at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Connecticut, a major drug firm, have developed an experimental drug that prevents the AIDS virus from reproducing, it was disclosed today. The firm plans to begin clinical trials on the product early next year. The compound drug, known as BI-RG-587, has fewer side effects than AIDS drugs now on the market, according to an article in Science magazine. "It's a very specific drug which seems to be a positive.
May 22, 1990 |
Can "Star Wars" teach children about the solar system? The yet-to-be launched Sci-Fi Channel has entered into an arrangement with the science magazine Omni to create original programming--including education programs for children. "Science fiction is really a great way of introducing science to children," said Kathy Keeton, president of Omni magazine. "Many scientists--including Carl Sagan--first experienced the thrill of science through the magic of science fiction."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1991 |
Massachusetts researchers have shown that a genetically engineered virus can kill human brain tumor cells grown in test tubes and in mice. The findings open the door to a new approach to cancer therapy. Researchers from the Harvard Medical School reported in Science magazine that they used a herpes virus from which they removed the gene for a protein that is required for the virus to replicate and infect cells.
September 9, 2005 |
Netflix Inc., the largest mail-order movie-rental service, forecast 2006 pretax profit of $50 million as subscribers rise to 5 million. The company, which currently has 3.2 million subscribers, expects that number to rise to 20 million in the next five to seven years, Chief Executive Reed Hastings said. The Los Gatos, Calif.-based company is unlikely to raise prices for its monthly rental packages and may test lower pricing, Chief Marketing Officer Leslie Kilgore said. Netflix shares rose $1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 1989 |
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 |
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."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.