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Improving Automotive Efficiency

Batteries and fuel cells? Cleaner air and reduced oil imports can be won by redesigning conventional internal-combustion-powered vehicles

By John DeCicco and Marc Ross

Fossils of the Flaming Cliffs

Mongolia's Gobi Desert contains one of the richest assemblages of dinosaur remains ever found. Paleontologists are uncovering much of the region's history

By Michael J. Novacek, Mark Norell, Malcolm C. McKenna and James Clark

Earth from Sky

Radar systems carried aloft by the space shuttle Endeavour provide a new perspective of the earth's environment

By Diane L. Evans, Ellen R. Stofan, Thomas D. Jones and Linda M. Godwin

The New Genetic Medicines

Synthetic strands of DNA are being developed as drugs. Called antisense and triplex agents, they can potentially attack viruses and cancers without harming healthy tissue

By Jack S. Cohen and Michael E. Hogan

The Duality in Matter and Light

In quantum mechanics, objects can behave as particles or as waves. Studies now emphasize that such complementary features are more fundamental than has generally been appreciated...

By Berthold-Georg Englert, Marlan O. Scully and Herbert Walther

Making Environmental Treaties Work

Many agreements aim to protect the global environment. But actually making them do so requires innovative approaches

By Hilary F. French


This tropical alga is the world's largest single-celled organism. Yet it differentiates into a complex structure of leaves, stems and roots

By William P. Jacobs

The Speed of Write

Scientists now transmit reports of their research--from first inspiration to final result--over electronic networks. Even live experiments can be witnessed on-line. Publishers and libraries may never be the same...

By Gary Stix


  • Letters

    Letters to the Editors, December 1994

  • Errata

  • Recommended

    Book Reviews--Science Books for Young People

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50 and 100 Years Ago: Television Research and a 120 Year Old

  • Profile

    On the Trail of Wild Elephants

  • Amateur Scientist

    Measuring the Energy Drain on your Car

  • Science and the Citizen

    No-Polluting Zone

  • The Astronomical Naming Game

  • Electrical Activity above Thunderstorms

  • Trapped in the Light

  • The Annual Ig Nobel Prizes

  • And the Other 1994 Ig Nobel Prize Winners are:

  • Deciphering the Breast Cancer Gene

  • Toxic Waste and Race: An Unnatural Association

  • Global Politics

  • The No-Name Virus

  • Departments

    The Wages of Haiti's Dictatorship

  • Annual Index 1994

  • Clementine, Keyhole and Cosmic Rats

  • Technology and Business

    Virtual Reality Check

  • Watch your Electronic Mouth

  • Bad Apple Picker

  • Relinquishing Relics

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