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04. Nov/Dec 2012

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A Giant Leap Forward

Forced to go it alone into space, China has reaped the benefits of building an aerospace industry from the ground up. Now that the future of America’s program looks most uncertain, China may be poised to slingshot ahead.

The Music Man

Steven Angel uses drumming to teach literacy. Across L.A., juvenile-detention centers, schools, and libraries have fallen in love with his program. But scientists say there’s no reason to believe it should work.

Speak, Memory

How the science of recall is finally helping us to learn other languages.

The Death Penalty is Experiencing Technical Difficulties

How legal wrangling over the chemicals used in lethal injection could shut down capital punishment.

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The Big One

Our look at the little things in life that loom large.

INFOGRAPHIC: A Whole New Ballpark

How Los Angeles can beat the odds and make money off its stadium.

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Good Night, Vietnam

Why this Emory prof is studying the sleeping habits of villagers halfway around the world

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Corridors of the Mind

Could neuroscientists be the next great architects?

Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi

Mouse-Infest Destiny

Most of our homes are soaked in mouse urine. It’s at the core of our asthma epidemic—but it helps rodents stay connected.

(ILLUSTRATION: GRAHAM SMITH)

False Clarity, Authentic Confusion

An American strategist’s broadside pales beside a stunning account of how ordinary Chinese grapple with the enigma of their own country.

Crowds in Shanghai, China (PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK)

The Love Bot

The danger of falling for a machine that’s just not that into you

Optimistic Robot

The Death Penalty is Experiencing Technical Difficulties

How legal wrangling over the chemicals used in lethal injection could shut down capital punishment.

Needle

The Least Interesting Man in the World

Created as a figure with no personality, James Bond has survived half a century because of what we keep throwing at him—and projecting onto him.

Bond

Speak, Memory

How the science of recall is finally helping us to learn other languages.

Illustration: Sébastien Thibault

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Quick Studies

Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

The costs of banning America's favorite kids drink from schools may outweigh the benefits, a new study suggests.

In Battle Against Climate Change, Cities Are Left All Alone

Cities must play a critical role in shifting the world to a fossil fuel-free future. So why won't anybody help them?

When a Romance Is Threatened, People Rebound With God

And when they feel God might reject them, they buddy up to their partner.

How Can We Protect Open Ocean That Does Not Yet Exist?

As global warming melts ice and ushers in a wave of commercial activity in the Arctic, scientists are thinking about how to protect environments of the future.

What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

The Big One

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