Science

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Addicted to Antidepressants?

Scores of patients call Paxil, a top-selling antidepressant, their emotional lifesaver. But some say that getting off the drug has been physically torturous. Now they’re asking, Why weren’t we warned?

Apr 2003

What if It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie?

The moment the government started telling Americans to eat less fat, we got fatter. The truths about why we gain weight and why it is so hard to lose it might turn out to be much different than we think.

Dr. Daedalus

A radical plastic surgeon wants to give you wings.

Jul 2001

Please Stand by While the Age of Miracles Is Briefly Suspended

How the president is trying to kill my daughter.

Aug 2004

Frozen Siberian Mummies Reveal a Lost Civilization

Global warming may finally do in the bodies of the ancient Scythians.

Jul 2008
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The Boy Who Heard Too Much

He was a 14-year-old blind kid, angry and alone. Then he discovered that he possessed a strange and fearsome superpower—one that put him in the cross hairs of the FBI.

Sep 2009

Beetle Warfare

What happens when an exotic bug is brought in to fight an exotic weed?

The Hardest Thing to Do in Space

… is land on something. Tom Rivellini and his NASA team, who specialize in that, put the Curiosity rover on Mars with their mind-boggling sky crane. Now they’re on to the next thing, which is even bolder.

Dec 2012

Where Research and Tourism Collide

Coping with growth, science can find itself at odds with society and must decide whether to study the changes or fight them.

Ready When You Are

Now a woman can store her eggs and conceive a baby in her sixties.

Oct 2005

Bonfire of the Superweeds

In the Sonoran Desert, good intentions combust.

They Laughed at Galileo Too

Dean Radin knows that parapsychology is hardly the most credible field of science. That doesn’t stop him from believing he can turn on a switch with his mind.

Global Warning

World leaders neglected early warnings about global warming. Now, without an all-out assault on carbon emissions, we’ll soon see a “totally different planet.”

Feb 2007

Immigration Reform—For the Climate

Immigrants come to the U.S. determined to make a new life. So often they’re more open to the kind of changes we’ll need to deal with climate change.

Year One

Climate chaos has arrived.

Jan 2006

Teaming Up with Thoreau

One hundred fifty years after the publication of Walden, Henry David Thoreau is helping scientists monitor global warming.

Shifting Sands in Navajoland

Global climate change is making its mark on the reservation.

The Attack on Climate-Change Science

An anatomy of how climate deniers have succeeded in submarining climate science.

Feb 2010

Balance of Power

Green energy isn’t necessarily harmless. But new efforts are under way to site renewable energy projects and transmission lines outside unspoiled landscapes and wildlife habitat.

May 2010

Wish You Weren’t Here

Quagga mussels—an extraordinarily prolific and costly invasive species—jump from the Midwest to Lake Mead. Dealing with them will be anything but a vacation.

The Wild Wild East

It’s always been assumed that old-growth forests survived only in the West. But now the East Coast is experiencing the shock of the old as well.

Dust and Snow

High in the snowy San Juan Mountains, tiny particles have big implications.

What Only-Child Syndrome?

They’re smart, well adjusted and mature for their years. If there’s a problem with only children, researchers have yet to find it.

Not So Fast

The environmental optimists are wrong: there is no market-oriented, technological fix. Simply, and radically, people have to change their lives.