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The Triumph of the Light
The Sciences

The Triumph of the Light

Extensions to fiber optics will supply network capacity that borders on the infinite

By Gary Stix
Making Sense of Modern Cosmology
Space

Making Sense of Modern Cosmology

Confused by all those theories? Good

By P. James E. Peebles

Brave New Cosmos

By George Musser and Mark Alpert

Echoes from the Big Bang

Scientists may soon glimpse the universe's beginnings by studying the subtle ripples made by gravitational waves

By Marc Kamionkowski and Robert R. Caldwell

A Cosmic Cartographer

The Microwave Anisotropy Probe will give cosmologists a much sharper picture of the early universe

By Charles L. Bennett, Gary F. Hinshaw and Lyman Page

The Quintessential Universe

The universe has recently been commandeered by an invisible energy field, which is causing its expansion to accelerate outward

By Jeremiah P. Ostriker and Paul J. Steinhardt

Plan B for the Cosmos

If the new cosmology fails, what's the backup plan?

By Joo Magueijo

The Cultures of Chimpanzees

Humankind's nearest relative is even closer than we thought: chimpanzees display remarkable behaviors that can only be described as social customs passed on from generation to generation

By Andrew Fabian and Christophe Boesch

The Cellular Chamber of Doom

Structures called proteasomes inside cells continuously destroy proteins. Several common diseases result when the process works too zealously--or not at all

By Alfred L. Goldberg, J. Wade Harper and Stephen J. Elledge

The Mystery of Damascus Blades

Centuries ago craftsmen forged peerless steel blades. But how did they do it? The author and a blacksmith have found the answer

By John D. Verhoeven

Routing Packets with Light

The ultimate all-optical network will require dramatic advances in technologies that use one lightwave to imprint information on another

By Daniel J. Blumenthal

Departments

  • Have you got the Right Stuff?

  • The $13-Billion Man

  • The Rise of Optical Switching

  • From the Editor

    The First Optical Internet

  • Letters

    The Mail

  • Erratum

  • Recommended

    Not Only Fine Feathers ...

  • Anti Gravity

    The Open-Heart Open

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50, 100 and 150 Years Ago: Human Body In Space, Smallpox Vaccine Production and Medicine in Naples

  • Wonders

    Information Technology, 2500 B.C.

  • Mathematical Recreation

    Dots-and-Boxes for Experts

  • Amateur Scientist

    A Canteen Cloud Chamber

  • Science and the Citizen

    Side Splitting

  • Pink Slip in Your Genes

  • A Gas of Steel Balls

  • Lost Worlds

  • Aquatic Homebodies

  • The New Uncertainty Principle

  • Cholesterol 1, Aspirin 0

  • That Ball is Gone

  • Jobless in the U.S.

  • By the Numbers

    Coke, Crack, Pot, Speed et al.

  • Working Knowledge

    The Well-Rounded Flat Speaker

  • Connections

    Class Acts

  • Departments

    End Point

  • Cyber View

    2001: A Scorecard

  • Technology and Business

    Complexity's Business Model

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January 2001

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