Odyssey Themes

A "heads-up" for teachers who like to plan ahead

Knowing some details about our upcoming issues can make it easier for teachers to make their lesson plans. We will post information as soon as we are alerted by our editorial staff. However, because the field of science changes so rapidly, we reserve the right to change topics and content whenever appropriate — and we’ll post the changes here.

January 2006:  Body Work: The Science of Surgery

Profile of a surgeon, latest techniques, do you want to be a surgeon?, robotic surgery, bionic parts, case study, plastic surgery, etc.
(Query Due Date, May 12, 2005)

February 2006:  Surf’s Up

Wave action, tsunamis, rip tides, beach erosion and recovery, rising and disappearing seas due to geologic changes, etc.
(Query Due Date, June 10, 2005)

March 2006:  Shhhhh!: The Science of Noise

What is noise? How do we hear it? What is silence? Does it exist? Animals that scream. A look at the bleeps, beeps, and buzzes of a modern world, as well as the noises of the natural world, and how increasing noise affects us.
(Query Due Date, July 11, 2005)

April 2006:  Breathless!: Cleaning Up Our Air

VOG, SMOG, allergens, secondary smoke, dust clouds, and storms – What can be done to improve air quality?
(Query Due Date, August 12, 2005)

May 2006:  The Limit: Science of Extreme Sports

Bungee jumping, snowboarding, racecar driving, surfing etc.) The physics and psychology of high-action, high-risk sports.
(Query Due Date, September 12, 2005)

September 2006:  “Smart” Clothes: Wearing Science

A T-shirt that monitors sleep. Another that dispenses vitamin C. How about a battle uniform in development that has a computer and GPS capability, with infrared in the helmet. Soon clothing will do a lot more than make a fashion statement and keep us warm.
(Query Due Date, December 5, 2004)

October 2006:  Cat-ty Science

A response to the dog issue from a feline perspective. Are cats as interesting as dogs? You decide.
(Query due date, January 16, 2006)

November 2006:  Mirror, Mirror: The Science of Reflection

History of mirrors, how to make them, mirrors in telescopes, parallel universes, illusion and more.
(Query Due Date, February 15, 2006)

December 2006:  Don’t Worry. . .be Happy! The Science of Emotions

Are teens really depressed? Why do we laugh? Why do we cry? Natural brain chemicals and what they do. Fears/phobias. The effects of drugs. Can you die of a “broken heart”?
(Query Due Date, March 10, 2006)

Because the body of scientific knowledge is constantly growing and changing, the topics of ODYSSEY’s upcoming issues are not determined far in advance. ODYSSEY’s editors and writers work closely with today’s leading scientists so that our readers can enjoy the latest developments in the fascinating world of science.