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Semiconductor Subsidies

Did the U.S. government spend more than $700 million to achieve a goal that might have been attained for much less?

By Lucien P. Randazzese

Training the Olympic Athlete

Sports science and technology are today providing elite competitors with the tiny margins needed to win in world-class competition

By Jay T. Kearney

Science in the Sky

The International Space Station will be the most expensive object ever built. Although many scientists oppose the grandiose scheme, its political momentum now appears unstoppable

By Tim Beardsley

Can Nuclear Waste Be Stored Safely at Yucca Mountain?

Studies of the mountain's history and geology can contribute useful insights but not unequivocal conclusions

By Chris G. Whipple

The Reluctant Father of Black Holes

Albert Einstein's equations of gravity are the foundation of the modern view of black holes; ironically, he used the equations in trying to prove these objects cannot exist

By Jeremy Bernstein

The Art of Charles R. Knight

Long before the film Jurassic Park, Knight's illustrations brought dinosaurs to life in the public's mind

By Gregory S. Paul

Taxoids: New Weapons against Cancer

The chemists who developed the cancer-fighting agent taxol are creating a family of similar compounds that may one day help combat the disease

By K. C. Nicolaou, Pierre Potier and Rodney K. Guy


  • From the Editor

    The Space Station's Disappointing Odyssey

  • Letters

    Letters to the Editors, June 1996

  • Errata

  • Recommended

    Reviews and Commentaries--A Bright Light

  • Anti Gravity

    The Lizard Kings

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50, 100 and 150 Years Ago: Super Calculator, Skin Grafts and Remodeled Steam Ship

  • Wonders

    Under Pressure

  • In Brief

    In Brief, June 1996

  • Profile

    Catching a Coming Crime Wave

  • Mathematical Recreation

    Tales of a Neglected Number

  • Amateur Scientist

    Homemade Microgram Electrobalances

  • Science and the Citizen


  • Forecast: Dry and Windy

  • Artful Dating

  • Among the Papers in Kaczynski's Cabin

  • Senile Words

  • By the Numbers

    AIDS Cases Reported, 1994-1995

  • Working Knowledge

    Air Bags--Working Knowledge

  • Connections

    Out of Gas

  • Cyber View

    Playing Facts and Loose

  • Field Notes

    Star-Hopping by the Outhouse

  • Technology and Business

    Ultrasound's New Phase

  • Mind Readings

  • Good Wood

  • Testing, Testing

  • Up, Up and Away

  • In Focus

    "Peaceful" Nuclear Explosions

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