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The Trouble with Turtles
Sustainability

The Trouble with Turtles

Despite heroic efforts to protect the nesting beaches of green turtles, fewer and fewer of these endangered creatures reappear every year.Researchers have been stunned to discover that shielding young turtles is only half the battle

The Do-It-Yourself Supercomputer
The Sciences

The Do-It-Yourself Supercomputer

Scientists have found a cheaper way to solve tremendously difficult computational problems: connect ordinary PCs so that they can work together

- This article is the second in a two-part series.
The first part, "How to Build a Hypercomputer," by Thomas Sterling, appeared in the July 2001 issue.

By William W. Hargrove, Forrest M. Hoffman and Thomas Sterling

Cybernetic Cells

THE SIMPLEST LIVING CELL IS SO COMPLEX THAT SUPERCOMPUTER MODELS MAY NEVER SIMULATE ITS BEHAVIOR PERFECTLY. BUT EVEN IMPERFECT MODELS COULD SHAKE THE FOUNDATIONS OF BIOLOGY

By W. Wayt Gibbs

Once were Cannibals

Clear evidence of cannibalism in the human fossil record has been rare, but it is now becoming apparent that the practice is deeply rooted in our history

By Tim D. White

Taming the Killing Fields of Laos

Live bombs from the Vietnam war continue to kill people and hamper agricultural development in Laos. The cleanup project required deciphering decades-old computer files

By Daniel Lovering

End Points

Departments

  • Talking Gene Patents

  • Another Cup of CAFE, Please

  • Wrist Watch

  • Data Points, August 2001

  • Go Forth and Replicate

  • The Ice of Life

  • Letters

    Letters

  • Errata

  • Advances

    Wireless Wonder

  • The Post-Genome Project

  • The Peak of Success

  • Road Map for the Mind

  • Concorde's Comeback

  • Computing with Light

  • An Environmental Solution

  • Sticky Situation

  • Fat Kills

  • When Fish is not Brain Food

  • Faster Than a Snail's Pace

  • Crystallizing Sound

  • Recommended

    A Spin on Spin Foam

  • Skeptic

    Deconstructing the Dead

  • Anti Gravity

    And the Winner Really Is ...

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50, 100 & 150, Years Ago: Warped Perception, Hostile Continent and Mad Scientist

  • In Brief

    Brief Bits, August 2001

  • Puzzling Adventures

    The Delphi Flip

  • Profile

    Dissident or Don Quixote?

  • Innovations

    The Company's Company

  • By the Numbers

    U.S. Workers and the Law

  • Technicalities

    Touchy-Feely Computing

  • Working Knowledge

    Crank It Up!

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