VOLUME 102 | NUMBER 5 | September 2014
Human behavior conspires with the complex mechanics of head impacts to keep injury rates high. New helmet technology could help.
A gargantuan calculation of pi in the 1850s ran up against the limits of manual arithmetic; figuring out where it went wrong calls for forensic mathematics.
Henry Moseley’s discoveries sorted out the periodic table and transformed how scientists look for new forms of the most basic substances.
One man’s search for silence in natural and artificial environments.
Rings of high-energy particles encircling our planet change more than researchers realized. Those variations could amplify damage from solar storms.
From the construction of the Erie Canal to now, companies and schools have tried many creative ways to find enough skilled and professional workers.
Digital scans and computer-aided visualizations are liberating ancient life from stone.
The bacteria living on and in us are challenging paradigms in community ecology.
This reptile produces excess male offspring when temperatures rise.
High-tech sequencing teams up with creative scientific thinking to help resolve a few nagging questions from prehistoric times.
A neuroscientist-artist draws inspiration from the materials and techniques of Asian scroll painting to visualize the complex wiring of the brain.
Simple acts of picking up a water glass or turning a handle are the product of multilayered cognitive plans and sophisticated neural computations.
A review of Extraordinary Birds: Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library, by Paul Sweet, and Aviary Wonders Inc.: Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual: Renewing the World's Bird Supply Since 2031, by Kate Samworth
A review of What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, by Randall Munroe
A review of The Science of Cheese, by Michael H. Tunick
This issue's Sightings column features digital scans and computer-aided visualizations of late Jurassic Period flora. View a slide show of the interior of rare seed cone fossils from the Morrison Formation in Utah.
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