The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9-11 Commission, was created by congressional legislation and the signature of President George W. Bush in late 2002. This independent, bipartisan commission had the task of producing a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the attack, including preparedness and immediate response, and providing recommendations designed to guard against future attacks.
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From the pages of Scientific American magazine: "The Science of Persuasion" reveals how sales people and politicians, as well as friends and family, get others to agree to what they want.
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Identifying genetic influences on vulnerability to alcohol addiction can lead to more targeted treatments and help those at risk to make informed choices about their lives. Learn more in this article, "Seeking the Connections: Alcoholism and Our Genes", from the April 2007 edition of Scientific American.
Evidence is mounting that global warming enhances a cyclone's damaging winds and flooding rains. Learn more in this article, "Warmer Oceans, Stronger Hurricanes", from the July 2007 edition of Scientific American.
Energy-efficient diesel engines are nearly as green as hybrids, thanks to improved technology, exhaust scrubbers, and a new fuel. This article from the March 2007 edition of Scientific American explains.
New systems may allow people to record all that has touched their lives, thereby creating a collection of personal digital archives, as this article from the March 2007 edition of Scientific American explains.
From the pages of Scientific American, this is the January 2007 cover story "A Robot in Every Home" by Bill Gates. Gates is the co-founder and chairman of Microsoft. In this article, the leader of the PC revolution predicts that the next hot field will be robotics.
The presence of methane in the atmospheres of Mars and Titan might mean there is unusual geologic activity going on. It might also be an indicator of life. Learn more in this article, "The Mystery of Methane on Mars and Titan", from the May 2007 edition of Scientific American.
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The cover story, "A Simpler Origin for Life", shows how energy driven networks of small molecules may be more likely first steps for life than the commonly held idea of the sudden emergence of large, self-replicating molecules such as RNA. Next, "Lifting the Fog around Anesthesia", which explains why current anesthetics are so potent and sometimes dangerous and how they will lead to a new generation of safer targeted drugs. We'll also hear about "Restoring America's Big Wild Animals".
In the cover story, "The Promise of Plasmonics", a new technology squeezes electromagnetic waves into miniscule structures. It may yield super-fast computer chips, ultra-sensitive molecular detectors and perhaps even invisibility cloaks. Next, "Gassing up with Hydrogen". Researchers are exploring ways for fuel-cell vehicles to hold the hydrogen they need for long-distance travel. We'll also hear about a cure for rabies, and the survival of a Wisconsin teenager who contracted rabies.
A few years ago, conservation biologists met to ponder a bold plan: the reintroduction of large, extinct animals to North America. Learn where that landmark project is now with this article, "Restoring America's Big Wild Animals", from the June 2007 edition of Scientific American.
First, the cover story "A Robot in Every Home" in which Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates predicts that intelligent mobile devices will soon be everywhere. Next, we'll delve into "What is a Planet?", discussing the controversial new official definition which banished Pluto. We'll also hear about the "Evolution of Cancer"...followed by "Better Ways to Target Pain". Finally, we'll explore what it will take for ethanol to pay off as an alternative to gasoline.
This edition includes four articles: First, the cover story: "The Memory Code", about learning to read minds by understanding how brains store experiences. Then, the articles "Warmer Water, Super Hurricanes", "A Malignant Flame", and "An Earth Without People".
TV broadcasting as we know it is set to end on Feb. 17, 2009. But as this article from the Feb. 2007 edition of Scientific American explains, its legacy could make the transition to digital TV anything but smooth.
In the cover story, The Mystery of Methane on Mars and Titan, could the methane in the atmosphere of Mars and Titan be caused by unusual geologic activity or life? Next, Chromosomal Chaos and Cancer. Current wisdom on the role of genes in malignancy may not explain some of the features of cancer, but stepping back to look at the bigger picture inside cells reveals a view that just might. We'll also hear about Preventing Blackouts.
First, the cover story, Predicting Disease: how antibodies could foretell the future of your health. Next, Diesels Come Clean: thanks to improved engines, exhaust scrubbers, and a new fuel, energy efficient diesels are nearly as green as hybrids. We'll also hear about A Digital Life: new systems may allow people to record all that has touched their lives, creating personal digital archives. Finally, we'll explore the Mapping of the Cancer Genome: crossing the complex landscape of human malignancies.