Reviews

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Tiktaalik roseae illustration
    Life

    A new book captures how genetics fills in the story of life’s evolution

    In Some Assembly Required, paleontologist Neil Shubin explores how genetic analyses complement paleontological research.

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  8. Jennifer Doudna
    Genetics

    ‘Human Nature’ offers CRISPR novices a basic introduction

    A film that introduces people to CRISPR aims to spark debate about how to use the gene editor.

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  9. Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
    Space

    Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin revealed stars’ composition and broke gender barriers

    The book ‘What Stars Are Made Of’ celebrates the life of astronomer Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin.

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  10. Oceans board game
    Life

    The board game Oceans captures the beauty and ferocity of marine life

    North Star Games' Oceans refines the gameplay of its predecessor, Evolution, and creates an immersive, nuanced game world.

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  11. Pinwheel galaxy
    Space

    An astrophysicist honors citizen scientists in the age of big data

    In ‘The Crowd and the Cosmos,’ an astrophysicist gives due to citizen scientists and says they will continue to have a future in discovery.

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  12. blackpoll warbler
    Animals

    A naturalist writes an homage to bird migration

    In ‘A Season on the Wind,’ Kenn Kaufman shares his lifelong obsession for and awe of spring bird migration.

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