Monday, August 4, 2008
Scientific American - 6 in 1 Pack (January to June 2008)
High resolution Scientific American issues, January to July 2008. Including interesting science articles, news, also Skeptic by Michael Shermer.
Taming Vessels to Treat Cancer
By Rakesh K. Jain
Drugs that restore order to the chaotic blood vessels inside a tumor open a window of opportunity for attacking it.
By Zhong Lin Wang
Tiny systems that draw waste energy from their surroundings could power nanosize machines.
The Discovery Machine
By Graham P. Collins
The Large Hadron Collider, the biggest and most complicated particle physics experiment ever seen, is nearing completion and is scheduled to start colliding protons this year.
The Unquiet Ice
By Robin E. Bell
Abundant liquid water discovered underneath the great polar ice sheets could catastrophically intensify the effects of global warming on the rise of sea level around the world.
The End of Cosmology?
By Lawrence M. Krauss and Robert J. Scherrer
Will the big bang be forgotten? The accelerating cosmic expansions wiping away every trace
of the universe’s origin.
The Limits of Quantum Computers
By Scott Aaronson
Futuristic quantum computers could be exceptionally fast at certain tasks, but for most problems they would only modestly outclass today’s conventional machines.
The Color of Plants on Other Worlds
By Nancy Y. Kiang
If it isn’t easy being green on Earth, where chlorophyll is well tuned to absorb most of the energy in our sun’s yellow light, imagine the difﬁculties else where in the galaxy. Plants growing on worlds around cooler, brighter or more tempestuous stars would need to rely on red, blue or even black pigments to survive. That insight offers astronomers new clues about what to look for in their search for extraterrestrial life.
The Doping Dilemma
By Michael Shermer
Game theory suggests how to stop the pervasive abuse of drugs in cycling, baseball and other sports.
By Sean B. Carroll, Benjamin Prud’homme and Nicolas Gompel
Most animals share similar genes. The staggering diversity in their physical forms springs from switchesin the DNA that govern where and when those genes are active.
How Cells Clean House
By Vojo Deretic and Daniel J. Klionsky
Autophagy, a process that normally keeps cells in good working order, seems to be linked to aging and diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
The Cosmic Origins of Time’s Arrow
By Sean M. Carroll
Maybe time’s seemingly unvarying low forward is a short-term fluke in a universe where the distant future and distant past look the same.
What Is a Species?
By Carl Zimmer
Biologists still struggle with that fundamental but scientically pivotal question.
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