Medusae (II)

R. M. Haines

Along the lip of its body’s bell a fringe of calcium crystals orients the jellyfish to gravity. Held              in pockets, the crystals graze nearby hairs whose motion neurons translate into…

Magnet

Karen Luper

When the number zero had not been invented, when quantities themselves were represented by lines or by pebbles arranged in patterns like those found on dice or dominoes . . . when the composition of matter was thought variously to be based in water, air, or fire……

The Great Unknown

Ravi Mangla

If we are blinded by darkness, we are also blinded by light. When too much light falls on everything, a special terror results.      —Annie Dillard The discovery of the Higgs…

Spartina

E. A. Farro

Slow, sliding, smooth, shimmering, the river flows around my legs. I cross a flooded bridge and splash through the pink Maine dusk. The creek was dry this morning, but now my boots fill with water. …

Unit Cell

Lee Conell

On a Saturday afternoon in the lab, Sheila looks through her microscope and does not see the contents of her crystal trays, does not see drops of precipitant or protein…

The Half-Sacred Disease

Natalie Mesnard and Patrick D. Watson

I remember disjointed details. It was winter, and we’d agreed to meet at a pub called the Blind Pig. I was wearing a tweed coat that felt like armor and wondering why I’d decided to go out. …

On the Fabric of the Body

Sarah Rose Nordgren

I love science because its history is a list of moments when people changed their minds about the world. Once upon a time the ocean tides were a mystery, or…

An Inquiry into Epigenetics

Jennifer Bowen Hicks

Epi: on top of, (or in addition to) . . . genetics Epi: on top of, like a padlock, clasped around our DNA, until something—(a toxin, good love, a war)—flicks…

The Thylacine: A Striped Haunting

Corrina Carter

Australian biologist David Fleay filmed the last thylacine—picture a striped, smooth-coated wolf with a furry rod for a tail—at Tasmania’s Hobart Zoo in 1933. For the bulk of the footage,…

Between Stars

Benjamin Kolp

My boyfriend and his ex-wife were a one-hit wonder. They are a one-hit wonder. That’s something you are forever.…

Extreme Whether: Act I

Karen Malpede

Note on the text: In my play Extreme Whether (W-H-E-T-H-E-R) I am, again, using current research, not only about the science of global warming and climate change which, in and…

Crystalline

Shayla Love

It’s the winter of 1987, and my mother is sitting in her office at the University of Pittsburgh with a Big Mac and an electron density map. It looks like…

The Selfish Queen

Joseph Osmundson

My grandmother died a twentieth-century cancer death. Arijit Guha died in the twenty-first century. I watched him die on Facebook. She was eighty-four. He was thirty-two. I went to college…

scandium; lithium; cadmium; zirconium

Jordie Albiston

scandium Sc— Bose said    “reality is    after all    too big for our frail understanding to fully comprehend” he knows 800 languages    but nobody gets him   despite Mendeleev’s Eka-boron prediction   discovery    patent   …

What Can the Matter Be?

L. Shapley Bassen

When Homo sapiens or its hybrid heir has outwitted death, will tragedy be missed or transcendence possible? When history has long revealed the mental limits implicit in that question, what…

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