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Tracking a Killer: Following Cholera With Every Available Means
October 1996


Tracking a Killer: Following Cholera With Every Available Means
In her pursuit of cholera, microbiologist Rita Colwell uses many disciplines, including biology, oceanography, ecology, and remote sensing to follow the progress of the microbe and suggest a line of defense.

Witches Brew of Weird Bugs
An ancient bacterium, Deinococcus radiodurans, has the unique ability of being able to live through high doses of radiation. When the exposure is over, the microbe rebuilds its DNA.

An Electronic Nose for Business, NASA and Others

A computerized Pinocchio is learning and remembering scents in its Caltech lab. Eventually the nose will fit on a one-centimeter chip and will be used to spot changes in air quality.

On the Appointment of the Acting Deputy Director
Joseph Bordogna, formally Assistant Director of NSF's Directorate for Engineering, has been named NSF's new Acting Deputy Director. Dr. Bordogna replaces Dr. Anne Petersen.

Preliminary Report: R&D Spending Fell in FY 1996
Federal funding of research and development dropped by three percent in 1996, an NSF report announced.

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