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The Strangest Satellites in the Solar System

Found in stretched, slanted, loop-d-loop orbits, an odd breed of planetary satellites opens a window into the formation of the planets

By David Jewitt, Scott S. Sheppard and Jan Kleyna

The Real Life of Pseudogenes

Disabled genes, molecular relics scattered across the human genomic landscape, have a story of their own to tell. And it is still unfolding

By Mark Gerstein and Deyou Zheng

A Great Leap in Graphics

The quality of 3-D computer graphics is poised for a quantum jump forward, thanks to speedier ways to simulate the flight of light

By W. Wayt Gibbs

The Expert Mind

Studies of the mental processes of chess grandmasters have revealed clues to how people become experts in other fields as well

By Philip E. Ross

Power for a Space Plane

Creating a revolutionary jet engine that could propel a space plane to orbit affordably and routinely is a tough but seemingly achievable task

By Thomas A. Jackson


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