Table of Contents December 1999

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So-called junk DNA proves its worth: First in corn, now in creatures like us
People with a bizarre condition called synesthesia see sound, smell colors, and taste shapes. Neuroscientists think they might open a window into the ultimate mystery of human consciousness.
Neuroscientists think people with synesthesia might open a window into the ultimate mystery of human consciousness.
The next time a panther stares you down, just try to imagine what the world looks like from its point of view.
GPS receivers will be everywhere soon—in cars, boats, planes, backpacks, briefcases, purses, jackets and pants pockets. The good news is, you'll always know exactly where you are. The bad news is, so will everybody else.
If a scientist stands in the way of 150 tons of snow crashing down a mountain at 50 mph, can he figure out why it let loose and when it will again?

DEPARTMENTS

I predict Kismet will be just another college-crafted, dead-end 'toy system' like so many other projects'
More than 600 species fly, writhe, hop, lurk, and, yes, swim in Baltimore's aquarium
Mr. Chang can't move his legs, and if something isn't done, his lungs will go next

DATA

Confounding your kleptomaniac mind, and reclaiming stolen goods.
Mr. Chang can't move his legs, and if something isn't done, his lungs will go next
The sun, moon, and Earth create Y2K, cosmic style
Your Mother Was Right: In an age when antibiotics don't kill germs very well, soap does
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