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    New books, fresh for fall

    From space weapons to mind reading, the books on this year’s list tell tales of scientific transformation, balancing historical insights with urgent calls to action. Consider a transgender scientist’s reflections on his legacy or tag along on a quest to save a tiny porpoise from extinction. Crack open a history of immunology or confront the… Read More
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    Summer reading, science style

    Fearing career repercussions, a theoretical physicist calls out a growing crisis. Setting aside DNA for the filing cabinet, a historian unearths a radically new history of human genetics. Pondering the anatomical correlates of human intelligence, a neurologist searches for Einstein’s brain. From an eye-opening tour of bioluminescence to an idiosyncratic history of energy, this year’s… Read More
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    Best books for curious kids

    How does the Moon’s influence on Earth’s wobble affect the weather? Which animal earns the title of the world’s deadliest? Can the Arctic undergo a drought? Even adults may struggle to articulate the answers to these seemingly simple questions. Fear not: This year’s finalists for the Science Books and Films (SB&F) Prizes for Excellence in… Read More
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    Fall into a new book

    Balancing reverence for nature with respect for the limits of human knowledge, the books reviewed below offer a mix of scientific optimism and caution. Tag along on a voyage to planets where alien life thrives, or join a wacky romp to the future where origami robots take shape. Delve into a tale of a controversial… Read More
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    Science reads for the summer of ’17

    From the far-off surface of Mars to the much closer—but no less mysterious—human brain (the frontier between your ears), this year’s picks invite readers to jump into the scientific process feet first. Try your hand at home brewing with an archaeologist’s guide to recreating ancient alcohols. Ride the CRISPR wave with an insider’s overview of… Read More
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    Going green on the silver screen

    2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (EFFNC), an annual cultural event in Washington, D.C., that features dozens of films with Earth-friendly messages. The longest-running festival of its kind in the United States, the 2017 EFFNC could not have felt more urgent, shining a spotlight on the Standing… Read More
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    Calling all kid scientists

    “One day, my sister will be bigger than me,” a friend’s 3-year-old recently announced. “How do you know that?” her mother asked, preparing for a preschooler’s take on polygenic inheritance. Leaning in closer, she whispered: “An owl told me.” What tickles me about this response is how perfectly it illustrates the creativity and open-mindedness with… Read More
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    Autumn books to fall for

    A mother sets out to discover how her late son’s organs helped to advance scientific research. A data scientist reveals how invisible algorithms perpetuate inequality. A citizen scientist delights in the contributions of enthusiastic volunteers. Taking a cue from the season, the books on this year’s fall reading list are poignant, crisp, and reflective. Learn… Read More
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    The scientist’s guide to summer reading

    Convinced that the secret to a sniper’s success is all in his aim? You may be underestimating the role of Velcro. Think that artisanal cheesemakers represent the ultimate rejection of mainstream science? Think again. From an upbeat meditation on death to a snarky critique of economics, this year’s picks offer delightfully unconventional perspectives on a… Read More
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    Science staff review 12 films featured at the 2016 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital

    In March 2016, the theaters, libraries, universities, and museums of Washington, D.C., were once again the setting for the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, an annual event (now in its 24th year) featuring more than 140 Earth-friendly films. A number of the 2016 selections sought to celebrate the centennial of the U.S. National… Read More