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Why the country needs it
Why the army needs it.
The urge to “do” science is rather like the will to sculpt, or the determination to run faster and longer than anyone else, or the pride in building a bridge or repairing a human heart. Some scientists find their answers in dreams, others by dint of extraordinary perseverance. Here are a few of their stories.
The Soviet Union has wisely allowed national culture to flourish in Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia, but the people of these “captive” nations have little hope of increased independence.
If the MX missile is built, it will be the largest construction project in history—and it will have devastating consequences for the rangelands and small towns of Utah and Nevada.