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1977 (Volume 8, No. 1)Desert Climate -- Aridity Special: Climate, Weather, AridityThe last climate cycle has been no friend to the world's arid regions. Can we tell anything about how they will fare through the next?Edward EdelsonPDF
1978 (Volume 9, No. 5)Weather And Climate Polar Research: Weather from the Ends of the EarthMany gaps exist in the understanding of both local and global effects of polar meteorology. Many gaps are being filled. Alaska's imported haze Feedback mechanismsEdward EdelsonPDF
1979 (Volume 10, No. 1)Molecular Astronomy: Astrochemistry Comes of AgeRadio astronomy at millimeter wavelengths promises a link between chemical events in interstellar space and dynamics within the clouds that are stellar nurseries. Interstellar molecules to date.Edward EdelsonPDF
1979 (Volume 10, No. 2)Paleolinguistics -- Human Origins Special: On the Emergence of LanguageLanguage has a root. The search for that root may help to define an important human attribute.Edward EdelsonPDF
1979 (Volume 10, No. 6)Weather Prediction -- Unifying Themes Special Ii: The Limits to Weather's PredictabilityMeteorologists have learned to live with the fact that weather is far less than infinitely predictable.Edward EdelsonPDF
1980 (Volume 11, No. 2)Theoretical Physics -- National Research Facilities Special: A Place to Talk and ThinkThe new Institute for Theoretical Physics answers a need of the research community in a way that fits the times.Edward EdelsonPDF
1980 (Volume 11, No. 3)Molecular Evolution: The Significance of Flightless BirdsFlightless birds--ratites--have become a testing ground for ways to establish evolutionary relationships.Edward EdelsonPDF
1980 (Volume 11, No. 5)Artificial Intelligence: Programmed to ThinkWith many of its early enthusiasms modified, research into artificial intelligence is making steady progress.Edward EdelsonPDF
1981 (Volume 12, No. 3)Neuropeptides: The Neuropeptide ExplosionThe discovery of molecules that mediate brain activity is revolutionizing neurochemistry.Edward EdelsonPDF
1981 (Volume 12, No. 4)Microtubules -- Cell Biology Special: Scaffold on the CellScientists are rediscovering an intracellular matrix that can be among the most significant of biological systems. Virus at work. Seeing cells whole.Edward EdelsonPDF
1981 (Volume 12, No. 6)Metalogenesis: Prospecting with Plate TectonicsMineral deposits are produced at the earth's active centers. Will plate tectonics become a divining rod?Edward EdelsonPDF
1982 (Volume 13, No. 4)Superluminal Motion: Faster Than the Speed of Light?The appearance of superluminal motion observed in some quasars and galaxies must be an illusion. If not, the laws of physics will have to be rewritten.Edward EdelsonPDF
1983 (Volume 14, No. 2)Conducting Polymers: Polymers That Conduct ElectricityConverting born insulators into born-again conductors, physicists and chemists are pressing against some fundamental frontiers.Edward EdelsonPDF
1983 (Volume 14, No. 6)Molecular Evolution: Phylogeny Without FossilsMolecular phylogenetics still raises hackles, but it is taking its place among the sciences bearing on evolution.Edward EdelsonPDF
1984 (Volume 15, No. 1)Computer-assisted Design -- Computer Research Special: Computers at the ForgeComputers, chip technologies, networking, and AI all need vast improvement just to take their place as tools for building the new computers.Edward EdelsonPDF
1984 (Volume 15, No. 3)El Nino: El Nino? No Simple AnswerAn oceanic aberration with a catchy name, blamed popularly for unpopular weather, is a part of a complex mixture of atmospheric and oceanic phenomena.Edward EdelsonPDF
1984 (Volume 15, No. 5)Sliding Charge Density Waves: Another Kind of ConductivityIn addition to conductivity and superconductivity, there are sliding charge density waves.Edward EdelsonPDF
1985 (Volume 16, No. 2)Drosophila: An Evolutionary Time LineHawaii's Drosophila present a unique opportunity to track the routes and processes of speciation.Edward EdelsonPDF
1986 (Volume 17, No. 1)Economics -- Scientific Computing Special Iii: The Problem of MacrovariablesMany economists, like their colleagues in the ocean, earth, and atmospheric sciences, deal with systems so massively fluid as to defy--so far--efforts to model them precisely.Edward EdelsonPDF
1986 (Volume 17, No. 3)Nonlinearity: The Ubiquity of NonlinearityComputing power and a range of new concepts are making it possible to study natural phenomena on their own beguiling nonlinear terms.Edward EdelsonPDF
1987 (Volume 18, No. 1)Undergraduate Education: People, Curriculum, Equipment...No crisis, but long-term erosion is feared for the undergraduate base on which higher education in science and engineering depend.Edward EdelsonPDF
1988 (Volume 19, No. 1)High-temperature Superconductivity (II Theory): . . . and a Principle to Explain ThemPart II of a Special Report. Of the many candidate theories emerging to explain the behavior of the new superconducting materials, a few may survive. The venerable BCS theory of conventional superconductivity remains a principal point of departure.Edward EdelsonPDF
1988 (Volume 19, No. 1)High-temperature Superconductivity (I Materials): Toward the Highest Achievable Temperatures. . .Part I of a Special Report. At Woodstock plus one, a year into the revolution in superconductivity wrought by the discovery of new kinds of superconducting materials, investigators are seeking to unmask the science behind the phenomena.Edward EdelsonPDF
1988 (Volume 19, No. 3&4)Overview -- Global Change Special: Laying the FoundationThe planners of the worldwide effort to unravel the processes that drive global change have seized the moment and produced an outline; it is up to the scientific communities of many nations and many disciplines to fill in the blanks. The data problem. The international effort. Edward EdelsonPDF
1989 (Volume 20, No. 3)Ion Channels -- Cell Biology Special: Gateways to the Extracellular WorldThe question of what makes a muscle twitch rapidly became an examination of the intimate relationship between calcium and an imposing array of vital cell functions. The cell's challenge to manage calcium may begin as a matter of cellular life and death. Coming to terms with a killer. Calcium's myriad roles. To track a swift ion.Edward EdelsonPDF
1989 (Volume 20, No. 3)Signal Transduction -- Cell Biology Special: Cellular Links to the Outside WorldThe pathways and messengers through which information enters a cell and influences its performance are yielding their secrets. Several have been described in detail. Complexity may yield to simplicity as more becomes known.Edward EdelsonPDF
1990 (Volume 21, No. 2)Gap Junctions: Conduits for Cell/Cell CommunicationProteinaceous rings, embedded in cell membranes and linking adjacent cells, appear to be critical to nerve function and to have important roles in metabolism, differentiation, and development. Many difficult questions remain to be answered about their nature, form, and function. Edward EdelsonPDF
1990 (Volume 21, No. 4)Genetic Transcription: Transcription Factors: Governors for the Genetic EngineThe proteins that govern the rate at which genes produce the mRNA that governs cellular protein synthesis are being revealed. Action at a distance is a great key and a great puzzle.Edward EdelsonPDF
1991 (Volume 22, No. 3)Mitochondrial Anthropology: Tracing Human LineagesThe peculiarities of mitochondrial inheritance are enabling molecular anthropologists to describe and speculate upon migration patterns of populations including those from Asia, the South Pacific, and the Mediterranean, and those that came to inhabit the New World.Edward EdelsonPDF
1992 (Volume 23, No. 3)Carbon Allotropes: And Then There Were ThreeDiamond and graphite -- and now buckyballs -- are the only known pure forms of the atom on which all organic chemistry is built. The search for other allotropes, however, both precedes and will survive chemistry's current fascination with buckministerfullerene. Edward EdelsonPDF


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