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Science  07 Jan 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5450, pp. 7d
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5450.7d

Tracking a killer.Cancer sleuths seeking to decipher the cryptic meaning of regional trends can now pull up cancer death rates in all U.S. counties. This new Web atlas covering 1950 to 1994 documents, for example, a marked shift in lung cancer rates in white men, which were once highest in the Northeast and the southern coast but are now elevated across the South. www.nci.nih.gov/atlas

Digital personas.For a discussion on the ethics of conducting human subjects research on the Internet, check out this new report from AAAS (Science's publisher). Among the questions it raises are whether one's “online persona” should get the same protection as a real person and what the risks are to subjects of a study in which a researcher listens in on a chat room. www.aaas.org/spp/dspp/sfrl/projects/intres/main.htm

Power trip.Aiming to help students learn about fusion is this site, where they can run a virtual tokamak, do a mock analysis of real data, or send a question to a plasma physicist. It's all part of the Internet Plasma Physics Education Experience at ippex.pppl.gov/ippe

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