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The Science of Murphy's Law

Life's little annoyances are not as random as they seem: the awful truth is that the universe is against you

By Robert A. J. Matthews

Jules Verne, Misunderstood Visionary

Discovery of a long-lost novel reveals that, from the start, the father of science fiction was gravely concerned with the dangers of technology

By Arthur B. Evans and Ron Miller

How Erosion Builds Mountains

An understanding of how tectonic, erosional and climatic forces interact to shape mountains permits clearer insights into the earth's history

By Nicholas Pinter and Mark T. Brandon


These microbes thrive under conditions that would kill other creatures. The molecules that enable extremophiles to prosper are becoming useful to industry

By Michael T. Madigan and Barry L. Marrs

Combinatorial Chemistry and New Drugs

An innovative technique that quickly produces large numbers of structurally related compounds is changing the way drugs are discovered

By Matthew J. Plunkett and Jonathan A. Ellman

Black Holes and the Information Paradox

What happens to the information in matter destroyed by a black hole? Searching for that answer, physicists are groping toward a quantum theory of gravity

By Leonard Susskind


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