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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

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

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