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The Nuclear Equation of State

By describing how nuclear matter behaves at various temperatures and pressures, the equation offers a glimpse of new phases of matter and conditions inside a supernova or during the big bang

By Hans Gutbrod and Horst Stöcker

Mirroring the Cosmos

A new generation of telescopes that embrace huge light-collecting mirrors and cunning optical technology promises a tremendous leap in astronomers' ability to explore the universe.

By Corey S. Powell

Microlasers

Millions of lasers measuring just a few millionths of a meter can now be etched on a single chip, offering a host of novel applications in optical communications and information processing

By Jack L. Jewell, James P. Harbison and Axel Scherer

Genes, Peoples and Languages

The family tree relating human populations corresponds to another relating the languages of the world. Both trees imply a series of migrations; the biological evidence indicates a homeland in Africa

By Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza

Firearms, Violence and Public Policy

More guns mean more deaths from crime and accidents. Yet in the u.s. many laws that regulate firearms are misdirected and ineffective. What we don't know about gun control can hurt us

By Franklin E. Zimring

Chromoskedasic Painting

It is a novel method for producing color images on black-and-white photographic paper without using pigments or dyes

By Dominic Man-Kit Lam and Bryant W. Rossiter

Amyloid Protein and Alzheimer's Disease

When this protein fragment accumulates excessively in the brain, Alzheimer's disease may be the result. Understanding how that fragment forms could be the key to a treatment

By Dennis J. Selkoe

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