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The Skeptical Environmentalist Replies

Recently Scientific American published "Misleading Math about the Earth," a series of essays that critized Bj¿rn Lomborg's The Skeptical Environmentalist. Here Lomborg offers his rebuttal.

Atherosclerosis: The New View

A long-held idea about how atherosclerosis develops has been overturned, offering clues to fighting this deadly disease

By Peter Libby

Extreme Light

Tabletop lasers focus light with the power of 1,000 Hoover Dams onto a tiny point for applications from physics and fusion research to medicine

By Gérard A. Mourou and Donald Umstadter
Journey to the Farthest Planet
Space

Journey to the Farthest Planet

Scientists are finally preparing to send a spacecraft to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, the last unexplored region of our planetary system.

By S. Alan Stern

Rethinking Green Consumerism

Buying "green" products isn't enough to save biodiversity in the tropics. A plan for marketing conservation services may be the answer

By Jared Hardner and Richard Rice

The Mammals That Conquered the Seas

Using recently discovered fossils and DNA analyses, scientists are at last unraveling the mysterious evolutionary history of whales

By Kate Wong
Wireless Data Blaster
The Sciences

Wireless Data Blaster

Radio's oldest technology is providing a new way for portable electronics to transmit large quantities of data rapidly without wires.

By David G. Leeper

Departments

  • From the Editor

    Last Chance for the Last Planet

  • Letters

    Letters

  • Errata

  • Advances

    R.I.P. for D.I.Y.

  • Face Shift

  • Peeling Plaque

  • When Markets Go Mad

  • Drams of Drugs and Dregs

  • Lion versus Lamb

  • As Good as Old

  • Watered-Down Mars

  • A Crush on Bacteria

  • Triggers against Transplants

  • Cascades of Light

  • Recommended

    Meddling with Human Nature

  • Skeptic

    The Exquisite Balance

  • Anti Gravity

    Cold Comfort

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50, 100 and 150 Years Ago

  • In Brief

    Data Points, May 2002

  • Brief Bits, May 2002

  • Puzzling Adventures

    Defense in Depth

  • Voyages

    Trees of the Triassic

  • Profile

    Survival in an Insecure World

  • Staking Claims

    IP Rights--and Wrongs

  • Innovations

    The Ultimate Clean Fuel

  • By the Numbers

    Deindustrialization

  • Working Knowledge

    Getting There

  • Departments

    Fuzzy Logic

  • Ask the Experts

    Ask the Experts, May 2002

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