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February 2013 Issue

25 Years Ago 1988. The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the signing of an agreement with NASA to share high-speed communications lines, linking university researchers connected to NSF’s national computer communications network to databases and supercomputers at NASA’s laboratories. ... Mikhail Gorbachev’s policy of glasnost yielded a five-year agreement for scientific exchanges and cooperation between the Soviet Union and the U.S. ... Secretary of the U.S. Navy James H. Webb Jr. announced major policy initiatives to improve the utilization, assimilation, and treatment of officers and enlisted women in the service.

15 Years Ago 1998. U.S. Commerce Secretary William M. Daley launched the International Year of the Ocean, saying: “one of every six jobs in the U.S. is marine-related and one-third of the nation’s gross national product is produced in coastal areas.” ... The first oil exploration survey off Lithuania, using the latest seismic techniques, was completed by Fugro-Geoteam A/S to provide a basis for 3D surveys and exploration drilling. ... The National Sea Grant College Program and Texas Instruments Inc. cooperated on a research project to develop improved tools to monitor bioremediation, the use of microorganisms to decontaminate polluted areas.

10 Years Ago 2003. Ten U.S. federal agencies that cooperated to collect scientific and technical information expanded www.science.gov by adding more databases and technical resources to the website, which went live as a pilot project the previous year. ... The European Commission adopted a directive banning the marketing and use of azo dye, a chromate-based chemical used to color textiles. This substance is dangerous for fish and other aquatic organisms. ... Transas Marine Pacific in Southeast Asia supplied a bridge simulator, Navi-Trainer Professional 3000, and a Global Maritime Distress and Safety System simulator, TGS 4100, to the Bangladesh Maritime Training Institute.


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