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March 1997 Frontiers cover

Greenland Rocks Tell New Tale of Life on Earth

March 1997


Greenland Rocks Tell New Tale of Life on Earth
Part of the story of life on Earth has been found, written in stone off the coast of Greenland. These fossils may prove that life began 3.86 billion years ago, almost 400 million years earlier than previously thought.

FastLane: The Paperless Grant Management System
In a trial run, NSF's new computerized grant system cut proposal processing time and expenses by 40 and 50 percent respectively.

Mysteries of the Inner Earth
A startling discovery reveals that Earth's inner core spins separately from the rest of the planet, and turns faster.

R&D Booms in Western Europe
An increase in research and development in European countries may mean more opportunity for U.S./European collaboration.


Mongolia Surfs the Net
Wireless modems, designed with NSF funding, help Mongolian researchers go on-line in a country where telephone quality is inconsistent.

Lighting Up Dirty Water
An environmental engineer is designing a ground water sampling system that uses fiber optic lasers to analyze the water's chemical contents. The system will permit continuous testing for ground water pollution.

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