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Intoxicating: The Science of Alcohol

Intoxicating: The Science of Alcohol

The substance has nourished and intoxicated animal life long before humans walked upright. Yet our manipulation and consumption of alcohol led to profound physical and cultural effects—and helped make us who we are

March 1, 2015
Conquering Space

Conquering Space

Science and politics have both benefited from humanity’s journey into space. And we really might just be getting started

January 1, 2015
The Rise of the Automobile

The Rise of the Automobile

Forget alternative fuels: the next big change for cars lies in information technology and automation, which will lead to new designs and are the best hope for the wide- spread adoption of all-electric vehicles

December 1, 2014
Antarctica: Life on Ice

Antarctica: Life on Ice

Once similar to the U.S. Pacific Northwest, Antarctica now demands that life adapt to extreme cold—which explains, for instance, the existence of fish there that make their own antifreeze and lack red blood

November 1, 2014
Extreme Storms

Extreme Storms

Extreme weather events are nothing new, but they appear to be gaining strength. Scientists have risked life and limb to help us better understand— and better survive— these storms

September 1, 2014
Chemistry Goes to War

Chemistry Goes to War

Soldiers and scientists who exploited chemistry won battles and horrified the world

August 25, 2014

The Birth of the Great GMO Debate

Today virtually everything we eat is produced from seeds that have been genetically altered in some way. New methods of plant tinkering have emerged over the generations— and so, too, have the fears

May 1, 2014

The Fight against Influenza

Despite decades of research decoding the influenza virus—and great advances in treating and vaccinating against the disease—this infectious pathogen continues to both surprise and confound us

November 1, 2013

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