VOLUME 102 | NUMBER 4 | July 2014
Newly discovered in adult mammals, beige fat cells can switch between accumulating fat and burning it, depending on metabolic needs.
To accurately convey the interdependence among all the agents in an ecological system, we may need to break free of standard scientific discourse.
Together, a fictional structure from a 19th-century novelette and the author’s real residence tell the intertwined tale of architecture and engineering.
These major earth-moving events take on a stunning variety of forms.
A new way of analyzing genomic data from tumors may one day allow clinicians to treat each person’s cancer as its own unique disease.
The Solar Dynamics Observatory produces stunning images while investigating the origins of space storms.
Behaviors of coral reef fishes provide strong support for some major new ideas about the evolution of cooperation.
Science depends on compelling narratives.
A review of Arming Mother Nature: The Birth of Catastrophic Environmentalism, by Jacob Darwin Hamblin
A review of Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record, by Errol Fuller
A review of A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race, and Human History, by Nicholas Wade
If there’s no predeterminism in quantum mechanics, can it output numbers that truly have no pattern?
Quantitative analysis of poetry and prose has roots deep in the 19th century.
By manipulating van der Waals forces, it may be possible to create novel types of friction-free nanomachines, propulsive systems, and energy storage devices.
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