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The Sun, Supercharging and the Search
Who Owns the Dead?
The law that allows Native Americans to claim ancient remains must be stronger
Knowledge Can Be Power
Only if colleges and universities teach all students to think like scientists
Into the Wildfire
Building houses at the edge of the wilderness increases the danger of catastrophic blazes
Deathly Scent
Chemical odors trigger honeybees to remove their dead
Suffocated Seas
Researchers pinpoint driver of massive marine life die-off
Milky Way Remapped
New data offer an unprecedented look at the galaxy's stars
Frozen Fungi
Antarctic microorganisms produce intriguing new chemical compounds
Quirky Graphene
The versatile carbon material has some new tricks up its sleeve
Quick Hits
Bilingual Boost
Speaking a second language may give low-income kids a leg up
Couch Potato Persona
Prolonged physical inactivity may make people less agreeable
Why We Won't Miss Opioids
They are not the great all-purpose painkillers they've been cracked up to be
Apps We Really Need
The Waze model of crowdsourced info is only the beginning
The Secret Life of the Sun
Our closest star has a much more exciting biography than scientists once assumed. New research illuminates the sun's past and potential future
Can You Supercharge Your Baby?
Hundreds of toys promise to help babies read, learn, do math and walk earlier than expected—many without scientific backing By Erik Vance
A Painful Mystery
Endometriosis spreads like a vine through the bodies of roughly 176 million women worldwide, causing agony and infertility. Science has struggled to understand the condition, but new research is sparking hope for improved treatments soon
Shrinking Animals
A rise in global temperatures may be making all kinds of creatures smaller–a trend with worrisome implications
Looking at the Stars
What Is Spacetime?
Physicists believe that at the tiniest scales, space emerges from quanta. What might these building blocks look like?
What Is Dark Matter?
An elusive substance that permeates the universe exerts many detectable gravitational influences yet eludes direct detection
What Is Consciousness?
Scientists are beginning to unravel a mystery that has long vexed philosophers
How Did Life Begin?
Untangling the origins of organisms will require experiments at the tiniest scales and observations at the vastest
What Are the Limits of Manipulating Nature?
By reaching down into the quantum world, scientists are hoping to gain more control over matter and energy
How Much Can We Know?
The reach of the scientific method is constrained by the limitations of our tools and the intrinsic impenetrability of some of nature's deepest questions
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50, 100 & 150 Years Ago
Innovation and discovery as chronicled in Scientific American
A Good Life for All
Can humans live well without pillaging the planet?
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