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Computer Code and Chaos

Then Again, Maybe Not

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Sterile Beginnings: The History of Planetary Protection

Microbes Coming and Going (or Forward and Back Contamination)

NASA's Approach to Planetary Protection

Earthly Microbes Not Welcome: Reducing Forward Contamination Risks

Alien Microbes Not Welcome: Reducing Back Contamination on Apollo 11

Planetary Protection on Apollo 11

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Law & Order: SVU (Space Vehicles Unit)

Who Watches the Spacemen?

What, No Starfleet?

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Crafting a Swarm

Kilobots in Action

Small Bot, Big Impact

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Robo-pilots and Alien Buttocks

Drive It With Your Brain

Bistromath, Hitchhiking and Classic Rock

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Sunburn for Grocery Bags

One Litter Solution

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Using Adsorbents for Environmental Cleanup

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Tiny Appetites for Destruction

Otherworldly Plastics

Biodegradation versus Disintegration

Biodegradation Additives for Plastics

The Biodegradation Additives Debate

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Rare Earths: Green or not-too-green?

Author's Note: What are rare earth elements, and what do they have to do with the environment?

Potential Uses for Bioplastics

Challenges Facing the Bioplastics Industry

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Many Ways to Coat, Many Ways to Go Green

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Signs of Life

From Mars to Earth, With Love

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Building Up, Not Out

Smaller Is Better

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Croquet Rules

Croquet Caveats

Croquet Scoring

Croquet Tips

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Drought: Phases of Death

The Wages of Drought

Drought Preparedness and Prediction

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Bocce Ball Rules

Bocce Ball Scoring

Bocce Ball Tips

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Jaron Lanier, Renaissance Man and Big Thinker

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Why hydrogen?

How does hydrogen generate usable power?

What are the drawbacks of hydrogen?

Sizzle in Your Grizzle

One small problem...

Running Hot and Cold

Abra-ca-dabra!

They Want To Believe

Inspired by tornadoes?

An Accepted Idea

An Unusual Application

Geothermal Energy Production

Geothermal Power Plants

"Conceivable," but "utterly impractical."

The Power of Earthquakes

Making Earthquake Energy Work

Choosing an Airline

What You Can Do

A Cleaner Future

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Is it possible?

Tidal Engery

Mother Nature Knows Best

The Dirt on Dirt

Gravel: The Rocky Road

Ubiquitous Asphalt

Are porous pavements a pollution solution?

Our Naturally Gassy Planet

Passing Gas: From Drill to Refinery to You

Half the Carbon Dioxide of Coal

How much natural gas remains?

Condensation

Chemical Stripping

Freezing

Pre-combustion Capture

Why sequestration?

Where sequestration?

How sequestration?

So, what's the problem?

Polystyrene Recycling Methods

Benefits of Polystyrene Recycling

Sources

Public Transportation: Hopping on Bikes, Boats, Buses and Trains

What is fracking?

Concerns Over Fracking

Cleaning Water & Air

Fighting Poisons

Storing Gases

Natural Gas Cons

Figuring Out Eco-friendly Products

Sustainable Energy

Appetite for Destruction

Alternative Fuel Sources

The Future is Now

The Search for Better Energy

Moving Past Mega-Dams

Tidal Power

Marine Current Power

Wave Power

Osmotic Power

What the Future Holds

Unfair and Unbalanced

Population's Link to Energy

Fixing the Crisis

The Big Idea

Not So Fast

A Parking Lot Prototype

Wireless Communication and Data Aggregation

Low-Tech Solutions

Going Forward

Clean Coal

Low-carbon Energy

Automation as the Way of the Future

Three Kinds of Gas

Are they sustainable?

What about algae?

Farming

Organic Food

Microgenerators

Nanogenerators

Completing the Well

All Important Production Phase

Abandonment

The Thunder Element

No More Chernobyls

The End of Dirty Bombs

Downsides?

Minimizing Your Carbon Footprint At Home

Minimizing Your Carbon Footprint At Work

Knowing Your Food

Farming Values

Sustainable Farming Methods

Benefits of Sustainable Farming

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People: The Next Generation

Shift Away From Climate Change

Killer Robots and the Dark Side of "Green"

What does the future hold?

Other Options

The Woman Within

My Immortal Cells

Saving Lives After Death

When Your Cells Aren't Yours

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I, Chess Master

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PC Polymath

From AI to IA

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From Reality to Replica

Next Time, Use a Transporter

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Ticking the Boxes to Be an Astronaut

Taking a Physical Toll

Somebody's Got a Case of the Mondays

Space Madness

In Space, Hell Is Other People

We Have Met the Enemy, and It Is Us

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Creating the Illusion

Why the Trick Works

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The Myth of the Sonic "Boom"

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From the Beginning

Working Against Your System

The Life Hack: Uberman or Everyman?

Making the Switch to Polyphasic Sleep

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The Quest to Create Fake Flesh

Creating Imitation Beef

How Soon Will Synthetic Meat Ever Replace Big Macs?

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Compounding Pharmacy Regulation and Accreditation

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Compounding Pharmacy Debate

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Tesla's Background

Tesla's Alternating Current Triumph

Tesla Moves into the Unknown

Tesla's Legacy

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Cognitive Dissonance

Confirmation Bias

Denialism

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What Is the Earth's Mantle?

How Hard Is It to Dig That Deep?

What Will We Learn From Digging Down to the Mantle?

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Spinach's History and Nutrition

The Truth about Spinach

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Fracking In-depth

Gas Up

No Fracking Way

Future of Fracking

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Falling Into the Uncanny Valley

Must We Bridge the Uncanny Valley?

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The Psychology of Stockpiling

Smarter Food Stockpiling

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Millimeter Wave Technology

The MMW Scanning Process

Concerns and Objections to Millimeter Wave Scanners

Other Applications of Millimeter Wave Technology

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X-rays or Millimeter Waves?

Peering Beneath Your Clothing: Backscatter and Millimeter Wave Images

Privacy and Safety Concerns of Advanced Imaging Technology

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History of Hype

Why We Fight (Evacuation Orders)

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Auroras: Must-see Shows in Spring and Fall

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SCRAMbled Physics

Hypersonic: Don't Believe the Hype

The Suborbital Shuffle

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First, the Scary Stuff About Nomad Planets

Where Do Nomad Planets Come From?

What Could Conditions Be Like on a Nomad Planet?

Could Life Exist on Nomad Planets?

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Understanding nor'easters

Notable nor'easters

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The (Rusty) Nitty-gritty

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The Surprising Consequences of Being Mean on the Internet

What To Do If You're a Target

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The History of Machine Guns and Semi-automatic Weapons

Gun Control

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It's All Relativity

Do We Have the World on a String?

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Switch It Up

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Why Fluorescent Lights Are So Annoying

A New Type of Light Bulb

Why FIPEL Lights May Be the Future

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If You Like It Then You Should've Put a Patent on It

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Bend It Like Friedman

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History of the Revolving Door

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Stethoscope Basics

Picking Up Sounds

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The Science of Stickiness

Turning Sticky into Sticky Tape

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Use erasers to remove graphite, ink ... and scuff marks?

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Who actually gets credit?

The Impact and Future of MP3 Data

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Who Put the 'Blue' in Blueprint?

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What Are Crystals?

Crystal Blue Persuasion

I'll Melt With You

Famous Crystals I Have Known

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Evil by Design

Scaly Evil

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Putting the Bio in Diversity

Biodiversity in Danger

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Nanocrystals: A Potentially Big Solution in a Microscopic Package

Nanocrystals and Fuel Cells

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Guns and Suicide

Guns and Homicide

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The Hybrid Bikes We Know

The HSB: Taking it Further

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If the Genes Fit

It's a Mad World

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Wagering on Weight Loss

Behavioral Economics and Weight Loss

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Ammonium Nitrate and Its Starring Role in Fertilizer Accidents

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Mutations, Degradations and Scholarly Persuasions

The Critics Have a Brain to Pick

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Egged on by Advances

Not All It's Cracked Up to Be

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The Quest to Stop Attacking Missiles

How Well Do Missile Defenses Work?

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Hard-Rock Underground Mining

Soft-Rock Underground Mining

Dangers in Underground Mining

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Genetic Roots of Mental Illness

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Getting the Green Light

Indie-Glow? Or Not a Glimmer of Hope?

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Breast Cancer Basics

Acquired Mutations: HER2- and Estrogen-positive Cancers

The BRCA Gene Families

BRCA Gene Basics

Testing for BRCA Mutations

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History of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Missions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Criticisms of the Corps

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The Bridge That Ingenuity Built

Inventing on the Fly: A New Method of Bridge Building

The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge: Done, but Never Finished

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A Little Background (or "Sweetie, Math is for Boys")

Women Engineers Unite

The Future of Women in Engineering

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Is Privacy a Many-Splendored Thing?

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Conspiratoiletry Theories

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One Gene, One Protein: The Basics of Gene Therapy

Viruses as Gene Therapy Vectors

Out-of-body Gene Therapy

In-the-body Gene Therapy

Gene Therapy Safety

Diseases Treated With Gene Therapies

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Navigating by Neutron Stars

Galactic GPS

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Trains, Planes, Cars, Boats and ... Pods

A Solution, Elon Musk Style

Mind Your Step, Pod People

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How a Nano Quadrotor Works

Nano Quadrotor Uses and Concerns

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Steady as She Goes

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Taking 'Search' Out of the Equation

The Future of Search and Rescue Technology

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WISE's Original Mission

WISE's New Mission

Why WISE Is So Important

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What is PTSD?

Risk and Protective Factors for PTSD

PTSD and the Military

Counseling for PTSD

Medication for PTSD

Cutting-edge Research

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Search and Rescue Weather Tracking Technology

Operation-Specific Rescue Technology

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With a Little Help From Our Quadrotor Friends

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Sarin's Gruesome Genesis

Synthetic Evil

Run Away, Run Away

Analyzing the Origin

Sarin in Action

The Rogue Weapon

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The Criticism Ratio

How to Criticize Without Being a Jerk

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Set 'em Up, Knock 'em Down

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Bridge (Under) Troubled Waters

Shipworms of Unusual Size

Letting It Sink In

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Where Did Krokodil Come From?

How Does Krokodil Turn Users Into Zombies?

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The Next Best Thing to Being There

Laser Communication Applications: From Outer Space to Wall Street

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Why 'No Tear Shampoo' Works -- and Doesn't

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Comet Get It

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Project Runway

The Aviation Hall of Shame

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Quake It Up

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Getting to Know Your Microbiome

The Project: Swabbing Hundreds of Humans

The Findings (aka You Can Learn a Lot From Your Microbes)

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What Animal-assisted Therapy and Robots Have in Common

The Power of Robots in Therapy

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Getting There Is Half the Hair-pulling

Breaking Records, Taking Measurements

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The Bionic Olympics

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Sugar, Sugar

Hanger Games

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Body Rejuvenation 101

The Life Span of a Cell

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Babies Form Memories Differently

Tapping Into Early Childhood Memories

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Thinking Inside the Box

A New Deal for FDRs?

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Space-age Bugs

Bless You!

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A Brief Bio of Biohacking

Grinding Their Way to the Cyborg Future

DIY Bioscience: If You Want Something Done Right ...

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Leading NASA Into Space