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Cosmic Rays at the Energy Frontier

These particles carry more energy
than any others in the universe.
Their origin is unknown but may be
relatively nearby

By James W. Cronin, Simon P. Swordy and Thomas K. Gaisser

CHILLING CHIPS

Microjets of air can
cool chips, but...speak up!

By Tim Beardsley

BY THE NUMBERS

Threatened Mammals

By Rodger Doyle

AWAITING THE
BIG BANG?

Scientists grapple with
Montserrat's live volcano

By David Schneider

BANDWIDTH,
UNLIMITED

Optical devices moving to market
could boost telephone company
profits--or wipe them out

By W. Wayt Gibbs

Flight of Fancy

Will a new kind of submersible truly benefit research?

By David Schneider and David Schneider and W. Wayt Gibbs

Catch a Comet by Its Tail

By Shawn Carlson

MAN-MADE SNOW

By Rich Brown

MORE GALLONS PER MILE

Chemical signals narrow
the search for petroleum

By Tim Beardsley

IN BRIEF

By Kristin Leutwyler

The 1996 Nobel Prizes in Science

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has again recognized four sets of researchers for their outstanding contributions. Here is a look at the work behind these achievements in chemistry, physics, medicine and economics

By John Rennie, Paul Wallich and Philip Yam

Steps To Recovery

Researchers find ways of coaxing spinal nerves to regrow

By Tim Beardsley

Understanding Parkinson's Disease

The smoking gun is still missing, but growing evidence suggests highly reactive substances called free radicals are central players in this common neurological disorder

By Moussa B. H. Youdim and Peter Riederer

Tackling Turbulence with Supercomputers

Computers only recently became powerful enough to illuminate simple examples of this great classical problem. In some cases, they will let engineers control it

By John Kim and Parviz Moin

How the Blind Draw

Blind and sighted people use many of the same devices in sketching their surroundings, suggesting that vision and touch are closely linked

By John M. Kennedy

The Einstein-Szilard Refrigerators

Two visionary theoretical physicists joined forces in the 1920s to reinvent the household refrigerator

By Gene Dannen

Doing the Poincaré Shuffle

By Philip Morrison

Departments

  • Do Try This @Home

  • Transgenic Livestock as Drug Factories

  • Experimental Flooding in Grand Canyon

  • Science versus Antiscience?

  • From the Editor

    Defending Reason Reasonably

  • Letters

    Letters

  • Recommended

    REMEMBRANCE OF
    FUTURE PAST

  • Anti Gravity

    Chewing the Fat

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50, 100 and 150 Years Ago: Unusual Cooker, Telegraphing Without Wires and an Iron Bridge

  • In Brief

    QUICK ARTICLE SUMMARIES

  • Mathematical Recreation

    Alphamagic Squares

  • Science and the Citizen

    All in the Timing

  • Connections

    A Bit of a Flutter

  • Cyber View

    No More 9 to 5

  • Field Notes

    Suburban Amber

  • Technology and Business

    Fetal Checkup

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January 1997

Think Outside the Gift Box