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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

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

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


  • The Bose-Einstein Condensate

  • Glow in the Dark

  • The Challenge of Antibiotic Resistance

  • Animating Human Motion

  • The Caiman Trade

  • Oil Production in the 21st Century

  • 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

    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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March 1998

Confronting Common Wisdom