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We at the Cooper Square Review join this nation in outrage at the violent death of George Floyd, and at the systemic racism that his death exposes once again. We are scientists and medical professionals. Every day we work on testing new medicines, decoding neural impulses, and analyzing gravitational waves. But we are also citizens. We urge our fellow scientists to turn their passion and creativity to their work as citizens: creating a more just, equitable, and humane world.

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Kevin Gonzales learns about the fascinating ways language-learning can change your brain in Albert Costa's new book

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While enjoying Carl Safina's latest, Sofia Landi is forced to ask: "are animals more cultured than we are?"

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Ben Deen enjoys an engaging if depressing preview of humanity's future in Brian Greene's latest book

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Transplant surgeon Joshua Mezrich's book is at once autobiography and history of one of the most extraordinary fields in modern medicine. In it, Paige Winokur also discovers a new perspective on the racial justice movement.

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Geena Ianni learns that we've been through a trial-run for pandemic preparedness, and are making the same mistakes all over again

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What It Means To Live With Dementia

Stephen Serene finds beauty and insight in Lynn Casteel Harper's portrait of dementia, but worries that it whitewashes the realities of nursing home life

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The Ghost of Pandemics Past

Jared Diamond's classic explains how epidemics of the past transformed societies. Agata Bochynska wonders: how will the current pandemic change ours?

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A Kassandra For Our Time

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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.

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By Pascal Wallisch

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

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