The Ice of Life
Ice in its earthly guise is hostile to living things. But an exotic form of space ice can actually promote the creation of organic molecules--and may have seeded life on Earth
Taming the Killing Fields of Laos
Live bombs from the Vietnam war continue to kill people and hamper agricultural development in Laos. The cleanup project required deciphering decades-old computer files
Once were can Nibals
Clear evidence of cannibalism in the human fossil record has been rare, but it is now becoming apparent that the practice is deeply rooted in our history
Go Forth and Replicate
Birds do it, bees do it, but could machines do it? New computer simulations suggest that the answer is yes
THE SIMPLEST LIVING CELL IS SO COMPLEX THAT SUPERCOMPUTER MODELS MAY NEVER SIMULATE ITS BEHAVIOR PERFECTLY. BUT EVEN IMPERFECT MODELS COULD SHAKE THE FOUNDATIONS OF BIOLOGY
The Trouble with Turtles
Despite heroic efforts to protect the nesting beaches of green turtles, fewer and fewer of these endangered creatures reappear every year.Researchers have been stunned to discover that shielding young turtles is only half the battle
The Do-It-Yourself Supercomputer
Scientists have found a cheaper way to solve tremendously difficult computational problems: connect ordinary PCs so that they can work together
- This article is the second in a two-part series.
The first part, "How to Build a Hypercomputer," by
Thomas Sterling, appeared in the July 2001 issue.