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The Midlife Crisis of the Cosmos

Although it is not as active as it used to be, the universe is still forming stars and building black holes at an impressive pace

By Amy J. Barger

Immunity's Early-Warning System

The innate immune response constitutes the first line of defense against invading microbes and plays a role in inflammatory disease. Surprising insights into how this system operates could lead to new therapies for a host of infectious and immune-related disorders

By Luke A. J. O'Neill

Exploding the Self-Esteem Myth

Boosting people's sense of self-worth has become a national preoccupation. Yet surprisingly, researchshows that such efforts are of little value in fostering academic progress or preventing undesirable behavior

By Roy F. Baumeister, Jennifer D. Campbell, Joachim I. Krueger and Kathleen D. Vohs

Considerate Computing

Digital gadgets demand ever more of our attention with their rude and thoughtless interruptions. Engineers are now testing computers, phones and cars that sense when you're busy and spare you from distraction

By W. Wayt Gibbs

Capturing a Killer Flu Virus

The deadliest flu strain in history has been resurrected. What can the 1918 virus reveal about why it killed millions and where more like it may be lurking?

By Jeffery K. Taubenberger, Ann H. Reid and Thomas G. Fanning

Best-Kept Secrets

Quantum cryptography has marched from theory to laboratory to real products

By Gary Stix


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