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A Night on Palomar

Now that the mirror has been through the early tests, where do we go from here? An account of present problems and future astronomical plans

By Albert G. Ingalls

The Language of the Bees

A lone Austrian researcher has deciphered the ritual used by the industrious insect to direct its fellows to pollen and nectar

By August Krogh

Photosynthesis

Life's essential process, performed by stately trees and microscopic algae, is imperfectly understood. But the problem is slowly yielding to a concerted attack

By Eugene I. Rabinowitch

In Defense of Benjamin Franklin

The homely Philadelphian, often treated by historians as a politician with a spare-time interest in gadgets, was actually one of the great experimental scientists

By I. Bernard Cohen

High Blood Pressure

The cause of a fatal constellation of heart and blood-vessel disorders, hypertension is one of man's most critical medical problems

By Irvine H. Page

Measurement by Mercury

The length of a light wave has been our most accurate yardstick. Now the light of a rare isotope transmuted artificially from gold provides the ultimate standard

By William F. Meggers

Departments

  • 50 and 100 Years Ago: August 1948

  • The Dust Storms of 1948

  • Science and the Citizen: August 1948

  • Letters

    Letters to the Editors, August 1948

  • Recommended

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  • Mathematical Recreation

    Mathematical Creation

  • Amateur Scientist

    The Amateur Astronomer

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