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Table of Contents
May 15, 2000
Volume 78, Number 20
CENEAR 78 20 p. 3

NEWS OF THE WEEK
BETTER GREEN SOLVENT
New family of economical, fluorine-free copolymer solubilizers improves supercritical CO2 performances.
PLASTICS COMPOUNDER
Geon and M. A. Hanna are merging into $3.5 billion operation.
VITAMIN PRICE FIXING
Two German, two U.S. firms admit conspiring; former execs face jail.
WILDFIRE SHUTS LAB
DOE officials see no danger to Los Alamos lab or of radiation leaks, but nearby communities are devastated.
NUCLEAR WASTE
DOE rejects $15.2 billion bid to clean up Hanford wastes as too expensive.
HUMAN GENOME PROJECT
14 Second human chromosome is mapped; commercial database debuts.
BUSINESS
BUSINESS CONCENTRATES
ELAN CORP.
Feisty, acquisitive Irish drug firm specializes in niche markets.
A TALE OF E-COMMERCE
Pittsburgh Chemical Day speakers caution that opening an e-store too early can be as bad as too late.
FIBER OUTPUT
Growth in polyester masks stagnation in other fibers.
LETTER FROM INDIA
C&EN correspondent describes a tour of Vapi, where chemical companies seem brazen about polluting.
GOVERNMENT & POLICY
GOVERNMENT CONCENTRATES
BURNING WASTE
Nobody likes EPA's new regulation for incinerator air emissions.
ACCIDENT TREATY
Pact requires notification of nearby countries when industrial mishaps occur; liability terms may be added.
GOVERNMENT INSIGHTS
Why is Congress so intent on bashing the Advanced Technology Program?
SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY
SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATES
IONIC LIQUIDS
NATO workshop examines the industrial potential of green chemistry using room-temperature "designer solvents."
ASYMMETRIC C-C BONDS
50 Four components added to one pot generate compound with two chiral centers.
SPECIAL REPORT
COVER STORY
COMBINATORIAL DRUGS
Recent advances in this field give scientists better tools to perform many experiments at a time.
COMBINATORIAL MATERIALS
Approach to materials discovery promises better materials and better understanding of their behavior.
BOOKS
"THE PLUTONOUM FILES"
Author reveals dirty secrets of the Cold War and their impact on real people.
"THEIR DAY IN THE SUN"
Insightful mosaic of women scientists' experiences in the Manhattan Project.
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