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July-August 1998 Volume 86, Number 4

This young male spider of the genus Portia plucked the threads of a web in just the right way to lure and then eat the orb-weaving resident (Zosis genicularis). Portia specializes in attracting and then attacking other spiders. ...


FEATURE ARTICLES

Good Vibrations *

Joyce McLaughlin

A membrane's properties can now be obtained by analyzing nodes—places where the system is at rest when vibrated at a natural frequency


Is Combustion of Plastics Desirable? *

Bruce Piasecki, David Rainey, Kevin Fletcher

Plastic waste may provide a reliable and clean source of energy. It may not make sense to bury it


The First Digit Phenomenon *

T. P. Hill

A century-old observation about an unexpected pattern in many numerical tables applies to the stock market, census statistics and accounting data


Animal Contests as Evolutionary Games

Mike Mesterton-Gibbons, Eldridge Adams

Paradoxical behavior can be understood in the context of evolutionary stable strategies. The trick is to discover which game the animal is playing


Spider-Eating Spiders *

R. Stimson Wilcox, Robert Jackson

Despite the small size of their brain, jumping spiders in the genus Portia outwit other spiders with hunting techniques that include trial and error


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SCIENTISTS’ BOOKSHELF

A Dark Mirror

Michael McVaugh

A review of The Black Death and the Transformation of the West, edited by David Herlihy and Samuel K. Cohn Jr.

See all book reviews for this issue.


DEPARTMENTS

COMPUTING SCIENCE

How to Avoid Yourself

Brian Hayes

A tour of self-avoiding walks

MACROSCOPE

Psychological Science at the Crossroads

Richard W. Robins, Samuel D. Gosling, Kenneth H. Craik

An empirical comparison of the field's orientations

MARGINALIA

Döbereiner's Lighter

Roald Hoffmann

A combustible mixture of platinum, geopolitics and surface chemistry

ENGINEERING

Bilbao *

Henry Petroski

Spain's daring Guggenheim Museum

SCIENCE OBSERVER

The Reality of Watching

Mike May

Does observing an electron beam affect it?

Angry Adolescent Brains

Michael Szpir

Hamster bullies are neurochemical cowards

FROM THE PRESIDENT


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