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Granting Immunity

Despite rising parental fears and rumors of dangers, vaccines are safer than ever

March 21, 2000 — Sasha Nemecek

NASA's Not Shining Moments

The space agency's approach, including its "faster, better, cheaper" credo, may be a recipe for disaster

February 1, 2000 — James Oberg

Melting Away

The shrinking of an immense swath of Antarctic ice threatens to raise sea level and there may be no stopping it

January 1, 2000 — Sarah Simpson

THE ABORTED CRIME WAVE?

A controversial article links the recent drop in crime to the legalization of abortion two decades ago

December 20, 1999 — Marguerite Holloway

THE INVISIBLE EPIDEMIC

Asthma is on the rise, especially in poor urban areas, and scientists don't know why

November 20, 1999 — Mark Alpert

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES

A polygraph screening program raises questionsabout the science of lie detection

October 1, 1999 — Tim Beardsley

THE FALLOUT FROM CASSINI

Controversy over the spacecraft's plutonium may threaten future missions to explore the solar system

September 20, 1999 — Mark Alpert

SEEKING COMMON GROUND

Building a new generation of gargantuan telescopes gets mired in environmental and native cultural issues

July 19, 1999 — Gary Stix

EXPLOSIVE REACTIONS

A backlash from a nuclear espionage case might hurt science and do little to bolster national security

June 1, 1999 — Philip Yam

THE MAGNETIC ATTRACTION

A long race to create faster memory chips that never lose data yields prototypes at last

May 1, 1999 — W. Wayt Gibbs

FACING AN ILL WIND

The U.S. gears up to dealwith biological terrorism

April 1, 1999 — Tim Beardsley

Rx For B and C

Promising new drugs bring reinforcements to the battle against hepatitis epidemics

March 1, 1999 — W. Wayt Gibbs

THE NET EFFECT

The Internet can be a powerful tool for political dissidents and "hacktivists." But the medium has yet to reach the grassroots level

January 1, 1999 — Alden M. Hayashi

Nothing But Light

Hunger for bandwidth drives all-optical technology to market

December 1, 1998 — Gary Stix

Dogma Overturned

Upending a long-held theory, a study finds that humans can grow new brain neurons throughout life--even into old age

November 1, 1998 — W. Wayt Gibbs

Personal Pills

Genetic differences may dictate how drugs are prescribed

October 1, 1998 — Gary Stix

Forestalling Violence

American youths are suffering an epidemic of violence, both in and out of the classroom. Designing effective prevention programs is proving difficult

September 1, 1998 — Sasha Nemecek

Deadly Secrets

As India and Pakistan demonstrated, military nuclear know-how is spreading with frightening ease

August 1, 1998 — Glenn Zorpette and Tim Beardsley

Statistical Uncertainty

Researchers warn that continued debate over the 2000 census.

July 1, 1998 — W. Wayt Gibbs