Table of Contents January-February 2013

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FEATURES

LHC-collision
Physicists have identified the "God" particle responsible for all matter in the universe, coming closer to a theory of everything.
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After enduring seven minutes of terror, NASA's $2.5 billion rover is already finding proof that the Red Planet was once hospitable to life.
bacteria
A pioneering project is mapping the microbes that live inside us all, and showing how they can be tapped to fight colitis, asthma, and cancer.
flooding
Record heat waves, droughts, floods, and melting:  In 2012 our planet's weather went places it had never gone before, leading to a string of costly and destabilizing environmental disasters. 
old-dad
Elderly fathers pass along many more DNA errors than do young ones—a source of genetic diversity, but also a possible driver of autism and other disorders.
spacex
Enterprising companies are jostling to conquer the new orbital economy.
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Using a brain implant, a paralyzed stroke victim directed a robotic arm to accomplish basic tasks.  People who cannot control their limbs may soon regain movement and independence.

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Dark matter—the unseen stuff that makes up more than four-fifths of the matter in the universe—is finally coming into view.  What we see may change our entire picture of reality.
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Irregular sleep patterns associated with intense weekday work may drive diabetes and obesity. And sleep deprivation boosts the risk of hypertension, Alzheimer's, even cancer.
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Fracking has finally challenged coal's dominance.

DEPARTMENTS

The days may be short in January and February, but there's no shortage of science events on offer.
A high-tech sub and its famous pilot explore the little-understood world of the deep ocean floor.
When a young athlete arrives in the ER dangerously short of breath, a surgeon must improvise to save his life.
Improving your mood can begin with a phone download.  And from there—perhaps you would care for a magnetic mental massage?
It's got solid and liquid parts, it's almost as hot as the sun, and it may be teeming with life.

DATA

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Millions of solar panels stretch across the country, from the streets of Munich to the fields of Bavaria.
Massive research project provides the first comprehensive look at what our non-coding DNA is doing.
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Where will autonomous (and semiautonomous) vehicles go from here?
vesta
Unexpected findings on the surface of Vesta.
3D-printer
From chemicals to cars, 3-D printing may be the manufacturing method of the future.
coal-power-plant
New regulations could prevent thousands of heart and asthma attacks every year.
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Of the 100 exoplanets discovered in 2012, one rises above the rest.
sugar-meds
The debate continues on the negative health effects of this sweetener.
wheelchair
The therapy that may one day allow paraplegics to walk.
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Surgery outperforms drugs in treating type 2 diabetes.
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