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Overview

Introduction

The Year in Science
by Jeanene Swanson

 

Section 1: Awards

1.1   What Is Propofol – and How Could It Have Killed Michael Jackson?
        by Katherine Harmon

1.2   Ban Chimp Testing
        by the Editors

1.3   Foods in the Year 2000
        by Christina Agapakis

1.4   Timelines, Roadmaps, and Tools: Navigating the Futures of Synthetic Biology
        by Christina Agapakis

1.5   Can Stem Cells Help Save Snow Leopards from Extinction?
        by John R. Platt

1.6   Bat-Killing Fungus Continues Deadly Spread; Death Toll Now at 7 Million
        by John R. Platt

 

Section 2: The Higgs Boson

2.1   New Particle Resembling Higgs Boson Uncovered
        by John Matson

2.2   The Higgs at Last
        by Michael Riordan, Guido Tonelli and Sau Lan Wu

2.3   The Higgs Boson and the Future of Science
        by Ashutosh Jogalekar

 

Section 3: The Curiosity Rover 

3.1   NASA's Curiosity Rover Lands Safely on Mars
        by John Matson

3.2   Ready to Rove: Curiosity Project Scientist Lays Out Mars Tour Plans
        by David Appell

 

Section 4: Environmental Issues

4.1   Fracking Would Emit Large Quantities of Greenhouse Gases
        by Mark Fischetti

4.2   If Natural Gas Is Less Noxious Than Coal, Don’t We Have to Frack?
        by John Horgan

4.3   The Great Climate Experiment
        by Ken Caldeira

4.4   Witness to an Antarctic Meltdown
        by Douglas Fox

 

Section 5: Health Care Reform

5.1   Health Care Reform on Trial in the Supreme Court
        by Katherine Harmon

5.2   U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care
        by Katherine Harmon and Christine Gorman

 

Section 6: Viruses: HIV and the Flu

6.1   Blocking HIV's Attack
        by Carl June and Bruce Levine

6.2   Secrets of the HIV Controllers
        by Bruce D. Walker

6.3   Controversial Bird-Flu Research Published: How Worried Should We Be?
        by Fred Guterl

 

Section 7: Junk DNA

7.1   Junk DNA Holds Clues to Common Diseases
        by Katherine Harmon

7.2   Journey to the Genetic Interior
        by Stephen S. Hall

 

Section 8: The Human Microbiome Project

8.1   The Ultimate Social Network
        by Jennifer Ackerman

8.2   Taking Stock of all the Bugs that Call Humans Home
        by Katherine Harmon

 

Section 9: Technology, Sports and Health

9.1   The Collision Syndrome
        by Jeffrey Bartholet

9.2   Mind in Motion
        by Miguel A. L. Nicolelis

9.3   Should Oscar Pistorius's Prosthetic Legs Disqualify Him from the Olympics?
        by Rose Eveleth

9.4   Drug Testing in Sports Enters a More Aggressive Era
        by John Matson

A Look Back: The Best of 2012

It’s hard to believe 2012 is coming to a close. Lucky for us, this year has seen some amazing science, and in this eBook, we’ve compiled Scientific American’s best stories of 2012 with an eye on content, authorship and news value.

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