VOLUME 105 | NUMBER 1 | January 2017
The computer revolution has profoundly affected how we think about science, experimentation, and research.
Self-driving cars seemed ready to keep going ahead, but some recent incidents have slowed their development.
Astronomers produce beautiful images by manipulating raw telescope data, but such processing makes images more accurate, not misrepresentative of reality.
The use of beneficial microbes holds promise for public health and food production, but has trade-offs that are not yet fully understood.
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.
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 water crisis not only left infrastructure and government agencies in need of cleaning up; the information landscape was also messy.
Treatment of gastrointestinal tissue with ultrasound makes it more permeable to medications that can alleviate inflammatory bowel disease.
To survive the Trump administration, scientists need to invest in a strategic vision that mobilizes social change.
Even though they are far smaller than the shortest wavelength of visible light, tiny biological objects can finally be imaged in multiple hues.
New techniques for determining the age of fossils and sediments are providing insights into human origins.
A Q&A about the future prospects of nuclear power.
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