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The Light at the End of the Pipe

By P. William Bane and Stephen P. Bradley

The False Crisis in Science Education

By Douglas Fox and W. Wayt Gibbs

The Broadest Broadband

A Less Expensive Way to Bring Fiber to the Home

By Paul W. Shumate Jr.

Satellites: The Strategic High Ground

By Robert P. Norcross

LMDS: Broadband Wireless Access

PAUL W. SHUMATE, JR., is executive director of the Lasers and Electro-Optics Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Prior to August 1999 he was a chief scientist and assistant general manager at Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bellcore), in Morristown, N.J. He can be reached at p.shumate@ieee.org.

THE ARCHITECTURE OF A HYBRID FIBER-COAXIAL NETWORK

Higher-Speed Access

DSL: Broadband by Phone

By George T. Hawley

Why Things Break

Scientists have known for most of this century that chemistry is responsible for whether a solid shatters or bends. But only now are they finding a way to predict which type of failure will win

By Mark E. Eberhart

Preserving Nefertari's Legacy

The tomb of this ancient Egyptian queen is testament to the great love of Pharaoh Ramses II. Its preservation is testament to advances in conservation

By Neville Agnew and Shin Maekawa

The Unmet Challenges of Hepatitis C

Some 1.8 percent of the U.S. adult population are infected with the hepatitis C virus, most without knowing it

By Adrian M. Di Bisceglie and Bruce R. Bacon

Departments

  • TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES

  • The Hidden Ocean of Europa

  • Working Knowledge on Laser Printers

  • From the Editor

    Curiosity and Schrödinger's Cat

  • Letters

    Letters

  • Erratum

  • Recommended

    The Editors Recommend

  • PHOTOGRAPHER TO THE STARS

  • Anti Gravity

    It's not Oeuvre Till it's Oeuvre

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50, 100 and 150 Years Ago

  • Wonders

    Nitrogen: The Dark Side

  • In Brief

    IN BRIEF

  • Profile

    Infamy and Honor at the Atomic Café

  • Mathematical Recreation

    Cone with a Twist

  • Amateur Scientist

    Modeling the Atomic Universe

  • Commentaries

    A Total Eclipse of Reason

  • Science and the Citizen

    DESERTING THE SAHARA

  • FAT IN THE FIRE

  • PIRATE FEAR

  • BOOM OR BUST

  • Quantum Déjà Vu

  • By the Numbers

    Men, Women and College

  • Connections

    A Matter of Degrees

  • Cyber View

    To Err is Mechanical

  • Technology and Business

    TO BOLDLY GROW...

  • IN THE DRINK

  • Do-it-Yourself Financial Planning

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October 1999

Think Outside the Gift Box