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  • The intelligent invertebrate

    A philosopher explores the underwater origins and evolution of cognition

    Other Minds The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness

  • Arrested development

    Financial and regulatory pressures threaten the discovery of new medicines

    A Prescription for Change The Looming Crisis in Drug Development

  • Toxic textiles

    A physician uncovers the disturbing history of an “ecofriendly” fiber

    Fake Silk The Lethal History of Viscose Rayon

  • Embodied inequality

    A diverse group of scholars tackles the relationships between health care and social justice

    Understanding Health Inequalities and Justice New Conversations Across the Disciplines

  • Tinkering with evolution

    A comprehensive tome explores the far-reaching implications of genome editing

    Redesigning Life How Genome Editing Will Transform the World

  • Crops on demand

    A probing portrait of early plant-breeding technologies unearths surprising roots of genetic engineering efforts

    Evolution Made to Order Plant Breeding and Technological Innovation in Twentieth-Century America

  • Against all odds

    A geologist revels in the unlikely reality of life on Earth

    A Most Improbable Journey A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves

  • Priceless

    A cautionary tome probes the cost of black box algorithms

    Virtual Competition The Promise and Perils of the Algorithm-Driven Economy

  • Striking the right chord

    A wide-ranging treatise seeks to reshape cities with an eye toward equality and resilience

    The Well-Tempered City What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life

  • Is anyone out there?

    A witty romp through the cosmos explores the scientific search for intelligent alien life

    The Aliens Are Coming! The Extraordinary Science Behind Our Search for Life in the Universe

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