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 capture six animals on the brink.
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Astronomers learned how to see beyond the Milky Way's glare into a hidden realm of faint galaxies.

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New DNA-driven research reveals untold stories—and stirs controversy.

DEPARTMENTS

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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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What do catapults, black holes and panda poop have in common?
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A disease that devastated the South a century ago lives on.
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Ecologists seek balance as one non-native species eradicates another.
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Geologists look to LIPs to better understand what caused massive die-offs in the planet's past.
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Belief systems of both patient and caregiver may influence the individual's quality of life.

THE CRUX

Researchers debate whether we should finish our antibiotic prescription.
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