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Data Treasures of the Test Ban Treaty

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Science  05 Jul 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5578, pp. 41-43
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5578.41

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VIENNA-- A network of sensors mandated to verify the 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) could help scientists study everything from whales to volcanoes. Only the CTBT parties can authorize the data's release, however, on a case-by-case basis, and negotiations under way on a common release policy are contentious. But the scientific community at large has an unlikely ally in the quest to plunder this data treasure trove: uncertainties about the future of the treaty itself.