VOLUME 104 | NUMBER 6 | November 2016
When is low genetic diversity worth preserving for distinctiveness, and when is it dooming a population to extinction?
A low-emission method of combustion is full of puzzles and potential.
Single layers of carbon atoms give airplane wings a boost in strength and performance.
Herman O. Sintim, an organic chemist at Purdue University and a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer, discusses novel ways to target bacteria that cause illnesses.
And wastebaskets should not be placed too close to either.
Alternative educational resources need to be further developed to counteract an increasingly costly textbook burden on university students.
Innovations in data science and disease surveillance are changing the way we respond to public health threats.
Over the past 40 years, researchers have learned that social relationships can mean life or death for young primates.
New, large telescope dishes and widespread arrays of receivers continue to provide insights into the nature of the universe.
An Enlightenment mathematician and astronomer, Nathaniel Bowditch improved many areas of life in the early American republic and earned praise both at home and abroad. Yet today his work has largely been forgotten. In Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers, Tamara Plakins Thornton reminds readers why Bowditch was so influential and ponders his legacy.
In The Science Writers’ Essay Handbook, Michelle Nijhuis explores the similarities between the writing process and the scientific process, offering a wealth of practical writing advice along the way.
Plants are essential to human life, which means their health and propagation are vital to us. Yet their seeds mostly escape our notice. Carolyn Fry aims to remedy this. Her book Seeds reveals the humble seed in all its fascinating, colorful detail.
Recent fossil discoveries are raising new questions about how the modern human pelvis developed its unique shape.
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