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  • Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean
    Joy McCann

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    A major player in weather, climate, and biodiversity, the waters around Antarctica take center stage in a new history

    Of the vast, largely unknown marine environment, the most mysterious section arguably lies at the bottom of the world. In Wild Sea, historian Joy McCann has written a brief but delightfully comprehensive history of the Southern Ocean, “the most remote and inaccessible part of the planetary ocean, the only part that flows completely around Earth… Read More
  • Einstein’s Wife: The Real Story of Mileva Einstein-Marić
    Allen Esterson and David C. Cassidy


    Efforts to identify Mileva Marić’s contributions highlight the trouble with telling the tales of early women in science

    Mileva Marić entered the Zurich Polytechnic in 1896, becoming one of the first women who fought their way into a university physics program. As a student, she wrote with excitement about the kinetic theory of gases, read books on the ether, and completed a diploma dissertation on heat conduction in metals. She also fell in… Read More
  • Hacking Life: Systematized Living and Its Discontents
    Joseph M. Reagle Jr.


    Tips and tricks for better living abound, but are “hacks” really the key to a good life?

    In his short book Hacking Life: Systematized Living and Its Discontents, Joseph Reagle provides a comprehensive look at the recent history and major personalities (also known as “the Geeks and the Gurus”) associated with the emergent phenomenon known as “life hacking.” According to the book, life hacking, a term coined in the early 2000s, is… Read More
  • Wingspan
    Elizabeth Hargrave


    When birding meets board games, everyone wins

    For many, the thought of board games may evoke memories of family game nights centered on childhood classics such as Monopoly. However, a relatively recent boom in adult board game enthusiasts has led game designers to explore more diverse themes, including those that model scientific concepts (1, 2). Perhaps, then, it was only inevitable that… Read More
  • Food Routes: Growing Bananas in Iceland and Other Tales from the Logistics of Eating
    Robyn Metcalfe


    PODCAST: Q&A with Robyn Metcalfe, author of Food Routes

    Food is fragile, has an expiration date, and is more personal than other consumer products, all of which make getting it from where it is made to where it is used more challenging. This week on the Science podcast, food historian and futurist Robyn Metcalfe discusses how climate change and human migration are affecting food… Read More
  • Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again
    Eric Topol

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    Deep learning could give doctors of the future more time for the human aspects of health care

    In 1970 in The New England Journal of Medicine, William Schwartz predicted that by the year 2000, much of the intellectual function of medicine could be either taken over or at least substantially augmented by “expert systems”—a branch of artificial intelligence (AI). Schwartz hoped that the medical school curriculum would be “redirected toward the social… Read More
  • The Adjunct Underclass: How America's Colleges Betrayed Their Faculty, Their Students, and Their Mission
    Herb Childress


    It’s time to rethink universities’ growing reliance on contingent faculty

    Imagine you’re a new academic considering an adjunct teaching job that pays $80 per hour. Sure, you’ll need to pick up a few more courses to pay the bills, you think, but this is a good start. But consider this: The quoted rate reflects only your classroom hours. You will likely work an additional 3… Read More
  • Collection

    Science at Sundance

    An entrepreneur’s ambitious health care start-up ends in indictment. A teenager in Malawi saves his village with a brilliant feat of engineering. A community works around the clock to save a tiny porpoise inching ever closer to extinction. From a Holocaust survivor’s candid sex advice to a Cambridge Analytica insider’s shocking congressional testimony, the science… Read More
  • Fables and Futures: Biotechnology, Disability, and the Stories We Tell Ourselves
    George Estreich

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    Does the rhetoric of consumer genetics aim to eliminate disability without mentioning it?

    In 2011, poet and writer George Estreich wrote about the impact of biotechnology on family life in his first book, The Shape of the Eye. The memoir centers on how his family’s life was changed, and enriched, by the birth of his second child, Laura, who has Down syndrome. Laura made his second book possible. Read More
  • Skeleton Keys: The Secret Life of Bone
    Brian Switek


    An idiosyncratic biography of bone probes the secrets and sensitive spots of the human skeletal system

    The hard tissues of the human body have lately enjoyed a moment in the sun with the appearance of important treatments of teeth by Peter Ungar and Tanya Smith (1, 2). Joining the ranks is Brian Switek’s Skeleton Keys, which is devoted to the bones that compose the human skeleton and explaining how they can… Read More