The columns, essays, original fiction, and feature articles in The Atlantic's May 2013 issue include:
What If We Never Run Out of Oil?
Together, fracking and a little-known energy source called methane hydrate--flammable ice--may soon usher in an age of widespread energy independence. In many respects, this would be a miracle. It might also unleash an arc of instability stretching from Nigeria to Saudi Arabia to Siberia--and doom any hope of halting climate change. Charles C. Mann explores this potentially limitless fossil fuel: what it is, how it is extracted, and what it means for already-fraught geopolitics around the globe.
How Not to Die
Meet Angelo Volandes, a doctor who has a low-tech, high-empathy plan to revolutionize end-of-life care. His goal is simple yet radical: create brief, relatively bland videos (the bland part is intentional) clearly explaining medical information that doctors are sometimes reluctant to share with a patient nearing the end of his or her life. As Jonathan Rauch explains, the aim is to better inform those with advanced dementia, Alzheimer's, and other debilitating illnesses, ultimately triggering "The Conversation" as a matter of medical routine.