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    How do broad interests benefit your science?

    We asked young scientists this question: How do broad interests benefit your science? Scientists with a variety of hobbies responded that their extracurricular activities have enhanced a wide range of skills, from creativity to communication to resilience. Many also mentioned the value of clearing their minds and relaxing. Read their answers here. 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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    What is the purpose of a postdoc?

    We gave young scientists this challenge: What is the purpose of a postdoc? Address this question by writing a job advertisement for the perfect postdoc position. We received responses from scientists around the world representing a variety of fields. Some wrote advertisements for their ideal postdoc job and benefits, no matter how fantastical. Others felt that the… Read More
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    What is your New Year’s resolution for your field?

    We asked young scientists this question: What is your New Year’s resolution for your field? Describe one thing that your field’s research community could do better in the coming year. We received responses from scientists around the world representing a variety of fields. Read their answers here. 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