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    Carbon, It’s Elementary, Dear Reader

    A selection of illustrations from the new book Carbon, One Atom’s Odyssey.

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    We’re More of Ourselves When We’re in Tune with Others

    Music reminds us why going solo goes against our better nature.

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    Why We Need More Intellectually Promiscuous Scientists

    When Thomas Steitz, Ada Yonath, and Venkatraman Ramakrishnan were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their research, in 2009, they acknowledged a debt. Without the work of two of the Physics Laureates that year, the chemists would have lacked the CCD detectors, or high-quality imaging hardware, they used to model and image ribosomes, […]

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    Authenticity in the Age of the Fake

    As science blurs the real and unreal, we are learning to distinguish them in new ways.

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    When Dating Algorithms Can Watch You Blush

    The next generation of dating algorithms will use real-life interactions.

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    Why Fireworks Displays Can’t Include a Perfect Red, White, and Blue

    “Mother Nature can be a handful when she wants to be,” says John Conkling, the former technical director of the American Pyrotechnics Association and a professor emeritus of chemistry at Washington College. Except he used a stronger, more colorful word than “handful.” When it comes to fireworks, “she just doesn’t want to give you that […]

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    Five Things We Still Don’t Know About Water

    From steam to ice, water continues to mystify.

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    The Executioner We Can’t Live Without

    You’re dead meat without special molecules that kill rotten proteins.

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    Whiskey Can’t Hide Its Age Either

    Anxious distillers are trying to make bourbon old before its time.

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    How to Turn Your Dog Off

    Suspended animation is becoming a life-saving medical procedure.