Sunday, January 27, 2008
Science Illustrated is a new magazine that I picked up at the airport yesterday (the web site is just a placeholder with some graphics and general info now). January/February 2008 is the premiere American issue but an editorial says it has been published in Denmark for some time and is very popular in Scandinavia. I read several articles and I like it. It's roughly the technical level of Discover magazine but with more and generally better graphics. The writing is easy to understand but not "dumbed down" (though they could use a better spell checker). The subjects included paleontology, zoology, cosmology, climate, biomedical engineering, astronomy, and space - a nice mix. The space article was about human exploration of the outer planets (HOPE), a NASA study that I had not read about before (nice 2003 presentation PDF here).