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The Case for Electric Vehicles

New technological developments have put practical electric cars within reach, but politics may slow the shift away from internal-combustion engines

By Daniel Sperling

Immunity and the Invertebrates

The fabulously complex immune systems of humans and other mammals evolved over hundreds of millions of years -- in sometimes surprising ways

By Gregory Beck and Gail S. Habicht

Can China Feed Itself?

Some surprisingly reasonable policy changes would enable the world's largest nation to produce more food for its 1.2 billion citizens

By Roy L. Prosterman, Tim Hanstad and Li Ping


A new model of this reading disorder emphasizes defects in the language-processing rather than the visual system. It explains why some very smart people have trouble learning to read

By Sally E. Shaywitz


  • Different Strokes

  • Pump It Up

  • Sharks and the Origins of Vertebrate Immunity

  • Quantum Seeing in the Dark

  • Global Climatic Change on Mars

  • Rock Art in Southern Africa

  • From the Editor

    An Honest Quantum Con Job

  • Letters

    Letters to the Editors, November 1996

  • Recommended

    Reviews and Commentaries—The World on a Platter

  • Anti Gravity

    On Presidents and King

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50, 100 and 150 Years Ago: Vitamin C Deficiency, London to Brighton Run and Issues with the Telegraph

  • Wonders

    Giant against Giant in the Dark

  • In Brief

    In Brief, November 1996

  • Profile

    Starting with a Clean Slate

  • Mathematical Recreation

    A Guide to Computer Dating

  • Amateur Scientist

    Much Ado about Nothing

  • Science and the Citizen

    Hot Jupiters

  • Multicultural Studies

  • Science with Brass

  • By the Numbers

    Global Forest Cover

  • Working Knowledge

    Television Ratings—Working Knowledge

  • Connections

    What Goes Around Comes Around

  • Cyber View

    The Rosetta Hack

  • Field Notes

    Bring Me a Shrubbery

  • Technology and Business

    Pressure to Change

  • Needles in A Cold War Haystack

  • Molecular Molds

  • Pictures Worth a Thousand Cameras

  • In Focus

    The Price of Silence

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November 1996

Think Outside the Gift Box