In Spring 2013
Shattered, from the series Crushed, Burned, and Shattered, 2012, by Christina Hung, is a panorama micrograph of a gardenia petal and broken microscope slide.
For Hung and others you’ll meet in these pages, the energy of science fused with art can break through the safe and ordinary to create something new.
You can learn more in Breakthrough.
Drawing on history in a crumbling Irish abbey, conserving mortars and shells from Sumter and Moultrie, and probing for weakness in the biology of sleeping sickness and dysentery.
the web of science
Can science spin a supersilk? That may depend on the spiders.
a drop of water, a speck of coal
Levitating water is more than a parlor trick. It could help save coal miners’ lives.
the bullies of cyberspace
Kids get hurt when spite goes viral.
a valve for saving your heart
It began with pigs, but durable new materials are making implants better.
roots and shoots
Can crops yield more food with energy from thin air?
wrapping up food safety
The science of keeping pathogens away from what we eat.
Glass-breaking magic from math.