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Scientific American Magazine January 1996 Issue

Features
Working Elephants
They earn their keep in Asia by providing an ecologically benign way to harvest forests
Michael J. Schmidt| January 1, 1996|
The Evolution of Continental Crust
The high-standing continents owe their existence to the earth's long history of plate-tectonic actty
S. Ross Taylor and Scott M. McLennan| January 1, 1996|
Technology and Economics in the Semiconductor Industry
Although the days of runaway growth may be numbered, their passing may force chipmakers to offer more variety
G. Dan Hutcheson and Jerry D. Hutcheson| January 1, 1996|
Neural Networks for Vertebrate Locomotion
The motions animals use to swim, run and fly are controlled by specialized neural networks. For ajawless fish known as the lamprey, the circuitry has been worked out
Sten Grillner| January 1, 1996|
Explaining Everything
Madhusree Mukerjee| January 1, 1996|
Cleaning Up the River Rhine
Intensive international efforts are reclaiming the most important river in Europe
Karl-Geert Malle| January 1, 1996|
Caloric Restriction and Aging
Eat less, but be sure to have enough protein, fat, vitamins and minerals. This prescription does wonders for the health and longevity of rodents. Might it help humans as well?
Richard Weindruch| January 1, 1996|
The Real Threat of Nuclear Smuggling
Although many widely publicized incidents have been staged or overblown, the dangers of even a single successful diversion are too great to ignore.
Paul N. Woessner and Phil Williams| January 1, 1996|
Departments
50, 100 & 150 YEARS AGO
50, 100 and 150 Years Ago
 
AMATEUR SCIENTIST
Recording Nature's Sounds
 
ANTI GRAVITY
Into the Wild Green Yonder
 
BY THE NUMBERS
Colorectal Cancer Mortality Among Men
 
CONNECTIONS
Breakfast Thoughts
 
DEPARTMENTS
The Constraints of Chance
 
Flying Blind
 
FIELD NOTES
Changing their Image
 
FROM THE EDITOR
Letter from the Editors
 
LETTERS TO THE EDITORS
Letters to the Editors
 
Erratum
 
MATHEMATICAL RECREATION
Mother Worm's Blanket
 
PROFILE
From Fission Research to a Prize for Peace
 
RECOMMENDED
Reviews and Commentaries
 
SCIENCE AND THE CITIZEN
Virtual Pollution
 
The World According to RNA
 
Strange Places
 
Star Dreck
 
Rubbed Out with the Quantum Eraser
 
Return of the Red Wolf
 
Resisting Resistance
 
Listening to Culture
 
TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS
The Midnight Hour
 
Return of the Breeder
 
Playing Slartibartfast with Fractals
 
Making Free Software Pay
 
Light Over Matter
 
Freewheeling
 
WONDERS
Head Start on the 20th Century
 



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