WASHINGTON—The founding editor of the now-defunct Science 86 is launching a monthly newsletter that will examine the impact on society of advances in science and technology. The eight- to 10-page newsletter, to be called Science Impact, is scheduled to debut in May.

Allen Hammond, who will serve as its editor and publisher, is no stranger to new publications. He created the "Research News" section of Science magazine and several years later persuaded its publisher, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, to support a magazine for the public that became Science 80. Three years ago he took on a second job as editor of Issues in Science and Technology, a new semi-scholarly publication on science policy published by the National Academy of Sciences. Hammond resigned that position January 1 to devote his energies to his latest venture, which he said is being financed by a private partnership of individuals...

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