COVER: The brightest supernova in 60
383 years exhilarates astronomers
Light from a star that exploded when man' s ancestors were still working with stone tools reaches earth after a 170,000- year journey. Scientists are elatedly studying it because they believe such flaring stars account for the creation of elements, the birth of new stars and perhaps some of the mutations that drive the evolution of terrestrial life. See SCIENCE.
NATION: A death pact among four youths 12
dramatizes the problem of teen suicide
As a New Jersey town asks how it could happen, experts fear that others will seek similar...