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By Idan Efroni

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Cab Psychology

By Giovanni Paci

“We don’t know what students do in the third year. But it […]

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Roach Love

Huayi Wei learns to appreciate insects ... but love them? She's not so sure

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Is Immortality All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

Vanessa Kellner takes a fascinating peek into the science of aging -- but doesn't find the secret to eternal life

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The Secret to Better Medical Care? Be A Man

Maya Dusenbery's new book makes Karen Kwon rethink how the healthcare system treats her

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“Hello, world!” says the computer. In white text on a black screen, […]

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Logic For Life

Jay Wadekar learns about a fresh take on using formal logic in the real world in Eugenia Cheng's book

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Navigating The Minds of Animals

Tim Currier learns about animals' astonishing navigational abilities, and soon discovers that the scientists who study them are just as interesting

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The Thicket Of Life

The Tree of Life is more of a thicket, Beth Walters learns in David Quammen's fascinating new book

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Sex, Lies, and Women

Elizabeth Harris is fascinated by Wednesday Martin's iconoclastic view of female monogamy, but questions her conclusions

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The Algorithms That Rule Your Life

Kate Storey-Fisher tours the miraculous but disturbing world of robot judges and self-driving cars in Hannah Fry's new book

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The Roommates You Hate… But Can’t Live Without

Tanvi Butola squirms at the thought of countless microbes colonizing her home -- but Rob Dunn's engaging new book may convince her to throw out the Lysol

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By Pascal Wallisch

(Excerpt from “Advice for a Modern Investigator”, chapter 5. ) The most […]

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