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Low-Energy Ways to Observe High-Energy Phenomena

By observing interactions that are forbidden in the Standard Model, physicists can peek at super symmetric and other happenings

By David B. Cline

The Aluminum Beverage Can

Produced by the hundreds of millions every day, the modern can -- robust enough to support the weight of an average adult -- is a tribute to precision design and engineering

By John L. Duncan and William F. Hosford

The Machinery of Cell Crawling

When a cell crawls, part of its fluid cytoplasm briefly turns rigid. This transformation depends on the orderly assembly and disassembly of a protein scaffold

By Thomas P. Stossel

Solving the Paradox of Deep Earthquakes

For decades, geophysicists have known that earthquakes should not occur at depth inside the earth. But they do. Finally, we know how and why these events happen

By Harry W. Green II

Privatizing Public Research

With the end of the cold war, national defense has given way to international competitiveness as the theme for federal support of research. As it now stands, the idea will probably not work well

By Linda R. Cohen and Roger G. Noll

The Scientific Importance of Napoleon's Egyptian Campaign

Bonaparte's invasion of Egypt brought French scientists and engineers to the Nile. Their work, in turn, brought the splendors of the Nile to Europe

By Charles C. Gillispie

Software's Chronic Crisis

Despite 50 years of progress, the software industry remains years-- perhaps decades-- short of the mature engineering discipline needed to meet the demands of an information-age society

By W. Wayt Gibbs

Departments

  • Can I Buy you a Drink?

  • Disarming Lyme Disease

  • Letters

    Erratum

  • Letters to the Editors, September 1994

  • Recommended

    Book Reviews--Unraveling the Past

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50 and 100 Years Ago: Construction of Airports and Inventions at the French War Office

  • Profile

    A Marriage of Science and Art

  • Mathematical Recreation

    A Subway Named Turing

  • Science and the Citizen

    Gone with a Bang

  • Super Loops

  • Sick, Sick, Sick

  • Hot Air

  • Backfire

  • Lonesome Cowpokes

  • Borrowed Savagery

  • Departments

    Not Worth the Paper it's Printed on

  • An Ounce of Prevention

  • Technology and Business

    Turning Green

  • Binary Disinfectants

  • Heat and Light

  • Food Fights

  • Power Medicine

  • Crabshoot

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