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Fusion's False Dawn

Scientists have long dreamed of harnessing nuclear fusion—the power plant of the stars—for a safe, clean and virtually unlimited energy supply. Even as a historic milestone nears, skeptics question whether a working reactor will ever be possible

By Michael Moyer

The Pluses of Getting It Wrong

New research makes the case for difficult tests in schools and suggests an unusual technique that anyone can use to learn

By Henry L. Roediger III and Bridgid Finn

New Hope for Battling Brain Cancer

Studies suggest that stem cells sustain deadly tumors in the brain—and that aiming at these insidious culprits could lead to a cure

By Gregory Foltz

Are You Mentally Healthy?

Here's a new screening tool that might set your mind at ease—or get you chatting with a therapist

By Robert Epstein

The Brain and the Written Word

A cognitive neuroscientist explains his quest to understand how reading works in the mind—and how the brain is changed by education and culture

By Gareth Cook

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March 2010

Think Outside the Gift Box