Table of Contents June 2013

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Join marine biologists in a race against the clock to save sharks before they're gone. Read about a computer chip that takes its inspiration from the human brain, and an electrode that could work around an injured brain to beat paralysis. Plus, imagine do-overs of our greatest modern disasters, and find out how we can engineer better cities to prevent our own extinction.

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FEATURES

Robert-Bea

Earthquakes and hurricanes will always wreak havoc, but risk management expert Robert Bea says the greatest tragedies result from hubris and greed.

hammerhead-shark

For years, sharks have been hunted for their valuable fins, but now most of these vital ocean predators have vanished from the deep.

death-proof-city

To safeguard the future of our increasingly urban species, our cities must be sturdier, healthier and more alive.

neural-architecture-of-rhesus-macaque-brain

An engineer's revolutionary new chip, inspired by how our own brains work, could turn computing on its head.

Rob-Summers

Electrical stimulation offers hope for adults with spinal cord injuries to learn to walk again.

DEPARTMENTS

North America as you've never seen it, moonwalker Buzz Aldrin talks space, Simon Pegg wants a transporter and a vacation destination that demands (radio) silence.

The science of self-deceit is more than a matter of evolutionary curiosity. Sometimes, it's a question with life or death consequences.

Mountain geographer Alton Byers is helping remote Himalayan villages prepare for climate change.

Segue into summer (solstice) with a citywide science festival, global beach cleanups and a movie that imagines an Earth without humans.

Sure, your brain is a wonder. But some cognitive scientists argue that without the help of your body, your brain would be nowhere.

Doctors suspect hypersomnia, but the answer lies deeper in this sleep addict's brain.

The Super-TIGER experiment earns its stripes 25 miles above the South Pole, collecting samples of distant stars – and possibly evidence of a black hole much closer to home.

You'll never lose your way in the summer sky – even out in the boondocks – with these three stars to guide you.

Sate your thirst for knowledge with these facts about beer's ancient origins, health benefits and surprising chemistry.

DATA

swirling-clock

Direct evidence of time reversal had been considered impossible — until now.

virus-sized-lasers

Technology could lead to ultrafast light-based data processing and storage.

medical-research-funding

The current system of competitive grants isn't the best way to finance medical research.

connectome-scanner

The super-MRI used in the Human Connectome Project is the ultimate brain hacking machine.

VR-helmet2

New virtual reality experiment lets people and rodents control interacting avatars.

footprint-forensics

Detective work can be done faster with software that matches shoe prints to a database.

carp-compass

The fish detect magnetic fields and use them to orient themselves along a North-South axis.

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