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Toward a New Industrial America

A "bottom-up" study of U.S. industrial performance-from the factory floor to the corporate boardroom-by a distinguished group of experts reveals worrisome weaknesses but also encouraging signs of vitality...

By Lester C. Thurow, Michael L. Dertouzos, Richard K. Lester, Robert M. Solow and Suzanne Berger

Hidden Earthquakes

Large earthquakes can take place not only on faults that cut the earth's surface but also on "blind" faults under folded terrain

By Robert S. Yeats and Ross S. Stein

A Different Kind of Inheritance

The methylation of DNA may be a major "epigenetic" mechanism by which gene-activity patterns-as opposed to genes per se-are passed from one generation of cells to another during development...

By Robin Holliday

Science in Pictures: The Fossils of Monte San Giorgio

An ancient sea provides a rich assemblage of vertebrates from the Triassic period

By Karl Tschanz, P. Martin Sander, Olivier Rieppel and Toni Bürgin

The Fourier Transform

DNA's double helix, the sunspot cycle and the sawtooth signals of electronics can be reduced mathematically to a series of undulating curves. This idea underlies a powerful analytical tool...

By Ronald N. Bracewell

The Channeling of Electrons and Positrons

Charged particles traveling along a crystal's planes of symmetry behave strangely: they interact with sheets or strings of nuclei rather than with single atoms

By Allan H. Srensen and Erik Uggerhj

Authenticating Ancient Marble Sculpture

Stone sculpture is notoriously difficult to prove genuine. As prices for such works skyrocket, geochemists are being called in to help settle questions that art history and a connoisseur's eye cannot resolve...

By Stanley V. Margolis


Evidence of the pale-green liqueur's toxicity eventually extinguished the fin-de-siecle infatuation with absinthe. The drink's history began, however, long before the 19th century

By Wilfred Niels Arnold


  • 50 and 100 Years Ago: June 1989

  • Ivan's Eyes

  • Taxing the Wages of Sin

  • Playing with Fire

  • Waiting Game

  • Nonlinear Thinking

  • Muddy Evidence

  • Disco-Bee

  • Halley's Birthplace

  • Grave Doubts

  • The Tails of Ubiquitin

  • Molecular Monkeywrench

  • One Hand Clapping

  • The Finance of Fission

  • Mr. Clean

  • So Long, Silicon

  • Letters

    Letters to the Editor, June 1989

  • Recommended

    Books, June 1989

  • Amateur Scientist

    The Amateur Scientist, June 1989

  • Departments

    The Analytical Economist: Is the U.S. national debt a problem?

  • Computer Recreations, June 1989

  • Essay: Stages of Evolution and their Messengers

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