Reviews

  1. Painting of Galileo's trial
    Science & Society

    A new Galileo biography draws parallels to today’s science denialism

    ‘Galileo and the Science Deniers’ delivers a fresh assessment of the life of a scientific legend and offers lessons for today.

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  2. illustration of the Big Rip
    Cosmology

    ‘The End of Everything’ explores the ways the universe could perish

    As Katie Mack explains in The End of Everything, the universe’s demise could be disastrously violent or deadly calm.

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  3. aerial photo of a dome on Mauna Loa
    Space

    Two new books explore Mars — and what it means to be human

    ‘Once Upon a Time I Lived on Mars’ and ‘The Sirens of Mars’ are surprisingly apt reads during the pandemic.

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  4. network diagram of people
    Science & Society

    All kinds of outbreaks, from COVID-19 to violence, share the same principles

    Adam Kucharski talks about his new book ‘The Rules of Contagion,’ a timely read during the coronavirus pandemic.

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  5. a photo showing tree rings
    Climate

    ‘Tree Story’ explores what tree rings can tell us about the past

    The book "Tree Story" explains how scientists decipher tree rings to discover clues about past climates and ancient civilizations.

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  6. covers of six books about climate change
    Climate

    These 6 books explore climate change science and solutions

    Science News staff read recent books about climate change to help guide you to which ones you might like.

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  7. Michael Moore on stage
    Climate

    What Michael Moore’s new film gets wrong about renewable energy

    Michael Moore’s Planet of the Humans challenges renewable energy’s ability to fight climate change, but it’s riddled with errors and old information.

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  8. brain
    Neuroscience

    ‘The Idea of the Brain’ explores the evolution of neuroscience

    Despite advances, much about the human brain is still a mystery, a new book shows

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  9. Astronaut on Mars illustration
    Space

    ‘Spacefarers’ predicts how space colonization will happen

    In Spacefarers, Christopher Wanjek provides an optimistic yet realistic view on how humans might colonize the rest of our solar system.

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  10. Steel production
    Science & Society

    How materials science has changed humankind — for better and worse

    As people began wielding new materials, the technologies fundamentally changed humankind, the new book ‘The Alchemy of Us’ argues.

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  11. Europa
    Space

    ‘Alien Oceans’ argues the search for E.T. should include the outer solar system

    In Alien Oceans, a NASA scientist explores the evidence that ice-covered moons host hidden oceans, where life could evolve and thrive.

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  12. Wendy Chung witha patient
    Genetics

    The PBS documentary ‘The Gene’ showcases genetics’ promise and pitfalls

    A film from executive producer Ken Burns delivers an unfiltered history of genetics, showing how the science has helped and hurt people.

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