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May 2015

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Viva Manila

A wave of Filipino families in Las Vegas is putting a Pacific spin on fried chicken, hot dogs and Sin City itself

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The Body Shop

At a laboratory in North Carolina, scientists are working furiously to create a future in which replacement organs come from a machine

Knee Bone

The Skeleton Crew

The company EpiBone could be on the verge of a major breakthrough

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Mind Meld

Exploring uncharted territory, neuroscientists are making strides with human subjects who can "talk" directly by using their minds

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Strokes of Genius

Not Impossible Labs has developed a breakthrough approach to communication

Brain

Upload Your Mind

The idea is about as science fiction as it gets. But surprising progress in neuroscience has some entrepreneurs ready to press "send"

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Levitation Nation

Hold onto your flux capacitors; the future is here

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The Sheltering Sky

Hundred of miles about Earth, orbiting satellites are becoming a bold new weapon in the age-old fight against drought, disease and death

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An Eye for Trouble

With help from George Clooney, the United nations embarks on a new frontier in monitoring the world from above

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Amazon Watch

Advances in satellite technology mean that untouched villages can remain that way

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Monolith

Works donated from the author's archives in Sri Lanka include letters to Kubrick and an early draft of his most famous novel

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Plastic Planet

Mandy Barker didn't have spend too much time on the shores to collect enough debris for her masterpieces

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Welcome to Farmtopia

A new real estate trend has developments planted around working farms. But are these communities sustainable?

Departments

Letters to the Editor

Discussion

Phenomena

History, with Fries

Has the original fast-food restaurant finally reached the end of its success?

Phenomena

Speaking Volumes

Artist Shirin Neshat uses Persian poetry to reveal the conflict between tradition and modernity

Phenomena

Beth Shapiro

Biologist Beth Shapiro offers a guide to the science and ethics of using DNA for de-extinction

Phenomena

The Art of War

The world's animals have developed an incredible variety of venoms. But how?

Phenomena

Natural Selections

On the famous HMS Beagle voyage, painter Conrad Martens depicted the sights along the journey

Phenomena

Sheer Madness

They were a craze when they debuted 75 years ago, but have since been replaced by new social norms

Phenomena

Re-fighting Gallipoli

The Australian actor/director's controversial film views the legendary Gallipoli from the Turkish side

Phenomena

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Fast Forward

Fast Forward

How to give the International Space Station a little bit more room