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Styrofoam, a Practical and Problematic Creation
The good and bad of an everlasting invention.
The Folly of the Martian Back-Up Plan
Why resources spent building a colony on the red planet would be a waste of money.
Aspirin: Turn-of-the-Century Miracle Drug
Aspirin has had a long history as a pain reliever. But only in the 1970s did scientists begin to uncover its chemical secrets.
Atoms for Peace: The Mixed Legacy of Eisenhower’s Nuclear Gambit
Policy & Politics
Following World War II, President Dwight Eisenhower attempted a risky balancing act between war and peace, secrecy and transparency.