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Science  19 Jun 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5371, pp. 1807
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5371.1807d

Pyrowebnics. The devastating wildfires over the past year in places like Mexico and Indonesia inspired NASA to whip up this new Global Fire Monitoring site, which features snazzy, up-to-date maps and movies made from satellite data (such as brushfires in east Florida on 6 June).

Plasma bible. Despite its mystical name, the NRL Plasma Formulary is pretty straightforward: It's a handbook for studying the ionized gases known as plasmas. Filled with scientific formulas, densities for various plasmas, and the like, the book's Naval Research Lab compilers call it “the mini-Bible of plasma physicists for the past 20 years.” A new Web version just went up at

Checking the alternatives. How good are studies showing that St. John's wort eases depression? Get one view on this and other medical fads, from acupuncture to wild yam cream, at

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