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Theoretical biology has benefitted greatly from the tools of physics and chemistry. What's next? Computer science and mathematical models for biochemical data. "Society will have to make a serious investment in the new technologies of bio-informatics." [Michael Schrage, SJM, 7/11/94, 3D.]

Molecules R US is an interactive interface for browsing, searching, and viewing molecular structure data in the Brookhaven Protein Data Bank. Link to http://www.nih.gov /molecular_modeling/mmhome.html for this and the NIH Guide to Molecular Modeling (an illustrated hypertext-based primer on methods, software, and applications). [Scout Report, 7/2/94.]

UManchester's Bioinformatics Resource for Algorithms, Software and Services (BRASS) is a gateway to Internet bioinformatics tools and databases. http://mbisg2.sbc.man.ac.uk /homepage.html. [Scout Report, 7/2/94.]

The LUTEar Core Routines Library supports modular auditory system modelling in ANSI C. Files are in /public/hulpo/lutear on suna.lut.ac.uk. You can join the mailing list with a "join lutear-auditory-simulation your name" message to mailbase@mailbase.ac.uk. [Lowel P. O'Mard (l.p.omard@lut.ac.uk), connectionists, 6/29/94.]

AromaScan Plc (Britain) sells a $38,570 "electronic nose" for monitoring foods, perfume, etc. [USA Today, 12/11/94, A1. EDUPAGE.]

TELA Laboratories (Rome, Italy) does R&D on optical systems for artificial vision. Their new WWW server is http://pcbar1.frascati.enea.it/tela-hp.htm. [Riccardo Tommasini (tommasini%efr419.decnet@icnucevx.cnuce.cnr.it), net-hap, 6/9/94.]

NIST researchers have developed a far-infrared detector sensitive enough for real-time imaging. The superconducting integrated circuit is 1,000 times faster than other nitrogen- cooled thermal detectors. Atmospheric studies are a likely application. Joseph Rice, (301) 975-2133. [NIST UPDATE, 7/5/94.]

A nanotechnology WWW page is under construction at http://planchet.rutgers.edu/. Most of the documents are also available by FTP from planchet.rutgers.edu. [JoSH (nanotech@cs.rutgers.edu), sci.nanotech, 5/26/94. David Joslin.]