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Scientific American Magazine May 1996 Issue

Features
Uncovering New Clues to Cancer Risk
A growing discipline called molecular epidemiology is attempting to find early biological signposts for heightened risk of cancer. The research should enhance prevention of the disease
Frederica P. Perera| May 1, 1996|
The Pursuit of Happiness
New research uncovers some anti-intuitive insights into how many people are happy--and why
David G. Myers and Ed Diener| May 1, 1996|
The Lost Technology of Ancient Greek Rowing
The navies of classical Greece took advantage of the sliding stroke, a technique that 19th-century competitive rowers later reinvented
John R. Hale| May 1, 1996|
The Kuiper Belt
Rather than ending abruptly at the orbit of Pluto, the outer solar system contains an extended belt of small bodies
Jane X. Luu and David C. Jewitt| May 1, 1996|
The Horror of Land Mines
Land mines kill or maim more than 15,000 people each year. Most victims are innocent civilians. Many are children. Still, mines are planted by the thousands every day
Gino Strada| May 1, 1996|
The Beluga Whales of the St. Lawrence River
Although they are protected by law from hunters, these whales must struggle to survive the threat of industrial pollution
Pierre Bland| May 1, 1996|
Software for Reliable Networks
Techniques that enable distributed computing systems to reorganize themselves can restore operation when one part crashes
Kenneth P. Birman and Robbert van Renesse| May 1, 1996|
Hanford's Nuclear Wasteland
The U.S. is spending billions to clean up its nuclear weapons complexes. At one of the most contaminated sites, no one knows how much the project will cost, how long it will take or how much good it will do
Glenn Zorpette| May 1, 1996|
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ANTI GRAVITY
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BY THE NUMBERS
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CONNECTIONS
Highbrow Stuff
 
FIELD NOTES
Plotting the Next Move
 
FROM THE EDITOR
From the Editors
 
IN BRIEF
In Brief
 
IN FOCUS
Right to Die
 
LETTERS TO THE EDITORS
Letters to the Editors
 
MATHEMATICAL RECREATION
The Sculptures of Alan St. George
 
PROFILE
A Natural History of Fleas and Butterflies
 
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X Marks the Spots
 
The More Species, the Merrier
 
Television Arrives on the Internet
 
Sowing where you Reap
 
Relatively Expensive
 
Not so Blind, after all
 
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Winging It
 
Systematic Errors
 
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