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Making Every Drop Count

We drink it, we generate electricity with it, we soak our crops with it. And we're stretching our supplies to the breaking point. Will we have enough clean water to satisfy all the world's needs?

By Peter H. Gleick
Safeguarding Our Water
Sustainability

Safeguarding Our Water

We drink it, we generate electricity with it, we soak our crops with it. And we're stretching our supplies to the breaking point. Will we have enough clean water to satisfy the world's needs?

By Peter H. Gleick
How We Can Do It
Sustainability

How We Can Do It

By Diane Martindale and Peter H. Gleick
Growing More Food With Less Water
Sustainability

Growing More Food With Less Water

If the world hopes to feed its burgeoning population, irrigation must become less wasteful and more widespread

By Sandra Postel

In Pursuit of the Ultimate Lamp

Full-spectrum light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, are becoming widespread—and the race is on to develop white-light versions to replace Edison's century-old incandescent bulb

By M. George Craford, Nick Holonyak Jr. and Frederick A. Kish Jr.

Departments

  • 100 Years of Quantum Mysteries

  • Why Haven't We Found an AIDS Vaccine?

  • Preparing for Battle

  • No E(asy) Cure

  • Higgs Won't Fly

  • Shrinking to Enormity

  • Cheap Light

  • Carbon Original

  • Mars Water

  • Why the Y is so Weird

  • The Science of Persuasion

  • From the Editor

    From the Editors - When Physics Goes Pop

  • Letters

    The Mail

  • Erratum

  • Anti Gravity

    Life Savers

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50, 100 and 150 Years Ago: The Common Cold, An Early Dial Telephone, 1901

  • Wonders

    The Big Bang: Wit or Wisdom?

  • In Brief

    Copycaps

  • Death Defying

  • Stellar Work

  • Bad Breathosaur

  • Profile

    One Disaster after Another

  • Mathematical Recreation

    Pursuing Polygonal Privacy

  • Amateur Scientist

    Counting Particles from Space

  • Science and the Citizen

    Collision Decision

  • Debit or Credit?

  • Biological Alchemy

  • Mammoth Kill

  • By the Numbers

    The Rich and Other Americans

  • Connections

    Home from Home

  • Departments

    End Point

  • Technology and Business

    Patently Inefficient

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February 2001

Think Outside the Gift Box