What Causes Diabetes?
For insulin-dependent diabetes, the answer is an autoimmune ambush of the body's insulin-producing cells. Why the attack begins and persists is now becoming clear
Trends in Aerospace: The New Space Race
The LEP Collider
The Large Electron-Positron Collider will churn out a million Z° particles this year. The abundance of data will enable physicists to probe their present understanding of physical law as never before
The Great Climate Debate
Greenhouse effect and the prospect of global warming is the subject of scientific and political controversy. Should we take steps now to avoid consequences we cannot foresee?
The brilliant mathematician Frank Plumpton Ramsey proved that complete disorder is an impossibility. Every large set of numbers, points or objects necessarily contains a highly regular pattern
The secrets behind dazzling fireworks displays are yielding to scientific snooping. Similar principles are at work in devices ranging from the space shuttle to safety matches
Homeobox Genes and the Vertebrate Body Plan
This family of related genes determines the shape of the body.
It subdivides the embryo along the head-to-tail axis into fields of cells that eventually become limbs and other structures
A fungus that has ravaged the American chestnut is itself coming under biological attack. Plant pathologists hope the new parasite will eventually control the old one