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VOLUME 104 | NUMBER 6 | November 2016

Maintaining the Momentum

Jamie L. Vernon

The Fates of Channel Island Foxes and Isle Royale Wolves

Pat Shipman

When is low genetic diversity worth preserving for distinctiveness, and when is it dooming a population to extinction?

Hungry Little Beasts

Robert Frederick

A low-emission method of combustion is full of puzzles and potential.

Graphene Takes Flight

Katie L. Burke

Single layers of carbon atoms give airplane wings a boost in strength and performance.

First Person: Herman O. Sintim

Fenella Saunders

Herman O. Sintim, an organic chemist at Purdue University and a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer, discusses novel ways to target bacteria that cause illnesses.

Traffic Lights Near and Far

Studying Rat Empathy

Lecterns Are Not Podiums

Henry Petroski

And wastebaskets should not be placed too close to either.

The Other Open-Access Debate

David Harris, Mark A. Schneegurt

Alternative educational resources need to be further developed to counteract an increasingly costly textbook burden on university students.

Harnessing the Web to Track the Next Outbreak

Aranka Anema, Carly R. Winokur, Chi Bahk, Sumiko Mekaru, Nicholas Preston, John S. Brownstein

Innovations in data science and disease surveillance are changing the way we respond to public health threats.

The Challenge of Survival for Wild Infant Baboons

Susan C. Alberts

Over the past 40 years, researchers have learned that social relationships can mean life or death for young primates.

Radio from the Sky

Francis Graham-Smith

New, large telescope dishes and widespread arrays of receivers continue to provide insights into the nature of the universe.

Salem’s Savant

Daniel S. Silver

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.

Of Essays and Assays

Katie L. Burke

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.

From Little Acorns

Peter H. Raven

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.

An Updated Prehistory of the Human Pelvis

Caroline VanSickle

Recent fossil discoveries are raising new questions about how the modern human pelvis developed its unique shape.

Crime Scene Chemistry: Fingerprint Analysis

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