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December 3, 2012 Issue

Volume 90, Issue 49
December 3, 2012 Issue, Vol. 90 | Iss. 49
Microbes within pandas and other creatures may hold keys to cost-competitive cellulose-based biofuels
By Stephen K. Ritter
(pp. 13-16)
Regulators and environmentalists force changes in the water repellency business (pp. 20-23)
Government & Policy
U.S. explosion in natural gas, oil production will transform global energy picture  (pp. 30-31)
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Water-focused polemic calls scientists and engineers to action
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Pharmacologist hopes his crowdsourcing experiment will add a new dimension to the open science movement
Microbes within pandas and other creatures may hold keys to cost-competitive cellulose-based biofuels
(pp. 13-16)
Researchers home in on the biochemical mechanism of how cells keep time
(pp. 34-35)

Career & Employment

The field’s adaptability and interdisciplinary nature promote job growth
(pp. 41-42)
Massive open online courses, such as Coursera’s, present opportunities that people and businesses shouldn’t pass up


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