Science Notes 1999Text-only Version
    From the UCSC Science Communication Program



SCIENCE NOTES is written and illustrated by the students in the Science Communication Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz.



C o n t e n t s


A fledgling journalist on deadline either has the mother of all science news stories or something else entirely.
By Oliver Baker


Killer Surf!

Scientists hasten to predict and prepare for a monster wave threatening California’s coast.
By Krista Conger


Tracking the Bloom

When sea lions started dying in Monterey Bay, scientists raced to discover the cause.
By Liese Greensfelder


This Won’t Hurt a Bit

The hated hypodermic may soon be replaced by a painless microscopic needle on a silicon chip.
By Kathleen Wong


Echoes from the Past

A maverick linguist has devised a new way to scope out what our ancestors were up to 50,000 years ago.
By Robert Adler


A Ride on the Wild Side

An aerospace engineer has designed an airplane that could fly at ten times the speed of sound by skipping off the top of the atmosphere. But will it ever fly?
By Beate Kittl


Tongue Twister

A child psychologist plays with words to explore how we learn language.
By Bryn David Nelson


KC and the Ground Sludge Band


After 10 years of hard work punctuated by serendipity, leaps of faith, and intuition, an unsinkable team of scientists devise an ingenious system to clean water contaminated with carbon tetrachloride, a toxic chemical.
By Marina Chicurel


Twinkle, Twinkle Collapsing Star

Astronomers may have solved the mystery of the most powerful explosions in the universe.
By Adrian Cho


One if by Land, One if by Sea

In the race for mammal efficiency the results are in, and its a draw.
By Mark Schrope


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