science http://wamc.org en Final Novel In Deborah Harkness' "All Souls Trilogy" http://wamc.org/post/final-novel-deborah-harkness-all-souls-trilogy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.deborahharkness.com/">Deborah Harkness</a> is a scholar and writer specializing in the history of science and medicine. She has received numerous awards, including Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships. Currently a professor of history at the University of Southern California, she is the author of the New York Times bestselling <em>All Souls Trilogy</em>, and the final book in that trilogy, <em>The Book of Life</em>, is out today.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 94880 at http://wamc.org Final Novel In Deborah Harkness' "All Souls Trilogy" "The Third Chimpanzee For Young People: On The Evolution And Future Of The Human Animal" http://wamc.org/post/third-chimpanzee-young-people-evolution-and-future-human-animal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>At some point during the last 100,000 years, humans began exhibiting traits and behavior that distinguished us from other animals, eventually creating language, art, religion, bicycles, spacecraft, and nuclear weapons—all within a heartbeat of evolutionary time. Now, faced with the threat of nuclear weapons and the effects of climate change, it seems our innate tendencies for violence and invention have led us to a crucial tipping point. Where did these traits come from? Are they part of our species immutable destiny? Or is there hope for our species’ future if we change?</p><p>With fascinating facts and his unparalleled readability, <a href="http://www.jareddiamond.org/Jared_Diamond/Welcome.html">Jared Diamond</a> intended his book, <em>The Third Chimpanzee for Young People: On the Evolution and Future of the Human Animal</em>, to improve the world that today’s young people will inherit.</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90796 at http://wamc.org "The Third Chimpanzee For Young People: On The Evolution And Future Of The Human Animal" "Dinosaurs Without Bones: Dinosaur Lives Revealed By Their Trace Fossils" By Anthony Martin http://wamc.org/post/dinosaurs-without-bones-dinosaur-lives-revealed-their-trace-fossils-anthony-martin <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>What if we woke up one morning all of the dinosaur bones in the world were gone? How would we know these iconic animals had a165-million year history on earth, and had adapted to all land-based environments from pole to pole? What clues would be left to discern not only their presence, but also to learn about their sex lives, raising of young, social lives, combat, and who ate who? What would it take for us to know how fast dinosaurs moved, whether they lived underground, climbed trees, or went for a swim?</p><p>Welcome to the world of ichnology, the study of traces and trace fossils—such as tracks, trails, burrows, nests, toothmarks, and other vestiges of behavior—and how through these remarkable clues, we can explore and intuit the rich and complicated lives of dinosaurs.</p><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 15:40:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90608 at http://wamc.org "Dinosaurs Without Bones: Dinosaur Lives Revealed By Their Trace Fossils" By Anthony Martin "The Tale Of The Dueling Neurosurgeons" By Sam Kean http://wamc.org/post/tale-dueling-neurosurgeons-sam-kean <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Early studies of the human brain used a simple method: wait for misfortune to strike -- strokes, seizures, infectious diseases, horrendous accidents -- and see how victims coped. In many cases their survival was miraculous, if puzzling. Observers were amazed by the transformations that took place when different parts of the brain were destroyed, altering victims' personalities. Parents suddenly couldn't recognize their own children. Pillars of the community became pathological liars. Some people couldn't speak but could still sing.</p><p>In <em>The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons</em>, <a href="http://www.samkean.com/">Sam Kean</a> travels through time with stories of neurological curiosities: phantom limbs, Siamese twin brains, viruses that eat patients' memories, blind people who see through their tongues.</p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90240 at http://wamc.org "The Tale Of The Dueling Neurosurgeons" By Sam Kean Scribbling Machines And More: The Art Of Tinkering http://wamc.org/post/scribbling-machines-and-more-art-tinkering <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Brought to you by the <a href="http://www.tinkering.exploratorium.edu/">Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio</a>, <em>The Art of Tinkering </em>is an unprecedented celebration of what it means to tinker: to take things apart, explore tools and materials, and build wondrous, wild art that’s part science and part technology. Join 150+ makers as they share the stories behind their beautiful and bold work—and use the special conductive ink on the cover to do some tinkering yourself!</p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 15:45:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 89819 at http://wamc.org Scribbling Machines And More: The Art Of Tinkering Planet Hunter And Oakwood Friends School Graduate Dr. Jennifer Yee Returns To Present Herzog Lecture http://wamc.org/post/planet-hunter-and-oakwood-friends-school-graduate-dr-jennifer-yee-returns-present-herzog <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Former New Paltz resident and 2003 Oakwood Friends School graduate Dr. Jennifer Yee, 29, will return to the School to present its annual Herzog Lecture, on Friday, May 2, at 10:30 a.m.</p><p>Dr. Yee, who has helped discover 15 planets, was one of five young astronomers in 2013 to be awarded a Carl Sagan Exoplanet Postdoctoral Fellowship by NASA. The prize fellowship, named for the late astronomer, was created to inspire the next generation of explorers seeking to learn more about planets, and possibly life, around stars other than the Sun. For her Sagan Fellowship, Dr. Yee is based at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass.</p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 14:50:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 89460 at http://wamc.org Planet Hunter And Oakwood Friends School Graduate Dr. Jennifer Yee Returns To Present Herzog Lecture "A Sting In The Tale" By Dave Goulson http://wamc.org/post/sting-tale-dave-goulson <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Dave Goulson became obsessed with wildlife as a small boy growing up in rural England, starting with an increasingly exotic menagerie of pets. When his interest turned to the anatomical, there were even some ill-fated experiments with taxidermy. But bees are where Goulson’s true passion lies—the humble bumblebee in particular.</p><p>Once commonly found in the marshes of Kent, the English short-haired bumblebee went extinct in the United Kingdom, but by a twist of fate still exists in the wilds of New Zealand, the descendants of a few pairs shipped over in the nineteenth century.</p><p>Dave Goulson’s quest to reintroduce it to its native land is one of the highlights of his book, <em>A Sting in the Tale</em>, that includes original research into the habits of these mysterious creatures, history’s relationship with the bumblebee, and advice on how to protect the bumblebee for future generations.</p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 89174 at http://wamc.org "A Sting In The Tale" By Dave Goulson "Gulp" by Mary Roach http://wamc.org/post/gulp-mary-roach <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Science writer, <a href="http://www.maryroach.net/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Mary Roach</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, started out as a magazine journalist, but eventually parlayed her column for Salon.com into her first book, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Next, she investigated the afterlife in </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, then came Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>In <em>Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal</em>, Roach dives into the human body, beginning at the mouth, then moves, um, downward as she discusses digestion and elimination.</p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 61177 at http://wamc.org "Gulp" by Mary Roach "The Thing With Feathers" By Noah Strycker http://wamc.org/post/thing-feathers-noah-strycker <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Birds are highly intelligent animals, yet their intelligence is dramatically different from our own and has been little understood. As scientists come to understand more about the secrets of bird life, they are unlocking fascinating insights into memory, game theory, and the nature of intelligence itself.</p><p><em>The Thing with Feathers</em> explores the astonishing homing abilities of pigeons, the good deeds of fairy-wrens, the influential flocking abilities of starlings, the deft artistry of bowerbirds, the extraordinary memories of nutcrackers, the lifelong loves of albatross, and other mysteries—revealing why birds do what they do, and offering a glimpse into our own nature.</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 86633 at http://wamc.org "The Thing With Feathers" By Noah Strycker "Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients" by Ben Goldacre http://wamc.org/post/bad-pharma-how-drug-companies-mislead-doctors-and-harm-patients-ben-goldacre <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We like to imagine that medicine is based on evidence and the results of fair testing and clinical trials. In reality, those tests and trials are often profoundly flawed. We like to imagine that doctors who write prescriptions for everything from antidepressants to cancer drugs to heart medication are familiar with the research literature about a drug, when in reality much of the research is hidden from them by drug companies.</span></p><p>With Ben Goldacre’s characteristic flair and a forensic attention to detail, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0865478007/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0865478007&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0865478007" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /></em> reveals a shockingly broken system and calls for regulation. This is the pharmaceutical industry as it has never been seen before.</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 59922 at http://wamc.org "Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients" by Ben Goldacre