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June 10, 1991

Loose Lips Sink Budgets, Says Massey Out Of The Ashes Of The Space Station No Silly Questions, Please Too Much Of A Good Thing With Congress once again poised to cut out start-up funds for the proposed $211 million Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO), NSF Director Walter Massey is blaming scientists for helping to wield the knife. In March, astrophysicist Tony Tyson of AT&T Bell Labs told the House science committee that LIGO won't be sensitive enough to measure

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May 27, 1991

No More Room At The Top Can't Come, But Send Money A Picture Worth A Thousand Hearings SSC-Backed Students Win Science Bowl An Embarrassment Of Riches The National Academy of Sciences has rejected a drive to increase the number of scientists elected each year. That figure stands at 60, but this year the chairmen of the six disciplinary classes that make up NAS petitioned for nine more slots--a 15 percent increase--arguing that the number of scientists has grown so rapidly in the past de

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May 13, 1991

Healy's Family Ties Soften Pay Cut Penn Researcher Fights Sanctions Astronomers To Get SDI Technology Soon They'll Want A Sports Car Try Dial-A-Prayer New NIH director Bernadine Healy received copious condolences last month from members of a House appropriations subcommittee for the "substantial pay cut" that she was taking to come to Washington. Indeed, her financial disclosure statement reveals that she earned $251,000 last year in salary as director of the research institute at the

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April 29, 1991

Baltimore Retraction Still In The Mail NAE Slow To Get The Message Tell Your Story To The World NSF Signs Lease On New Building On March 15, Nobel laureate David Baltimore, reacting to a draft of a National Institutes of Health report that criticized his behavior in the course of a five-year investigation of a scientific paper he coauthored when he was director of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at MIT (The Scientist, April 15, 1991, page 4), announced that he would retrac

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April 15, 1991

Martin Marietta Boosts Royalty Split SSC Magnets Attract Criticism PBS Series Looks At Astronomers Chips In The Edifice Of Science NSF Cleans Up Its Antarctic Act Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and four other DOE facilities operated by Martin Marietta Energy Systems in Tennessee, Ohio, and Kentucky will get higher royalties under a new policy adopted by the government contractor. Martin Marietta will now give inventors of licensed technology 15 percent of gross royalty recei

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April 1, 1991

p.4 A New Name For Cold Fusion Faisal Foundation Embraces Conservation Knocking Down The Doors Red Squirrel Redux The Patient Is Healthy The public may have long ago forgotten the phenomenon of cold fusion. And most of the scientific community never accepted what two University of Utah researchers said they had found two years ago when they applied an electric current to palladium rods wrapped in platinum coils and immersed in heavy water. But there is a core of researchers still on the

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March 4, 1991

Education Is Everybody's Business Bidding War On Advanced Technology A Cloudy Crystal Ball Global change Aims To Top $1 Billion Physicists Tackle Child Care Despite the existence of a Department of Education, at least 16 federal agencies are involved in the teaching of science and math. That's what an interagency Committee on Education and Human Resources found in an inventory of federal efforts as a first step toward a coordinated approach to promote science and math proficiency. The E

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February 18, 1991

Legal Victory Takes Toll On Journal MIT's Magnet Lab Keeps Trying Back In The Classroom A Stand Against Too Many Authors Minority Schools Get Help For AIDS Trials Despite a New York state court ruling last month that scientific journals enjoy special immunity against libel suits based on the expression of an opinion, the editor who was the defendant in the case (The Scientist, Oct. 1, 1990, page 1) believes that he's won a Pyrrhic victory. "The circulation has dropped by a third," says

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February 4, 1991

Far Seeing, Yet Short Sighted Bush Honors 66 Top Managers Gender Gap In Manned Space Travel NSF Told To Create New Directorate Cheaper By The Dozen? ( Thanks to a special $75 million appropriation from Congress, the National Science Foundation is moving ahead quickly with an updated replacement for its radio telescope in Green Bank, W. Va., which collapsed in November 1988. Last month NSF awarded a $55 million construction contract to Radiation Systems Inc. of Sterling, Va., for a state

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January 21, 1991

Laying It On With A Shovel Walking Away From Trouble Feeling Insecure About National Security GAO: NASA Flunks Physical Molecular biologist David Baltimore, president of Rockefeller University and former director of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, returned to MIT last month for a "rededication" of the institute. Baltimore, who has taken heat from Congress for his role in defending a former colleague, immunologist Thereza Ima

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