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A Split at the Core

Physics is forcing the microchip industry to redesign its most lucrative products. That is bad news for software companies

By W. Wayt Gibbs

Rebuilding Broken Hearts

Biologists and engineers working together in the fledgling field of tissue engineering are within reach of one of their greatest goals: constructing a living human heart patch

By Smadar Cohen and Jonathan Leor
Music and the Brain
The Sciences

Music and the Brain

What is the secret of music's strange power? Seeking an answer, scientists are piecing together a picture of what happens in the brains of listeners and musicians

By Norman M. Weinberger
Holes in the Missile Shield
The Sciences

Holes in the Missile Shield

The national missile defense now being deployed by the U.S. should be replaced with a more effective system

By Richard L. Garwin

Computing at the Speed of Light

Emerging ways to make photonic connections to electronic microchips may dramatically change the shape of computers in the decade ahead

By W. Wayt Gibbs

Black Hole Computers

In keeping with the spirit of the age, researchers can think of the laws of physics as computer programs and the universe as a computer

By Seth Lloyd and Y. Jack Ng

Abrupt Climate Change

Winter temperatures plummeting six degrees Celsius and sudden droughts scorching farmland around the globe are not just the stuff of scary movies. Such striking climate jumps have happened before--sometimes within a matter of years...

By Richard B. Alley


  • Letters


  • Errata

  • Advances

    Gerard Piel (1915-2004)

  • Damage Control

  • Volcanic Sniffing

  • Check the "In" Box

  • Piped-in Turbulence

  • Her Majesty's Secret Service

  • Beating a Deadly Gas

  • Ear-y Coincidence

  • Invasion of the Sequences

  • Recommended

    Terrified by a Tyrannosaur

  • Skeptic

    Flying Carpets and Scientific Prayers

  • Anti Gravity

    Wild Life

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50, 100 & Years Ago: Puzzling Courtship, Mysterious Aether and Mythic Life-Forms

  • Perspectives

    Political Science

  • In Brief

    Data Points: November 2004

  • Brief Points, November 2004

  • By the Numbers

    Getting Sicker

  • Working Knowledge

    Keep the Beat

  • Insights

    What's in a Name?

  • Ask the Experts

    Ask the Experts

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