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The Future of Computing

M.I.T.'s Laboratory for Computer Science is developing a new infrastructure for information technologies--the Oxygen system--that promises to realize a vision long held by the lab's director: helping people do more by doing less

By Michael L. Dertouzos

Talking with Your Computer

Speech-based interfaces may soon allow computer users to retrieve data and issue instructions without lifting a finger

By Victor Zue

Raw Computation

One of the main engines of the Oxygen project is the Raw microchip, which has wiring that can be automatically reprogrammed for different tasks

By Anant Agarwal

Communications Chameleons

Multipurpose communications systems will be the links of tomorrow's wireless computer networks

By John V. Guttag

Why National Missile Defense Won't Work

The current plan for defending the U.S. against a ballistic-missile attack faces many of the problems that plagued a similar plan three decades ago

By George N. Lewis, Theodore A. Postol and John Pike

The Lurking Perils of Pfiesteria

This minute creature has been implicated in dramatic fish kills and has hurt people. But its most publicized actions may not be the most damaging. More subtle effects are raising new concerns

By JoAnn M. Burkholder

Detecting Massive Neutrinos

A giant detector in the heart of Mount Ikenoyama in Japan has demonstrated that the neutrino metamorphoses in flight, strongly suggesting that these ghostly particles have mass

By Edward Kearns, Takaaki Kajita and Yoji Totsuka

The Moral Development of Children

It is not enough for kids to tell right from wrong. They must develop a commitment to acting on their ideals. Enlightened parenting can help

By William Damon

Trailing a Virus

As a virus never seen before swept through rural Malaysia, killing more than 110 and forcing the destruction of a million swine, it revealed the world's vulnerability to new diseases. Even the best efforts of top scientists are sometimes not enough to thwart them

By W. Wayt Gibbs

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  • From the Editor

    The Detectives Wore White

  • Letters

    Letters

  • Recommended

    The Editors Recommend

  • Anti Gravity

    Thinking Outside the Box

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50, 100 and 150 Years Ago

  • Wonders

    Dining on Ammonia

  • In Brief

    IN BRIEF

  • Profile

    Of Survival and Science

  • Mathematical Recreation

    Sierpinski's Ubiquitous Gasket

  • Amateur Scientist

    Sun of a Gun

  • Science and the Citizen

    MAKING WAVES

  • QUBIT CHIP

  • REPLUMBING THE EVERGLADES

  • A PATCH FOR LOVE

  • A POUND OF FLESH

  • By the Numbers

    BEHIND BARS IN THE U.S. AND EUROPE

  • Working Knowledge

    Working Knowledge on Air Conditioners

  • Connections

    Sound Ideas

  • Cyber View

    How To Steal Millions in Chump Change

  • Technology and Business

    THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT

  • TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE

  • CALCULATING PIE

  • VIRAL GENE SCREEN

  • In Focus

    IS OUT OF AFRICA GOING OUT THE DOOR?

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