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  • The Equations of Life: How Physics Shapes Evolution
    Charles S. Cockell

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    An astrobiologist argues that alien life will likely look a lot like life on Earth

    Picture a ladybug in motion. The image that came into your head is probably one of a small, round red-and-black insect crawling up a leaf. After reading Charles Cockell’s The Equations of Life, however, you may be more likely to think of this innocuous organism as a complex biomechanical engine, every detail honed and operating… Read More
  • Planet Hunters: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life
    Lucas Ellerbroek

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    Planet Hunters

    Are we alone in the universe? In Planet Hunters, Lucas Ellerbroek traces the story of this question from its beginnings during the age of Copernicus and Galileo to the present day, teaching us the relevant science as he goes. Ellerbroek is particularly skilled at inserting the “astronomy backstory,” giving accessible introductions to both historical ideas… Read More
  • Life Through Time and Space
    Wallace Arthur

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    A developmental biologist ponders life on Earth and beyond

    On 21 August, North America will experience its first total solar eclipse in decades. Precise maps and times for the event are readily available, detailed down to the second and meter. The nationwide anticipation of this phenomenon is testament to our precise understanding of the necessary celestial mechanics to so perfectly predict this event. More… Read More