Table of Contents June 2018

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This issue's cover story addresses that perennial question: Sure, technology is cool, but where's my flying car? The concept is both closer and further than you might think, as senior associate editor Bill Andrews shows in his dive into the technologies and gadgets we were promised, but never received.

Also in our June issue: The hidden dangers of melting permafrost, all that a tooth can say about you and the fundamental difficulties of talking about time.

So buckle up and hang tight — you're in for a wild ride, no flying car required.

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FEATURES

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The more we try to grasp it, the more it slips away.
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Jetpacks, flying cars and other cool inventions still aren't standard issue.
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New and ancient threats emerge as permafrost thaws. Are we ready?
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Teeth, like trees, grow in rings. Reading this record may expose new links between toxins and disease.

DEPARTMENTS

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Amid climate inaction, scientists confront an idea that scares them.
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Are billions of black holes behind some of the universe’s mysterious energy signals?
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Researchers work to fine-tune a test that could better detect lingering disease in cancer patients.
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A middle-aged man collapses and, for 15 minutes, has no pulse. Can he return to life?
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Handedness is an ancient trait, but researchers are rethinking its roots.
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How third parties can keep everyone honest.
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Learn why it’s highly sought, out of this world and a builder of countries.

THE CRUX

Settlers of the Sea
A better way to restore coral reefs.
Nearly 20 years later, we’re still searching for the little blue pill for learning.
Big science does the Big River justice.
The Chemtrail Conspiracy Theory Lives On
How pervasive is the scheme that the government is dousing hazardous chemicals from the sky?
Building Blocks
Water in a new state, how CRISPR can fight Huntington's disease, photons cozy up and more.
Mountains' Majesty Melting
A University of Washington team measures glacier loss from a different perspective.
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