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VOLUME 103 | NUMBER 3 | May 2015

What’s in a Smell?

A Walk Down the Hall

The Next Great Exoplanet Hunt

Kevin Heng, Joshua Winn

Future telescopes are poised to find strange new worlds.

Fabrication at the Nano Scale with Molds and Imprinting

Jaslyn B. K. Law

Technologies similar to embossing but at minuscule sizes can create novel devices.

A Wire Across the Ocean

Ainissa Ramirez

The first telegraph cable to span the Atlantic revolutionized communication, but it also transformed business, politics, and even language.

Bringing Postnatural History into View

Richard W. Pell, Lauren B. Allen

Domesticated species of plants and animals illustrate adaptation by means of artificial selection—that is, selection driven by human needs and preferences.

Robert Wilson: Fermilab’s Master Physicist, Sculptor, and Engineer

Henry Petroski

The founder of one of the world’s leading particle colliders put his stamp on every aspect of the lab, from its aesthetics to its energy levels.

A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure World

Jamie L. Vernon

An Emerging Field

Modern Lessons from Ancient Food Webs

Justin D. Yeakel, Jennifer A. Dunne

From the Cambrian Burgess Shale to ancient Egypt, food webs share surprising structural attributes. When redundancy is lost, the threat of extinction grows.

First Person: Jim Smith

Sandra J. Ackerman

An interview with Jim Smith about his work as an evolutionary biology researcher and evolution educator.

Taste, Sickness, and Learning

Terry L. Davidson, Anthony L. Riley

Understanding how we form aversions to particular flavors has led to new ideas about learning—and could have implications for treating obesity and drug use.

The Fatigue Conundrum

Ashley Nunes, Philippe Cabon

Whether it’s mild sleepiness or mind-numbing exhaustion, the challenge of fatigue on the job can be complex, dangerous, and surprisingly difficult to manage.

How Can Art Move Us Beyond Eco-Despair?

Robert Louis Chianese

Grim news about climate change easily triggers a sense of helplessness. Art can help redirect that feeling into one of active engagement.

Crawling toward a Wiser Web

Brian Hayes

Computing with data sets as large as the World Wide Web was once the exclusive prerogative of large corporations; the Common Crawl gives the rest of us a chance.

Birth of the Coolth

Dianne Timblin

A brief review of COOL: How Air Conditioning Changed Everything, by Dianne Timblin.

On the Shore of the Infinite

Corey S. Powell

A brief review of COSMIGRAPHICS: Picturing Space Through Time, by Corey S. Powell

Mistrust, Metaphor, and Medicine

Katie L. Burke

A brief review of ON IMMUNITY: An Inoculation, by Katie L. Burke.

The Challenge of Restoring Biodiversity's Outer Edge

Katie L. Burke

For the rarest butterfly in North America, restoration efforts may have increased its food supply—but also its predators.


Katie L. Burke

In this roundup, associate editor Katie Burke summarizes notable recent developments in scientific research, selected from reports compiled in the free electronic newsletter Sigma Xi SmartBrief.

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