Map of Life
Map of LifeThe field guide as we know it has not changed much since it was invented more than 100 years ago. It is a list of species and a description of their respective attributes, accompanied by some illustrations. More recent field guides also include maps of expected species distributions. However, publishing on paper imposes some limits…
Why Did the Chicken Cross the World? The Epic Saga of the Bird That Powers Civilization
Andrew LawlerBook Ornithology
From Darwin to the dinner table, the domesticated chicken has influenced human history in a number of surprising ways.Like Keyser Söze, the enigmatic criminal mastermind from The Usual Suspects, the temporal and geographic origins of the domesticated chicken are mysterious and unresolved. In addition, although we think we understand it, we perpetually underestimate the chicken’s role in human culture and history. Luckily for us, Andrew Lawler’s Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?…
I Think You'll Find It's a Bit More Complicated Than That
Ben GoldacreLondon newsstands can strike Americans as remarkable, both for the number of different papers being sold and for their alarming headlines. Most U.S. cities are lucky to have a single daily newspaper—shrinking in both physical size and circulation—with fairly staid contents. In contrast, Britain has about 10 daily newspapers that contend for a national audience.
William GibsonWilliam Gibson both coined the term “cyberspace” and vividly brought it to life in his award-winning 1984 book, Neuromancer. In his latest science fiction novel, he fashions an intricate portrayal of the future that touches on a range of social and ethical issues. The result is an often satirical meditation on the science and politics…