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December 18, 1998
Leibniz Prize Winners 1999 - Most Highly Endowed German Promotional Prize For Ten Scientists
The Grants Committee of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) designated the 1999 winners of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz prizes.

Fly Fishing Could Be Costing The NHS
Ineffective trout fishing flies may be costing the NHS valuable resources, say a team of researchers in this week's issue of the BMJ.

Fat In Spite Of Hard Farm Work - Tracking Down Obesity
Little has been known about the factors supporting overweight. That the cause is not genes alone is what Trier scientist Dr.

Moving Medical Images On The Internet Using Java
A computer scientist at Washington University in St. Louis has adpated the hottest programming language of the Internet and applied it to a burgeoning revolution in medicine -- teleradiology.The new use of Java, called MedJava, moves medicine more deeply into the virtual world.

The Early Bird Doesn't Necessarily Catch The Worm!
There is no justification for early risers to affect superiority over those who like to stay in bed a little longer, say researchers in this week's BMJ.

Breast Implant Removal Usually Should Include Capsulectomy, Surgeon Advises
A professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St.

Clemson Researchers Turn Crabshells Into New Product Lines
Clemson University researchers have developed a new process to turn crab shells into natural marketable products.

Science Announces Top Ten Research Advances Of 1998
The discovery that the galaxies of the cosmos are flying apart at ever faster speeds heads the annual list of the top ten scientific advances chosen by the editors of Sciencefor 1998.

DFG To Set Up 21 New Collaborative Research Centres
On 1 January 1999, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) will set up 21 new collaborative research centres, among them two cultural science research units.

NSF Telescope Sheds Light On Fate Of Universe
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, using a National Science Foundation (NSF) microwave telescope in Antarctica, have made a crucial measurement of cosmic background radiation that may help science to settle a fundamental question of whether the universe will expand forever or collapse back upon itself.

Grandmothers Can Reduce NHS Costs!
Children who have a grandmother involved in their care are less likely to visit accident and emergency (A&E) departments with minor or trivial conditions, say researchers in this week's BMJ.

NASA Exercises X-34 Contract Option For 25 Test Flights
NASA has exercised an option in its X-34 contract with Orbital Sciences Corp., Dulles, Va., for 25 additional test flights during a 12-month period beginning immediately after the initial contract is complete.

Smoking Rates Declined Among African Americans In Neighborhood Programs
Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis and the St.
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