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Vertical-Takeoff Aircraft

Turboprop and turbojet engines make possible a large variety of airplanes that can take off and land vertically. Many designs are being tested, and a few are going into production

By John P. Campbell

Radar Astronomy

In contrast to radio astronomy, which works with signals that are broadcast by objects in space, this new discipline investigates the solar system with the echoes of signals sent out from earth

By Allen M. Peterson and Von R. Eshleman

Pattern Recognition by Machine

There is not much doubt that computers can think, but they still cannot perceive. Recently, however, progress has been made toward enabling machines to recognize meaningful patterns such as letters

By Oliver G. Selfridge and Ulric Neisser

Beaches

Where the land meets the sea, the waves usually lay down a strip of sand or other uniform material. The constant shifting of this material has created a conservation problem for beach-loving man

By Willard Bascom

Biological Transducers

How are stimuli such as light and pressure converted into nerve impulses? The answer is sought by experiments with the Pacinian corpuscle, a specialized ending of the nerves of the sense of touch

By Werner R. Loewenstein

Peasant Markets

In a primarily agricultural country such as Haiti the market is the central economic institution. Chaotic though they may seem, these gatherings possess an elaborate underlying order

By Sidney W. Mintz

The Structure of Liquids

A new geometrical analysis shows that there is some order in the disorderly arrangements of the molecules of a liquid. The method may lead to a general theory of the liquid state

By J. D. Bernal

Friendly Viruses

Not every virus is harmful to its host. Among the beneficent Viruses is one that causes a desirable streaking of tulips and another that enables an insect to feed on plants on which it would normally starve

By Karl Maramorosch

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  • 50 and 100 Years Ago: August 1960

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    Letters to the Editors, August 1960

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  • Mathematical Recreation

    Mathematical Games

  • Amateur Scientist

    The Amateur Scientist

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August 1960

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