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VOLUME 102 | NUMBER 3 | May 2014

Getting Personal


Powerful Questions


The Race to Stop a Citrus Plague

Katie L. Burke

An invasive pest threatens America's orange groves. Saving them may require early detection and genetic engineering.


The Nature of Scientific Proof in the Age of Simulations

Kevin Heng

Is numerical mimicry a third way of establishing truth?


The Fine Art of Decay

Sara C. Robinson

A woodworker becomes a scientist in seeking out the perfect fungal pigments


A Perspective on the Migraine Mind

Stephen D. Silberstein

Visual depictions of auras offer an inside peek into the sensory chaos that lies behind a migraine’s debilitating pain.


Taking a Digital Dive

Catherine Clabby

A new global survey gets the best look yet at the world’s imperiled coral reefs.


First Person: How Do Living Cells Perform Quality Control?

Sandra J. Ackerman

An interview with Matthew DeLisa about the protein assembly lines at work inside our cells


Rise and Fall of the Pocket Protector

Henry Petroski

Designed to keep shirts clean and tools handy, this ubiquitous invention declined into a social stigma but rebounded as a symbol of nerd pride


War and Redemption in Gorongosa

Edward O. Wilson

Mozambique's astonishingly diverse national park was decimated during a bloody uprising. Now it is rebounding, with the aid of some tiny helpers.


Delving into Deep Learning

Brian Hayes

The latest neural networks learn to see and hear, and maybe even dream.


The Quest for Randomness

Scott Aaronson

Determining whether numbers truly can have no pattern has implications for quantum mechanics, not to mention the stock market and data security.


The Hidden Past of Invisible Ink

Kristie Macrakis

Often synonymous with international espionage, secret writing also had a long-forgotten heyday in stage magic and science demonstrations.


Taking Action, Online and In Person

Fenella Saunders


H.M.S. Beagle, 1820–1870

Keith Thomson

The life and times of the ship that carried Darwin on his famous voyage.


On the Trail of the First Placental Mammals

Maureen A. O'Leary

A matrix of phenomic, genomic, and fossil evidence supports the scientific account of how the animals exploded in diversity 65 million years ago.


Living Color

Dianne Timblin

A review of The Secret Language of Color: Science, Nature, History, Culture, Beauty of Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Violet, by Joann Eckstut and Arielle Eckstut


A Vast Sea of Plastic

Katie-Leigh Corder

A review of Plastic Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, by Patricia Newman


Sex, Lies, and Misconceptions

Katie L. Burke

A review of How We Do It: The Evolution and Future of Human Reproduction, by Robert Martin


 

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