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The End: The Special Issue and Online Extras

A directory of "The End" articles from the September 2010 issue plus Web exclusives. Check back for updates every day.
Scientific American September 2010 cover


Welcome to "The End," at least as we know it. The features here, from the September 2010 issue, cover a range of topics, such as the decomposition of human flesh, the disappearance of cultures, the Earth's remaining natural resources, and apocalypse scenarios.

You will also find links to our exclusive digital offerings as they go live, including an interactive, rich-media feature, as well as links to interviews about the issue on public radio's The Takeaway. Tell us what you think using the comments section below.

 

Feature Articles from the September 2010 Issue

Start of the End
Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina explains the September 2010 issue of Scientific American
Eternal Fascinations with the End
Why we're suckers for stories of our own demise
Why Can't We Live Forever
As we grow old, our own cells begin to betray us. By unraveling the mysteries of aging, scientists may be able to make our lives longer and healthier
When Does Life Belong To the Living?
Some doctors think we shouldn’t wait for donors to die before removing their organs.
Dust to Dust
The brief, eventful afterlife of a human corpse
Last of Their Kind
The world's cultures have been disappearing, taking valuable knowledge with them, but there is reason to hope
Good Riddance
Our highly selective list includes Teflon, dropped calls and the space shuttle
How Much Is Left?
A graphical accounting of the limits to what one planet can provide
Laying Odds on the Apocalypse
Could modern civilization really come to an end? Experts take stock of eight doomsday scenarios
Could Time End?
Yes. And no. For time to end seems both impossible and inevitable. Recent work in physics suggests a resolution to the paradox
What Comes Next
The flip side to every ending is a new beginning. We asked the visionary scientists on our advisory board what new trends will shape the decades to come
 

 

Online Exclusives

Good Riddance to Polio: A Conquered Disease Still Clings to Life
Despite a known preventative, polio still maims and cripples 1,000 people annually
Good Riddance to Mosquitoes: Four Ways to Beat the Malaria-Carrying Threat
Lasers, parasites and other methods could help prevent a disease that afflicts hundreds of millions of people
Good Riddance to the Population Explosion: Keys to Prevent Unsustainable Growth
The nine billion people expected by 2050 will stress the planet, but cost-effective means can prevent overpopulation
Good Riddance to Overfishing: New Management Can End Unsustainable Practices
Trade bans may fail, but fishing management agencies have other strategies, too, including those proved to work
Listen to a weeklong series of interviews with Scientific American authors and editors on public radio's The Takeaway. How Much Is Left? The Limits of Earth's Resources
A graphical accounting of the limits to what one planet can provide
Death to Humans! Visions of the Apocalypse in Movies and Literature
A list of some of our favorite dystopian views of human society facing extinction
 

Scientific American's The End Special Issue, September 2010
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