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November-December 2013 Volume 101, Number 6

An Antarctic krill gazes out at the camera in the frigid waters of the Southern Ocean. Although they measure only about 5 centimeters long, krill are an important food source...


FEATURE ARTICLES

The Robot Ocean Network

Oscar Schofield, Scott Glenn, Mark Moline

Automated underwater vehicles go where people cannot, filling in crucial details about weather, ecosystems, and Earth’s changing climate.


One Family's Search to Explain a Fatal Neurological Disorder

Nissa Mollema, Harry Orr

With their help, researchers are advancing the 70-year effort to understand—and treat—heredetary ataxia.


On the Trail of Monster Black Holes *

Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo

Collapsed objects weighing millions or billions of times as much as the Sun lie at the heart of nearly all galaxies. New images are finally stripping the mystery from these spheres of warped space.


The Science of Seaweeds

Ole Mouritsen

Marine macroalgae benefit people culturally, industrially, nutritionally, and ecologically.


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SCIENTISTS’ BOOKSHELF

How to Best the Beast Within

Jenny Jennings Foerst

A review of THE BOOK OF BARELY IMAGINED BEINGS: A 21st Century Bestiary, by Caspar Henderson

See all book reviews for this issue.


DEPARTMENTS

FROM THE EDITORS

The Great Unknown

Fenella Saunders

MACROSCOPE

Evolution's Other Narrative

Why science would benefit from a symbiosis-driven history of speciation

Bradford Harris

ENGINEERING

Unbuilding a Maine Landmark *

Taking down the landmark Waldo-Hancock Bridge at the end of its lifetime was almost as complicated as constructing it in the first place

Henry Petroski

COMPUTING SCIENCE

New Dilemmas for the Prisoner

A paradoxical game becomes even stranger with the discovery of novel strategies

Brian Hayes

MARGINALIA

Why is Human Childbirth So Painful?

Having babies isn't easyand the standard explanation may be wrong

Pat Shipman

TECHNOLOGUE

Slipping Past Cancer's Barriers

Targeted capsules can find the disease even when it hides in biological bunkers

Mauro Ferrari

ARTS LAB

Falling Through the Screen

Vintage literature for children reveals the authors’ prescient hopes and fears about digital technology

Anna Lena Phillips

SIGHTINGS

Ultimate Resolution

Imaging specialists are breaking through the diffraction limit to get a better view of biology

Catherine Clabby

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SCIENCE OBSERVER

Perils of Parasite Extinction

Mammalian carnivore declines can affect public health

Katie L. Burke

Clever Birds Can Pick Locks

Cockatoos open a complex series of locks to achieve a distant goal

Jenny Jennings Foerst

In the News

LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Stellar Molecules

Prime Beef

Diesel Dates

Conscientious Subjects

Riveting Spectacles

SIGMA XI TODAY (PDF)


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