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Cracks in the Periodic Table

The discovery of element 117 filled the last remaining gap in the periodic table as we know it. But even as it is being completed, the table may be losing its power

By Eric Scerri

How to Build a Smarter Internet

To keep the Web from collapsing under the weight of ever more data, the network needs to radically change the way it handles information, says the head of Bell Labs Research

By Larry Greenemeier

Tiny Plants That Once Ruled the Seas

Around 250 million years ago animals in the seas began to diversify with gusto. Remarkably, the evolution of minute plants known as phytoplankton probably powered that dramatic explosion

By Ronald Martin and Antonietta Quigg

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