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  • Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events
    Robert J. Shiller


    A Nobel laureate reveals the stories that make us spend (and save)

    Where did boycotts originate? Who were the first Luddites? When were rolling suitcases invented? Stories such as these have traditionally garnered less attention from economists—who tend to focus on more easily quantified phenomena—than from anthropologists, sociologists, or psychologists. Robert Shiller wants to change that. A Nobel laureate for his pioneering research on financial markets, S… Read More
  • Golden Rice: The Imperiled Birth of a GMO Superfood
    Ed Regis


    A journalist reveals the complicated history of a crop created to help millions

    The term genetically modified organisms (GMOs) inspires images of crazy crops: a single plant that bears tomatoes above ground and potatoes beneath, or a tree that bears a fruit with stripes of yellow sour orange and green stripes from citron. Unlikely as they may sound, the two plants described above are very real, although neither… Read More
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    Two authors present the urgent case for a Green New Deal

    Proposed by climate activists and supported by U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D–NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D–MA), the “Green New Deal” presents a bold vision for transforming infrastructure at the rate and in the manner that pressing climate change necessitates while restructuring the current economic system. Two new books—Naomi Klein’s On Fire and Jeremy Rifkin’s… Read More
  • What is Life?
    Erwin Schrödinger


    Erwin Schrödinger’s prescient musings on molecular biology turn 75

    Three quarters of a century ago, Nobel laureate Erwin Schrödinger published What Is Life?, which described the forays of a “naïve physicist” into biology and suggested that hereditary properties are encoded in an “aperiodic crystal.” A meme was born that changed the life sciences forever. A refugee from the Third Reich, Viennese-born Schrödinger had found… Read More
  • Altered Inheritance: CRISPR and the Ethics of Human Genome Editing
    Françoise Baylis


    A new book offers an introduction to the ethical dimensions of germline gene editing

    With Altered Inheritance, bioethicist Françoise Baylis has authored a vivid call to action that “aims to bridge the divides between theory, science, politics, and practice” in response to increased public awareness and scientific applications of CRISPR/Cas9 technology. She achieves her aim in this timely and important book. Baylis calls for broad societal consensus and shared… Read More
  • Mobilizing Mutations: Human Genetics in the Age of Patient Advocacy
    Daniel Navon


    PODCAST: Q&A with Daniel Navon, author of Mobilizing Mutations

    As our understanding of the idiosyncrasies of the human genome increases, so too does our ability to define and refine human disease categories. But what does this mean in terms of how we think about individuals who live with “abnormal” genomes? This week on the Science podcast, Daniel Navon reveals how “genomic designations” became rallying… Read More
  • Wildhood: The Epic Journey from Adolescence to Adulthood in Humans and Other Animals
    Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers


    From daring otters to overprotective opossums, a new book tells tales of animal adolescence

    An enduring story plot finds a youth suddenly alone in the world, struggling to find shelter from the elements, safety from predators, food, and new friends. These struggles usually involve some tough lessons but ultimately lead to knowledge, a new identity, self-reliance, and maybe even love. In Wildhood, this theme comes to exhilarating life as… Read More
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    A pair of environmental writers consider Earth’s changing landscapes

    As the tundra thaws in an Alaskan Yu’pik community, a buried village surfaces. A dig turns up masks that Yu’pik ancestors had worn in ceremonies not performed for more than a hundred years. Archaeologists unearth stick dolls, wooden spoons, bowls made from woods, and knives made from bone, all gifts from the past taking their… Read More
  • End Times: A Brief Guide to the End of the World
    Bryan Walsh


    An urgent tour of catastrophic risks calls for action

    Extreme global catastrophe is a subject of endless fascination, and many books have been written on it. Those written by journalists for general audiences are often narrowly focused on the science of various apocalyptic scenarios (1, 2), whereas books by academics often also cover ethics and policy issues and emphasize the authors’ analysis over interviews… Read More