A variant of the pinhole camera that has many apertures arranged in a peculiar pattern can image high-energy X-ray sources, such as plasmas in reactors and black holes in space
Generation after generation, through countless cell divisions, the genetic heritage of living things is scrupulously preserved in DNA. Why are so few mistakes made when the DNA is copied?
Acid rain's effects in soil and water leave no doubt about the need to control its causes. Now advances in technology have yielded environmentally and economically attractive solutions
Shading produces a compelling perception of three-dimensional shape. One way the brain simplifies the task of interpreting shading is by assuming a single light source
A patient ingests an inert substance. The substance is removed from the body in a small amount of blood and activated by light. The result? Effective treatment for a stubborn cancer
The men who for decades were credited with inventing the first electronic digital computers were not, in fact, first. That honor belongs to a once forgotten physicist named John V. Atanasof
Three families of the fundamental particles called quarks and leptons are known. Recent experiments hint that there is one more family, but there are probably no more than five
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