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The Ascent of Mammals

Recent fossil discoveries reveal that evolution began laying the groundwork for their rise to world domination long before the dinosaur-killing asteroid cleared the playing field

May 17, 2016 — Stephen Brusatte and Zhe-Xi Luo

Rebuilding Africa's Soil, 1 Farm at a Time

By growing trees, shrubs and other perennial plants among crops in the field, African farmers can revitalize some badly depleted soils while raising food yields

May 1, 2016 — John P. Reganold and Jerry D. Glover

A Surprising Secret to Raising Smart Kids

Hint: Don't tell your kids that they are. More than three decades of research shows that a focus on “process”—not on intelligence or ability—is key to success in school and in life

May 1, 2016 — Carol S. Dweck

Quantum Computers Become Practical

Scientists are trying to make quantum computers a reality by connecting many small networks together into one large whole

May 1, 2016 — Christopher R. Monroe, Robert J. Schoelkopf and Mikhail D. Lukin