Subscribe
Subscribe
MY AMERICAN SCIENTIST
LOG IN! REGISTER!
SEARCH
 
Logo IMG
HOME > PAST ISSUE

On the Cover

July-August 2013 Volume 101, Number 4

A dramatic stellar explosion—the brightest supernova ever recorded on Earth—was observed in Asia, Europe and the Arab region a little more than 1,000 years ago.... 


FEATURE ARTICLES

Illuminating Dark Energy with Supernovae *

D. Andrew Howell

Catastrophic explosions in space reveal surprising information about the early universe


Stents to Prevent Stroke *

Stephen P. Lownie, David M. Pelz

These devices can spring into shape automatically to open arteries blocked with plaque


Solvents, Ethanol, Car Crashes & Tolerance

Philip J. Bushnell

How risky is inhalation of organic solvents?


Botanical Illustration in China and India *

Martyn Rix

Artists from Asia brought skill and style to the drawings they made for European plant collectors


* access restricted to members and subscribers


SCIENTISTS’ BOOKSHELF

Mind Games

David Schoonmaker

A brief review of A VERY SHORT TOUR OF THE MIND: 21 Short Walks Around the Human Brain by Michael C. Corballis

See all book reviews for this issue.


DEPARTMENTS

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Making Choices

Jerome F. Baker

MACROSCOPE

Ode To Prime Numbers

Primes offer poetry both subject matter and structure

Sarah Glaz

ENGINEERING

Geothermal Energy *

Alternative energy lies right beneath our feet

Henry Petroski

COMPUTING SCIENCE

What's In Brian's Brain?

Despite the progress of neuroscience, I still don't know my own mind

Brian Hayes

MARGINALIA

The Thermodynamic Sinks Of This World

What would an elemental soup cook up to?

Ronald Hoffmann

TECHNOLOGUE

The Adaptable Gas Turbine

Whether creating electricity or moving planes, this engine continues to inspire innovation

Lee S. Langston

EARTH ART

Levitated Mass

Some Earth art uses natural materials while still showcasing the artist

Robert Louis Chianese

SIGHTINGS

Focus On Everything

A photo processing technique called focus stacking captures precise images of small organisms

Catherine Clabby

SLIDE SHOW

Focus Stacking
Click to Enlarge Image

This issue's Sightings column features a photo processing technique called focus stacking. View a slide show of organisms captured by the technique.

SCIENCE OBSERVER

Tiny Lenses See The Big Picture

New digital camera research takes inspiration from insect compound eyes

Fenella Saunders

In the News

LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Attractive Models

A Fict for a Fact

Foursquare

SIGMA XI TODAY (PDF)


Subscribe to American Scientist