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In this issue:

“Living in a Quantum World ": Quantum mechanics applies to things of all sizes: birds, plants and maybe even people.

"A Test for Consciousness": A simple test that could ascertain whether a machine is truly conscious.

"Planning for the Black Swan": The accident at Fukushima has focused attention on a new generation of U. S. nuclear reactors.

"Inside the Meat Lab": Scientists are trying to provide high-protein food free of the environmental and ethical concerns that accompany large-scale livestock operations.

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