Move over, Higgs boson: Columbia scientists at the Large Hadron Collider are searching for the key to a unified theory of everything. Two scientists think we can safeguard the world's knowledge against an apocalypse if we store it in DNA — how far-fetched is the idea? Ed Yong meets them to find out. Adam Gurri on how science is a bourgeois pastime. Are we alone? The universe seems to be bursting with planets, and this is profoundly important — but not in the way we might expect. Philosophy from the preposterous universe: Sean Carroll interviewed by Richard Marshall. A scientist goes rogue: Can social media and crowdfunding sustain independent researchers? Against the “Golden Fleece” award: Ben Florsheim on pushing back on Bill Proxmire's anti-science legacy. A high-octane debate has broken out among the world’s
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