Table of Contents February 2009

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FEATURES

alex
One extraordinary parrot helped shatter our preconceptions about animal intelligence.
seaslugneuron
Science's weirdest realm may be responsible for photosynthesis, our sense of smell, and even consciousness itself.
orionnebula
Lighting up the universe is a rough-and-tumble business.
rat
The rodents charged with testing environmental chemicals may be too tough for their jobs.
teamitalia
The X Prize Foundation pits innovators in a talent contest—and says we all win.

DEPARTMENTS

Hawaii's Mauna Kea houses the world’s largest astronomical observatory.
Microsoft's ViFi project uses smarter networking to eliminate Internet outages during travel.
A closer look at the boob tube on quasi-digital-switchover day.
Actually, you'd be more likely to see this pattern in your wine glass.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Area 51, modern life vs human nature, and more
After yesterday's first-ever satellite collision, here's a closer look at these free-falling objects.
Humans are "natural-born cyborgs," and the Internet is our giant "extended mind."
Psychologist Geoffrey Miller looks at how sex influenced the development of the human brain.
Nobel laureate Gerald Edelman says your brain is one-of-a-kind in the history of the universe.
New technology can make your mail, music, and photos nearly indestructible.
Despite the best care, a patient succumbs to a genetically predisposed disease.
The dueling sci-fi dynasties have both returned, but which one really delivers the goods?

DATA

New studies show an even greater accumulation of other, potentially more potent greenhouse gases.
plastic-cylinder
A new study shows that plastic lab equipment can interfere with experiments.
humpbackey
Endangered humpback whales may be saved, but Navy sonar can still cause them problems.
macaque
Researchers discover a way to re-route brain signals to a paralyzed limb.
firstlight
Astronomers capture the first visible-light image of a planet orbiting another star.
chromosome
Researchers clone living pups from long-dead, frozen rodents.
coal
The first "clean coal" power plant is now up and running.
The six-wheeled, plutonium-powered, car–sized vehicle aims to drill deeper and learn more.
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