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Man against a Mountain

Yucca Mountain is set to become the nation's prime nuclear waste site, but geologist Rodney C. Ewing thinks that federal enthusiasm for it has outstripped the science

March 1, 2003 — Steve Nadis

The Reality of Race

There's hardly any difference in the DNA of human races. That doesn't mean, argues sociologist Troy Duster, that genomics research can ignore the concept

January 13, 2003 — Sally Lehrman

Science to Save the World

Economist Jeffrey D. Sachs thinks the science and technology of resource-rich nations can abolish poverty, sickness and other woes of the developing world

January 1, 2003 — David Appell

Throwing Einstein for a Loop

Physicist Fotini Markopoulou Kalamara has developed a way to connect relativity with quantum theory--while making sure that cause still precedes effect

November 11, 2002 — Amanda Gefter

An Ear to the Stars

Despite long odds, astronomer Jill C. Tarter forges ahead to improve the chances of picking up signs of extraterrestrial intelligence

October 15, 2002 — Naomi Lubick

Salve for the Body and Mind

Palliative care is traditionally aimed at the terminally ill. But it should also treat sufferers of chronic disease, says Ann M. Berger of the National Institutes of Health

October 1, 2002 — Bob Kirsch

Keeping the Mad Cows at Bay

Veterinarian Linda A. Detwiler helps to ensure that a fatal brain disease that can afflict humans doesn't appear in U.S. cattle. It can be a thankless task

July 1, 2002 — Philip Yam

Man of Two Cultures

As both scientist and administrator, John H. Marburger III tries to bring needed perspective into a White House not thought to be particularly interested in science

May 13, 2002 — Gary Stix

Survival in an Insecure World

To defeat cyberterrorists, computer systems must be designed to work around sabotage. David A. Fisher's new programming language will help do just that

May 4, 2002 — W. Wayt Gibbs

Aspirations in Science and Civics

From the carbon-nanotube lab to the corridors of Washington power, Mildred S. Dresselhaus has followed a career that combines scientific research with public service

March 1, 2002 — David Appell

Telecom's Man of the Moment

Heir to a famed military and political legacy, Michael K. Powell tries to make his mark on the federal agency that regulates cell phones, television and the Internet

February 23, 2002 — Julie Wakefield

Extreme Medicine

In a hospital northeast of Kabul, surgeon Gino Strada is redefining what it means to provide quality medical care in a combat zone

January 13, 2002 — Marco Cattaneo and Sergio Pistoi

Dissent in the Maelstrom

Maverick meteorologist Richard S. Lindzen keeps right on arguing that human-induced global warming isn't a problem

November 16, 2001 — Daniel Grossman

Tobacco Pharming

A quest to turn the killer crop into a treatment for cancer

October 1, 2001 — Tabitha M. Powledge

Young Cells in Old Brains

The paradigm-shifting conclusion that adult brains can grow new neurons owes a lot to Elizabeth Gould's rats and monkeys

September 1, 2001 — Marguerite Holloway

Dissident or Don Quixote?

Challenging the HIV theory got virologist Peter H. Duesberg all but excommunicated from the scientific orthodoxy. Now he claims that science has got cancer all wrong

August 17, 2001 — W. Wayt Gibbs