VOLUME 103 | NUMBER 3 | May 2015
Future telescopes are poised to find strange new worlds.
Technologies similar to embossing but at minuscule sizes can create novel devices.
The first telegraph cable to span the Atlantic revolutionized communication, but it also transformed business, politics, and even language.
Domesticated species of plants and animals illustrate adaptation by means of artificial selection—that is, selection driven by human needs and preferences.
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.
From the Cambrian Burgess Shale to ancient Egypt, food webs share surprising structural attributes. When redundancy is lost, the threat of extinction grows.
An interview with Jim Smith about his work as an evolutionary biology researcher and evolution educator.
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.
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.
Grim news about climate change easily triggers a sense of helplessness. Art can help redirect that feeling into one of active engagement.
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.
A brief review of COOL: How Air Conditioning Changed Everything, by Dianne Timblin.
A brief review of COSMIGRAPHICS: Picturing Space Through Time, by Corey S. Powell
A brief review of ON IMMUNITY: An Inoculation, by Katie L. Burke.
For the rarest butterfly in North America, restoration efforts may have increased its food supply—but also its predators.
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