Looming Change
Looming Change
While the world is still coming to grips with the new reality wrought by COVID-19, the risk of catastrophe from a warming planet persists.
Looming Change
Looming Change

While the world is still coming to grips with the new reality wrought by COVID-19, the risk of catastrophe from a warming planet persists.

While the world is still coming to grips with the new reality wrought by COVID-19, the risk of catastrophe from a warming planet persists.

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Book Excerpt from <em>The Nature of Fear</em>
Book Excerpt from The Nature of Fear
Daniel T. Blumstein | Oct 21, 2020
In the book’s prologue, author Daniel T. Blumstein explains his introduction to the study of fear.
Opinion: What Animals Can Teach Us About Fear
Opinion: What Animals Can Teach Us About Fear
Daniel T. Blumstein | Oct 1, 2020
Fear binds us to our human and nonhuman ancestors. Understanding the emotion can help us grapple with challenges we face today.
Book Excerpt from <em>How Zoologists Organize Things</em>
Book Excerpt from How Zoologists Organize Things
David Bainbridge | Sep 1, 2020
In Chapter 1, “An ABC of Early Classification,” author David Bainbridge explores the theological roots of zoology.
The Peopling of South America
The Peopling of South America
Shawna Williams | Sep 1, 2020
While questions still outnumber answers, new findings from archaeology, genetics, and other disciplines are revealing surprising insights into the early cultures of the most recently populated continent.
Ancient Grains Hint at Prehistoric Beer Brewing
Ancient Grains Hint at Prehistoric Beer Brewing
Amanda Heidt | Sep 1, 2020
Microscopic analysis of charred, shapeless lumps from archaeological sites revealed ancient cereal grains that may have undergone malting to make beer.
Contributors
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Sep 1, 2020
Meet some of the people featured in the September 2020 issue of The Scientist.
Infographic: South America&rsquo;s Early Prehistory
Infographic: South America’s Early Prehistory
Shawna Williams | Sep 1, 2020
Genetics and archaeology yield clues as to when humans first arrived on the continent and how these early settlers lived.
Ten Minute Sabbatical
Ten Minute Sabbatical
The Scientist Staff | Sep 1, 2020
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
Opinion: Zoology&rsquo;s Racism Problem
Opinion: Zoology’s Racism Problem
David Bainbridge | Sep 1, 2020
A new book explores the history of scientists’ efforts to classify living things.
Connecting the DOTS
Connecting the DOTS
Adam Kucharski | Aug 18, 2020
The four factors that drive contagion
Opinion: The Politics of Science and Racism
Opinion: The Politics of Science and Racism
Sadye Paez, Erich D. Jarvis | Aug 18, 2020
Race has been used to segment humanity and, by extension, establish and enforce a hierarchy in science. Individual and institutional commitments to racial justice in the sciences must involve political activity.
Book Excerpt from <em>The State of Science</em>
Book Excerpt from The State of Science
Marc Zimmer | Aug 14, 2020
In Chapter 13, “Trusting Experts—and the Trump Administration,” Marc Zimmer laments the communication breakdown between modern US policy makers and scientists
Opinion: Science in a Time of Crisis
Opinion: Science in a Time of Crisis
Marc Zimmer | Aug 14, 2020
A new book explores the ways that research findings are used and misused.
Introducing <em>The Scientist</em> Social Club
Introducing The Scientist Social Club
Bob Grant | Jul 27, 2020
Our first event is a book club for Sinclair Lewis’s 1925 classic novel Arrowsmith, which we’ll discuss with two prominent scholars during a webinar on September 25.
Book Excerpt from <em>COVID-19</em>
Book Excerpt from COVID-19
Debora MacKenzie | Jul 17, 2020
In Chapter 8, author Debora MacKenzie recounts an unfortunate history of baselessly blaming disease outbreaks on groups perceived as outsiders.
Ten Minute Sabbatical
Ten Minute Sabbatical
The Scientist Staff | Jul 13, 2020
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
Opinion: Anticipating the Next Pandemic
Opinion: Anticipating the Next Pandemic
Debora MacKenzie | Jul 13, 2020
Our experience with COVID-19 has already shone a light on how (and how not) to address future outbreaks.
Book Excerpt from <em>Some Assembly Required</em>
Book Excerpt from Some Assembly Required
Neil Shubin | Jun 1, 2020
In the prologue to the book, author Neil Shubin sets the stage for discussing the iterative repurposing that marks several transformational developments throughout evolution.
Armchair Virologists
Armchair Virologists
Bob Grant | Jun 1, 2020
Pretending to be a javelin aficionado is one thing. Professing to have real insight into the ongoing pandemic is quite another.