Scientific American Highlights: October 2007

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Scientific American (, one of the world's most enduring and revered science and technology magazines, announces the new October 2007 issue, including a special report on "The Future of Space Exploration." The editorial content for the October issue includes:

Five Essential Things to Do in Space


The Future of Space Exploration

The launch of the Russian space satellite half a century ago inaugurated the Space Age. What comes next? 9C1EFD8-E7F2-99DF-3010698E23A988A6

"To the Moon and Beyond"

By Charles Dingell, William A. Johns and Julie Kramer White

Humans are returning to the moon. This time the plan is to stay a while. 610B7A5-E7F2-99DF-3BC3C76AC1328439

"Five Essential Things to Do in Space"

By George Musser

Planetary scientists have a quintet of goals for exploring the solar system. 643BD1C-E7F2-99DF-37B24C27CF0BBB57


"Conservation for the People"

By Peter Kareiva and Michelle Marvier

Pitting nature and biodiversity against people makes little sense. Many conservationists now argue that human health and well-being should be central to conservation efforts. 9AD9A56-E7F2-99DF-31194989925EAB97


"How Does Consciousness Happen?"

By Christof Koch and Susan Greenfield

One of the greatest mysteries in science is how brain activity gives rise to subjective experience. Two leading neuroscientists compare their differing theories. 65C0F4E-E7F2-99DF-383DC0B16998C011


"The Diamond Age of Spintronics"

By David D. Awschalom, Ryan Epstein and Ronald Hanson

Revolutionary electronic devices can harness the spins of electrons instead of their charge. Such devices might one day enable room-temperature quantum computers--made of diamond. 9D31D6D-E7F2-99DF-39BA3F8E1B66972A


"Experimental Drugs on Trial"

By Beryl Lieff Benderly

A controversial lawsuit challenges the FDA's system of controlling access to experimental drugs and, some say, the scientific basis of drug approval. 9CE875A-E7F2-99DF-3503BA46C5CF796E


"Big Lab on a Tiny Chip"

By Charles Q. Choi

Squeezing a chemistry lab down to fingernail size could provide instant medical tests at home and on the battlefield. 9C337AA-E7F2-99DF-3E2857A3A3D426DC

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