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Air: It's one of the world's most important, least understood, and possibly life-saving substances
In 2010, OxyContin introduced a new formula that drug abusers can't crush to a powder to snort or inject. This is how it works, chemically, and whether it actually deters abuse.
How do you tell if a flu is dangerous enough to bring down the Olympics? Map diseases in real-time, throughout the entire country
Yet another reason to save them from extinction
But the long-term effects of prolonged cellphone use require further study—and will spark fresh controversy
Your cellphone does not in itself cause cancer. But in the daily sea of radiation we all travel, there may be subtler dangers at work, and science is only just beginning to understand how they can come to affect people like Per Segerbäck so intensely
The Big Question: How many people will it infect this year?
As the CDC announces the first U.S. death from the swine flu, media outlets wrestle with how to cover the outbreak
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
Sewage is more than just filth. It's evidence of our worst habits, everything from caffeine to cocaine, all ingested and flushed down the toilet. Now scientists are using wastewater to drug-test entire cities, and the results are sobering
Studies heralding the health benefits of our most sinful indulgences are a dime a dozen. But are they ever for real?
Space-age technology helps combat an old disease
A different sort of computer virus gives drug developers new weaponry
The annual BMJ Christmas Issue highlights offbeat research