Scientific American Frontiers

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<strong>Surgical Slimmers</strong>. In spite of the risks, people are lining up to solve their weight problems in the operating room. And if the latest device – an implantable stomach “pacer” – works out, millions more will be taking the surgical way out.

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<strong>Cars that Think</strong>. The fully automatic car may be down the road a ways, but cars that do your thinking for you are just around the corner – they watch out for hazards, they listen to you, they read your lips, they even know when you’re distracted.

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<strong>Going Deep</strong>. A look back at the decades of effort that culminated in the deep sub Alvin reaching the ocean floor, and a look forward to what’s next now Alvin’s retiring.

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<strong>Chimp Minds</strong>. A visit with an engaging if unruly bunch of cousins that we formally broke up with about 6 or 7 million years ago – with whom we share almost all of our genes but not a lot of our lifestyle. Why the difference? Maybe it’s in how we learn.

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<strong>Hot Planet – Cold Comfort</strong>. So you think global warming won’t affect you? Wait until the great Atlantic Conveyor shuts down. And find out what’s already happening in Alaska.

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<strong>Hydrogen Hopes</strong>. Hydrogen may be the fuel of the future, but what will it take to safely and efficiently make the transition from today’s fossil fuels?

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<strong>Hidden Motives</strong>. If you think you know why you do things, you’re probably wrong. How does the unconscious mind determine human behavior?

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<strong>The Secret Canyon</strong>. The best kept secret of American archeology is now revealed – an entire canyon of perfectly preserved 1,000-year-old remains.

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<strong>Cybersenses</strong>. Replacement synthetic senses for people are now a reality. Children as young as 12 months are already getting artificial hearing – while the first trials of electronic retinas for the blind are just beginning.

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<strong>Robot Pals</strong>. To be really useful, robots need to behave as cooperative partners rather than mindless machines. We’ll meet three robots – including a future member of an astronaut team – that are trying to better understand us.

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