Volume 412 Issue 6850, 30 August 2001


  • Opinion |

    The California Institute of Technology needs to address imbalances and frustrations.

  • Opinion |

    The United States should only proceed with its sole proposed nuclear-waste repository once geological concerns have been addressed and provided that law-makers are convinced that the assessment process has been conducted fairly.


News in Brief

News Feature

  • News Feature |

    Yucca Mountain in Nevada seems like a reasonable place to bury the United State's nuclear waste — but only if the volcanoes there remain dormant. Arguments on that point are about to erupt, reports Colin Macilwain.

    • Colin Macilwain
  • News Feature |

    With its unique access to Mir cosmonauts, Moscow's Institute for Biomedical Problems was a world leader for space biology. But now it is working under greatly diminished circumstances, says Quirin Schiermeier.

    • Quirin Schiermeier


Book Review


  • Words |

    The true message of Frankenstein is about morality, not mad science.

    • Howard P. Segal


News & Views

  • News & Views |

    The p53 protein is inactivated in most human cancers. One outcome is a defect in controlling cell division. Might a virus that exploits this defect prove useful in treating cancer?

    • Bert Vogelstein
    •  & Kenneth W. Kinzler
  • News & Views |

    In 1960 the invention of the laser allowed classical light to be amplified inside a cavity. New experiments show that photons in a special quantum state can also be amplified.

    • Paul Kwiat
  • News & Views |

    When tissues need more oxygen, they release molecules that encourage blood vessels to grow. The discovery of the first such molecule that is specific to one type of tissue has implications for cancer and heart failure.

    • Peter Carmeliet
  • News & Views |

    When quantum systems interact with the environment, classical properties emerge — a process known as decoherence. Although decoherence is unavoidable, it may still be possible to manipulate the outcome.

    • Juan Pablo Paz
  • News & Views |

    In an immune response, antibody molecules are altered so they can bind to intruders more strongly. Some of the molecules that determine which alteration process predominates have now been tracked down.

    • Alberto Martin
    •  & Matthew D. Scharff
  • News & Views |

    Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the Universe. Its chemistry governs most reactions in space, especially when it is ionized. But the abundance of the H3+ ion is not easy to explain.

    • Annick Suzor-Weiner
    •  & Ioan F. Schneider
  • News & Views |

    A weak cosmic background of neutrinos, similar to the cosmic microwave background, could exist, although its faintness will require sensitive telescopes to detect it.

    • David Jones

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