Science and nature books

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‘They give us better options for preserving nature’: Ed Yong on revealing the hidden lives of animals
The Pulitzer-winning author, who has just won the Royal Society science book prize for An Immense World, reveals how radical empathy uncovers the forces that have driven evolution and teaches us new ways to engage

Patrick Barkham

24, Nov, 2023 @2:00 PM

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In brief: Playing Games; Benny the Blue Whale; The Darkness Manifesto – review
An emotive tale of two sisters, an odyssey into AI by a children’s author, and an argument in favour of a little less light

Hephzibah Anderson

20, Nov, 2023 @10:30 AM

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John Vaillant wins Baillie Gifford nonfiction prize with ‘highly relevant’ work on wildfires
Judges said Fire Weather, about the blazes that ravaged Canada’s forests in 2016, ‘forces you to ask some questions of yourself’

Ella Creamer

17, Nov, 2023 @10:43 AM

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In brief: The Golden Mole; Mistletoe Malice; The Deorhord – review
Dazzling essays detail the world’s most wondrous creatures; Kathleen Farrell dissects a dysfunctional family Christmas; and Hana Videen decodes an Old English bestiary

Hannah Beckerman

05, Nov, 2023 @4:00 PM

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White Holes: Inside the Horizon review – Carlo Rovelli turns time on its head
In his latest brief but dazzling journey to the edges of understanding, the theoretical physicist takes us into the heart of a black hole and out the other side

Kevin Fong

30, Oct, 2023 @11:00 AM

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Determined: Life Without Free Will by Robert Sapolsky review – the hard science of decisions
The behavioural scientist engagingly lays out the reasons why our every action is predetermined – and why we shouldn’t despair about it

Oliver Burkeman

24, Oct, 2023 @6:00 AM

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How women drove evolution: Cat Bohannon on her radical new history of humanity
The American academic and author is revolutionising our understanding of the human body with her female-centric history of the species. She discusses the myth-busting book that took 10 years to write

Katy Guest

30, Sep, 2023 @8:00 AM

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A Theory of Everyone by Michael Muthukrishna review – the laws of life
Is it possible – or even desirable – to study people with the scientific detachment of a physicist studying matter?

Sophie McBain

27, Sep, 2023 @8:00 AM

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Your Face Belongs to Us by Kashmir Hill review – nowhere to hide
From stalkers to authoritarian states, the use and abuse of facial recognition tech

Charles Arthur

21, Sep, 2023 @8:00 AM

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The big idea: could we use music like medicine?
We know that music influences our emotions, but could it improve physical health too?

David Robson

18, Sep, 2023 @11:30 AM

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Wainwright prize for nature writing won by ‘unparalleled’ river memoir
Amy-Jane Beer’s The Flow is one of three prize winners, with Guy Shrubsole’s conservation study The Lost Rainforests of Britain and Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Tom de Freston’s children’s book Leila and the Blue Fox

Ella Creamer

14, Sep, 2023 @5:30 PM

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The Maniac by Benjamín Labatut review – a journey to the far edge of knowledge
From the atom bomb to AI, this semi-fictional oral history explores science, faith and madness through the ideas of one extraordinary physicist

Sam Byers

14, Sep, 2023 @6:30 AM

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