TABLE OF CONTENTS
February 28, 2000
Volume 78, Number 9
CENEAR 78 9 p. 3
ISSN 0009-2347

NEWS OF THE WEEK

SCIENCE AT STATE:   11
At AAAS annual meeting, Secretary of State Albright unveils plan to integrate science, technology, and diplomacy.

HERCULES REFOCUSES:   12
Company will shed divisions to pay debt, concentrate on core businesses.

BIG WEEK FOR ENGINEERS:   12
NAE announces engineering's top 20 achievements, awards Draper Prize, elects new members.

PRAXAIR'S NEW CHIEF:   13
Former DuPont COO Dennis Reilley set to become president and CEO.

EPA SHUTS WEB SITE:   13
Despite security fears, agency finds no evidence of data tampering.

"GREEN" PLASTIC:   14
Racemic starting materials plus racemic catalyst yields stereoregular polylactic acid.

BUSINESS

BUSINESS CONCENTRATES: 16

CHEMICAL EARNINGS:    19
After six continuous quarters of decline, fourth-quarter results are up for most firms.

DRUG FIRM EARNINGS:    24
Sales and earnings are up for the quarter and the year, but the industry is working hard to maintain growth.

GOLDSCHMIDT:    27
Acquisitions make German firm a major player in surfactants and other ingredients for household, personal care products.

GOVERNMENT & POLICY

GOVERNMENT CONCENTRATES:  29

HPV CHEMICAL TESTING:    30
Petition by animal rights groups threatens to delay testing of high- production-volume chemicals.

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATES:  33

COVER STORY
NASA GOES NANO:    36
Space agency hitches its star to nanotechnology for designing future missions to explore the solar system and beyond.

EDITOR FOR NEW JOURNAL:    43
Robin Rogers is chosen to head ACS's Crystal Growth & Design, which will debut in January 2001.

SCIENCE INSIGHTS:    44
National implant registry could help decrease the number of patients harmed by faulty devices.

219TH ACS NATIONAL MEETING
Listing of technical presentations and description of exhibitors in San Francisco.

THE DEPARTMENTS

     5 EDITOR'S PAGE

     8 LETTERS

   46 PEOPLE

 216 NEWSCRIPTS


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