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New State of Matter Not So New?

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Science  01 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5560, pp. 1630
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5560.1630a

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BOSTON-- At the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (publisher of Science), held here 14 to 19 February, it was revealed that the bizarre phenomenon known as Bose-Einstein condensation may have been observed many years before the discovery that won last year's Nobel Prize in physics. Other presentations discussed the explosion in our ancestors' use of ornamental beads about 40,000 years ago and a viral threat to newborns. More stories from the meeting can be found in last week's issue (see " Human Gene Count on the Rise " and " A Whale of a Chain Reaction ") and at and