Date June 5, 2001 Date
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  Preserving Moore's Law

EUV optical measurementA consortium of industry and government laboratories has created a prototype machine for making computer chips using extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light. Processors built using EUV technology are expected to reach speeds of up to 10 gigahertz (GHz) in 2007.  By comparison, the fastest Pentium 4 processor today is 1.5 GHz.  To make this next generation of semiconductor devices possible, researchers here test the optics used to print these chips and detect flaws smaller than the radius of a hydrogen atom.

 Unfolding the RNA Story

RNA hairpinRNA is the workhorse of the genetic world. RNA molecules carry out their many biological tasks through their ability to fold themselves into complex three-dimensional structures.  Learning about the forces that drive and shape this folding is a key to designing drugs that can enhance or inhibit the performance of a specific task.  Now for the first time, researchers have successfully unfolded and refolded single molecules of RNA.

  Music of the Spheres

CMB balloon flightUntil some 300,000 years after the Big Bang, the universe was so hot that matter and radiation were entangled in a kind of soup in which sound waves could vibrate.  Looking at the telltale traces of these sound waves, three scientific teams are reporting results that agree on what the "harmonic proportions" of the cosmos imply: not only is the universe flat, but its structure is definitely due to inflation, not to topological defects in the early universe.


California electricity

A new Twenty Percent Solution web site advises Californians how to slash their electricity use by 20 percent and earn a 20 percent electricity bill rebate this summer. And a second site shows California electricity demand and supply in real-time.

First chemical studies of element 108, hassium, the heaviest element whose chemistry has been studied

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