Table of Contents March 2018

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DNA evidence shows there's more to Vikings than sailing, trading and conquering. Astronomers look past shiny galaxies to the faint ones, which have their own intrigue. An anesthesiologist develops a fringe theory about quantum physics and consciousness. Now, his work is catching the ear of some serious neuroscientists. Also in this issue, Ralph Steadman and writer Ceri Levy go gonzo over endangered animals.

Plus: the quest for a peaceful death, things you didn't know about engines, and a mysterious disease that swept the South in the early 20th century.
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FEATURES

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Writer Ceri Levy and legendary artist Ralph Steadman go gonzo with animals on the brink.
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New DNA-driven research reveals untold stories—and stirs controversy.
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Astronomers learned to see beyond the Milky Way's glare into a hidden realm of faint galaxies.

DEPARTMENTS

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Ecologists seek balance as one non-native species eradicates another.
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A 40-year-old woman transforms her life after weight-loss surgery, only to see the pounds return and her life spiral downward.
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Cameron Smith will put his suit — and his life — on the line at 50,000 feet.
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New research ties mass extinctions to the rocks beneath our feet.
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A cancer doctor studies the connection between spirituality and end-of-life care.
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A disease that devastated the South a century ago lives on.
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What do catapults, black holes and panda poop have in common?

THE CRUX

Researchers debate whether we should finish our antibiotic prescription.
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