Stuff in the ‘Science’ Category

9 August, 2021

PAPER VALLEY, P. David Allen II and Susan Campbell

Wildlife biologist David Allen II and environmental journalist Susan Campbell’s PAPER VALLEY, the story of the epic legal and scientific battle to fix the widespread PCB contamination in Wisconsin’s Fox River, led by Allen from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service against big-money paper industry suits, an obstructionist state regulatory agency, and a governor more interested in courting polluters than safeguarding wildlife and human health; at $1.3 billion, one of the largest cleanups in U.S. history. (Wayne State University Press, world, 2022)

16 July, 2013

THE PLANT THAT RULED THE WORLD,John Gaudet, Ph. D.

Part natural history and part ecological call-to-arms, the narrative interweaves the history of the ancient papyrus plant with the modern day story and a bunch more text to make sure I have the character maximum set just right ya know…


20 July, 2012

Prize Fight: The Race and the Rivalry to be First in Science, Morton A. Meyers, M.D.

We often think of scientists as dispassionate and detached, nobly laboring without any expectation of reward. But scientific research is much more complicated and messy than this ideal, and scientists can be torn by jealousy, impelled by a need for recognition, and subject to human vulnerability and fallibility. In Prize Fight , Emeritus Chair at SUNY School of Medicine Morton Meyers pulls back the curtain to reveal the dark side of scientific discovery. From allegations of stolen authorship to fabricated results and elaborate hoaxes, he shows us how too often brilliant minds are reduced to petty jealousies and promising careers cut short by disputes over authorship or fudged data. Prize Fight is a dramatic look at some of the most notable discoveries in science in recent years, from the discovery of insulin, which led to decades of infighting and even violence, to why the 2003 Nobel Prize in Medicine exposed how often scientific objectivity is imperiled.