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Stonehenge

The strange monument is often attributed to the Druids of 2,000 years ago, but radiocarbon dating supports the view that it was started by a savage but aspiring people 2,000 years before that

By Jacquetta Hawkes

Underwater Television

As a means of seeing beneath the surface, the image-orthicon camera has many advantages. It needs relatively little light and can be lowered to depths far beyond the range of divers

By W. R. Stamp

The Skin of your Teeth

It is enamel. Like hair and nails, this hard substance is made by epithelial cells. Once it was thought to be as inert as rock; now it is known to exchange its substance with the body fluids

By Reidar F. Sognnaes

A Larger and Older Universe

The principal discovery made with the 200-inch telescope so far is that the yardstick by which we measure distance outside the Milky Way is twice as long as we had thought

By George W. Gray

Chelation

It is a chemical process wherein the atoms of a metal in solution are "sequestered" by ring-shaped molecules. Chelating agents have now become important tools of analytical chemistry and technology

By Harold F. Walton

A Versatile Virus

A disease of asters is caused by a virus that multiplies in both the plant and the insect which infects it. This makes the virus one of the few pathogens common to the plant and animal kingdoms

By Karl Maramorosch

The Opossum

The pouched mammal is adaptable, clean, unintelligent, weighs less at birth than a paper match, gives rise to as many as 25 young in one litter and only occasionally devours its own tail

By Harold C. Reynolds

Quicksand

A brief account of where it occurs and how to get out of it. The principal point to remember when mired: lie down on your back so as to float atop the sand as you would on the water

By Gerard H. Matthes

Departments

  • 50 and 100 Years Ago: June 1953

  • Science and the Citizen: June 1953

  • Letters

    Letters to the Editors, June 1953

  • Recommended

    Books

  • Amateur Scientist

    The Amateur Scientist

  • Departments

    The Authors

  • Bibliography

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June 1953

Think Outside the Gift Box