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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

The Global Food Crisis

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

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

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

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
What an Obama win means for the environment

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
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

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