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Mistrust, Metaphor, and Medicine

Katie L. Burke

A brief review of ON IMMUNITY: An Inoculation, by Katie L. Burke.


On the Shore of the Infinite

Corey S. Powell

A brief review of COSMIGRAPHICS: Picturing Space Through Time, by Corey S. Powell


Birth of the Coolth

Dianne Timblin

A brief review of COOL: How Air Conditioning Changed Everything, by Dianne Timblin.


If These Cubicles Could Talk

Dianne Timblin

A brief review of Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley, 1985–2000, by Dianne Timblin


Snow Science

Sandra J. Ackerman

A brief review of Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth, by Sandra J. Ackerman


The Evolution of Friendship

Harold Green

A brief review of Talent for Friendship: Rediscovery of a Remarkable Trait, by Harold M. Green


Thoroughly Modern Microbes

Margaret Clark

A brief review of Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues, by Margaret Clark


The Bonds that Make Everything

Fenella Saunders

2015-01NightstandSaundersF2.jpgA brief review of Molecules: The Elements and Architecture of Everything, by Theodore Gray, with photographs by Nick Mann


The World's Survivors

Katie L. Burke

A brief review of The Oldest Living Things in the World, by Rachel Sussman


Taste Masters

Sandra J. Ackerman

2015-01NightstandAckermanF1.jpgA brief review of Umami: Unlocking the Secrets of the Fifth Taste, by Ole G. Mouritsen and Klavs Styrbaek


Journeys to the Brink

Ram Ramabhadran

A brief review of Shocked: Adventures in Bringing Back the Recently Dead, by David Casarett


Life Below the Ankles

David L. Hu

2014NightstandWebSnake

A brief review of How Snakes Work: Structure, Function and Behavior of the World’s Snakes, by Harvey B. Lillywhite


The Men Who Sold the Moon

Corey S. Powell

A brief review of Marketing the Moon: The Selling of the Apollo Lunar Program, by David Meerman Scott and Richard Jurek


Tilling Tales

Dianne Timblin

A brief review of A History of the Garden in Fifty Tools, by Bill Laws


The Cheese Plate Stands Alone

Emily Buehler

A review of The Science of Cheese, by Michael H. Tunick


Don't Try This at Home

Jorge Cham

A review of What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, by Randall Munroe


Of a Feather

Dianne Timblin

A review of Extraordinary Birds: Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library, by Paul Sweet, and Aviary Wonders Inc.: Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual: Renewing the World's Bird Supply Since 2031, by Kate Samworth


A Troubling Tome

Greg Laden

A review of A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race, and Human History, by Nicholas Wade


Have You Seen This Species?

Dianne Timblin

A review of Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record, by Errol Fuller


Stocking Nature’s Arsenal

James G. Lewis

A review of Arming Mother Nature: The Birth of Catastrophic Environmentalism, by Jacob Darwin Hamblin


Sex, Lies, and Misconceptions

Katie L. Burke

A review of How We Do It: The Evolution and Future of Human Reproduction, by Robert Martin


A Vast Sea of Plastic

Katie-Leigh Corder

A review of Plastic Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, by Patricia Newman


Living Color

Dianne Timblin

A review of The Secret Language of Color: Science, Nature, History, Culture, Beauty of Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Violet, by Joann Eckstut and Arielle Eckstut


Around the Cosmos in 192 Pages

Corey S. Powell

A review of The Cosmic Tourist: Visit the 100 Most Awe-Inspiring Destinations in the Universe!, by Brian May, Patrick Moore, and Chris Lintott


Surviving a Perfect Storm

Fenella Saunders

A review of The Great Extinctions: What Causes Them and How They Shape Life, by Norman MacLeod


“The Sight That Met Us Was Shocking”

Dianne Timblin

A review of Bergen-Belsen 1945: A Medical Student's Journal, by Michael John Hargrave


The Monodromy of Love

Brian Hayes

A review of Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality, by Edward Frenkel


“The Colonel Says”

Corey S. Powell

A review of An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going into Space Taught Me about Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything, by Chris Hadfield


Keeping the Holmes Fires Burning

Dianne Timblin

A review of The Scientific Sherlock Holmes: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics, by James O’Brien, and Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, by Maria Konnikova


How to Best the Beast Within

Jenny Jennings Foerst

A review of THE BOOK OF BARELY IMAGINED BEINGS: A 21st Century Bestiary, by Caspar Henderson





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