Biological Sciences

A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution

A trailblazing biologist grapples with her role in the biggest scientific discovery of our era: a cheap, easy way of rewriting genetic code, with nearly limitless promise and peril.

Not since the atomic bomb has a technology so alarmed its inventors that they warned the world about its use. Not, that is, until the spring of 2015, when biologist Jennifer Doudna called for a worldwide moratorium on the use of the new gene-editing tool CRISPR—a revolutionary new technology that she helped create—to make heritable changes in human embryos. […Learn More]

Book Cover of Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and The Perils of Sciences's Highest Honor by Brian Keating
Astronomy & Space Science

Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science’s Highest Honor

Cosmologist and inventor of the BICEP (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization) experiment, Brian Keating tells the inside story of the mesmerizing quest to unlock cosmology’s biggest mysteries and the human drama that ensued. We follow along on a personal journey of revelation and discovery in the publish-or-perish world of modern science, and learn that the Nobel Prize might hamper—rather than advance—scientific progress. F […Learn More]

Book Cover of Alien Oceans: The Search for Life in the Depths of Space by Kevin Peter Hand
Astronomy & Space Science

Alien Oceans: The Search for Life in the Depths of Space

Inside the epic quest to find life on the water-rich moons at the outer reaches of the solar system

Where is the best place to find life beyond Earth? We often look to Mars as the most promising site in our solar system, but recent scientific missions have revealed that some of the most habitable real estate may actually lie farther away. […Learn More]

Book Cover At the Edge of Time: Exploring the Mysteries of Our Universe's First Seconds by Dan Hooper
Astronomy & Space Science

At the Edge of Time: Exploring the Mysteries of Our Universe’s First Seconds

A new look at the first few seconds after the Big Bang―and how research into these moments continues to revolutionize our understanding of our universe

Scientists in the past few decades have made crucial discoveries about how our cosmos evolved over the past 13.8 billion years. But there remains a critical gap in our knowledge: we still know very little about what happened in the first seconds after the Big Bang. […Learn More]