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Mind Magazine was last published in print in May of 2017. Mind is now a digital-only magazine. When you subscribe to Mind, it includes both online (pdf) issues, and mobile issues available in the Mind app.
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Space & Physics and Health & Medicine are new digital-only magazines that are not configured for Continuous Service at this time. We will contact you approximately one month before your expiry issue to offer you renewal options.
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