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Paleolithic Pit Stop

A French site suggests Neandertals and early modern humans behaved similarly

By Kate Wong

Piecing Together Alzheimer's

By Peter H. St George-Hyslop

Rulers of the Jurassic Seas

Fish-shaped reptiles called ichthyosaurs reigned over the oceans for as long as dinosaurs roamed the land, but only recently have paleontologists discovered why these creatures were so successful

By Ryosuke Motani

Nanotubes for Electronics

They are stronger than steel, but the most important uses for these threadlike macromolecules may be in faster, more efficient and more durable electronic devices

By Phaedon Avouris and Philip G. Collins

The Secrets of Stardust

Tiny grains of dust floating in interstellar space have radically altered the history of our galaxy.

By J. Mayo Greenberg

The Science of Smart Growth

Are there any alternatives to urban sprawl? Pundits and pols may endlessly debate that question, but the only way to get an answer is to go out and see what works in the real world

By Donald D.T. Chen

The Coolest Gas in the Universe

Bose-Einstein condensates are one of the hottest areas in experimental physics

By Graham P. Collins

Departments

  • Jumping Champions

  • From the Editor

    The Dragon in the Sea

  • Letters

    Letters to the Editor, December 2000

  • Errata

  • Recommended

    Laugh and the World Laughs with You

  • Anti Gravity

    Final Frontier Exam

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50, 100 & 150 Years Ago: Color Television, Why Good Sausages Go Bad

  • Wonders

    Gleaning Nuggets

  • In Brief

    Data Points: The (Somewhat) Scientific American

  • Profile

    Completing the Circuit

  • Amateur Scientist

    Calibrating with Cold

  • Science and the Citizen

    The Amazing Acenes

  • The Second Abortion Pill

  • A Trace of the Corona

  • Red Team versus the Agents

  • A One-Way Ticket to Nunavut

  • Muscling DNA

  • Gotcha!

  • The Nobel Prizes for 2000

  • By the Numbers

    Taxes: No Major Change in Sight

  • Working Knowledge

    Superabsorbers

  • Connections

    Not Nelson's Obelisk

  • Departments

    Annual Index 2000

  • Cyber View

    Bits of Radio

  • Technology and Business

    In the Waiting Room

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