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

On the Cover

March-April 2010 Volume 98, Number 2

The accordionlike blubber on a fin whale's underside extends from mouth to bellybutton. ...


FEATURE ARTICLES

The Ultimate Mouthful: Lunge Feeding in Rorqual Whales

Jeremy A. Goldbogen

The ocean’s depths have long shrouded the biomechanics behind the largest marine mammals’ eating methods, but new devices have brought them to light


The Race for Real-time Photorealism *

Henrik Wann Jensen, Tomas Akenine-Möller

<em>3D Monster Maze</em> graphic

The coevolution of algorithms and hardware is bringing us closer to interactive computer graphics indistinguishable from reality


Gene-Culture Coevolution and Human Diet *

Timo Vuorisalo, Olli Arjamaa

Rather than acting in isolation, biology and culture have interacted to develop the diet we have today


Finding Alzheimer's Disease *

Ralf Dahm

How interest in one patient’s suffering and confidence in the physical basis of mental illness led a German doctor to discover the devastating disorder


* access restricted to members and subscribers


SCIENTISTS’ BOOKSHELF

Land Portraits

Brian Hayes

A review of Mapping the World: Stories of Geography, by Caroline and Martine Laffon

See all book reviews for this issue.


DEPARTMENTS

MACROSCOPE

Just-as-good Medicine

Less expensive, lower-quality innovations abound in every economic sector—except medicine

David M. Kent

COMPUTING SCIENCE

Avoiding a Digital Dark Age

Data longevity depends on both the storage medium and the ability to decipher the information

Kurt D. Bollacker

ENGINEERING

Challenges and Prizes*

Incentives help motivate solutions to humanity’s needs and wants

Henry Petroski

MARGINALIA

Two Lives

Scientists do any number of things, besides science

Roald Hoffmann

SIGHTINGS

Tracking the Karakoram Glaciers

A photographer creates images of present-day glaciers from the same vantage point as that of historic photographs

Catherine Clabby

SCIENCE OBSERVER

Amplifying with Acid

More carbon dioxide in the atmosphere means a noisier ocean

Fenella Saunders

Sunburned Ferns?

Optical physics provides the antidote to a gardening myth

Anna Lena Phillips

In the News

LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Understand the Material

Another View of Hydrogen Sulfide

An Apollonian Opportunity

SIGMA XI TODAY (PDF)


Subscribe to American Scientist