Science and nature books

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How to Love Animals by Henry Mance review – the case against modern farming
A series of investigations, presented with humour and humility, into our contradictory relationships with pets, livestock and wildlife

PD Smith

01, May, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Secrets of a tree whisperer: ‘They get along, they listen – they’re attuned’
The woman who discovered the woodwide web shares the wisdom of a life spent listening to the forest in her new book

Kate Kellaway

24, Apr, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Can our passion for pets help reset our relationship with nature?
As lockdown puppy sales soar and the cats of Instagram are liked by millions, endangered species are vanishing from the planet. Can pets teach us how to care about all animals?

Henry Mance

24, Apr, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Richard Dawkins loses ‘humanist of the year’ title over trans comments
American Humanist Association criticises academic for comments about identity using ‘the guise of scientific discourse’, and withdraws its 1996 honour

Alison Flood

20, Apr, 2021 @12:56 PM

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The healthy child who wouldn’t wake up: the strange truth of ‘mystery illnesses’
Dizzy diplomats, twitching schoolgirls, children in comas ... psychosomatic illnesses are not always as unexplainable as they seem, writes neurologist Suzanne O’Sullivan

Suzanne O'Sullivan

12, Apr, 2021 @8:00 AM

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The hottest literary travel destinations (to visit when lockdown ends)
From George Orwell’s Isle of Jura to Willa Cather’s Nebraskan frontier … with travel restricted to the imagination, Henry Eliot picks the most memorable and beautiful literary locations

Henry Eliot

03, Apr, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Into the woods: Sam Lee, the singer who duets with nightingales
Sam Lee built a studio in a wood, found a nightingale to sing with, hooked up a backing band, and livestreamed their concerts. But it is a race against time – for the song of the nightingale may soon be lost for ever

Patrick Barkham

31, Mar, 2021 @2:04 PM

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A World on the Wing by Scott Weidensaul review – incredible journeys taken by migratory species
The acclaimed natural history writer amply conveys his joy and amazement at the ability of birds to navigate the hemisphere

Ashish Ghadiali

30, Mar, 2021 @6:00 AM

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In brief: Unsettled Ground; Genesis; Inferno – reviews
Twins unravel their family history when their mother dies; myths, science and the origins of the universe; and a harrowing account of postpartum psychosis

Hannah Beckerman

28, Mar, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Richard Mabey: 'Viruses and man-eating tigers and predatory Asian hornets are all part of nature'
A pioneer of British nature writing, Richard Mabey has always been years ahead of his time. So how does he think the pandemic will change our relationship to the natural world?

Patrick Barkham

27, Mar, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Helgoland by Carlo Rovelli review – a meditation on quantum theory
A skilled storyteller reflects on the genius of Werner Heisenberg, who developed the theory that explains the evolution of stars and makes computers possible

Manjit Kumar

26, Mar, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Under a White Sky by Elizabeth Kolbert review – the path to catastrophe
A damning survey that tracks the spiralling absurdity of human attempts to control nature with technology

Ben Ehrenreich

26, Mar, 2021 @7:30 AM

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