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Obituary: Professor Hannes Alfvn

Hannes Olof Gsta Alfvn, theoretical physicist: born Norrkping Sweden 30 May 1908; Professor of Theory of Electricity, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm 1940-45, Professor of Electronics 1945-63, Professor of Plasma Physics 1963-73; Professor, University of California, San Diego (part- time) 1967-89; married 1935 Kerstin Erikson (five children); died Stockholm Sweden 2 April 1995.

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Setback for families in battle over power cables

THE HIGH COURT ruled yesterday that the President of the Board of Trade, Michael Heseltine, did not have to adopt special precautions under European law to safeguard children from possible health risks from underground power cables.

Ulysses passes south pole of Sun

THE FASTEST scientific instrument in space yesterday passed the south pole of the Sun, a place where no human-made object has been before.

'Ulysses' plays billiards in space to see behind the Sun

A spacecraft named Ulysses will this week fulfil the Greek hero's task as described in Dante's Inferno: 'To venture the uncharted distances . . . of the uninhabited world behind the Sun.'

Cancer link with power cables dismissed

DOCTORS yesterday ruled out any link between childhood cancer and overhead electric power cables.

Innovation: French lesson in catching a wave

FRENCH knitting is providing an answer to the problem of electromagnatic radiation - produced when an electric current flows, writes Anna Kochan.

Pylons pose health risk dilemma for housing planners: Councils seek guidance on proposed developments near overhead cables as scientists study possible links with childhood cancers

PLANNERS are seeking urgent government action over requests for new housing developments near electricity power lines. They say they have been left in limbo, with no central government information on which to base planning decisions and no legal authority to refuse permission on health grounds.

Surfers can catch a magnetic wave

A DORSET company has lift-off - by selling the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) a simulator that will give an earth-bound astronaut the sensation of floating in space.

Innovation: Gas scans could end lung X-rays

AN ADVANCE in medical imaging should allow diagnosis of lung tumours without the need for an X-ray scan.

Bringing the sun down to earth: Tom Wilkie reports on a pounds 200m project that will combine high technology with revival in the former East Germany

Tomorrow, senior civil servants from science ministries throughout the EU will consider a pounds 200m project to tame the energy source that drives the sun. In theory, the project could open the way to generating unlimited amounts of electricity using fuel derived from seawater.

VDUs get clean bill of health

PREGNANT women who work at computer terminals are not more likely to suffer miscarriages or have babies with congenital deformities, according to the most authoritative study yet published on the health risks of visual display units (VDUs).

Health: Spring can really hang you up: Research suggests a link between geomagnetic storms and depression. Jerome Burne reports

The idea that something out there in space can affect our health down here on Earth is one of the oldest in medicine. Influenza, for instance, literally means the 'influence' of certain baleful planetary forces; the word lunatic comes from the idea that the mad were particularly susceptible to the moon. However, for modern medicine, it is an approach that smacks too much of pseudo-science so is now largely dismissed.

BOOK REVIEW / Phantoms and termites: 'Seven Experiments That Could Change the World' - Rupert Sheldrake: Fourth Estate, 15.99

RUPERT SHELDRAKE is one of the would-be re-enchanters of the world. In a series of books since he launched his notorious theory of Formative Causation in A New Science of Life (1981) he has attacked Western science and urged us on to a new era in which hidden forces would liberate us.
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