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Granting Immunity

Granting Immunity

Despite rising parental fears and rumors of dangers, vaccines are safer than ever

March 1, 2000 — Sasha Nemecek
NASA's Not Shining Moments

NASA's Not Shining Moments

The space agency's approach, including its "faster, better, cheaper" credo, may be a recipe for disaster

February 1, 2000 — James Oberg
Melting Away

Melting Away

The shrinking of an immense swath of Antarctic ice threatens to raise sea level and there may be no stopping it

January 1, 2000 — Sarah Simpson
THE ABORTED CRIME WAVE?

THE ABORTED CRIME WAVE?

A controversial article links the recent drop in crime to the legalization of abortion two decades ago

December 20, 1999 — Marguerite Holloway
THE INVISIBLE EPIDEMIC

THE INVISIBLE EPIDEMIC

Asthma is on the rise, especially in poor urban areas, and scientists don't know why

November 1, 1999 — Mark Alpert
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES

A polygraph screening program raises questions about the science of lie detection

October 20, 1999 — Tim Beardsley
THE FALLOUT FROM CASSINI

THE FALLOUT FROM CASSINI

Controversy over the spacecraft's plutonium may threaten future missions to explore the solar system

September 20, 1999 — Mark Alpert
SEEKING COMMON GROUND

SEEKING COMMON GROUND

Building a new generation of gargantuan telescopes gets mired in environmental and native cultural issues

July 19, 1999 — Gary Stix
EXPLOSIVE REACTIONS

EXPLOSIVE REACTIONS

A backlash from a nuclear espionage case might hurt science and do little to bolster national security

June 19, 1999 — Philip Yam
THE MAGNETIC ATTRACTION

THE MAGNETIC ATTRACTION

A long race to create faster memory chips that never lose data yields prototypes at last

May 1, 1999 — W. Wayt Gibbs
FACING AN ILL WIND

FACING AN ILL WIND

The U.S. gears up to deal with biological terrorism

April 1, 1999 — Tim Beardsley
R<SUB>x</SUB> For B and C

Rx For B and C

Promising new drugs bring reinforcements to the battle against hepatitis epidemics

March 15, 1999 — W. Wayt Gibbs
THE NET EFFECT

THE NET EFFECT

The Internet can be a powerful tool for political dissidents and "hacktivists." But the medium has yet to reach the grassroots level

January 13, 1999 — Alden M. Hayashi
Nothing But Light

Nothing But Light

Hunger for bandwidth drives all-optical technology to market

December 1, 1998 — Gary Stix
Dogma Overturned

Dogma Overturned

Upending a long-held theory, a study finds that humans can grow new brain neurons throughout life--even into old age

November 1, 1998 — W. Wayt Gibbs
Personal Pills

Personal Pills

Genetic differences may dictate how drugs are prescribed

October 1, 1998 — Gary Stix
Forestalling Violence

Forestalling Violence

American youths are suffering an epidemic of violence, both in and out of the classroom. Designing effective prevention programs is proving difficult

September 1, 1998 — Sasha Nemecek
Deadly Secrets

Deadly Secrets

As India and Pakistan demonstrated, military nuclear know-how is spreading with frightening ease

August 1, 1998 — Glenn Zorpette and Tim Beardsley
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