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A Universe of Disks

New research reveals the dynamics of the spinning disks of gas that surround young stars and gargantuan black holes

By Omer Blaes
Controlling Hurricanes
The Sciences

Controlling Hurricanes

Can hurricanes and other severe tropical storms be moderated or deflected?

By Ross N. Hoffman
Fixing the Vote

Fixing the Vote

Electronic voting machines promise to make elections more accurate than ever before, but only if certain problems--with the machines and the wider electoral process--are rectified

By Ted Selker

Dying to See

Studies of the lens of the eye not only could reveal ways to prevent cataracts but also might illuminate the biology of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other diseases in which cells commit suicide

By Ralf Dahm

Hitting the Genetic Off Switch

A host of start-ups is speeding development of a new class of drugs that block the action of RNA

By Gary Stix

The Hidden Genetic Program of Complex Organisms

Biologists assumed that proteins alone regulate the genes of humans and other complex organisms. But an overlooked regulatory system based on RNA may hold the keys to development and evolution

By John S. Mattick


  • Gadget Envy

  • Faith-Boosting Genes

  • Shock Absorbed: Making Cities Earthquake Proof

  • The Internet of Things

  • Letters


  • Errata

  • Advances

    An Uncertain Defense

  • Hawking a Theory

  • The Service of Siblings

  • Whale Today, Gone to Marrow

  • Surf's Up-Way Up

  • Fever in, Schizophrenia Out

  • Trout from Salmon

  • The Phantom Menace

  • Francis Crick, 1916-2004

  • Skeptic

    The Myth Is the Message

  • Anti Gravity

    Six-Legged Cinema

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    Crick and DNA -- Water Trumps Steam -- Whaling and Cholera

  • Perspectives

    Breathing Difficulties

  • In Brief

    Data Points: October 2004

  • Brief Points: October 2004

  • By the Numbers

    Energy Geopolitics

  • Insights

    Father of Spirit and Opportunity

  • Ask the Experts

    Ask the Experts

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October 2004

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