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Trends in Animal Research

Increased concern for animals, among scientists as well as the public, is changing the ways in which animals are used for research and safety testing

By Madhusree Mukerjee

BEATING BACTERIA

New ways to fend off antibiotic-resistant pathogens

By Sasha Nemecek

Satellite Radar Interferometry

From hundreds of kilometers away in space, orbiting instruments can detect subtle buckling of the earth's crust

By Didier Massonnet

Animal Research Is Wasteful and Misleading

By Neal D. Barnard and Stephen R. Kaufman

Immunotherapy for Cocaine Addiction

Newly developed compounds derived from the immune system may help combat cocaine abuse by destroying the drug soon after it enters the bloodstream

By Donald W. Landry

The Ghostliest Galaxies

Astronomers have found more than 1,000 "low-surface-brightness" galaxies over the past decade, significantly altering our views of how galaxies evolve and how mass is distributed in the universe

By Gregory D. Bothun

The Lesser Known Edison

In addition to his famous inventions, Thomas Edison's fertile imagination gave the world a host of little known technologies, from talking dolls to poured-concrete houses

By Neil Baldwin

Why and How Bacteria Communicate

Bacteria converse with one another and with plants and animals by emitting and reacting to chemical signals. The need to "talk" may help explain why the microbes synthesize a vast array of compounds

By Richard Losick and Dale Kaiser

The Challenge of Large Numbers

As computer capabilities increase, mathematicianscan better characterize and manipulate gargantuan figures.Even so, some numbers can only be imagined

By Richard E. Crandall

Departments

  • It's a Helicopter! It's a Plane!

  • From the Editor

    The Animal Question

  • Letters

    Letters

  • Recommended

    Heaven on Earth

  • Anti Gravity

    Dropping One for Science

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50, 100 and 150 Years Ago

  • Perspectives

    Animal Research Is Vital to Medicine

  • Wonders

    Wonders

  • In Brief

    In Brief

  • Profile

    Patricia D. Moehlman

  • Mathematical Recreation

    Crystallography of a Golf Ball

  • Amateur Scientist

    A Picture-Perfect Comet

  • Science and the Citizen

    Which Came First?

  • Soaking up the Rays

  • Field Notes - Agent Angst

  • Prize Mistake

  • Late Bloomer

  • Galactic Gushers

  • By the Numbers

    U.S. Deaths from Pneumonia

  • Working Knowledge

    ARTHROSCOPIC SURGERY

  • Connections

    Waving the Flag

  • Cyber View

    Universal Disservice

  • Technology and Business

    Scoring with Buckyballs

  • Making Sense

  • Natural Synthetics

  • In Focus

    The Next Star Trek

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February 1997

Think Outside the Gift Box