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VOLUME 102 | NUMBER 2 | March 2014

Invitation to an Insect Rendezvous

Leila Christine Nadir

Artist Brandon Ballengée asks us to spend an intimate evening with bugs.

Twisted Math and Beautiful Geometry

Eli Maor, Eugen Jost

Equations expose hidden aesthetics.

First Person: Exploring the Unconscious Brain

Sandra J. Ackerman

An interview with Nicholas Schiff about a continuum of brain activity.

Social Media Monitors the Largest Fish in the Sea

Tim K. Davies

Snap-happy tourists can help researchers working to understand and conserve whale sharks.

Engineered Molecules for Smarter Medicines

Darlene K. Taylor, Uddhav Balami

Designed polymers dodge body defenses.

Long Live the Data!

Little Interactions Mean a Lot

Roald Hoffmann

Noncovalent bonds are weaklings compared to familiar chemical reactions, but they add up to strongly influence the shape and behavior of molecules.

Podcasts, Slideshows, and Videos, Oh My!

Fenella Saunders

A Path for Nuclear Power

Lee S. Langston

A novel but tested technology, the pebble-bed reactor, can make fission energy safe.

Watching Earth Change

Catherine Clabby

Satellite instruments document the transformations wrought both by the human footprint and by natural processes.

Impossible Points, Erroneous Walks

Henry Petroski

Botched representations of pencils and horses are not just irksome. They can lead to broad misperceptions about how mechanical systems work.

Uniquely Me!

Brian Hayes

How much information does it take to single out one person among billions?

Simulating Star Formation on a Galactic Scale

Clare Dobbs

Powerful models show stellar births.

“The Sight That Met Us Was Shocking”

Dianne Timblin

A review of Bergen-Belsen 1945: A Medical Student's Journal, by Michael John Hargrave

Surviving a Perfect Storm

Fenella Saunders

A review of The Great Extinctions: What Causes Them and How They Shape Life, by Norman MacLeod

Around the Cosmos in 192 Pages

Corey S. Powell

A review of The Cosmic Tourist: Visit the 100 Most Awe-Inspiring Destinations in the Universe!, by Brian May, Patrick Moore, and Chris Lintott


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