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The Coming Population Crash: Investigating the Aftermath of a Population Implosion

In his 2010 book The Coming Population Crash, author and journalist Fred Pearce describes past attempts to curb population growth and analyzes the social effects of the current-day shift in demographics.

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The Impending Population Boom … or Food Crash?

Lester R. Brown’s Full Plant, Empty Plates depicts a bleak future caused by growing population pressures and irresponsible resource usage. Warning of impending crisis, his book urges readers to take action now.

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Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

Bill McKibben’s Eaarth not only strikingly describes the desolate state our planet is currently in and how it came to be this way, but also prescribes a plan to revert this change for the sake of current and future generations.

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Cities

Although the world is rapidly becoming increasingly urbanized, many facts about cities still surprise us. Here are five fascinating insights into the nature of the modern city.

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Sam Spaulding (JE ’13): The Makings of a Robot Developer

From working at Walt Disney to appearing on Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, Sam Spaulding (JE ’13) has done it all. While at Yale, he has combined his interests in computer science and cognitive science to explore the growing field of social robotics.

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Debunking Science: The Science of Cryopreservation

From Star Wars to Futurama, science fiction just would not be complete without cryopreserving a couple of heroes. Of course, the ability to freeze humans and revive them centuries later remains well out of reach, but cryopreservation has been a

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Electricity from Thin Air: Using Nanotechnology to Capture the Energy Around Us

Dr. Zhong Lin Wang, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech, has created a hybrid cell that can harness solar and mechanical energy at the same time. This innovative development in nanotechnology could power small electronic devices using nothing more than surrounding light or the motion of our breathing.

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A New Weapon in the Fight Against Disease: Diagnosing Malaria with Magnets

An ingenious, easy-to-use diagnostic device developed by Vanderbilt professor Dr. Rick Haselton could be a game-changer in the fight against malaria.

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Is Google Ruining Your Memory? The Science of Memory in the Digital Age

Google and other technologies that provide ubiquitous and instant access to information are not only changing what we remember — they are changing how we remember. At some point we must ask ourselves, are these changes for the best?

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