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What Comes Next: Experts Predict the FutureThe flip side to every ending is a new beginning. We asked the visionary scientists on our advisory board what new trends will shape the decades to come
The Paradox of Time: Why It Can't Stop, But MustFor time to end seems both impossible and inevitable. Recent work in physics suggests a resolution to the paradox
Laying Odds on the Apocalypse: Experts Assess DoomsdayCould modern civilization really come to an end? Experts take stock of eight doomsday scenarios
How Much Is Left? The Limits of Earth's ResourcesA graphical accounting of the limits to what one planet can provide
Last of Their Kind: What Is Lost When Cultures Die?The world's cultures have been disappearing, taking valuable knowledge with them, but there is reason to hope
Good Riddance: Human Creations the World Would Be Better Off WithoutOur highly selective list includes Teflon, dropped calls and the space shuttle
Dust to Dust: The Brief, Eventful Afterlife of a Human CorpseThe brief, eventful afterlife of a human corpse
When Does Life Belong to the Living?With thousands of people on the waiting lists for organs, doctors are bending the rules about when to declare that a donor is dead. Is it ethical to take one life and give it to another?
Why Can't We Live Forever?As we grow old, our own cells begin to betray us. By unraveling the mysteries of aging, scientists may be able to make our lives longer and healthier
Eternal Fascinations with the End: Why We're Suckers for Stories of Our Own DemiseOur pattern-seeking brains and desire to be special help explain our fears of the apocalypse
Feeling the Pain of Rejection? Try Taking a Tylenol
Fat Attack: Will Three New Antiobesity Drugs Beat a Checkered Safety History?
Undifferentiated Ethics: Why Stem Cells from Adult Skin Are as Morally Fraught as Embryonic Stem Cells
Lunar Pencil Lead: Graphite Found in Moon Rock Collected During Apollo 17
Quantum Light Switch: Single Atom Acts as a Transistor for Photons
Rummaging for a Final Theory: Can a 1960s Approach Unify Gravity with the Rest of Physics?
Origami Sheets That Fold Themselves
Doubts on Dispersants
Shaky Ground: Can Seismologists Be Charged with a Crime for Not Predicting Deadly Quakes?
A Year of Living Dangerously: Reflections on Hot-Button Science
From the Editor
Start of the End
Letters to the Editors
Pathology High-Speed Rail Blindsight
Snake Oil in the Supermarket
Extreme Astronomy Misleading Math Genome on the Cheap
Democracy's Laboratory: Are Science and Politics Interrelated?
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