Female dominance, and coding for kids: Books in brief

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Past the Hype

Fiona Fox Elliott & Thompson (2022)

It’s 20 years since journalist Fiona Fox arrange the influential Science Media Centre in London, to influence extra scientists to interact with the media. This absorbing, detailed ebook is her memoir of that interval — not, as she makes clear, an “goal file”. Separate chapters cope with controversies reminiscent of “Climategate”, “Frankenfoods”, the politicization of science, sexism in analysis and the way the present pandemic epitomizes an “age-old dichotomy” between the necessity for easy public messaging and the messy complexity of science.

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Lucy Cooke Doubleday (2022)

“Attempt explaining the must be passive” to a feminine noticed hyena (Crocuta crocuta), writes zoologist and writer Lucy Cooke, “and she or he’ll chuckle in your face, after she’s bitten it off”. She is dominant in tough play, scent‑marking and territorial defence. By analysing quite a few animals, this glowing assault on scientific sexism attracts on many scientists — of a number of genders — to right stereotypes of the lively male versus passive feminine. Many such ideas have been initiated by Charles Darwin, who’s however Cooke’s “scientific idol”.

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Past Coding

Marina Umaschi Bers MIT Press (2022)

Early-childhood technologist Marina Bers developed the KIBO robotic, which younger youngsters can program with colored, barcoded picket blocks to be taught pc coding. It’s the chief character in her participating ebook, which presents 4 key methods to think about coding for teenagers: as a “playground”; “one other language”; a “palette of virtues”; and a “bridge”. The palette contains infusing ethics and ethical schooling into programming. The bridge includes discovering factors of connection between various cultural, ethnic and spiritual teams.

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Nuclear Our bodies

Robert A. Jacobs Yale Univ. Press (2022)

The Japanese phrase hibakusha initially described the victims of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan in 1945. Because the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power-plant catastrophe, the time period has been broadly prolonged to indicate worldwide victims of radiation publicity. But it doesn’t seem within the Oxford English Dictionary: proof that “these ‘international hibakusha’ have been largely invisible to us”, due to their relative political insignificance, notes Hiroshima-based historian Robert Jacobs on this grimly necessary evaluation of the chilly conflict.

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Travels with Trilobites

Andy Secher Columbia Univ. Press (2022)

The fascinating marine invertebrate often called a trilobite belongs to the start of complicated animal life. It appeared some 521 million years in the past, and endured for greater than 250 million years, evolving greater than 25,000 acknowledged species. Palaeontologist Andy Secher coedits the trilobite web site for the American Museum of Pure Historical past in New York Metropolis. He owns greater than 4,000 trilobite fossils, lots of that are pictured on this paean to “the omnipresent monarchs of the world’s historical seas”.

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