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The Game of Life

Bringing joysticks and scoreboards into our daily routine may be the key to making us better people

By John Pavlus

The DNA Transistor

A new approach to DNA sequencing could revolutionize our understanding of genetics

By Elizabeth Svoboda

One Hundred Tests

A cheap diagnostic warns couples against passing rare genetic diseases to their offspring

By Mary Carmichael

Gas from Trash

Modified microbes eat waste and secrete fuel

By Matthew L. Wald

A Killer Water Filter

Novel materials promise better access to clean water around the world

By Melinda Wenner Moyer

Hallucinogens as Medicine

In a matter of hours, mind-altering substances may induce profound psychological realignments that can take decades to achieve on a therapist's couch

By Roland R. Griffiths and Charles S. Grob

World Changing Ideas 2010

Ten thoughts, trends and technologies that have the power to transform our lives

By The Editors, John Pavlus, Tom Vanderbilt, Elizabeth Svoboda, Melinda Wenner Moyer and Matthew L. Wald


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