OTTAWA—The new year also brought Canadians a new science magazine, the only English-language one of its kind for the general public.

Science and Technology Dimensions is a "privatized" version of Science Dimensions, a 17-year-old publication of the National Re search Council of Canada. The Council also published a French language version called Dimension Science.

A Montreal firm, Science & Technologie Mondex Inc., which published the French-Canadian magazine Science et Technologie, last year won a competition for what NRC called a risk-sharing venture that made available to the firm up to $500,000 ($375,000 in U.S. dollars) in interest-free loans over three years. Only two other bids were submitted. The decision to seek a bidder for the magazine from private industry fits into the policies of the present Progressive Conservation government.

Under the agreement, the Montreal firm will put up a similar amount of its own money and copublish both English and...

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