Table of Contents October 1999

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The last documented case of smallpox occurred in 1977. Now a deadly kin of the virus is spreading out of the forest and into villages.

DEPARTMENTS

The bottom line of medicine should be healing'
Measuring medical progress is easy at this museum of bizarre specimens
A neglected tooth infection runs amok and threatens to choke off a young inmate's throat

DATA

Machines that walk, talk, move, and show humanlike emotions are no longer science fiction.
The idea that organisms collaborate to keep the planet habitable was once dismissed as New Age earth science. Now even skeptics are taking a second look.
The last documented case of smallpox occurred in 1977. Now a deadly kin of the virus is spreading out of the forest and into villages. by Wendy Orent
Yet another mystery in our everyday life that science can't really explain very well
Yet another mystery in our everyday life that science can't really explain very well
Time to dust off those forgotten telescopes: There's finally a real spectacle up there
Two L.A. science museums reveal that a lot of the good stuff will never be seen.
This guy turns a sleepy azalea park into one of the best botanical gardens in the hemisphere, so now he thinks he can save the world too?
Doctors have a dispassionate language for talking to really sick patients. But it doesn't work with people they love.
Time to dust off those forgotten telescopes: There's finally a real spectacle up there
Machines that walk, talk, move, and show humanlike emotions are no longer science fiction
A neglected tooth infection runs amok and threatens to choke off a young inmate's throat
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