Latest Book Reviews

The Theater of Healing

Diane Lye tussles with the science--and theatrics--of Suggestible You, a history of the placebo effect

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The City, Deconstructed

From skyscrapers to subways, Diego Reinero revels in the nuts and bolts of urban physics

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Matisse and the Snail

Can neuroscience explain a painting? Marie Sweet ponders the gap between art and neurons

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Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold

Jorge Jaramillo enjoys the scientific search for aliens in Lousia Preston's Goldilocks and the Water Bears

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What Is It Like to Be an Octopus?

“Intelligent aliens” in our midst? Rachel Denison immerses herself in Peter Godfrey-Smith’s examination of octopus consciousness

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Bugs Are Us

Maria Pokrovskii explores the boundary between the microbiome and us

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Into the Woods

Sophia Domokos wanders through a forest of neurons to glimpse a new theory of consciousness

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Mind, Matter, and the Telepathic Bank Robber

Cato Sandford wrestles with Jonathan Westphal over The Mind-Body Problem

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This Scientific Life

Our contributors hail from all over the sciences — and all over the world. We’ll share what brought us to science, why we stay, and what makes us (occasionally) want to run away. There will be eureka moments, scientific screw-ups, advice to youngsters, peers, and elders, as well as whimsical stories about space exploration, fruit fly cognition, and how a neuron can live its best life.

Lab Confidential

Startup Science: a How-to Guide

By Rachel Denison

Just got your first Assistant Professor job? Congratulations! You’ve spent the last goodness-knows-how-many years immersing yourself in your specialty, mastering cutting-edge techniques, and honing your benchcraft. But few of these skills can help you now. To meet the challenge of running a lab – of managing people instead of data – get some tips from […]

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The sincerest form of flattery

Going Nowhere Fast

By Alex I. Malz

. . . And when you say “going nowhere fast,” you cannot possibly be describing me, because you think going signifies change in space as a function of time, in other words, the motion in a spatial dimension over a duration of some temporal interval, whereas my existence, if not my experience, is not defined […]

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I knew I wanted to be a scientist when…

Inside Story

By Alexandra Grote

I knew I wanted to be a scientist when… well to be honest, given my interests and hobbies as a child, I was a tad concerned I was most well-suited to become a murderer. You are worried now, and that is understandable—-but please, stick with me here. We lived on a hillside covered in blackberry […]

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