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Natural Oil Spills

In the Gulf of Mexico, a region famous for its many oil and gas fields, most of the petroleum flowing into the ocean leaks naturally from fissures in the seabed

By Ian R. MacDonald

The Day the Sands Caught Fire

A desert impact site demonstrates the wrath of rocks from space

By Jeffrey C. Wynn and Eugene M. Shoemaker

The Search for Greenland's Mysterious Meteor

Caught on camera, the fireball that streaked across Arctic skies last December appeared to move too fast for anything from this solar system. A month long expedition on this island of ice hunted for remains--and answers...

By W. Wayt Gibbs


Gluons, which hold protons together, can also clump into globs of pure glue

By Frank E. Close and Philip R. Page

Evolution and the Origins of Disease

The principles of evolution by natural selection are finally beginning to inform medicine

By Randolph M. Nesse and George C. Williams

Mating Strategies of Spiders

Spiders have evolved intriguing behaviors to woo their occasionally cannibalistic mates

By Ken Preston-Mafham and Rod Preston-Mafham

Simulating Water and the Molecules of Life

Computer modeling reveals how water affects the structures and dynamics of biological molecules such as proteins, yielding clues to their functions

By Mark Gerstein and Michael Levitt

100 Years of Magnetic Memories

Although the technology is ubiquitous today, magnetic recording had a sluggish start. The underlying science was something of a mystery, applications were slow to emerge, and business and politics stifled development...

By James D. Livingston


  • From the Editor

    Who and What We Lost

  • Letters

    Letters to the Editors, November 1998

  • Errata

  • Recommended

    Reviews and Commentaries: Three Material Witnesses

  • The Editors Recommend

  • Anti Gravity

    Lucky Laima

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50, 100 And 150 Years Ago: Cybernetics, Remote Control and A Famous Neurology Case

  • Wonders

    Numbers: Prime or Choice?

  • In Brief

    In Brief, November 1998

  • Profile

    Monstrous Moonshine is True

  • Mathematical Recreation

    Resurrection Shuffle

  • Amateur Scientist

    Floating a Challenge

  • Science and the Citizen

    Inconstant Constants

  • Down Detection

  • The E. Coli Are Coming

  • By the Numbers

    How Congress Voted on the Environment

  • Connections


  • Departments

    Patent Blunder

  • Cyber View

    This is not a Hoax!

  • Field Notes

    Tool Time on Cactus Hill

  • Technology and Business

    Rough Sailing for Smart Ships

  • Shutting Down a Gene

  • Little Bangs

  • In Focus

    Dogma Overturned

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