• The Ultimate Atom

    When a positive electron is emitted by a radioactive nucleus, it may briefly join with a negative electron to form "positronium." This simple system confirms the logic of quantum electrodynamics

    H. C. Corben and S. DeBenedetti| December 1, 1954|

  • The Physics of Viruses

    The structure and function of the smallest living things are presently studied by physicists using a wide variety of physical methods and tools, among them the cyclotron

    Ernest C. Pollard| December 1, 1954|

  • Spider Webs and Drugs

    The regularity of the delicate structures made by spiders is one of the wonders of nature. Now abnormalities in these patterns are used to study the mechanism by which drugs produce their effects

    Peter Witt| December 1, 1954|

  • Robert Hooke

    This 17th-century Englishman was a prodigious scientist and inventor. To mention a few of his achievements, he made basic contributions to physics, chemistry, meteorology, geology, biology and astronomy

    E. N. da C. Andrade| December 1, 1954|

  • Power Reactors

    The goal of economic atomic power is still in the distance. To discover the best approach to it, the U. S. is building five separate types of experimental nuclear power stations

    Alvin M. Weinberg| December 1, 1954|

  • Mycenae, City of Agamemnon

    It flourished some 1,000 years before the rise of classical Greece. New discoveries of its magnificent tombs shed light on one of the great civilizations of the prehistoric world

    George E. Mylonas| December 1, 1954|

  • Kwashiorkor

    This word borrowed from an African tribe refers to the most severe and common nutritional disorder of man. Only recently discovered, it is caused by a deficiency of protein in the diet

    Hugh C. Trowell| December 1, 1954|

  • Ice Islands in the Arctic

    In 1946 an Air Force plane north of Alaska discovered a single floe covering 200 square miles. Now parties land on these huge floating platforms to study the Arctic and how to survive in it

    Kaare Rodahl| December 1, 1954|

  • Children's Books

    A fifth Christmas review of books about science for younger readers

    James R. Newman| December 1, 1954|

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