• The Threat of Silent Earthquakes

    A lack of rumbling does not necessarily make an earthquake harmless. Some of the quiet types could presage devastating tsunamis or larger, ground-shaking shocks

    Peter Cervelli| March 1, 2004|

  • The Spirit of Exploration

    The Spirit of Exploration

    NASA's rover fights the curse of the Angry Red Planet

    George Musser| March 1, 2004|

  • The Fairest Vote of All

    All voting systems have drawbacks. But by taking into account how voters rank candidates, one system gives the truest reflection of the electorate's views

    Partha Dasgupta and Eric Maskin| March 1, 2004|

  • The Addicted Brain

    The Addicted Brain

    Drug abuse produces long-term changes in the reward circuitry of the brain. Knowledge of the cellular and molecular details of these adaptations could lead to new treatments for the compulsive behaviors that underlie addiction

    Eric J. Nestler and Robert C. Malenka| March 1, 2004|

  • Defusing the Global Warming Time Bomb

    Global warming is real, and the consequences are potentially disastrous. Nevertheless, practical actions, which would also yield a cleaner, healthier atmosphere, could slow, and eventually stop, the process

    James Hansen| March 1, 2004|

  • A New Race of Robots

    Around the U.S., engineers are finishing one-year crash projects to create robots able to dash 200 miles through the Mojave Desert in a day, unaided by humans. Scientific American tailed the odds-on favorite team for 10 months and found that major innovations in robotics are not enough to win such a contest. Obsession is also required

    W. Wayt Gibbs| March 1, 2004|

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