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Fracking's Future in the U.S. Comes Down to Upcoming New York State Decisions

New York State is the key battleground that will determine the future of fracking in the U.S., and January 11, 2012, is a turning point. The date ends the public comment period on proposed state regulations that will govern the process: drilling into deep Marcellus shales, fracturing the rock with water and chemicals to release natural gas, and disposing of the resulting wastewater that flows back up the well with the gas...

January 11, 2012 — Mark Fischetti

Tornadoes in 2011 Set Deadly Records

Many of us may remember the jaw-dropping images of the May 22, 2011, tornado that tore through Joplin, Mo., killing 158 people and leaving an incredible 14-mile path of destruction.

December 28, 2011 — Mark Fischetti

Federal Agency Encourages Its Scientists to Speak Out

SAN FRANCISCO—The public at times questions scientific results produced by government agencies, thinking that the findings may be meant to support particular political policies or positions or to deflect criticism of those policies...

December 8, 2011 — Mark Fischetti

Computers versus Brains

Computers are good at storage and speed, but brains maintain the efficiency lead

October 25, 2011 — Mark Fischetti

Feed the World, Save the Planet

The world's population will cross the 7 billion mark this month and is projected to reach more than 9 billion by 2050. So many more people, plus rising living standards, mean that global agriculture will have to double food production by mid-century.Yet farming and ranching already exact a daunting toll on the environment: burn down rain forests to create more arable land, dump fertilizers onto fields that run off and choke life in rivers and oceans, emit volumes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, use up vast stores of freshwater for irrigation...

October 12, 2011 — Mark Fischetti
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine