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Reviews: The Superorganism

SciAm reviews Quantum Ten: A Story of Passion, Tragedy, Ambition, and Science and The Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces

November 7, 2008 — Michelle Press

A Guide to Volcanoes

From Pompeii to Mount Pinatubo, volcanoes might have shaped Earth's surface, but also killed thousands. What makes magma burst from the ground as lava? Can scientists predict dangerous eruptions?...

November 6, 2008

What an Obama win means for the environment

Among the many pressing issues that President-elect Barack Obama will face when he takes office in January is climate change, which he has called an “immediate threat” and warned has made Earth a “planet in peril.” In an effort to prevent and reverse the problem, he supports a so-called cap-and-trade scheme similar to one now in effect in the U.S...

November 5, 2008 — David Biello

Getting Everyone a Straight Flush

The World Toilet Summit, underway in Macau, looks to improve sanitation for the 2.5 billion people without hygienic toilets. Steve Mirsky reports. More info at

November 5, 2008

Animal Feed Is Fishy

A third of all commercially harvested seafood goes to animals, which could undermine the entire oceanic food web. Adam Hinterthuer reports

November 3, 2008
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