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November 2014 Issue

25 Years Ago 1989. A new cooperative institute for limnology and ecosystem research was established by NOAA and the University of Michigan. The institute was set up to conduct Great Lakes-related research. ... The National Academy of Engineering’s first international Charles Stark Draper Prize was awarded to Jack S. Kilby and Robert N. Noyce, independent co-inventors of the semiconductor microchip in the late 1950s. ... A driftnet ban in United States waters was included in legislation approved by the U.S. House of Representatives Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee. It reauthorized the Magnuson Fisheries Conservation and Management Act of 1976.


15 Years Ago 1999. A report from a joint committee of the U.S. National Research Council and the Academia Mexicana de Ciencias found that joint research activities between scientists in the United States and Mexico—in shared oceanic and coastal areas—had been hindered by language and cultural differences, national political boundaries and a disparity in funding. ... The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Gas Hydrate Research and Development Act. The legislation authorized $47.5 million over five years for a gas hydrate research and development program. ... The Indian Navy proposed acquiring two submarines, six aircraft and three stealth frigates at a cost of $1.2 billion.


10 Years Ago 2004. The U.S. government approved more than 200,000 submerged acres near Port Aransas, Texas, as the site where the first coastal research reserve will be established along the western Gulf of Mexico. ... The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy requested comments on its draft 10-year strategic plan for the U.S. Integrated Earth Observation System. ... A small cuvette containing an algae sample from the Bermuda Triangle area gave scientists a new understanding of the photosynthetic processes and the carbon cycle that affects global warming.


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