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Microelectronic devices that function by using the spin of the electron are a nascent multibillion-dollar industry--and may lead to quantum microchips

By David D. Awschalom, Michael E. Flatté and Nitin Samarth

Hope in a Vial

Will there be an AIDS vaccine anytime soon?

By Carol Ezzell

Disturbing Behaviors of the Orangutan

Studies of these great apes show that some males pursue an unexpected and disquieting evolutionary strategy

By Anne Nacey Maggioncalda and Robert M. Sapolsky

Essay: No Truth to the Fountain of Youth

By Bruce A. Carnes, Leonard Hayflick and S. Jay Olshansky

The Life Cycle of Galaxies

Astronomers are on the verge of explaining the enigmatic variety of galaxies

By Guinevere Kauffmann and Frank van den Bosch

Islands of Genius

Artistic brilliance and a dazzling memory can sometimes accompany autism and other developmental disorders

By Darold A. Treffert and Gregory L. Wallace

The Complexity of Coffee

One of life's simple pleasures is really quite complicated

By Ernesto Illy


  • From the Editor

    A Death Every 30 Seconds

  • Letters


  • Advances

    Scaling the Quakes

  • URLs in Urdu?

  • Lifting the Screen

  • Divide and Vitrify

  • The Child Within

  • A Philosopher's Stone

  • Gain without Pain

  • Battling Resistant Bacteria

  • Nice Threads

  • Here's Magnet in Your Eye

  • Hit or Miss

  • Double or Nothing

  • Recommended

    Men, Money and Malaria

  • Skeptic

    The Shamans of Scientism

  • Anti Gravity

    About the Size of It

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50, 150 and 150 years ago

  • In Brief

    Data Points: Shark Bites Man

  • Brief Bits: June 2002 - ( Brief Bits)

  • Puzzling Adventures

    Privacy Taboos

  • Profile

    Man of Two Cultures

  • Staking Claims

    Wanted: More Mothers of Invention

  • Innovations

    Thinking Big

  • By the Numbers

    Bad Things Happen

  • Technicalities

    Whatever You Say

  • Working Knowledge

    Hidden Guides

  • Departments

    Fuzzy Logic

  • Ask the Experts

    Ask the Experts: June 2002

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