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Welcome to Science Culture, a little corner of the Internet where you can expect to find musings on the ways that science and technology interact with other areas of learning, knowledge, and culture, as well as how STEM is represented in pop culture and entertainment.

Moogfest Amps Up Connections between Science and Music

Fenella SaundersMay 17, 2017

An upcoming music festival expands its technology track, for the benefit of both artists and scientists.

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All Paths Considered

Dianne TimblinMay 5, 2017

The humble trail is all to easy to follow without giving its existence a second thought. In his book On Trails, Robert Moor aims to alter our view of the paths that crisscross our planet, to widen and sharpen our perspective on them.

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A Digital Menagerie from The Paper Zoo

Dianne TimblinMar 8, 2017

A sampler of zoological drawings from Charlotte Sleigh’s book The Paper Zoo: 500 Years of Animals in Art, which we recently reviewed.

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A Two-Dimensional Zoo

Dianne TimblinFeb 20, 2017

Historian Charlotte Sleigh’s book The Paper Zoo taps into the British Museum’s rich collection to explore and contextualize five centuries of zoological illustration.

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STEM Reads

Katie L. Burke, Fenella Saunders, Dianne TimblinDec 23, 2016

We’ve combed through our 2016 reviews to put together this selection of books we think readerly science enthusiasts would love to find in their stockings. (They also offer a great way to use those holiday gift cards.) As a holiday bonus, we couldn’t resist adding a few more titles from our personal reading lists over the past year. Some books are just too good not to share.

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STEM Picture Books, 2016

Katie L. Burke, Dianne TimblinDec 21, 2016

This year brought a multitude of excellent science-influenced picture books. Here are a few we think would make especially good gifts—or provide excellent ways to use that gift card tucked in your stocking.

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STEM Wish List

Dianne TimblinDec 19, 2016

Our suggestions for gifts to brighten hearth, home, and habitat with a bit of science goodness.

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STEM Books for Older Children

Barbara Aulicino, Katie L. Burke, Robert Frederick, Fenella Saunders, Dianne TimblinDec 16, 2016

The past year has delivered an array of STEM-related titles for kids. Our second gift guide for 2016 features books we think older children will thoroughly enjoy.

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STEM Books for Young Children

Barbara Aulicino, Katie L. Burke, Fenella Saunders, Dianne TimblinDec 9, 2016

The past year has delivered an array of STEM-related titles for younger readers. Our first gift guide for 2016 features books we think preschoolers through early-elementary schoolkids will thoroughly enjoy.

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Escher the Scientist

Fenella SaundersOct 7, 2016

The artist M. C. Escher valued the influence of scientists and mathematicians in producing his famous works.

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The Scientific Journey in Essay Form

Katie L. BurkeSep 19, 2016

In her new book, science writer Michelle Nijhuis breaks down what makes the essay a perfect vessel for authors to record their process of inquiry.

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Professor Astro Cat Goes Digital

Dianne TimblinSep 9, 2016

It’s no secret we're serious fans of the dapper and witty Professor Astro Cat. The mobile app Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System (Minilab Studios, $2.99, iOS and Android) translates a portion of the material from the first book, Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space, for an interactive digital format. We decided to take it for a cosmic joyride.

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Audio: Surveillance, Privacy, and Security on the Internet

Dianne TimblinSep 2, 2016

A short conversation with—and reading by—Jamie Bartlett, author of The Dark Net about concerns over surveillance, privacy, and security.

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The Making of a Xenotext

Barbara Aulicino, Dianne TimblinJun 22, 2016

Christian Bök’s ambitious project combines poetry, cryptography, and bioengineering.

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Audio: Exploring The Dark Net with Author Jamie Bartlett

Dianne TimblinApr 27, 2016

In this edition of the Scientists’ Nightstand podcast, author Jamie Bartlett discusses his book The Dark Net in which market mechanisms, technology, ethics, and human behavior mix.

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Crowdsourcing the Paleolithic

Sandra J. AckermanDec 31, 2015

Who knows what you may discover from the comfort of your armchair?

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Science Books Reviewed in Six Words

Dec 17, 2015

The shortest book reviews out there—just six words.

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Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks Remembered, in Books

Fenella SaundersSep 4, 2015

The noted neurologist preferred to write popular books over peer-reviewed papers, so a celebration of his life in books seems fitting.

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Photograph Katrina

The Persistence of Memory: John Rosenthal’s Photographs of the Lower Ninth Ward

Dianne TimblinAug 29, 2015

The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina brings with it memories of a coincident crisis. But it turns out that recalling an emotionally charged event isn't a straightforward process. How documentary photographs in the wake of disaster can help us understand the workings of memory.

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Watching Apollo 11 launch

When the Man in the Moon Met the Men on the Moon: Part 1

Dianne TimblinJul 20, 2015

When the Apollo 11 astronauts landed on the Moon, we knew what it meant for science. We also knew what it meant for Cold War–era politics. But what did it mean for the arts? Would poets ever look at the Moon in the same way again?

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