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September-October 1998 Volume 86, Number 5

Tens of thousands of journals now transmit new knowledge at steeply rising costs, belying predictions that the Internet would allow great economies in scientific publishing. In "Free Internet Access to Traditional Journals," Thomas J. Walker draws on the experience of a small disciplinary society in considering ways that the Internet might allow investigators to make the literature of science open and accessible—without reliance on "toll booths." ...


FEATURE ARTICLES

How to Boil a Nucleus *

Vic Viola, Kris Kwiatkowski

Striving to understand the nuclear "liquid" formed in the core of a neutron star, experimenters use "soft explosions" to induce phase transitions in atomic nuclei


Free Internet Access to Traditional Journals

Thomas Walker

Can scientists find ways to share published research without high cost? The experiences of one society suggest it can be done cheaply, even profitably


From Society to Genes with the Honey Bee

Gene Robinson

A combination of environmental, genetic, hormonal and neurobiological factors determine a bee's progression through a series of life stages


How the Ribosome Works *

Joachim Frank

For over 40 years, scientists have studied the machine that synthesizes proteins. Yet, until recently, no one had "seen" the ribosome with any great clarity


Reproductive Thermoregulation in Marine Mammals *

D. Ann Pabst, Sentiel Rommel, William McLellan

How do male cetaceans and seals keep their testes cool without a scrotum? It turns out to be the same mechanism that keeps the fetus cool in a pregnant female


* access restricted to members and subscribers


SCIENTISTS’ BOOKSHELF

The Second Tongue

Susan Goldin-Meadow

A review of Tutorials in Bilingualism: Psycholinguistic Perspectives, Annette M. B. de Groot and Judith F. Kroll, eds.

See all book reviews for this issue.


DEPARTMENTS

COMPUTING SCIENCE

Bit Rot

Brian Hayes

Toward an immortal file format

MACROSCOPE

A Geologist Looks at the Stones of Jerusalem

Arie S. Issar

Building a new dream for the promised land

MARGINALIA

Transits, Travels and Tribulations, IV

J. Donald Fernie

More 1769 expeditions to observe the transit of Venus

ENGINEERING

From Connections to Collections *

Henry Petroski

Bern Dibner: inventor, scholar, science historian

SCIENCE OBSERVER

Jöklhlaup

David Schoonmaker

The spectacle of an Icelandic glacial flood

FROM THE PRESIDENT


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