Table of Contents September 2017

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Join us as we explore humanity's fascination with total solar eclipses, which have long inspired fear and awe, and prepare you for the summer spectacle that will darken skies across America. We'll also explore the high environmental costs of illegal pot farms, and join a dedicated group of researchers sounding the alarm. Around the world, refugees are fleeing conflicts in their home countries, the scholars among them face an additional struggle: how to save their life's work.

Also, Cassini writes its final chapter, a skeptic grapples with her spiritual experiences and how scientists are using the atomic movie machine.
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A neurobiologist’s legacy: rewriting how cells operate — and how they go rogue.
eclipse
Millions of Americans will watch our sun disappear on August 21.
eclipse-geometry
What's happening in space and on Earth.
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Eclipses and their unsettling darkness have long inspired fear and awe — the precise reason some seek them out.
science-interrupted
War and strife have uprooted many researchers. Can their life’s work be saved?
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Illegal pot growers have turned public lands into industrial agricultural sites. And the ecosystem effects are alarming.

DEPARTMENTS

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Scientists double down on an X-ray laser that can re-create a star’s interior and catch photosynthesis in action.
no-relief
A woman suffers from digestive symptoms that wax and wane for months. What could be the root of her mysterious illness?
losing-religion
A skeptic grapples with her spiritual experience, religious upbringing and the workings of the brain.
missing-matter
After decades of coming up short, scientists have finally discovered what was hiding in plain sight.
traffic
From congested lanes on freeways to motor enzymes navigating DNA, traffic (and the occasional roadkill) is part of life.
beyond-dna
Move over, fossils and DNA. Now, ancient proteins are revealing how creatures, including hominins, lived.

THE CRUX

A geologist treks to an active volcano to see what happens when opposites collide.
They're not a good fit for calorie counters.
How Britain and France broke up.
How we've come to understand the "moving vortex" over the years.
Gut bacteria, the best sperm and the hunt for a genetic link to anorexia.
One of NASA’s most iconic missions comes to an end.
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