Scientific American Magazine Vol 322 Issue 5

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Volume 322, Issue 5

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The Future of Medicine: A New Era for Alzheimer's

It is time for a fresh approach to the illness

Giant Volcano Rewrites the Story of Seafloor Formation

Tamu Massif and dozens of other seafloor volcanoes formed like sheet cakes, not layer cakes 

Quantum Steampunk: 19th-Century Science Meets Technology of Today

Quantum Steampunk: 19th-Century Science Meets Technology of Today

Just as fictional steampunk unites Victorian style with sci-fi tech, a new branch of physics is updating thermodynamics for modern quantum systems 

The Human Toll of Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s took my wife’s memory and her life and tortured our family. There was nothing we—or medicine—could do to stop it 

Menopause Predisposes a Fifth of Women to Alzheimer's

Being female is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s. Why?

Five Types of Research, Underexplored until Recently, Could Produce Alzheimer's Treatments

Research into the brain’s protein-disposal systems, electrical activity and three other areas looks promising

A Harder Look at Alzheimer's Causes and Treatments

Amyloid, the leading target for dementia therapy, faces skepticism after drug failures

The New Alzheimer's–Air Pollution Link

Toxic airborne particles can travel from lungs and nose to the brain, and exposure is linked to memory loss

How 'Sustainable' Development Ravaged the Congo Basin

How 'Sustainable' Development Ravaged the Congo Basin

Pygmies and wildlife coexisted for millennia—until conservation coupled with extractive industries arrived


50, 100 & 150 Years Ago
50, 100 & 150 Years Ago: May 2020
Recommended Books, May 2020
From the Editor
Diseases and Deadlines
In Case You Missed It
Machine That Keeps Livers Alive for a Week Can Repair Damaged Organs
New Model Predicts Sudden Rogue Waves
Countdown to Commercial Crew
Pumping Charged Particles onto Airplane Surfaces Could Reduce Lightning Strikes
Smell Receptors Activate Ant Aggression
Deltas Gain Ground--but the Trend Won't Last
DIY Tool Lets High Schoolers Practice Gene Editing
Shorebird Learns Long Migration Routes
Parasites Thrive in Lizard Embryos' Brain
Readers Respond to the January 2020 Issue
The Science of Health
The Morally Complex Mix of Euthanasia and Organ Donation
When Will Speech-Recognition Software Finally Be Good Enough?
Anti Gravity
Flat Earthers Are Flat Wrong
Graphic Science
Satellites in Low Orbits Are Taking over the Skies
Funding Cuts Threaten to Hobble American Science
Satellites Endanger Pristine Views of the Night Sky
The Science Agenda
Facial-Recognition Technology Needs More Regulation
Poem: Teachers of Ice