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Special Report: Future of the Arctic
EARTH

Special Report: Future of the Arctic

Suddenly, nations are jockeying to control the seafloor and exploit resources in the rapidly thawing north

By Mark Fischetti
Nations Claim Large Overlapping Sections of Arctic Seafloor
Policy & Ethics

Nations Claim Large Overlapping Sections of Arctic Seafloor

The five coastal countries will have to rectify their science and their politics

By Mark Fischetti
The Great Ocean Divide
Policy & Ethics

The Great Ocean Divide

More than two million square kilometers are being carved up, leaving little for the rest of the world

By Katie Peek and Mark Fischetti
A New Reality Up North
EARTH

A New Reality Up North

Climate change is dramatically altering life at the top of the world

By Mark Fischetti and Katie Peek
Arctic Tensions Are Rising, but Cooperation Could Benefit Nations Most  
Policy & Ethics

Arctic Tensions Are Rising, but Cooperation Could Benefit Nations Most  

Actions that seem provocative may actually be beneficial

By Kathrin Stephen
Nations Get Busy Inside the Arctic Circle  
EARTH

Nations Get Busy Inside the Arctic Circle  

As ice retreats, countries are expanding military seaports, exploiting shipping lanes and exploring for oil and gas

By Katie Peek and Mark Fischetti
What Are Animals Thinking when They Face Off?
Evolution

What Are Animals Thinking when They Face Off?

Conventional wisdom holds that the ability to assess a rival's fighting ability is universal in the animal kingdom. Recent research has shown otherwise

By Gareth Arnott and Robert W. Elwood
Darwin's Ideas on Evolution Drive a Radical New Approach to Cancer Drug Use
Medicine

Darwin's Ideas on Evolution Drive a Radical New Approach to Cancer Drug Use

Principles of evolution and natural selection drive a radical new approach to drugs and prevention strategies

By James DeGregori and Robert Gatenby
The Good Kind of Crazy: The Quest for Exotic Propulsion
Space

The Good Kind of Crazy: The Quest for Exotic Propulsion

Traditional rockets won't get us to the stars. Some scientists are pushing against the edges of physics to find out what will

By Sarah Scoles
The Three-Body Problem
Math

The Three-Body Problem

Although mathematicians know they can never fully “solve” this centuries-old quandary, tackling smaller pieces of it has yielded some intriguing discoveries

By Richard Montgomery

Departments

  • From the Editor

    Special Report: What's Next for the Arctic?  

  • Letters

    Readers Respond to the April 2019 Issue

  • Advances

    Orcas May Turn Great White Sharks into Scaredy-Cats 

  • In Case You Missed It

  • Humans Have Significantly Interrupted the Free Flow of Rivers

  • Babies Know the Difference between the Laughter of Friends and Strangers

  • Women Still Face Retaliation for Reporting Sexual Harassment at Work

  • Birds Are Dying from Power-Line Collisions--Now There's a Solution

  • Map Reveals Parts of the U.S. Northeast Most Vulnerable to a Geomagnetic Superstorm

  • Device That Automates Manual Breathing Bags Could Save Lives

  • Faster MRI Method Could Shake Up Brain Imaging 

  • Uncovering the Secrets of Flycatcher Eyes

  • Forum

    To Fight Climate Change, We Should Actually Add Carbon Dioxide to the Atmosphere 

  • The Science of Health

    How to Prevent Food Allergies

  • The Science Agenda

    The U.S. Congress Has Started to Revive Gun Violence Research--and Must Follow Through

  • Recommended

    A Global Profile of Air Pollution, on the Frontlines of the Ebola Epidemic and Other New Science Books

  • Anti Gravity

    A New Book Examines the Relationship between Math and Physics

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    Drifting Genes and Drifting Continents from 1969 

  • Graphic Science

    Viruses Thrive in the Arctic Ocean

  • The Intersection

    Should Kids Learn to Code?

  • Ventures

    Despite What You Might Think, Major Technological Changes Are Coming More Slowly Than They Once Did

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