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VOLUME 105 | NUMBER 3 | May 2017

Understanding the Butterfly Effect

Jamie L. Vernon


Smart and Squishy Robots

Yigit Mengüç

Building robots that are entirely soft requires the development of new components from valves to circuits, as well as ways to control deformable arms.


An Illness Observed: A Conversation with Julie Rehmeyer

Dianne Timblin

Mathematician and science writer Julie Rehmeyer talked with us about her memoir Through the Shadowlands, which recounts her experiences with myalgic encephalomyelitis, or chronic fatigue syndrome.


Over the Edge

Brian Hayes

In Deepwater Horizon, engineers Earl Boebert and James M. Blossom reexamine one of the most horrifying technological disasters of recent memory: the blowout of an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico that destroyed a drilling rig, killed 11 crew members, and led to the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history.


The Dark Side of the Universe

Pauline Gagnon

The existence of dark matter and dark energy has gained acceptance through a variety of complementary cosmological research methods.


Circular Visualizations

Manuel Lima

A radial layout continues to dominate visual expressions of information and data.


Replaying Evolution

Zachary D. Blount

Is the living world more a result of happenstance or repeatable processes?


Anyone Can Become a Troll

Justin Cheng, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Jure Leskovec, Michael Bernstein

Analysis and simulation of online discussion sections show circumstances that can cause civil commentators to engage in aggressive behavior.


Slide Rules: Gone But Not Forgotten

Henry Petroski

Many of these well-made mechanical calculating aids have outlasted the engineers who knew how to use them, but they remain culturally pervasive.


Curbing Immune Cells’ Appetite

Robert Frederick

Infected cells produce an “eat me” signal so that they’re destroyed by the immune system. But what if you want an infection to last?


First Person: Yuri Kovalev

Brian Malow


Restructuring Science in Russia

Jamie L. Vernon

The Russian government is counting on young scientists to stimulate the economy through applied research.


Optics of Faked Photos


Biodiversity Values


The Chemistry of Ironing



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