Skip to main content

Features

Polar Meltdown

The world's biggest particle collider might uncover new slices of space

By David Biello

Fusion Energy

It would solve environmental headaches, but it remains hard to achieve

By Michael Moyer

Extra Dimensions

The world's biggest particle collider might uncover new slices of space

By George Musser

Deadly Pandemic

Notwithstanding the tameness of H1N1, influenza viruses could still wipe out millions and wreak economic havoc

By Katherine Harmon

Creation of Life

Synthetic biology remakes organisms, but can it bring inanimate matter to life?

By David Biello

Cloning of a Human

The process is extremely difficult, but it also seems inevitable

By Charles Q. Choi

Asteroid Collision

An extinction-level event is unlikely, but "airbursts" could flatten a city

By Robin Lloyd

Fake Botox, Real Threat

A booming market for a counterfeit beauty product could put a deadly biological weapons agent in the wrong hands

By Ken Coleman and Raymond A. Zilinskas

Did Neandertals Think Like Us?

João Zilhão defends his controversial view that our oft-maligned relatives shared our cognitive abilities

By The Editors

Earth's Missing Ingredient

The discovery of a novel high-density mineral means that Earth's mantle is a more restless place than scientists suspected—and offers new clues to the planet's history

By Kei Hirose

Washing Carbon Out of the Air

Machines could absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, slowing or even reversing its rise and reducing global warming

By Klaus S. Lackner

Is Time an Illusion?

The concepts of time and change may emerge from a universe that, at root, is utterly static

By Craig Callender

12 Events That Will Change Everything

In addition to reacting to news as it breaks, we work to anticipate what will happen. Here we contemplate 12 possibilities and rate their likelihood of happening by 2050

By The Editors, Charles Q. Choi, George Musser, John Matson, Philip Yam, David Biello, Michael Moyer, Larry Greenemeier, Katherine Harmon and Robin Lloyd

Departments

Purchase To Read More

Already purchased this issue? Sign In to Access
Select Format

Celebrate our 170th Anniversary with us!

Get 2 years of All Access of just $170