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The Galileo Mission to Jupiter and Its Moons

Few scientists thought that the Galileo spacecraft, beset by technical troubles, could conduct such a comprehensive study of the Jovian system. And few predicted that the innards of these worlds would prove so varied

By Torrence V. Johnson

Digital Materials and Virtual Weathering

The next step in creating more realistic computer-generated images is the development of better models of the physical structures of materials and their degradation by the environment

By Julie Dorsey and Pat Hanrahan

Melting Below Zero

New research shows how a layer of water on the surface of ice—even at temperatures well below freezing—can influence everything from the slipperiness of a skating rink to the electrification of thunderclouds

By John S. Wettlaufer and J. Greg Dash

The Early Origins of Autism

New research into the causes of this baffling disorder is focusing on genes that control the development of the brain

By Patricia M. Rodier

Transparent Animals

Ingenious physiological accommodations have evolved to enable a stunning variety of undersea creatures to be remarkably transparent

By Sönke Johnsen

Uprooting the Tree of Life

About 10 years ago scientists finally worked out the basic outline of how modern life-forms evolved. Now parts of their tidy scheme are unraveling

By W. Ford Doolittle

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  • From the Editor

    Fan Mail from the Fringe

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  • Erratum

  • Recommended

    WHAT THE MEDIA DON'T TELL YOU ABOUT EVOLUTION

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  • Anti Gravity

    Worth a Thousand Words

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50, 100 and 150 Years Ago: The Torid Lysenko Controversy, First Nobel Prizes and Goiter

  • Wonders

    Time Travelers in the Field

  • In Brief

    IN BRIEF

  • Profile

    When the Sky Is Not the Limit

  • Mathematical Recreation

    Real and Virtual Sculptures

  • Amateur Scientist

    Gamma-Ray Bursts Come Home

  • Science and the Citizen

    An Elemental Mystery

  • THE NONNEGLIGIBLE LIGHTNESS OF GRAVITY

  • METHANE FEVER

  • By the Numbers

    The U.S Trade Deficit

  • Working Knowledge

    Catalytic Converter

  • Connections

    Movers and Shakers

  • Cyber View

    Your First $20 Free!

  • Technology and Business

    TIME OUT

  • PLEASE DISPOSE OF PROPERLY

  • VIOLENT OPPOSITION

  • Asbestos in the Air

  • GENE THERAPY SETBACK

  • In Focus

    NASA's Not Shining Moments

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