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Is Global Warming Harmful to Health?

Computer models indicate that many diseases will surge as the earth¿s atmosphere heats up. Signs of the predicted troubles have begun to appear.

By Paul R. Epstein

How Green are Green Plastics?

By Steven C. Slater and Tillman U. Gerngross

Form from Fire

Self-propagating heat waves can engender new and improved materials, but only recently have researchers found ways to monitor these ultraquick chemical reactions

By Arvind Varma

The Universe's Unseen Dimensions

The visible universe could lie on a membrane floating within a higher-dimensional space. The extra dimensions would help unify the forces of nature and could contain parallel universes

By Nima Arkani-Hamed, Savas Dimopoulos and Georgi Dvali

Birth of the Modern Diet

Ever wonder why dessert is served after dinner? The origins of modern Western cooking can be traced to ideas about diet and nutrition that arose during the 17th century

By Rachel Laudan

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    Hidden World

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    50, 100 & 150 Years Ago: Zeppelin's First Flight and Observing a Firestorm

  • Wonders

    Laws of Calorie Counting

  • In Brief

    Data Points: The Need for Zzz's

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    Blue Chip

  • Mathematical Recreation

    A Fractal Guide to Tic-Tac-Toe

  • Amateur Scientist

    How to Rear a Plankton Menagerie

  • Science and the Citizen

    More Than the Best Medicine

  • Uncontrolled Burn

  • Island Survivors

  • Magnetic Anomalies

  • Global Positioning

  • Gene Scenes

  • DNA Junk and Lupus

  • Size Doesn't Matter

  • Cosmic Cartography

  • Sea Change for Tides

  • Atomic-Force Geckos

  • A Dose of Our Own Medicine

  • By the Numbers

    The U.S. Population Race

  • Working Knowledge

    Focusing in a Flash

  • Connections

    The Grand Plan

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    End Point

  • Cyber View

    Circles of Trust

  • Technology and Business

    Different Stripes

  • No Resistance

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