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VOLUME 104 | NUMBER 5 | September 2016

Dealing with Isolationism

Jamie L. Vernon

A Tight Spot for Humans

Dispatches from Lindau

Brian Malow

Nobel laureates mentor young scientists at their annual meeting in Lindau, Germany.

How Voice Pitch Influences Our Choice of Leaders

Casey A. Klofstad, Stephen Nowicki, Rindy C. Anderson

Candidates’ vocal characteristics influence voters’ attitudes toward them.


Katie L. Burke

Tugging at Hearts

Robert Frederick

Proper heart-valve development requires cyclic mechanical loading.

Less in Space

Paulo C. Lozano

It’s smaller than a breadbox and the biggest thing in satellites since Sputnik.

Zika Goes Viral

Robert L. Dorit

While the Zika virus has its moment, few people are discussing the problems underlying the worldwide increase in emerging infectious diseases.

Paying for Roads and Bridges

Henry Petroski

American infrastructure is vitally important, yet decaying. Where are the funds going to come from to fix it, and how can the persistent plague of graft be eliminated?

Invasion of the Flatworms

Ronald Sluys

Easily hidden in imported plants, some land flatworms are conquering the world.

Mathematical Induction and the Nature of British Miracles

Daniel S. Silver

A mathematical method of proof challenged traditional beliefs.

Seeds on Ice

Cary Fowler

In the Arctic Circle, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is not waiting for doomsday, but is a secure backup for crop diversity.

Colonial Vaxxers

Ryan Seals

Before the Selfie Stick

Dianne Timblin

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