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The Office of Naval Research

It has pioneered so fruitfully in the support of basic science that it stands as a model for the planned National Science Foundation

By John E. Pfeiffer

Trial by Newspaper

Being an account of the ordeal of Edward U. Condon, or a case study of the press. The treatment of the affair in nine New York dailies is here dissected

By Joseph T. Klapper and Charles Y. Glock

The Mechanism of Lightning

The dramatic phenomenon of nature is closely studied in the laboratory and in the field. It is found to be an intricate series of physical events

By Leonard B. Loeb


The relatively recent application of labeled atoms in biological research has already brought out some remarkable information about the chemistry of life

By Martin D. Kamen


Tiny waves that do not originate with earthquakes have puzzled seismologists. Some have been traced to storms, but this does not tell the whole story

By L. Don Leet

Temperature and Life

The thermal environment of organisms is a tiny segment of the thermometer. Some forms, however, have penetrated forbidding regions of heat and cold

By Lorus J. and Margery J. Milne

Three Mysteries of Easter Island

In which the symbols of the enigmatic Polynesian culture are investigated by the methods of the modern psychologist

By Werner Wolff


  • 50 and 100 Years Ago: February 1949

  • Science and the Citizen: February 1949

  • Letters

    Letters to the Editors, February 1949

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  • Amateur Scientist

    The Amateur Astronomer

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