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On Thin Ice?

How soon humanity will have to move inland to escape rising seas depends in great part on how quickly West Antarctica's massive ice sheet shrinks. Scientists are finally beginning to agree on what controls the size of the sheet and its rate of disintegration

By Robert A. Bindschadler and Charles R. Bentley

Order in Pollock's Chaos

Computer analysis is helping to explain the appeal of Jackson Pollock's paintings. The artist's famous drips and swirls create fractal patterns, similar to those formed in nature by trees, clouds and coastlines

By Richard P. Taylor
The Brightest Explosions in the Universe

The Brightest Explosions in the Universe

Every time a gamma-ray burst goes off, a black hole is born

By Neil Gehrels, Luigi Piro and Peter J. T. Leonard

The Enigma of Huntington's Disease

Nearly 10 years after scientists isolated the gene responsible for Huntington's, they are still searching for how it wreaks its devastation

By Elena Cattaneo, Dorotea Rigamonti and Chiara Zuccato
Food for Thought
The Sciences

Food for Thought

Dietary change was a driving force in human evolution

By William R. Leonard

The Scientific American 50

Our first annual celebration of visionaries from the worlds of research, industry and politics whose recent accomplishments point toward a brighter technological future for everyone


  • Letters


  • Erratum

  • Advances

    Cretaceous Park

  • Under the Microscope

  • Making Do

  • Parched Turf Battle

  • Mendelmania Takes Off

  • Subduing Suppressors

  • Dentures Begone

  • Nucleotide Nanotubes

  • Keyboard Cops

  • The Nobel Prizes for 2002

  • Recommended

    The Twisted Road to the Double Helix

  • Skeptic

    The Captain Kirk Principle

  • Anti Gravity

    Members Only

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    Fishy Sex -- Expensive Scenery -- TB Plague

  • Perspectives

    In Science We Trust

  • In Brief

    Data Points: December 2002

  • Brief Points: December 2002

  • Puzzling Adventures


  • Profile

    Throwing Einstein for a Loop

  • By the Numbers


  • Technicalities

    Getting Real

  • Working Knowledge

    Superhot Dots

  • Departments

    Annual Index 2002

  • Fuzzy Logic

  • Ask the Experts

    Ask the Experts: December 2002

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