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5 short science books you can read in a day

Happy World Book Day! Maybe you’ve picked up a book for World Book Night in the UK, or participated in #ProjectReadathon, or maybe you heard about this annual emphasis on reading through another channel. Or maybe this is the first you’re hearing about World Book Day. It’s today, April 23….

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Book review: Bread, Wine, Chocolate

In Bread, Wine, Chocolate, author Simran Sethi shares stories about her relationship with certain foods, but it’s easy to relate these to your own experiences. Food is such an important part of life. So why don’t we give it more thought? That’s what this book does. The three foods from…

Book Review: The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who

The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who Simon Guerrier and Dr. Marek Kukula BBC Books, Paperback (2016)   I didn’t start watching Doctor Who until the rebooted series in 2005. I missed the original episodes because I wasn’t born until well into the era of the Fourth Doctor, and because I…

Cell biology text books and The Beatles

When the third edition of the popular text book Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBOC) came out in 1994, the author photo on the back cover showed the six authors walking across the famous crosswalk near the Abbey Road studios in North-West London. Like many tourists who visit the spot,…

Book review: Ontspoorde Wetenschap

On the tube in London, I pulled the book Ontspoorde Wetenschap out of my bag, to commiserate to my travel companion that I was reading this very interesting Dutch book about research fraud, but had nobody to discuss it with because it was in Dutch and nobody else in London…

Book review: AsapSCIENCE

AsapSCIENCE: Answers to the World’s Weirdest Questions, Most Persistent Rumors, & Unexplained Phenomena By Mitchell Moffit and Greg Brown Scribner (Simon & Schuster) ISBN 9781476756219 The creators of whiteboard-illustrated YouTube channel ASAP Science have a book coming out later this month: Answers to the World’s Weirdest Questions, Most Persistent Rumors,…

Book review: Keeping Women in Science

Keeping Women in Science By Kate White Melbourne University Publishing, 2015 ISBN 9780522867015 This book is a quite academic report of a study carried out in an Australian research institute. I’m starting my review with that because I was expecting the book to be broader than that, and I think…

Book review: Random Body Parts

By Leslie Bulion and Mike Lowery Expected publication: March 1st 2015 by Peachtree Publishers ISBN 156145737X Random Body Parts is an upcoming kids book with funny poems about different body parts. Leslie Bulion’s poems combined with Mike Lowery’s artwork make each page a fun introduction to the purpose of your…

Book review: The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change

The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change By Grady Klein and Yoram Bauman, PhD Island Press, 2014 ISBN 9781610914383 Based on the cover alone, I thought The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change would be chaotic, but the inside is very well-organized. The main text runs in boxes between the cartoons, and…

Book review: Career Options for Biomedical Scientists

Career Options for Biomedical Scientists Edited by Kaaren Janssen and Richard Sever Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2014 ISBN 978-1-936113-72-9 PhD students in biomedical sciences are often trained only for a future career in research. Their supervisor only had experience in research, and might expect their students to follow the…