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The Neurobiology of Depression

The search for biological underpinnings of depression is intensifying. Emerging findings promise to yield better therapies for a disorder that too often proves fatal

By Charles B. Nemeroff

A New Look at Quasars

Recent observations from the Hubble Space Telescope may reveal the nature and origin of quasars, the mysterious powerhouses of the cosmos

By Michael Disney

Shrimp Aquaculture and the Environment

An adviser to shrimp producers and an environmentalist present a prescription for raising shrimp responsibly

By Claude E. Boyd and Jason W. Clay

Quantum Computing with Molecules

By taking advantage of nuclear magnetic resonance, scientists can coax the molecules in some ordinary liquids to serve as an extraordinary type of computer

By Isaac L. Chuang and Neil Gershenfeld

Gravity Gradiometry

A formerly classified technique used to navigate ballistic-missile submarines now helps geologists search for resources hidden underground

By Robin E. Bell

Alcohol in the Western World

The role of alcohol in Western civilization has changed dramatically during this millennium. Our current medical interpretation of alcohol as primarily an agent of disease comes after a more complex historical relationship...

By Bert L. Vallee

Defibrillation: the Spark of Life

In the 50 years since doctors first used electricity to restart the human heart, we have learned much about defibrillators and little about fibrillation

By Mickey S. Eisenberg

If you don't have a Defibrillator

By Carl E. Bartecchi


  • From the Editor

    Not Just a Fish Story

  • Letters

    Letters to the Editors, June 1998

  • Errata

  • Recommended

    Reviews and Commentaries--An Attempt to Link the Sciences and Humanities

  • Anti Gravity

    Greatness Thrust upon it

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50, 100 and 150 Years Ago: Fungus Infection, Hydrogen Liquefied and A Female First

  • Wonders

    Where Fiction Became Ancient Fact

  • In Brief

    In Brief, June 1998

  • Profile

    Where the Bodies Lie

  • Mathematical Recreation

    What a Coincidence!

  • Amateur Scientist

    Waiter, there's a Hair in My Hygrometer

  • Science and the Citizen

    Lupus in Limbo

  • Good News for the Greenhouse

  • The Blight is Back

  • The Prevention Pill

  • By the Numbers

    U.S. Wetlands

  • Working Knowledge

    Digital Cameras--Working Knowledge

  • Connections

    Scribble, Scribble

  • Cyber View

    The Web Learns to Read

  • Field Notes

    Mesozoic Mystery Tour

  • Technology and Business

    Star Warned

  • Running on MMT?

  • Confidentially Yours

  • Millennium Bug Zapper

  • Eye in the Sky

  • In Focus

    Culturing New Life

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