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Behavioral Science and Criminal Law

Criminal law has traditionally been based on the concepts of moral condemnation and deterrence by punishment. Does the knowledge of the behavioral sciences dictate a modification of these concepts?

By Edward J. Sachar

Plasmas in Solids

Gaseous plasmas pervade the universe, but it is not easy to control their properties in the laboratory. The plasmas that exist in solids are friendlier and serve very well to test theoretical predictions

By Raymond Bowers

The Visual Cortex of the Brain

A start toward understanding how it analyzes images on the retina can be made through studies of the responses that individual cells in the visual system of the cat give to varying patterns of light

By David H. Hubel

Architectural Acoustics

Sound is as much a part of man's man-made environment as heat or light. It can now be effectively managed, notably in rooms where music is heard, by applying the principles of acoustical physics

By Vern O. Knudsen

Aspirin

The most widely consumed drug owes its dramatic effectiveness in reducing pain and fever to a broader function: moderating the varied defensive responses evoked in the body by disease

By H. O. J. Collier

The Chemistry of Amphibian Metamorphosis

The evolutionary transition from fish to land animal is paralleled by the transformation of an aquatic tadpole into a frog. Essential biochemical changes accompany and implement this conquest of land

By Earl Frieden

Ancient Glass

Modern instruments of chemical and physical analysis now reveal that the ancient Egyptian and Roman glassmakers were sophisticated technicians as well as skillful artists

By Robert H. Brill

Quick Clay

It is a water-soaked glacial deposit that sometimes changes suddenly from a solid to a rapidly flowing liquid,causing disastrous landslides in parts of Scandinavia and Canada

By Paul F. Kerr

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    Mathematical Games

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    The Amateur Scientist

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November 1963

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