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FEATURES

rigg
Electricity may be what fuels our future—electricity from renewables, nuclear, and even from burning biomass.
LHC particle detector
After many years and billions of dollars, the LHC had its fateful first test run.
The realities of globalization hit the U.S. drug industry.
fishingboat
Pollution, overfishing, and the rise of microbes spell doom for many bodies of water.
maritimeboundaries
Undiscovered oil and gas reserves below the ice set off a polar gold rush.
phoenix
Finally, positive confirmation of what we long thought and hoped for
cloak
Researchers are cloaking materials from light, sound, and even matter itself.
neanderthallg
Neanderthals were a sophisticated bunch, according to new research.
dnaswab
The first cost around $1 million; now, it's more like $200,000.
izwicky18
Little-acknowledged Fritz Zwicky got there first on dark matter, neutron stars, and supernovas.

DEPARTMENTS

Robert Proctor looks at the way knowledge advances—and sometimes takes great leaps backwards.
One remarkable forest is busy purifying the planet.
Body fat can kill you, keep you warm, or power your boat.
It's not a flower, but it does get its nice looks from photosynthesis.

DATA

kidney
A new technique help transplant patients live, even with mismatched organs.
A nation delights in its pioneering venture.
xingu
What is now sparsely populated jungle held large urban settlements hundreds of years ago.
Stem-cell guru says reprogramming adult cells might actually work better.
tomatopepperkey
Two deaths and countless dollars later, the chinks in the food system are exposed.
plasticbottle
The BPA debate rages on as the public demands action.
influenzalg
The Far East is the incubator of every strain—and the key to treating the disease.
It's not quite the same, but lab-generated blood gets the job done.
brainscans
The new drugs use a totally different mechanism than most would-be treatments.
seedvault
Humanity's chances to survive global warming and nuclear attacks just increased.
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