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  • Darwin’s Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Change
    James T. Costa

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    Darwin’s Backyard

    At Down House in Kent, Charles Darwin is instructing his manservant Parslow to lower another dead pigeon into a foul-smelling pot. It is February 1856. Darwin is 47 years old. Endlessly curious, he has begun to suspect that the skeletons of different pigeon varieties will support his secretly held ideas about how species are related… Read More
  • Caesar’s Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us
    Sam Kean

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    Caesar’s Last Breath

    The word “gas” appropriately comes from the Greek word for chaos (khaos): Within these intangible substances are trillions of tiny particles flying around at hundreds of miles an hour, forcefully slamming into each other and ricocheting away in random directions. Yet, because gases are invisible to the naked eye, it is often easy to forget… Read More
  • Quakeland: On the Road to America’s Next Devastating Earthquake
    Kathryn Miles

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    Quakeland

    The magnitude 5.8 earthquake that shook western Montana on 6 July 2017 is a reminder that earthquakes in the United States are not limited to the Pacific’s “rim of fire.” In Kathryn Miles’s book Quakeland, she begins by recounting a 1959 magnitude 7.5 earthquake that occurred in this same region. The Hebgen Lake earthquake, as… Read More
  • How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog): Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution
    Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut

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    How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog)

    How to Tame a Fox is the true story of a modern-day attempt to domesticate an animal. The experiment was the brainchild of Dmitry Belyaev, a Soviet geneticist who recruited Lyudmila Trut, one of the coauthors of this book, to help him tame wild foxes in the late 1950s in an attempt to replicate the… Read More
  • Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
    Carlo Rovelli

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    The non-expert’s guide to modern physics

    Age Range: Young Adult Grade Level: 9 – 12 To the average person, physics is likely either a subject struggled through in school or an abstract set of theories behind mind-blowing hypotheses about the universe. Carlo Rovelli’s short book is designed to help the novice understand not just the basics of the primary physical theories but their… Read More
  • Resurrection Science: Conservation, De-Extinction, and the Precarious Future of Wild Things
    M. R. O’Connor

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    Bringing back the dead

    Age Range: Young Adult Grade Level: 9 – 12 The idea of genetically resurrecting animals long vanished from the Earth seems at once familiar and fantastic. Jurassic Park popularized the concept and fired the imaginations of millions, but the dinosaurs’ human creators came off rather more one-dimensional, primarily motivated by greed and hubris. In her book Resurrection… Read More
  • The Cell: A Visual Tour of the Building Block of Life
    Jack Challoner

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    Microscopic mammalian anatomy shines in a visual guide to cell biology

    Age Range: Young Adult Grade Level: 9 – 12 If you want a lovely coffee-table book about basic cell biology, you could do worse than The Cell. The book is very beautifully illustrated. (We cell biologists do love a good picture, after all.) Offering highlights from the history of the study of cells, the book reminds us… Read More