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The 1998 Nobel Prizes in Science

Here follow explanations of the mechanisms and processes that underliethe world's top awards for physics, chemistry and physiology -- and anexcerpt from a Scientific American article by the economics laureate

Revolution in Cosmology

Surveying Space-time with Supernovae

Exploding stars seen across immense distances show that the cosmic expansion may be accelerating--a sign that the universe may be driven apart by an exotic new form of energy

By Craig J. Hogan, Nicholas B. Suntzeff and Robert P. Kirshner

Cosmological Antigravity

The long-derided cosmological constant--a contrivance of Albert Einstein's that represents a bizarre form of energy inherent in space itself--is one of two contenders for explaining changes in the expansion rate of the universe

By Lawrence M. Krauss

Inflation in a Low-Density Universe

Evidence has gradually accumulated that the universe has less matter, and therefore is expanding faster, than the theory of inflation traditionally predicts. But a more sophisticated version of the theory readily explains the observations

By David N. Spergel and Martin A. Bucher

Y2K: So Many Bugs... So Little Time

Fixing Y2K seems simple: change all two-digit years to four digits. But that tedious-- and unexpectedly difficult -- process takes more time than is left

By Peter de Jager

Departments

  • JOHN GLENN'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE

  • COSMIC POWER

  • CONSUMING FEARS

  • CETACEAN CREATION

  • Brace for (Educational) Impact

  • Disarming Flu Viruses

  • UNEQUAL HEALTH

  • Child Care among the Insects

  • DNA Microsatellites: Agents of Evolution?

  • To Save a Salmon

  • The Editors Recommend

  • From the Editor

    Getting Complicated

  • Letters

    Letters

  • Errata

  • Recommended

    Life and Death is in the Blood

  • The Editors Recommend - January 1999

  • Anti Gravity

    Taste Matters

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50, 100 and 150 Years Ago: Nucléaire, Polonium and Radium and Biocides for Agriculture

  • Wonders

    Mound and Crater

  • In Brief

    IN BRIEF

  • Profile

    Flynn's Effect

  • Mathematical Recreation

    Division without Envy

  • Amateur Scientist

    Taking the Earth's Magnetic Pulse

  • Science and the Citizen

    OUT OF AFRICA, INTO ASIA

  • By the Numbers

    Privacy in the Workplace

  • Working Knowledge

    GRAND PIANO

  • Connections

    Commentary: Connections - And Now the Weather

  • Cyber View

    Out of Site

  • Technology and Business

    HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU

  • In Focus

    THE NET EFFECT

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January 1999

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