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The Ship and The Shovel

By Bryan Sim

I am writing, but not writing: writing like the bee for its hive, […]

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Diseases of the Will

Developmental Diseases of the Common Graduate Student

By Erik Lee Nylen

At a Friday happy hour in the Lower East Side, Jack, in […]

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Latest Book Reviews

Mad About Microbes

Alexandra Grote appreciates a clear-eyed reckoning with our microscopic friends and foes

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A Sci-Fi Lover’s Guide to the Galaxy

Milica Bulajić enjoys the science (and fiction) of life beyond Earth

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A Mental Multiverse

Farah Abdul-Rahman learns that consciousness may be more Greek chorus than computer algorithm

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Cherish the Albatross

Li Wang is enthralled by Adam Nicolson's plea for seabird conservation, but argues for a more nuanced approach

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Green on a Mission

Plants can’t speak for themselves, but Marie Crouzevialle finds that Carlos Magdalena is a worthy surrogate

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A Public Health Paladin

Alice Fok admires William Foege’s battles against pathogens—and politicians

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Moving Past Destiny

In the Book of Life, Kostas Kampourakis argues, DNA isn’t the whole story

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So Successful It Hurts

Nicholas DelRose embraces inner turmoil in Charles Mann’s new book.

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On Our Best Behavior? Not!

Oliver Vikbladh delights in this history from the bad boy of econ... and how it's affecting everything from decision making to neuroscience

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Hey, Good Looking!

Does beauty have biological meaning? Neuroscientist Alessio Travaglia considers Darwin’s forgotten theory

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This Scientific Life

Illustration by Angelika Manhart

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.