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Book Review: a World Without Fish and Unraveling Ocean Life

by Patricia Balbon Day-to-day encounters of fish—at the grocery store, visiting an aquarium—passively reinforce a notion of triviality about aquatic life until we are prompted to take a pause and spare a thought for a breathtaking world beyond the shore. This month’s selection in our ongoing book review series, World Without Fish, prompts such reflection; however, as the pages turn, we witness the marine world’s vulnerability alongside its majesty.  Through Mark Kurlansky’s words and Frank Stockton’s art, we are challenged by the crisis of disappearing biodiversity in our oceans.  This…

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Book Review: Building a Foundation in Environmental Science

Dickinson, Janis L. & Bonney, Rick. (eds). Citizen Science: Public Participation in Environmental Research. Cornell University Press, 2012. 279 pages. Paperback $US 29.95. Though it was published in 2012, Citizen Science: Public Participation in Environmental Research is relevant to our present moment. As discussions of environmental research increase in frequency and urgency, institutions at all levels will continue to raise questions about the public’s scientific literacy and the best methods of mobilizing scientific knowledge. This text works through these questions, asserting that “citizen science has a crucial role to play”…

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Book Review: Bring Back the King

Title: Bring Back the King: The New Science of De-extinction Reviewed by: Steven Spence for GotScience.org, a Science Connected publication Author: Helen Pilcher Publisher: Bloomsbury (Sigma Series) On sale: September 2016 Best for: High school and up Reviewer’s rating: 5 out of 5 Introduction Playing on both T. rex and Elvis Presley in the title and text, Helen Pilcher covers some serious, cutting-edge science in her breezily written book Bring Back the King: The New Science of De-extinction. Readers will be introduced to DNA, cloning, the use of CRISPR (Clustered Regularly…

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Book Review: God’s Word or Human Reason?

Title: God’s Word or Human Reason? An Inside Perspective on Creationism Reviewed by: Steven Spence for GotScience.org, a Science Connected publication Authors: Jonathan Kane, Emily Willoughby, T. Michael Keesey, Glenn Morton, and James Comer Publisher: Inkwater Press On sale: January 31, 2017 Best for: High school junior level and above Reviewer’s rating: 5 out of 5 Introduction “People are not stupid. They believe things for reasons. The last way for skeptics to get the attention of bright, curious, intelligent people is to belittle or condescend or to show arrogance toward…

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Book Review: Wild Sex: The Science Behind Mating in the Animal Kingdom

Title: Wild Sex: The Science Behind Mating in the Animal Kingdom Reviewed by: Kate Stone for GotScience.org, a Science Connected publication Author: Dr. Carin Bondar Publisher: Pegasus Books On sale: Now (September 2016) Best for: 18 and up Reviewer’s rating: 4.5 out of 5 Introduction Sexual reproduction. It provides the genetic diversity that is essential for complex life on Earth. Birds do it; bees do it—every member of the animal kingdom does it, from fruit flies to blue whales. But if you think humans have a tough time dating, try…

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GotScience Book Reviews for Holiday Season 2016

Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe by Mike Massimino One of the best books about human spaceflight that I’ve read in years. Mike doesn’t tell a tale of a superhuman—he comes from humble beginnings, fails multiple times, and through perseverance succeeds in becoming an astronaut. Mike inspires, communicates clearly, and above all teaches that nothing in life is a one-man show. Keep doing what you’re passionate about—it might take you to the stars! Read our full review here.       Secrets of the Seas:…

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Book Review: Spaceman

Title: Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe Reviewed by: Steven Spence for GotScience.org, a Science Connected publication Author: Mike Massimino Publisher: Simon and Schuster On sale: October 4, 2016 Best for: teen and up Reviewer’s rating: 5 out of 5 Introduction Mike Massimino, former space shuttle astronaut and current professor at Columbia University, shares his path with us in this autobiography. This isn’t about astronaut heroics and tales of superhuman feats. It’s a tale of Mike’s down-to-earth, gritty effort to do something he was…

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Book Review: Secrets of the Seas: A Journey into the Heart of the Oceans Book Reviews Oceanography Photos 

Book Review: Secrets of the Seas

Title: Secrets of the Seas: A Journey into the Heart of the Ocean Reviewed by: Steven Spence for GotScience.org, a Science Connected publication Author: Callum Roberts Photographer: Alex Mustard Publisher: Bloomsbury Natural History Publication Date: September 22, 2016 Available: Bloomsbury UK; Amazon Rating: 5 out of 5 Secrets of the Seas: A Journey into the Heart of the Oceans is an extraordinary book. Visiting multiple ocean locations, the author and photographer offer glimpses of marine life diversity that few people ever see firsthand. Why I Enjoyed Secrets of the Seas As…

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Book Review: When We Are No More

Title: When We Are No More: How Digital Memory Is Shaping Our Future Author: Abby Smith Rumsey Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing On sale: March 2016 Best for: 16+ Reviewed by: Norman Rusin for GotScience.org, a Science Connected publication Reviewer’s rating: 3 out of 5 Introduction Imagine a world in which all the knowledge produced and amassed by humankind is finally digitized. One day a natural catastrophe destroys all the servers that are preserving that data. What will the future hold for humankind? Now, imagine a world where human life is no…

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Book Review: Science and the City

  Author: Laurie Winkless Publisher: Bloomsbury Sigma On sale: August 11, 2016 Best for: General audience, ages 13 and up Reviewed by: Jonathan Trinastic for GotScience.org, a Science Connected publication Reviewer’s rating: 4 out of 5 Introduction Cities are quickly becoming the beating hearts of civilization. The UN estimates that over half the global population now calls urban neighborhoods home. Packed with ever more mouths to feed, bodies to transport, and skyscrapers to heat or cool, cities demand the best of human creativity and productivity to meet the needs of…

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