Contents / Articles
First Word (pg 10)
It's said that everything is bigger in Texas, so where else
would you expect to find the largest scientific instrument
ever built? Nobel prize-winner Glashow explains how $6 billion
and 20 trillion electron volts may teach us about the
origin of the universe.
by Sheldon Lee Glashow
Omnibus (pg 14)
The Who's Who of contributing authors
Communications (pg 18)
Forum (pg 22)
Do unexplained phenomena such as Bigfoot warrant investigation?
What do our readers say?
by Justine Kaplan
Mind (pg 24)
Turn off the lights, please! Former LSD users are experiencing
visual reruns that rival the worst of late-night television.
by Steve Nadis
Stars (pg 25)
There's a severe storm watch predicted for this year.
You can expect power outages but no rain: The only
thing you'll be saturated with is sun rays.
by Curt Wohleber
Space (pg 26)
New power systems could have you rocketing to Mars on flights
departing from the moon. A one-way trip will take at least 30
days, and there's no talk of a frequent-flier program.
by Jan Ziegler
Artificial Intelligence (pg 28)
Things they are a-changin'. After a good night's sleep and pleasant
dreams, your computer will be refreshed for the day's work.
by R. Colin Johnson
Explorations (pg 32)
Crusading for the gods: A man with a mission, and a perverted
mythology, is executing rituals from thousands of years ago.
And he's for hire, if you can track him down.
by Patrick Tierney
Continuum (pg 33)
Vienna woods: a tale of a childhood love that grew into a lifetime
devotion. Will surgeons take extra time to bore their patients?
Is that a golf ball in your pocket, or are you carrying a melon?
A brain-new cereal without the cardboard taste.
Get Smart: Controlling Chaos (pg 42)
Could a state of disarray reflect a higher form of order?
New research into chaos theory seems to indicate that the
optimum level of brain functioning can be achieved from a
chaotic state. Like the wind and white water, our minds
find order in this seeming turbulence.
by Kathleen McAuliffe
Fiction: The Sadness of Detail (pg 50)
Although hardly given the choice, a woman with a stake existence
and a simple talent finds herself endowed with the ability to
transform her future. The price she pays: knowledge.
by Jonathan Carroll
Adventure Capital (pg 58)
Tales of sunken ships that carried valuable cargo have spurred
on many a treasure seeker. Today, with the aid of high-tech
equipment, these ventures at sea - and capers on land - are
proving very profitable for modern-day pirates. From Phoenix,
Arizona, to the Philippine islands, much of the bounty
by Richard Boderick
Pictorial (pg 68)
The apparent ease with which nature creates its living shapes
has long been imitated by man - captured in oils and on film.
And now, mathematics replaces the muse; the computer,
the blank canvas.
by Rebecca Norris
Interview (pg 74)
Nobel laureate David Hubel, with partner Torsten Wiesel, changed
science's view of how the brain processes visual signals. Among
other things. Hubel's work has led to a cure for
certain kinds of blindness.
by Doug Stewart
Antimatter (pg 81)
Famed Marfa lights: Teardrop-shaped flames that vanish in the
wink of an eye; it's not only the French who enjoy munching
on frogs' legs; the strangest events of 1989l and belting
The Fifth Annual Great Omni Treasure Hunt (pg 113)
Dig through the pages of this issue to
unearth heavenly riches
Games (pg 118)
Recipe for a folktale: Take an improbable story, repeat incessantly,
and say it happened to someone you know personally.
by Scot Morris
Star Tech (pg 122)
Recycled and Earth-safe products to help our ailing planet.
Last Word (pg 124)
Your socks are single, and you don't even own a clothes dryer.
And who hasn't woken up cold because the blankets were wrapped
around his partner? This month we expose these and other wonders.
by Tom Naughton