book review

The Genetic Lottery is a bust for both genetics and policy

Kathryn Paige Harden’s book tries to demonstrate how genetics can ameliorate societal ills. She falls well, well short

A version of this article originally appeared on Undark

The remarkable adaptability of the human brain

In “Livewired,” neuroscientist David Eagleman shows how the brain shapes itself by interacting with the outside world.

A new kind of climate change book brings emotions to the table

"All We Can Save" doesn't shy away from doom or hope, encompassing the enormity of climate change

Could science actually make Game of Thrones happen? Sometimes!

"Fire, Ice and Physics" breaks down the science behind Game Of Thrones, including beheadings, White Walkers and wildfire

A portrait of Charles Darwin as an old man by Julia Margaret Cameron.

Evolution is elegant but not when it's in David Sloan Wilson's hands

His new book "This View of Life" tries to wedge too much into one biological point of view

David Hu sells quirky research with an apartment full of snakes

"How To Walk On Water And Climb Up Walls" welcomes readers to the strange world of biolocomotion

Robyn Metcalfe hits dead ends in her quest to rethink agriculture

"Food Routes" offers a futuristic vision, but only for a subset of the planet

Do animals hear music? "The Evolving Animal Orchestra" follows a decade on the beat

Macaques, chimps, and one very smart bird take Henkjan Honing down a winding path

"Skeleton Keys" reveals the secrets hidden inside your bones

Brian Switek's book breathes new life into our understanding of old bones

"Poached" takes you into the trenches of wildlife crime

Rachel Love Nuwer explains how and why illegal trade threatens to wipe some of our planet's most charismatic animals off the map forever

The history of humanity is written across your smile

'The Tales Teeth Tell' traces the evolution of our teeth into "oral Swiss army knives"

The slap-dash nature of evolution makes entertaining reading

Nathan Lents' new book details the accidental, incidental nature of human quirks

'Visualizing Disease' is an illuminating history of how we started to see medicine

Though beautifully printed, the book will most appeal to modern practitioners

The art of publicly changing your mind on GMOs

'Seeds of Science' makes a persuasive case for GM technology by a man who used to oppose it

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The Lyme wars are upon us. We should probably read up on them

By 2050, 12 percent of the US population will likely be infected by Lyme-causing pathogen

Charles Darwin, made flesh and tedious

A new book humanizes the legend, but few will want to read it