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Science  16 Apr 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5413, pp. 395
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5413.395b

Picturing inspiration. Filling out its Web patent database, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has just begun posting images (as TIFF files) for all U.S. patents since 1976. Until now you could see only text and abstracts.

Polar meltdown. Parts of the Antarctic Peninsula have been warming since the 1940s, but two ice shelves disintegrated surprisingly fast in the past year, losing an area nearly the size of Rhode Island. See radar satellite images chronicling the breakup at

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