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  June 5, 1997: Highlights

Tracking Tornadoes: Nature's Most Powerful Winds
Late in the afternoon on the lonely roads of the Texas panhandle, an armada of vans, trucks and airplanes bristling with scientific instruments races toward a rendezvous with the weather. It is June 2, 1995, and a two-year storm-chasing project, VORTEX, is about to yield one of its biggest successes.    More...

What Happened to the Real "Lost World"?
An international team of researchers recovered new evidence of a large Caribbean meteorite impact that occurred 65 million years ago. Many scientists believe this meteorite collision led to the extinction of dinosaurs and other species."This is the most significant discovery in geosciences in 20 years," said NSF Assistant Director for Geosciences Robert W. Corell.    More...

Today's teens: "Techno-Whizzes" or "Low Techies"?
A new CNN/USA Today/NSF/Gallup survey suggests that American teenagers are very interested in and reliant on modern technology both in the conduct of their daily lives and in terms of the subject matter that interests them at school. Commissioned for National Science and Technology Week, the survey gave special attention to teens' use of computers and the Internet.    More...

Reacting to Disasters
Typical news reports, documentaries or movies about the aftermath of disasters, such as the recent tornadoes in Texas and floods in North Dakota, portray survivors progressing through predictable stages of emotions. These start with distress, then, ultimately, acceptance and recovery. A National Science Foundation (NSF) -supported study reveals that this pattern is more stereotype than norm.    More...

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