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VOLUME 103 | NUMBER 4 | July 2015

Sculpting the Beauty and Peril of Coral Reefs

Courtney Mattison

A ceramic sculptor brings ocean conservation issues to the surface.

Playing in Traffic

Brian Hayes

Can warning drivers of traffic jams make congestion worse? Can closing roads make it better? Mathematically yes, but real-world confirmation is hard to find.

Shark Trails of the Eastern Pacific

A. Peter Klimley

Tracking their subjects by satellite, biologists learn when sharks migrate, where they go, and how they use magnetic clues on the ocean floor for navigation.

The Voyagers' Odyssey

Stamatios M. Krimigis, Robert B. Decker

A mission intended to last a mere four years has extended into a decades-long journey to interstellar space.

What's in a Bug Name?

The Cause of Correlation

A Bright Future for Science

Jamie L. Vernon

Owls in the Family

Dianne Timblin

A brief review of The House of Owls by Dianne Timblin.

In the Spirits of Science

Emily Buehler

A brief review of Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail, by Emily Buehler.

When the Atomic Went Mainstream

Lindsey A. Freeman

A brief excerpt of Longing for the Bomb: Oak Ridge and Atomic Nostalgia, by Lindsey A. Freeman.

Breached Ecological Barriers and the Ebola Outbreak

Robert L. Dorit

The epidemic may be waning, but the social and ecological context that brought it about remains.

Global Shipping and the Raising of the Bayonne Bridge

Henry Petroski

Supersized container ships are forcing costly infrastructure changes, including rebuilding the famed span between New Jersey and Staten Island.

Ecology of the Mojave

Sandra J. Ackerman


Katie L. Burke

In-tense Robots

Stephen Piazza

Motorized sculptures may represent our best chance for exploring the surfaces of other worlds.

African Names for American Plants

Tinde R. van Andel

Slaves brought plant knowledge with them that remains in communities of African descent in the New World.

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