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Fireworks Go Green

David ChavezJul 1, 2016

Colorful explosions require complicated chemistry. As chemists study the toxicology and air quality effects of fireworks, they can reduce potential environmental impacts.

Science Culture

The Making of a Xenotext

Barbara Aulicino, Dianne TimblinJun 22, 2016

Christian Bök’s ambitious project combines poetry, cryptography, and bioengineering.

 

From the Staff

The Mathematics of Crime

Fenella SaundersJun 16, 2016

A discussion with two of the team members who helped create the “predictive policing” computer program about the mathematics behind it.

The Long View

Fire’s Weird Behavior in Space

Fenella SaundersApr 13, 2016

In the microgravity environment of outer space, flames burn very differently than they do on Earth. Understanding those differences not only helps researchers grasp the properties of combustion and burning, but is also crucial for outer-space missions.

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