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Atomic Power in Britain

With the Calder Hall reactors feeding into its national power grid and several other stations nearing completion, Britain leads the world in the peaceful application of atomic energy

By Sir Christopher Hinton

The Fire Ant

An imported species of this insect has become a serious pest in the South. It is studied both to find means to control it and to learn how a species adapts itself to a new environment

By Edward O. Wilson

Norman Castles

When the Normans invaded England in the 11th century, their first fortresses were made not of stone but of wood. Recent excavations have shown what these wooden castles looked like

By Brian Hope-Taylor

Particle Accelerators

The evolution of these huge machines is still proceeding at a lively pace. They are used for two purposes: to "see" fundamental particles of matter and to create new ones

By Robert R. Wilson

"Imprinting" in Animals

When ducklings are hatched, the first moving object they see is usually their mother. They proceed to follow her. If they see another moving object, however, they follow it instead

By Eckhard H. Hess


This 19th-century German was a deep and versatile investigator. Although he had been trained as a physician, he made important contributions to physics, physiology and the theory of knowledge...

By A. C. Crombie


Artificial lowering of body temperature is becoming a useful medical technique. Already it has made possible unusual heart operations and has proved valuable in the treatment of shock

By Benjamin G. Covino and Raymond J. Hock

The Microsome

This small particle is found in a fraction of living cells which have been broken up for biochemical investigation. It now seems to be a fragment of an intracellular system which makes proteins...

By Paul C. Zamecnik


  • 50 and 100 Years Ago: March 1958

  • Science and the Citizen: March 1958

  • Letters

    Letters to the Editors, March 1958

  • Recommended


  • Mathematical Recreation

    Mathematical Games

  • Amateur Scientist

    The Amateur Scientist

  • Departments

    The Authors

  • Bibliography

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