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Mercury: The Forgotten Planet

Although one of Earth's nearest neighbors, this strange world remains, for the most part, unknown

By Robert M. Nelson

Fermat's Last Stand

His most notorious theorem baffled the greatest minds for more than three centuries But after 10 years of work, one mathematician cracked it

By Simon Singh and Kenneth A. Ribet

Taking Nuclear Weapons off Hair-Trigger Alert

It is time to end the practice of keeping nuclear missiles constantly ready to fire. This change would greatly reduce the possibility of a mistaken launch

By Bruce G. Blair, Harold A. Feiveson and Frank N. von Hippel

The Parasitic Wasp's Secret Weapon

Parasitic wasps must develop inside living caterpillars. They survive this hostile environment by smuggling in a virus that suppresses their host's immune system

By Nancy E. Beckage

Fighting Computer Viruses

Biological metaphors offer insight into many aspects of computer viruses and can inspire defenses against them

By Jeffrey O. Kephart, Gregory B. Sorkin, David M. Chess and Steve R. White

Great Zimbabwe

For centuries, this ancient Shona city stood at the hub of a vast trade network. The site has also been at the center of a bitter debate about African history and heritage

By Webber Ndoro

Making Rice Disease-Resistant

For the first time, scientists have used genetic engineering to protect this essential crop from disease

By Pamela C. Ronald


  • From the Editor

    Prove it

  • Letters

    Letters to the Editors, November 1997

  • Recommended

    Reviews and Commentaries: Bad Science, Bad Education

  • Anti Gravity

    The Big Picture

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50, 100 and 150 Years Ago: Jet Thrust Boosted, Latest on Marconi and Tea in India

  • Wonders

    In Praise of Fakes

  • In Brief

    In Brief, November 1997

  • Profile

    Rescuing the Ozone Layer

  • Mathematical Recreation

    The Lore and Lure of Dice

  • Amateur Scientist

    Caught in a Wind Tunnel

  • Science and the Citizen

    Girth of a Star

  • The Food Genome Project

  • Biological Noncontrol

  • By the Numbers

    Access to Safe Drinking Water

  • Working Knowledge

    Working Knowledge--Laptop Screens

  • Connections

    Healthy Blooms

  • Cyber View

    We Don't Need No Regulation

  • Field Notes

    A Real Dive

  • Technology and Business


  • Oil in 4-D

  • From Chips to Cubes

  • "Please, No Double-Sticky Tape"

  • Boom

  • In Focus

    Death in the Deep

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