In 1998, Jay C. Buckey had a rare opportunity. He flew aboard the space shuttle Columbia on a 16-day scientific mission known as Neurolab. Now an associate professor of medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, he is interested in developing the technologies necessary to maintain people in space for long periods of time. He discusses some of these technologies on page 20.
The award-winning work of Andrzej Krauze is well known to the readers of The Guardian, where he has been a main political cartoonist since 1989. He has also contributed to The Economist, New Scientist, and the New York Times. Born in Poland, he also publishes regularly in a number of Polish newspapers. Krauze, the regular artist for our Notebook section (see p. 12–13), is drawn to science, he says, because it's probably "more interesting, useful, and funnier than politics."
Charles Q. Choi, who has written for the New York Times, Scientific American, and Science, among other publications, sunk his sweet tooth into carbohydrate microarrays on page 30 of this issue. Choi professes a love of big science. "It's like going from counting on your fingers to working on a Pentium," he says. "The new kinds of studies and insights you can get are fantastic."