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August,1997
Deep waters (New Scientist Magazine 8/30)
"We will probably never see it or be able to use it. But billions of droplets of water buried hundreds of kilometres below us hold precious secrets of their own."
Big quake could kill thousands in Tokyo (Reuters/UPI 8/29)
"A Tokyo government report warns that an earthquake as powerful as the one in January 1995 which devastated the western Japanese city of Kobe could kill up to 7,200 people in the capital."
Giant rivers of plasma seen on the sun (CNN 8/28)
Superhot Plasma Flows on Sun (Washington Post/AP 8/28)
Scientists Discover Massive Jet Streams Flowing Inside The Sun (NASA Press Release 8/28)
"European astronomers have discovered giant rivers of hot plasma flowing beneath the surface of the sun that may trigger spectacular solar eruptions."
Geological Survey Ordered to Move (Washington Post/AP 8/28)
"The U.S. Geological Survey is moving its regional headquarters out of a new $40 million building, in part because of the rising cost of real estate in the San Francisco Bay area."
Extinction without cause (Nature Science Now 8/28)
"An international team of researchers goes further in a report in the 21 August 1997 issue of the science magazine Nature. They show that extinctions of any size need not have any identifiable cause at all -- and that goes for mass-extinctions, too. They just happen. The search for individual causes is fruitless."
Martian Rocks Similar to Earth's (Washington Post/AP 8/27)
"The second rock type to be identified by NASA's Sojourner rover poses a mineralogical mystery that scientists hope to unlock with more remote-controlled wandering on the martian surface." (Latest science results from Pathfinder Mission)
El Nino Experts Eye Weather Changes (Washington Post/AP 8/27)
"Scientists tracking the El Nino climate phenomenon said Wednesday the upcoming winter could be mild in parts of the northern United States, while southern states could be wetter than usual." (El Nino Resources)
Pathfinder beams down spectacular new Mars pictures (CNN 8/27)
"The Mars Pathfinder probe has beamed back another series of spectacular pictures from the red planet, scientists said Wednesday."
Life Goes for a Spin (Scientific American 8/25)
"A topsy-turvy earth may have triggered an evolutionary big bang."
NASA launches mission to study the sun (CNN 8/25)
"A $200 million mission to study the sun was launched on Monday after a one-day delay caused by stray shrimp fishermen."
A 'CAT Scan' Of Mount Rainier Detects Quake Hazards (Science Daily 8/21)
"Geologists have long known that Mount Rainier, the largest volcano in the Cascades, looms as a potential risk to the communities around it. There is strong geological evidence that several times over the last 6,000 years massive landslides, and accompanying mudslides, have buried the surrounding area."
Battle of the Bones (Earth Magazine October Issue)
"Everyone wants a dinosaur, and the fight over owning bones can get nasty. Should fossils belong to collectors, to scientists, or to you? EARTH asked the experts."
Tracking Pterosaurs (Earth Magazine October Issue)
"Were the flying reptiles like bats, like birds, or like nothing else on Earth? That depends on how you fit the beasts to their footprints."
What really killed the dinosaurs? (New Scientist 8/16)
"Ask anyone you meet how the dinosaurs met their end 65 million years ago, and they're likely to blame it all on an asteroid. And why not? It's a dramatic answer and the image of one huge blow obliterating those "terrible lizards" at a stroke is almost irresistible. But could it have been that simple? Was that really all it took to wipe out 65 per cent of Earth's species?"
Where Fossils Fear To Tread: Scientists Follow Genes To An Ancient Ancestor (Science Daily 8/15)
"Some 600 or 700 million years ago, before animal life made a sudden evolutionary shift and diverged into nearly all the major animal divisions we know from fossils, primitive animals were inventing the genes that would make it all possible."
Science at Sea (Scientific American 7/31)
"A converted oil exploration ship probes the seabed for clues to climate change and the inner workings of the earth."
New spacecraft to warn of disruptive solar storms (CNN 8/14)
"On August 24, a new spacecraft called the Advanced Composition Explorer, or ACE, will be launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida. This new craft will allow officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to better predict and prepare for solar storms."
Paleontologists reconstruct world's largest bird (CNN 8/13)
"A team of paleontologists has spent five years digging giant bones out of the sizzling Australian desert before reconstructing what is believed to be the biggest bird the world has ever seen. It is called Dromornis stirtoni, which sounds like the name of an Italian soccer club, but scientists believe it is the giant ancestor of the ostrich and the emu."
Fossil Fish in Living Color (InScight 8/13)
"The colors of dinosaurs and other fossils have generally been left to the imagination of artists or movie producers. But a paper to be published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society describes red and silver pigment cells in a 370-million-year-old fish. "
Huge nest of dinosaur eggs found in Canada (CNN/Reuters 8/11)
"The 65 million to 70 million-year-old fossilized eggs were discovered one by one at Devil's Coulee, Alberta, 143 miles (230 km) south of Calgary, and could be the offspring of a duck-billed Hadrosaur or a Ceratopsian, said Wendy Sloboda, the scientist who found them."
Satellite evidence supports giant snowball theory (CNN 8/11)
"A satellite launched by the space shuttle Discovery has found an unusually high concentration of water in the Earth's atmosphere, suggesting that it is being bombarded by snowballs the size of a house."
Harbor Mud Could Seal Mines (Washington Post/AP 8/10)
"Hoping to solve two environmental problems in one fell swoop, three states want to use mud dredged from New York Harbor to seal abandoned coal mines in Pennsylvania, The New York Times reported Sunday. "
Pathfinder returns gold mine of information (CNN 8/8)
"Enthusiastic NASA scientists hailed the Mars Pathfinder mission as a '100 percent success' Friday, saying it returned nearly double the amount of data expected and successfully carried out all its major goals."
Antarctic Ice Shelves Could Grow (Washington Post/AP 8/3)
"Global warming could cause Antarctica's ice shelves to grow instead of shrink, British research concludes. The new study provides a chilling reminder that climate change can result in surprising and paradoxical effects."
Canadian mining company breaks ground on region's richest gold mine (CNN/AP 8/2)
"A Canadian mining company took a multimillion dollar gamble Saturday, breaking ground on an Amazon gold mine thought to be the richest in Latin America but whose ownership is in dispute."


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