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Enter the Dragons

Fenella Saunders

A brief review of Dragonflies: Magnificent Creatures of Water, Air, and Land, by Pieter van Dokkum

One Singular Sensation

Katie L. Burke

A brief review of Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind, by David J. Linden

Fearless Symmetry

Daniel S. Silver

A brief review of Creating Symmetry: The Artful Mathematics of Wallpaper Patterns, by Frank A. Farris

When the Atomic Went Mainstream

Lindsey A. Freeman

A brief excerpt of Longing for the Bomb: Oak Ridge and Atomic Nostalgia, by Lindsey A. Freeman

In the Spirits of Science

Emily Buehler

A brief review of Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail, by Dave Arnold

Owls in the Family

Dianne Timblin

A brief review of The House of Owls, by Tony Angell

Mistrust, Metaphor, and Medicine

Katie L. Burke

A brief review of On Immunity: An Inoculation, by Eula Biss

On the Shore of the Infinite

Corey S. Powell

Brief reviews of Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time, by Michael Benson, and Infinite Worlds: The People and Places of Space Exploration, by Michael Soluri

Birth of the Coolth

Dianne Timblin

A brief review of Cool: How Air Conditioning Changed Everything, by Salvatore Basile

If These Cubicles Could Talk

Dianne Timblin

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

Snow Science

Sandra J. Ackerman

A brief review of Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth: Weather, Climate Change, and Finding Deep Powder in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains and Around the World, by Jim Steenburgh

The Evolution of Friendship

Harold Green

A brief review of Talent for Friendship: Rediscovery of a Remarkable Trait, by John Edward Terrell

Thoroughly Modern Microbes

Margaret Clark

A brief review of Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues, by Martin J. Blaser

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


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

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