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Science  06 Nov 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5391, pp. 1003
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5391.1003c

A hard rai. This year's Leonid meteor shower—a hail of debris from the trail of the Tempel-Tuttle comet—has been upgraded to a storm. But don't stay indoors on the night of 17 November: Astronomers predict that the storm will make for spectacular viewing, the best since 1966. For news on the upcoming storm and general meteor information, turn to∼leonid

Going on record. Tens of thousands of years separate the first known records on stone and bone from today's speedy e-mail, and sandwiched in between are everything from clay tablets to papyrus to zip disks. Celebrating this information evolution is an exhibit at the University of Iowa Libraries, with an online version that features a bonanza of photos of early and modern writings, along with explanatory text.

Intimate look at STDs. With the help of a swanky new database, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Los Alamos National Laboratory are hoping to give a boost to new treatments for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The site offers the genomes of the chlamydia and syphilis organisms, both completed in the last year, along with powerful search capabilities—all of which, its creators expect, will encourage feedback and new data from researchers.

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