Table of Contents November 2012

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Our biggest sources of energy basically rely on fire—burning fossil fuels. To build a sustainable energy future, we have to start relying on the other three classical elements.
A rebellious young scientist 
makes the case that Jupiter’s icy moon 
Europa could host thriving life.

Potent new cancer 
treatments come with a big catch: They tend to work on just a few people. New ways to match the right drug with the right patient could finally 
lead to a genuine 

In Mongolia, 298-million-year-old plant fossils paint a portrait of what life was like long before the dinosaurs.

Future machines will exhibit a full range of human traits and help answer one of
science’s most important questions: What is consciousness?

“Who are you going 
to believe? Me or your lying 


A new theory may explain the notorious cold fusion experiment from two decades ago, reigniting hopes of a clean-energy breakthrough.
Why does shock therapy beat back depression? New experiments show how such a blunt 
treatment can have such positive effects.
Ancient acoustical engineers 
designed subterranean soundscapes 
as stirring as any special effects.
When a cardiac nurse collapses during a stress test, her physicians must track down a rare heart condition before it kills her.

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