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Scientific American, August 2008 Periodical

Scientific American, August 2008

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"Facing the Freshwater Crisis": Existing technologies could avert a global water crisis - if they are implemented soon.

"Why Migraines Strike": Biologists have solved the mystery of one of our most misunderstood, poorly recognized, and inadequately treated medical disorders.

"Bracing for a Solar Superstorm": A recurrence of the 1859 solar superstorm would be a cosmic Katrina, causing billions of dollars of damage to satellites, power grids, and radio communications.

"Self-Cleaning Materials": The lotus plant's ability to repel dirt has inspired a range of self-cleaning and antibacterial technologies.

"Magnifying Taste": Compounds that magnify sweet and salty flavors could combat obesity and heart disease.

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