Seattle Picks: Science
Annotation:Uniquely qualified to write about space exploration, the second astronaut to set foot on the moon promotes his vision of a human landing on Mars by the year 2035.
Annotation:A journalist explores the brave new world of animal biotechnology, in which scientists have produced glow-in-the-dark beagles and remote-controlled rats, and examines the controversial implications of such genetic manipulations.
Annotation:With light pollution so pervasive, the author bemoans the fact that much of the planet no longer experiences the grandeur of starry nights.
Annotation:A jellyfish expert explains how these ethereal creatures manage to thrive in conditions hostile to most other marine organisms and what the rise of the jellyfish portends for the future of the earth's oceans.
Annotation:Scientists have documented at least five great extinctions in the Earth's history, and some believe we may be in the middle of the sixth. This book summarizes the history of the research into past extinctions and outlines the possible implications of a future mass extinction.
Annotation:Seattle Times journalist Lynda Mapes and photographer Steve Ringman document the environmental triumph of dam removal from the Elwha River and the subsequent rejuvenation of the surrounding ecosystem.
Annotation:A prominent ethnobotanist from America’s southwestern region shares his knowledge of agricultural practices in arid conditions.
Annotation:The author conducts a fascinating survey of extremophiles, organisms that thrive in inhospitable conditions such as hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor.
Annotation:A scientist presents an account of the 15-year history of unmanned space exploration, including a robot aptly named Curiosity that is now traversing Mars.
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This list of recently published works captures science in its many facets. The thought-provoking topics include space exploration, robotics, 3D printing, global warming, genetic engineering, ecology, extinctions and the future of agriculture. This list was created by a librarian at The Seattle Public Library for readers in Seattle and beyond.