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All Articles by Lee Edson
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1982 (Volume 13, No. 6)Language Acquisition: Under Babel's TowerHow children acquire language is a riddle for developmental linguists and the subject of debate among them. The acquisition process may be universal.Lee EdsonPDF
1983 (Volume 14, No. 3)Thermophiles: How it Might Have BeenThe possibility that seafloor vents mimic the earth's primordial environment, and that vent organisms mimic primordial organisms, is exciting speculation and research. Submarine symbiontsLee EdsonPDF
1984 (Volume 15, No. 1)Artificial Intelligence -- Computer Research Special: Before They Can Speak,They Must Know. Intelligent relationships with people are among the goals for tomorrow's computers. Knowledge-based systems are the beginning.William Cromie; Lee EdsonPDF
1987 (Volume 18, No. 2)Gallium Arsenide: After SiliconThe accelerating blending of optical and electronic technologies is rapidly converting gallium arsenide from a material of the future to one of the present. Silicon's race, nonetheless, is far from run.Lee EdsonPDF
1989 (Volume 20, No. 4)Background Astronomy: The Universe's Dark AgesJapanese and American teams are working together to fill in the blanks in the history of the universe between the birth of neutral particles a few years after the Big Bang and the birth of stars and galaxies a few billion years later. The keys are in heretofore hidden regions of the cosmic background radiation. Lee EdsonPDF
1990 (Volume 21, No. 4)Gamma-ray Astronomy: Annihilations at the Galactic CenterGamma rays from the heart of the Milky Way reveal electron/positron annihilations and point to unimaginable turmoil at the galactic core. A galactic Rosetta Stone is revealed.Lee EdsonPDF
1991 (Volume 22, No. 2)Particle Physics: B Physics and B FactoriesThe explanation for the breakdown of symmetry and parity in what ought to be a balanced universe may be found at the intersection of high-energy beams that are themselves asymmetrical--or elsewhere in the arcane physics of fundamental particles.Lee EdsonPDF
1992 (Volume 23, No. 2)Stormscale Weather (II): Meteorology's Most Elusive TargetIn Mosaic Volume 13 Number 6 of 1982, we wrote: "Mesoscale, or stormscale, weather systems are the ones that do the most damage. Predicting them has been beyond reach." A decade later, extraordinary and ingenious effort and the best that technology can offer have increased the sophistication of the science, but practical prediction remains over the horizon. Lee EdsonPDF


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