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Number 30
June 2001

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Feature Space

2001 is a crucial year in which all the players - public and private - who have made Space a success for Europe, have agreed to cooperate on developing a 'new chapter' which will integrate Space in a strategic common vision for the EU.
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  Graphic element e-SCIENCE
From the Web to the Grid
Outdated, the Web? In any event, it is unable to meet the exponential growth in demand for data processing capacity and computational speed. Which is why Grid technologies, developed at CERN, are ready to take up the baton.
   
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  Graphic element ENERGY
Fusion, now or never?
Climate warming is giving real impetus to Europe's commitment to research on fusion, one of the 'zero CO2'' energies of the future. The decision on building the ITER experimental reactor, a new decisive step in mastering this technology, is due to be taken later this year.
   
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  Graphic element PORTRAIT
Hard facts, firm principles
A conversation with Anne McLaren, the highly regarded British biologist at the origins of mastering in vitro fertilisation. She talks of her career, ethical concerns and what it means to be a 'woman' scientist.
   
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In vitro versus in vivo
When experimenting on animals is not essential, researchers prefer an alternative. Especially as in some fields these alternatives are more reliable, efficient and economic.
An in-depth look at a number of European projects focusing on the development of new treatment molecules.
   
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  Graphic element SCIENCE AND SOCIETY
The Law and DNA
Genetic fingerprints are valuable indicators which countries would benefit from exchanging - if they could understand them. A network of European institutes is now trying to harmonise these identification techniques.
   
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Feature Demography

All over the world, Ariane, named after a heroine from Greek mythology, is the symbol of European technological know-how, recognised for its quality and dependability. Ariane rockets today rank among the world's leading satellite launchers. But Europe is not only at the forefront of space applications in the field of telecommunications and Earth observation.

   
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  Graphic element SOCIETY
Coping with deviant behaviour
How are politicians handling present forms of deviant behaviour? Sociologists analyse the new roles played by the actors charged with prevention and safety, in five European countries.
   
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Research to quench the flames
Satellite pictures and information, computer modelling techniques, sophisticated testing equipment... Research is bringing new means of preventing and managing forest fires which destroy some 500 000 hectares every year in Europe.
   
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