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  • Collecting Experiments: Making Big Data Biology
    Bruno J. Strasser


    Scientific collections have long been lightning rods for data ownership concerns

    In Collecting Experiments, Bruno Strasser posits that biology’s increasing emphasis on large databases, best exemplified by the rise of genomics and bioinformatics, is a return to the venerable world of natural history—of collectors, curators, and museums. Beyond biology, the book connects to the broader context of data science emerging within many academic disciplines and throughout… Read More
  • Wilted: Pathogens, Chemicals, and the Fragile Future of the Strawberry Industry
    Julie Guthman


    Strawberry growers seek a sustainable path forward without go-to fungicides

    How do conventional, corporate berries that have traveled more than 2000 miles compare with local, organic berries? They are certainly more affordable and taste just as good—but at what cost? In her new book, Wilted, Julie Guthman explores the strawberry industry, from its origins in the mid-1800s to our kitchen tables today. But her focus… Read More
  • The Intelligence Trap: Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes
    David Robson


    A high IQ isn’t the liability this book suggests, but we can all learn to make better decisions

    Examining “why smart people make dumb mistakes,” The Intelligence Trap presents an accessible and engaging discussion of the nature of human intelligence. The reason for this paradox, suggests author David Robson, is that people with a high IQ are often unaware of the limits of their understanding and are therefore susceptible to poor judgment. Robson… Read More
  • The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator
    Timothy C. Winegard


    A new tome traces the outsized effects the mosquito has had on human history

    Timothy Winegard’s entertaining new book, The Mosquito, chronicles the impact of mosquito-borne disease, principally malaria, throughout history. The majority of the book is dedicated to the mosquito’s impact on the rise and fall of empires. Alexander the Great, we learn, pulled back from his Indian campaign when his armies were decimated by malaria. (He himself… Read More
  • The Women of the Moon: Tales of Science, Love, Sorrow, and Courage
    Daniel R. Altschuler and Fernando J. Ballesteros


    Tales of the 28 lunar craters named for women offer a chance to reflect on women’s struggle for scientific recognition

    Of the 1586 craters on the Moon named after individuals, only 28 are named after women—a fact that undoubtedly reveals more about the history of women in science than lunar topography. The Women of the Moon chronicles the lives and scientific work of these 28 women. The book begins with a history of the Moon… Read More
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    The curious and vital role of insects takes center stage in three new tomes

    When Beethoven was writing his famous fifth symphony in 1806, the ink in his quill was almost certainly a byproduct of the quirky lifestyle of a tiny wasp. A thousand species of oak gall wasp (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae, Cynipini) induce gall formation, mostly in oak trees. The “oak apple” galls, which protect and provide food for… Read More
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    Science meets the great cat debate

    With their shared passion for animals, bird watchers and cat lovers should be allies. Instead, they’re often at each other’s throats. The reason is simple: We love cats—there are more cats in the United States than dogs and a loosely estimated 600 million Felis catus worldwide. The problem is that many cats are outside some… Read More
  • In Pain: A Bioethicist’s Personal Struggle with Opioids
    Travis Rieder


    A bioethicist’s harrowing encounter with prescription painkillers highlights systemic health care problems

    Imagine having your foot pinned between a moving van and a motorcycle and subsequently undergoing five surgeries to restore function to your mangled limb over a 1-month period. In order to endure the debilitating pain, you are prescribed high doses of opioid analgesics, only to discover that your care team has no exit strategy. Feeling… Read More
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    Two tomes paint vivid historical portraits of Apollo 11

    On the evening of 13 December 1972, about a quarter of a million miles from Earth, 38-year-old Eugene Cernan stepped off the surface of the Moon and clambered back into his fragile and temporary home, a four-legged landing vehicle named Challenger. The ungainly contraption was set down in Mare Serenitatis, a vast lava plain on… Read More
  • Are We There Yet? The American Automobile Past, Present, and Driverless
    Dan Albert


    What will become of U.S. car culture in the age of self-driving vehicles?

    In his new book, Are We There Yet?, Dan Albert reveals how automobiles came to be seen as a technology of freedom in America and how the ability to experience the world became enmeshed with personal identity. On one level, it is a general romp through the history of the automobile in the United States—and… Read More