Paradoxes of Musical Pitch
Certain series of tones appear to ascend or descend infinitely in pitch. Other patterns change when shifted in key and indicate an influence of speech on the perception of music
Naked Mole Rats
Most of these colonial rodents are nonreproductive workers who attend a fertile queen. In this regard, their social structure closely resembles that of some insects
How Cosmology Became a Science
The discovery of the cosmic microwave background in the 1960s established the big bang theory and made cosmology into an empirical science
Evolution Comes to Life
Reconstructing extinct humans as they were in life poses many unfamiliar and awkward problems for paleontologists accustomed to interpreting evolution from bones and teeth alone
Dynamics of Kilauea Volcano
Kilauea is one of the most thoroughly studied volcanoes in the world.
That scrutiny is helping scientists to understand how volcanoes work and to predict where other destructive eruptions might occur
An integral part of many bacteria, these molecules are at once brutal and beneficial to humans. Efforts are under way to block the bad effects and harness the good
The nearly 100-year-old dream of building a vehicle able to fly atop a magnetic cushion has captured the imagination of a U.S. senator and a few graying engineers who predate the pocket calculator.
Achieving Electronic Privacy
A cryptographic invention known as a blind signature permits numbers to serve as electronic cash or to replace conventional identification. The author hopes it may return control of personal information to the individual