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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

The Genetics of Cognitive Abilities and Disabilities

Investigations of specific cognitive skills can help clarify how genes shape the components of intellect

By John C. DeFries and Robert Plomin

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

Departments

  • A Cool Idea

  • Television's Bright New Technology

  • 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

  • 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

    Cheers

  • Cyber View

    Bringing Down the Internet

  • Technology and Business

    When Less is More

  • Resistance Fighting

  • Seeing the Light

  • A Tongue for Love

  • In Focus

    Taking Aim at Tumors

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May 1998

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