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Television's Bright New Technology

The plasma display panel is finally making good on a decades-old promise: a big, bright screen so thin it can be hung on a wall. But mainstream success requires that engineers find a way to get prices down from the current $11,000

By Alan Sobel

Six Months on Mir

As the Shuttle-Mir program draws to a close, a veteran NASA astronaut reflects on her mission on board the Russian spacecraft and the implications for the International Space Station

By Shannon W. Lucid

Japanese Temple Geometry

During Japan's period of national seclusion (1639--1854), native mathematics thrived, as evidenced in sangaku- wooden tablets engraved with geometry problems hung under the roofs of shrines and temples

By Tony Rothman

How Cicadas Make their Noise

The loudest known insects, male cicadas are designed for sound. Their internal instrument is surprisingly complex

By Henry C. Bennet-Clark

Digital Television: Here at Last

After a long and contentious process, a digital standard in the U.S. has finally emerged. It will soon replace today's antiquated television system

By Jae S. Lim

A Calculus of Risk

Financial engineering can lessen exposure to the perils of running a multibillion-dollar business or a small household. But mathematical models used by this discipline may present a new set of hazards

By Gary Stix

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