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The Bose-Einstein Condensate
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The Bose-Einstein Condensate

Three years ago in a Colorado laboratory, scientists realized a long-standing dream, bringing the quantum world closer to the one of everyday experience

By Eric A. Cornell and Carl E. Wieman

The Challenge of Antibiotic Resistance

Certain bacterial infections now defy all antibiotics. The resistance problem may be reversible, but only if society begins to consider how the drugs affect good bacteria as well as bad...

By Stuart B. Levy


Semiconductor lasers have shrunk to dimensions even smaller than the wavelength of the light they emit. In that realm, quantum behavior takes over, enabling more efficient and faster devices...

By Paul L. Gourley

Animating Human Motion

Computer animation is becoming increasingly lifelike. Using simulation, a technique based on the laws of physics, researchers have created virtual humans who run, dive, bicycle and vault...

By Jessica K. Hodgins

The Caiman Trade

The contraband trade in "Caiman" skins shows how sustainable utilization of endangered species fails to sustain them

By George Amato, Myrna E. Watanabe and Peter Brazaitis

Preventing the Next Oil Crunch

The End of Cheap Oil

Global production of conventional oil will begin to decline sooner than most people think, probably within 10 years

By Colin J. Campbell and Jean H. Laherrre

Mining for Oil

More oil is trapped in Canadian sands than Saudi Arabia holds in its reserves. The technology now exists to exploit this vast resource profitably

By Richard L. George

Oil Production in the 21st Century

Recent innovations in underground imaging, steerable drilling and deepwater oil production could recover more of what lies below

By Roger N. Anderson

Liquid Fuels from Natural Gas

Natural gas is cleaner and more plentiful than oil. New ways to convert it to liquid form may soon make it just as cheap and convenient to use in vehicles

By Safaa A. Fouda


  • From the Editor

    Screen Idols and Real Stars

  • Letters


  • Letters to the Editors, March 1998

  • Recommended

    Reviews and Commentaries--Reading the Minds of Fossils

  • Anti Gravity

    Urine the Money

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50, 100 and 150 Years Ago: Radio Takes Over, Steel and Progress and Pioneering Oceanography

  • Wonders

    Painters' Atoms

  • In Brief

    In Brief, March 1998

  • Profile

    Undressing the Emperor

  • Mathematical Recreation

    Glass Klein Bottles

  • Amateur Scientist

    The Pleasures of Pond Scum

  • Science and the Citizen

    Glow in the Dark

  • Unsound Reasoning

  • You See Brawny; I See Scrawny

  • Catching the Rays

  • By the Numbers

    Languages, Disappearing and Dead

  • Working Knowledge

    The Internet Mail Consortium--Working Knowledge on Email

  • Connections

    Turkish Delight

  • Cyber View

    Downloading as a Crime

  • Technology and Business

    Closing the Book

  • Composite Sketch

  • Scene of the Crime

  • Fake it before you Make It

  • In Focus

    Digital Dilemma

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