June 15, 2013 | Science News

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  • 50 Years Ago

    Thirty years to Mars

    Men should land on Mars before the century’s end. Some optimists say this could happen by the late 1970s but others argue that the formidable problems to be solved make any time period less than some 30-odd years unrealistic. Unless, they add, there is a now unforeseen breakthrough in launching giant loads into orbit or propelling such loads through interplanetary space. Even before man lands on Mars, however, the question of whether some form of life exists there will be answered ... next year when the National Aeronautics a

  • Reviews & Previews

    Present Shock

    In the 1970 book Future Shock, Alvin Toffler popularized a term for the disorientation that people suffer when they can’t cope with the pace of change around them. Media theorist Rushkoff makes a good case that this predicament has arrived in a generation struggling to live a modern life that’s always on.

    He starts by decrying the decline of narrative in Western culture. The recent technology explosion — from television to video games to YouTube — has put stories on life support, Rushkoff ar

  • People

    Blogger busts dinosaur myths

    For Brian Switek, the arrival of warm weather means it’s time to grab a case of beer, jump in the car and head out for the first dinosaur dig of the season. As a blogger who writes mainly about dinosaurs, he’ll spend days at a time camped out with paleontologists in America’s premier dino-hunting territory.

  • Feature

    View to a cell

    In 2013, Science News published a photo essay highlighting advances in microscopy that illuminate life within us, work that has now earned three researchers the 2014 Nobel Prize in chemistry.