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Beyond Chicken Soup

The antiviral era is upon us, with an array of virus-fighting drugs on the market and in development. Research into viral genomes is fueling much of this progress

By William A. Haseltine
The Electronic Paper Chase
The Sciences

The Electronic Paper Chase

By Steve Ditlea

On the Termination of Species

Ecologists' warnings of an ongoing mass extinction are being challenged by skeptics and largely ignored by politicians. In part that is because it is surprisingly hard to know the dimensions of the die-off, why it matters and how it can best be stopped...

By W. Wayt Gibbs

Gravity's Kaleidoscope

The most massive telescopes known to humanity sit not on earthly mountaintops but in deep space. They are gravitational lenses, once mere curiosities, now one of the most important tools in astronomy...

By Joachim Wambsganss

The Evolution of Human Birth

The difficulties of childbirth have probably challenged humans and their ancestors for millions of years-- which means that the modern custom of seeking assistance during delivery may have similarly ancient roots...

By Karen R. Rosenberg and Wenda R. Trevathan

Does Class Size Matter?

Legislators are spending billions to reduce class sizes. Will the results be worth the expense?

By Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Dominic J. Brewer, Adam Gamoran and J. Douglas Willms


  • Letters


  • Advances

    No Power to the People

  • Acronym Acrimony

  • Facing a New Menace

  • Earth-Shattering Theory

  • Taking the Plunge

  • Plus ça Change

  • New Kid on the Block

  • Surgeons without Borders

  • Pressure Gauge

  • Pushing the Fringe

  • Iron Deficiency

  • Recommended

    They Shall Beat Their Petunias into Pork Chops

  • Skeptic

    Baloney Detection

  • Anti Gravity

    Dumb, Dumb, Duh Dumb

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50, 100 and 150 Years Ago

  • Perspectives

    Invisible Terrorism

  • In Brief

    Data Points, November 2001

  • Brief Bits, November 2001

  • Puzzling Adventures

    Truck Stop

  • Voyages

    A Short Stroll through the Solar System

  • Profile

    Dissent in the Maelstrom

  • Staking Claims

    Saying Yes to NO

  • Innovations

    Catching a Buzz

  • By the Numbers

    Cleaner Living

  • Working Knowledge

    Current Safety-- Working Knowledge on Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

  • Departments

    End Points

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