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Seed Dispersal by Ants

Thousands of plant species rely on ants to disperse their seeds. With special food lures and other adaptations, a plant can induce the insects to carry away its seeds without harming them

By Steven N. Handel and Andrew J. Beattie

Third World Ballistic Missiles

The spread of strategic weapons to unstable regions greatly increases the likelihood that they will be used. We cannot reverse the process and so must learn to manage its consequences

By Albert D. Wheelon and Janne E. Nolan

Superconductors Beyond 1–2–3

Yttrium1-barium2-copper3 oxide is only one of many new high-temperature superconductors. All have planes of copper and oxygen atoms, providing the perfect highways for electrons

By Robert J. Cava

The Language of Fractals

These unimaginably detailed structures are more than mathematical curiosities. Fractal geometry succinctly describes complex natural objects and processes

By Hartmut Jürgens, Heinz-Otto Peitgen and Dietmar Saupe

Global Warming Trends

Analysis of land and marine records confirms that our planet has warmed half a degree Celsius in the past century. Future warming trends, however, remain uncertain

By Philip D. Jones and Tom M. L. Wigley

Maya Art for the Record

As economic development accelerates damage to Maya murals, hand-painted replicas serve as vital archaeological sources

By June Kinoshita


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