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Steps toward Disarmament

A British physicist and World War II military operations analyst discusses the problems that underlie the present disarmament negotiations

By P. M. S. Blackett

Exploding Stars

They are of three main types: dwarf novae, novae and supernovae. Recent studies indicate that the typical nova or dwarf nova is the volatile member of an unusual and closely coupled star pair

By Robert P. Kraft

The Membrane of the Living Cell

The electron microscope reveals the structure of this gossamer layer, which not only constitutes the exterior of the cell but also folds inward to make up much of its internal architecture

By J. David Robertson

Paradox

Some self-contradictory statements are amusing; others are profoundly puzzling. A few paradoxes have called for major reconstructions of the foundations of logic and mathematics

By W. V. Quine

Fractionating the Fruit Fly

A simple technique reveals that genes controlling eye color in flies also control the production of a whole family of unusual substances. The study has importance for understanding hereditary disorders

By Ernst Hadorn

The Action of Adhesives

Fundamentally they work by being liquid and bringing molecules close together. In the newer adhesives this state of affairs is maintained by minimizing stresses within the adhesive itself

By Norman A. de Bruyne

The Soaring Flight of Birds

The effortless circling flight of vultures and similar birds depends on their aerodynamic efficiency and a meteorological phenomenon: air currents in thermal cells powered by the sun

By Clarence D. Cone Jr.

Attention and the Perception of Speech

If an individual listens to two voice messages at one time, he usually understands only one. This indicates that the brain has an "attention mechanism" for selecting the desired information

By Donald K. Broadbent

Departments

  • 50 and 100 Years Ago: April 1962

  • Science and the Citizen: April 1962

  • The Amateur Scientist

  • Letters

    Letters to the Editors, April 1962

  • Recommended

    Books

  • Mathematical Recreation

    Mathematical Games

  • Departments

    The Authors

  • Bibliography

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April 1962

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