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Six Months on Mir

As the Shuttle-Mir program draws to a close, a veteran NASA astronaut reflects on her mission on board the Russian spacecraft and the implications for the International Space Station

By Shannon W. Lucid

How Cicadas Make their Noise

The loudest known insects, male cicadas are designed for sound. Their internal instrument is surprisingly complex

By Henry C. Bennet-Clark

Television's Bright New Technology

The plasma display panel is finally making good on a decades-old promise: a big, bright screen so thin it can be hung on a wall. But mainstream success requires that engineers find a way to get prices down from the current $11,000

By Alan Sobel

Digital Television: Here at Last

After a long and contentious process, a digital standard in the U.S. has finally emerged. It will soon replace today's antiquated television system

By Jae S. Lim

Japanese Temple Geometry

During Japan's period of national seclusion (1639--1854), native mathematics thrived, as evidenced in sangaku- wooden tablets engraved with geometry problems hung under the roofs of shrines and temples

By Tony Rothman

A Calculus of Risk

Financial engineering can lessen exposure to the perils of running a multibillion-dollar business or a small household. But mathematical models used by this discipline may present a new set of hazards

By Gary Stix


  • When Less is More

  • The Genetics of Cognitive Abilities and Disabilities

  • Sensing Subtle Tsunamis

  • From the Editor

    Outsmarting Our Genes

  • Letters

    Letters to the Editors, May 1998

  • Errata

  • Recommended

    Reviews and Commentaries--On the Origin of Body Language

  • Anti Gravity

    Now you see it, now you don't

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50, 100 and 150 Years Ago: Future of the Amazon, Aztec Warrior and Wire Fence

  • Wonders

    Double Bass Redoubled

  • In Brief

    In Brief, May 1998

  • Profile

    Rebottling the Nuclear Genie

  • Mathematical Recreation

    Cementing Relationships

  • Science and the Citizen

    Making a Deep Impact

  • Snow Men

  • Water, Water Everywhere

  • Dances of Worms

  • By the Numbers

    The Future of the Old

  • Working Knowledge

    Working Knowledge on Polymerase Chain Reaction

  • Connections


  • Cyber View

    Bringing Down the Internet

  • Technology and Business

    Resistance Fighting

  • Seeing the Light

  • A Tongue for Love

  • A Cool Idea

  • In Focus

    Taking Aim at Tumors

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