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      September 1, 1980Sustainability


      The future growth in the global demand for energy will come mainly from the less developed countries. If the demand is to be satisfied, the transfer of technology from the developed countries is essential...
      August 1, 1988The Sciences

      Measuring Crustal Deformation in the American West

      Continental crust is actively deforming as the Pacific and North America plates slide past each other. Direct measurements of the process rely on extraterrestrial reference points such as quasars...
      March 23, 2010Sustainability

      How Will Climate Change Affect Arctic Migrations?

      With climate change transforming the Arctic, biologists are scrambling to understand the impact on gray whales and other creatures living in the region
      The Top 10 Science Stories of 2010 [Slide Show]

      1. Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

      On April 20, a well-head blowout at BP's Macondo oil well (pictured) set off an explosion on board the Deepwater Horizon rig floating about a mile above. The blast claimed 11 lives, sank the rig and unleashed a three-month deluge that spewed 750 million liters of crude oil (and natural gas) into the Gulf of Mexico...
      April 20, 2011

      Seafood at risk: Dispersed oil poses a long-term threat

      The two-hour drive from New Orleans to Venice, La., is like cutting into a slice of apple pie—it’s as American as it gets. Busy streets and high-rise buildings give way to farms, fields, and wetlands, in the perfect picture of rural, small-town America...
      November 1, 1983Sustainability

      Slurry Pipelines

      They currently serve to transport metal ores and coal suspended in water. Their greatest potential is for transporting coal from Western states to power stations in other parts of the country...
      December 1, 2009Health

      World Changing Ideas: 20 Ways to Build a Cleaner, Healthier, Smarter World

      From solar power to powering our planet with garbage, Scientific American explores ideas that would improve our planet
      August 1, 1985The Sciences

      Books, August 1985

      Downthrust Everest, cod and oil, variable man, women of the world, leaves of ferns
      April 1, 1960The Sciences


      The geologist defines it as particles of rock between .05 and two millimeters in diameter. The shape of sand grains, transported by water and wind, is a clue to their history
      October 1, 2013Sustainability

      Russia’s Nuclear Reactors Could Take over the World, Safe or Not

      The federation is aggressively selling reactors to countries with little nuclear experience, raising safety concerns
      May 1, 1975The Sciences

      Science and the Citizen, May 1975

      February 1, 2018Biology

      To Protect Ocean Life, Marine Reserves Have to Be Redrawn Based on Science

      Big marine reserves look good on maps, but it takes tough rules close to shore to improve fisheries and biodiversity
      October 1, 1982The Sciences

      How Honeybees Find a Home

      In most of the Temperate Zone a new colony of honeybees must locate a snug shelter in order to survive the winter. The search is carried out by the older "scout" bees with remarkable rigor...
      October 1, 2014Sustainability

      Methane Hydrates Could Power the Planet—or Fry It

      Methane hydrates could solve the world's energy challenge—or make global warming worse
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