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TSUNAMIS EVOLVE

Unmasking Black Holes

Until recently, the evidence for black holes was circumstantial. Now astronomers may have direct proof: energy is vanishing from volumes of space without a trace

By Jean-Pierre Lasota

New Nerve Cells for the Adult Brain

Contrary to dogma, the human brain does produce new nerve cells in adulthood. Can our newfound capacity lead to better treatments for neurological diseases?

By Gerd Kempermann and Fred H. Gage

Ada and the First Computer

The collaboration between Ada, countess of Lovelace, and computer pioneer Charles Babbage resulted in a landmark publication that described how to program the world's first computer

By Betty Alexandra Toole and Eugene Eric Kim

The Andaman Islanders

The aboriginal inhabitants of a stretch of islands near India offer a fascinating glimpse into the way of life of traditional hunter-gatherers. But how long will this window to our past remain open?

By Sita Venkateswar

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  • PREVENTED PREVENTION

  • Putting the Squeeze on Music

  • From the Editor

    Survivors and a Winner

  • Letters

    Letters

  • Recommended

    The Editors Recommend

  • Sanctifying the Cosmos

  • Anti Gravity

    Supply and Demand

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50, 100 and 150 Years Ago

  • Wonders

    Galileo's Cicada

  • In Brief

    IN BRIEF

  • Profile

    A Medical Crusader for Editorial Freedom

  • Mathematical Recreation

    A Puzzle for Pirates

  • Amateur Scientist

    Hot Views of the Microscopic World

  • Science and the Citizen

    WINK OF AN EYE

  • FIELD OF DREAMS

  • HERE COME THE SUNS

  • By the Numbers

    LABOR UNIONS UNDER STRESS

  • Working Knowledge

    ASPIRIN

  • Connections

    Entente Cordiale

  • Technology and Business

    ADAM'S RIB?

  • QUANTUM SCULPTING

  • Leaving A Bad Taste

  • Micromicrophones

  • In Focus

    THE MAGNETIC ATTRACTION

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