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 Astronomy Sci Advisor PF Gold P: 23,212 One of the consequences of this is a kind of renaming. Different things are called "string theory" now: ABJM, twistors, application of AdS/CFT to condensed matter, black holes, various SUSY types of Yang-Mills, supergravity... There may at times be a rather tenuous connection---something may be 'string-inspired' although not involving extra spatial dimensions, strings, branes directly. We can try to gauge this shift of interest out of string proper by using DESY keywords "string model" and "brane model" and checking the research output of a sampling of prominent people. It is important to make it clear that these people can be working in related areas that some would consider part of the String program broadly construed. They have just shifted out of string/brane research proper. This doesn't seem to have been made clear enough earlier.  1995-1998 1999-2002 2003-2006 2007-2010 Witten 38 29 9 5 Strominger 23 14 22 4 Maldacena 27 33 24 9 Polchinski 21 17 11 4 Harvey,J 16 15 9 2 Duff,M 24 17 8 5 Gibbons,G 17 29 11 2 Dijkgraaf 18 11 9 7 Ooguri 31 18 13 8 Silverstein,E 16 15 16 10 Seiberg,N 19 16 22 1 A sample search: http://www-library.desy.de/cgi-bin/s...=WWW&SEQUENCE= (19) http://www-library.desy.de/cgi-bin/s...=WWW&SEQUENCE= (16) http://www-library.desy.de/cgi-bin/s...=WWW&SEQUENCE= (22) http://www-library.desy.de/cgi-bin/s...=WWW&SEQUENCE= (1)