Table of Contents October 2018

DSC-CV1018web
The key to weight loss could be simply not eating — at least for specific periods. We dive into the surprising science — and controversy — behind the fasting trend. Later, we take a look at why cheaters sometimes prosper in nature and step briefly inside a Salvador Dali painting for a glimpse of the head-spinning, and paradigm-altering, world of topology.

Also in this issue: The coroner crisis you didn't know we were having, the researchers reprogramming cells and 20 things you didn't know about poison.

Digital editions

FEATURES

Plate
Scientists disagree on how to eat for your best life. Dieting may never be the same.
Sandman
Generations of scientists have tried to explain why we sleep. The answer may rest in the most primitive brains.
Shape-Shifters
An obscure mathematical field might bring about a new era in technology.
Bee
Ecologists are chasing an evolutionary conundrum.

DEPARTMENTS

Shaving
A teenage girl's changing appearance and voice baffle doctors.
Amazon
To unlock the Amazon's secrets, one scientist has immersed himself in its silty sediments.
Coroner
In 1920s Chicago, forensic pathologists were overworked and taking shortcuts. Today they face a similar problem amid a nationwide opioid epidemic.
Cellularcyborg
Are programmable, living circuits the future of medicine?
PoisonThings
The wrong dose can do you harm, but when it’s right, your pain and wrinkles might go away.
bulletfire
Next-gen tech is transforming a century-old science.

THE CRUX

Scientists debate whether brain cells are created throughout life.
The low point of any sea.
A new paper could shake up California’s earthquake predictions.
Degrees of Separation
From screen time to ancient footprints.
Game Time
Sporting events take a bite out of crime in the Windy City.
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
DSC-CV1218web
+