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The 10 Biggest Science Stories of 2008

As 2008 draws to a close, it's time to take a look back on the people, places and discoveries that shaped the world of science over the past year

  • December 15, 2008

The Global Food Crisis

Food is scarce in the developing world, and prices are soaring in industrialized nations. Does science hold the key to the next green revolution?

December 9, 2008

AIDS Today--And Tomorrow

On World AIDS Day, we look at the outcome of PEPFAR, President Bush's international AIDS program, the aftermath of a controversial HIV-prevention trial, and the future of microbicides--women-controlled AIDS prevention

December 1, 2008

The Large Hadron Collider: Countdown

On September 10, the world's biggest science experiment is set to come online. Here's how the LHC will search for the Higgs boson, dark matter and supersymmetry

September 4, 2008

Celebrating The Nobel Prizes

More than 130 Nobelists have written more than 200 articles for Scientific American. Here's a sampling, along with a look at the prizes themselves

October 6, 2008

China, the Olympics, and the Environment

As the world's eyes turn to Beijing for the Olympics, China struggles to reconcile its rapid growth with the health of its people and environment

August 4, 2008

What an Obama win means for the environment

Among the many pressing issues that President-elect Barack Obama will face when he takes office in January is climate change, which he has called an “immediate threat” and warned has made Earth a “planet in peril.” In an effort to prevent and reverse the problem, he supports a so-called cap-and-trade scheme similar to one now in effect in the U.S.

November 5, 2008 — David Biello

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