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Disarming Lyme Disease

Antibiotics are usually curative. A vaccine is in clinical trials. Next on the research agenda: how to help people suffering from chronic symptoms

By Fred S. Kantor

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

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

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


  • A Marriage of Science and Art

  • The Machinery of Cell Crawling

  • Privatizing Public Research

  • The Scientific Importance of Napoleon's Egyptian Campaign

  • An Ounce of Prevention

  • Letters


  • 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

  • Mathematical Recreation

    A Subway Named Turing

  • Science and the Citizen

    Gone with a Bang

  • Super Loops

  • Sick, Sick, Sick

  • Hot Air

  • Backfire

  • Lonesome Cowpokes

  • Can I Buy you a Drink?

  • Borrowed Savagery

  • Departments

    Not Worth the Paper it's Printed on

  • Technology and Business

    Turning Green

  • Binary Disinfectants

  • Heat and Light

  • Food Fights

  • Power Medicine

  • Crabshoot

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September 1994

Think Outside the Gift Box