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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

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


  • Six Months on Mir

  • The Genetics of Cognitive Abilities and Disabilities

  • Japanese Temple Geometry

  • Reviews and Commentaries--On the Origin of Body Language

  • From the Editor

    Outsmarting Our Genes

  • Letters

    Letters to the Editors, May 1998

  • Errata

  • 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

  • Amateur Scientist

    Sensing Subtle Tsunamis

  • 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

    When Less is More

  • Resistance Fighting

  • Seeing the Light

  • A Tongue for Love

  • A Cool Idea

  • In Focus

    Taking Aim at Tumors

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May 1998