VOLUME 104 | NUMBER 3 | May 2016
Energy production requires water, and clean water requires energy. How will we overcome this feedback loop in a warming, increasingly crowded world?
Protecting the Internet and online computerized systems from attack is a difficult, messy problem. Here’s why.
How can scientists hunt for alien habitats without defining life?
As the political divide between the two countries begins to narrow, enthusiasm for scientific collaboration is running high on both sides.
Q&A with Virginia Tech civil engineer Marc Edwards on uncovering the water crises in Flint, Michigan and Washington, DC and his efforts to keep it from happening again.
Virginia Tech graduate student Siddhartha Roy speaks about his experiences uncovering the Flint water crisis and how it has affected his outlook on science and his career.
In this roundup, digital features editor Katie L. Burke summarizes notable recent developments in scientific research, selected from reports compiled in the free electronic newsletter Sigma Xi SmartBrief. Online: https://www.smartbrief.com/sigmaxi/index.jsp
Clearing and staining the scalyhead sculpin reveals defensive solutions that are highly mobile.
After almost a century of study, engineers are still debating the best ways to help drivers move as safely and efficiently as possible.
Many research results define boundaries of what cannot be known, predicted, or described. Classifying these limitations shows us the structure of science and reason.
Pyrite, an iron sulfide, may be worthless to gold miners, but the mineral has great utility in everything from fertilizer to electronics.
Geobiologist Hope Jahren’s memoir, Lab Girl, takes readers on a behind-the-scenes tour of science as she recounts the triumphs and misadventures of setting up three labs and conducting research in the Canadian Arctic, Ireland, Hawaii, and across the continental United States.
For Professor Astro Cat's Atomic Adventure, author Dominic Walliman and illustrator Ben Newman bring an intrepid cosmic traveler back for a journey through physics' many realms.
In Rust, journalist Jonathan Waldman follows a winding, oxidized path—to the Statue of Liberty, through Alaskan oil fields, into the Ball can-making factory, and well beyond—revealing how the work of corrosion engineers improves contemporary life, making it easier, more productive, and far safer.
Through the pages of A Brief History of Creation, Bill Mesler and H. James Cleaves II trace humanity’s obsession with the origin story of life on Earth as Westerners have told it, from the philosophy of Anaximander in the 6th century BCE to a 21st-century biology lab at Harvard Medical School.
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