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VOLUME 105 | NUMBER 1 | January 2017

Computational Thinking in Science

Peter J. Denning

The computer revolution has profoundly affected how we think about science, experimentation, and research.

Setbacks and Prospects for Autonomous Vehicles

Henry Petroski

Self-driving cars seemed ready to keep going ahead, but some recent incidents have slowed their development.

Photoshopping the Universe

Travis A. Rector, Kimberly Arcand, Megan Watzke

Astronomers produce beautiful images by manipulating raw telescope data, but such processing makes images more accurate, not misrepresentative of reality.

The Prospects of Artificial Endosymbioses

Ryan Kerney, Zakiya Whatley, Sarah Rivera, David Hewitt

The use of beneficial microbes holds promise for public health and food production, but has trade-offs that are not yet fully understood.

Win-Win Textbooks

Endangered Seeds

Deconstructing Disaster

Daniel P. Aldrich

Casual observers of catastrophe continue to distinguish between human-caused and natural disasters, but in either case consider them to be unforeseeable events. Two recent books—Love Canal, by Richard Newman, and The Cure for Catastrophe, by Robert Muir-Wood—might change some minds.

Soviet Blocks

Jesse Schell

The story behind the pioneering game Tetris is complex, spanning the worlds of technology, psychology, entertainment, politics, and business. Thirty years on, two books tell the tale: The Tetris Effect, by technology journalist Dan Ackerman, and Tetris, by Ignatz Award–winning cartoonist Box Brown. Each ushers readers along a distinct and enlightening path.

The Hand-in-Hand Spread of Mistrust and Misinformation in Flint

Siddhartha Roy

The water crisis not only left infrastructure and government agencies in need of cleaning up; the information landscape was also messy.

Blood, Guts, and Hope

Carl M. Schoellhammer, Robert Langer, C. Giovanni Traverso

Treatment of gastrointestinal tissue with ultrasound makes it more permeable to medications that can alleviate inflammatory bowel disease.

Ending the Crisis of Complacency in Science

Matthew Nisbet

To survive the Trump administration, scientists need to invest in a strategic vision that mobilizes social change.

Now In Color

Robert Frederick

Even though they are far smaller than the shortest wavelength of visible light, tiny biological objects can finally be imaged in multiple hues.

Neanderthals Reenvisioned

Sandra J. Ackerman

New techniques for determining the age of fossils and sediments are providing insights into human origins.

First Person: M. V. Ramana

Fenella Saunders

A Q&A about the future prospects of nuclear power.


Katie L. Burke

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