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The Prion Diseases

Prions, once dismissed as an impossibility, have now gained wide recognition as extraordinary agents that cause anumber of infectious, genetic and spontaneous disorders

By Stanley B. Prusiner

Ensuring the Longevity of Digital Documents

The digital medium is replacing paper in a dramatic record-keeping revolution. But such documents may be lost unless we act now

By Jeff Rothenberg

A Persuasive Experiment

Earth before Pangea

The North American continent ay be more nomadic than any of its inhabitants

By Ian W. D. Dalziel

Elastic Biomolecular Machines

Synthetic chains of amino acids, patterned after those in connective tissue, can transform heat and chemical energy into motion

By Dan W. Urry

The Oldest Old

People in their late nineties or older are often healthier and more robust than those 20 years younger. Traditional views of aging may need rethinking

By Thomas T. Perls

Survival of the Fittest

Three who Thrive

The Birth and Death of Nova V1974 Cygni

The brightest nova in 17years answered many questions during its life and raised more in death

By Steven N. Shore and Sumner Starrfield

Egil's Bones

An Icelandic saga tells of a Viking who had unusual, menacing eatures, including a skull that could resist blows from an ax. He probably suered from an ailment called Paget's disease...

By Jesse L. Byock

Better than a Cure

The World Health Organization wants industry to step up its eorts to develop new vaccines. Can big business and a public health bureaucracy see eye to eye?

By Tim Beardsley

Many ways to make a Vaccine

Born in the U.S.A.


  • Letters

    Letters to the Editors, January 1995

  • Recommended

    Smart Buildings

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50 and 100 Years Ago: Plane Locating Device and Forest Management Service

  • Profile

    The Man who would Hear Ocean Temperatures

  • Mathematical Recreation

    Daisy, Daisy, Give me Your Answer, Do

  • Science and the Citizen

    For Whom the Bell Curve Really Tolls

  • Deathbed Revelations

  • The Great Attractors

  • Socializing with Non-Naked Mole Rats

  • Picking up the Pieces

  • Mystery of the Missing Dynamo

  • Holes in Ozone Science

  • Seeing the Cells that See

  • Departments

    Derivatives: Not the Real Thing

  • How to Convince a Reluctant Scientist

  • Technology and Business

    Fear and Self-Loathing in America

  • Bellcore on the Block

  • The Rights Stuff

  • Secrets in Stereogram

  • On the Road to Nowhere?

  • Invasion of the Bean Counters

  • Food for Thought

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