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The Horror of Land Mines

Land mines kill or maim more than 15,000 people each year. Most victims are innocent civilians. Many are children. Still, mines are planted by the thousands every day

By Gino Strada

The Kuiper Belt

Rather than ending abruptly at the orbit of Pluto, the outer solar system contains an extended belt of small bodies

By Jane X. Luu and David C. Jewitt

Uncovering New Clues to Cancer Risk

A growing discipline called molecular epidemiology is attempting to find early biological signposts for heightened risk of cancer. The research should enhance prevention of the disease

By Frederica P. Perera

Software for Reliable Networks

Techniques that enable distributed computing systems to reorganize themselves can restore operation when one part crashes

By Kenneth P. Birman and Robbert van Renesse

The Beluga Whales of the St. Lawrence River

Although they are protected by law from hunters, these whales must struggle to survive the threat of industrial pollution

By Pierre Bland

The Lost Technology of Ancient Greek Rowing

The navies of classical Greece took advantage of the sliding stroke, a technique that 19th-century competitive rowers later reinvented

By John R. Hale

Hanford's Nuclear Wasteland

The U.S. is spending billions to clean up its nuclear weapons complexes. At one of the most contaminated sites, no one knows how much the project will cost, how long it will take or how much good it will do

By Glenn Zorpette

Departments

  • The Pursuit of Happiness

  • From the Editor

    From the Editors

  • Letters

    Letters to the Editors, May 1996

  • Recommended

    Reviews and Commentaries--Complexity Simplified

  • Anti Gravity

    Pork Barrel Science

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50, 100 and 150 Years Ago: Color Television, Artificial Flight and Audubon

  • Wonders

    Planet-Tude

  • In Brief

    In Brief, May 1996

  • Profile

    A Natural History of Fleas and Butterflies

  • Mathematical Recreation

    The Sculptures of Alan St. George

  • Amateur Scientist

    Detecting Natural Electromagnetic Waves

  • Science and the Citizen

    X Marks the Spots

  • Relatively Expensive

  • Not so Blind, after all

  • Sowing where you Reap

  • The More Species, the Merrier

  • Electric Smile-Aid

  • Television Arrives on the Internet

  • By the Numbers

    Carbon Dioxide Emissions

  • Working Knowledge

    Vertical Safety--Working Knowledge on Elevator Safety

  • Connections

    Highbrow Stuff

  • Field Notes

    Plotting the Next Move

  • Technology and Business

    Systematic Errors

  • Recently Netted

  • On Permanent Displays

  • Advantage: Nature

  • Make a Muscle

  • Remote Repair

  • Winging It

  • In Focus

    Right to Die

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May 1996

Think Outside the Gift Box