Science for the Summer 2020

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  • Author: ChemistryViews.org
  • Published: 02 July 2020
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Summer is the perfect time to have some fun with science-related books, podcasts, or videos. ChemViews Magazine has collected recommendations by editors.


You can add your own recommendations in the comments section below.





Books

How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems

How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems
by Randall Munroe

The book is a "self-help guide" for people who like to take a scientific approach to solving everyday problems.

(suggested by Greta Heydenrych, ChemSystemsChem

The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus

The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus
by Richard Preston

The book tells the story of the first emergence of the Ebola virus.

(suggested by Xin Su, Angewandte Chemie

Machines Like Me

Machines Like Me

by Ian McEwan

The book takes place in an alternative-history timeline and deals with artificial intelligence.

(suggested by Wolfgang Sieß, CITplus, and Cordula Buse, ChemBioEng Reviews

Plastic Fantastic: How the Biggest Fraud in Physics Shook the Scientific World

Plastic Fantastic: How the Biggest Fraud in Physics Shook the Scientific World
by Eugenie Samuel Reich

The book tells the story of a physicist who faked the discovery of a new superconductor.

(suggested by John Uhlrich, Energy Technology

The Universe: A Travel Guide

The Universe: A Travel Guide
by Lonely Planet

The book takes the reader from Earth through our solar system into the rest of our galaxy and the Universe.

(suggested by Vera Koester, ChemistryViews.org

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World-and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
by Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Ola Rosling

The book explains how we can use facts that are easily accessible to inform our opinion about the world.

(suggested by Greta Heydenrych, ChemPhotoChem

Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

by Kazuo Ishiguro

This novel has an ethics-in-science twist.

(suggested by Cordula Buse, ChemBioEng Reviews

The ChemArts Cookbook

The ChemArts Cookbook

by Pirjo Kääriäinen, Liisa Tervinen, Tapani Vuorinen, Nina Riutta (Eds.)

How can we make flexible and transparent wood-based materials? The book gives simple and advanced ideas and recipes for hands-on experiments with wood-based materials that are processed either chemically or mechanically.

(suggested by Vera Koester, ChemistryViews.org)

Elefant

Elefant

by Martin Suter

The book's story deals with genetic engineering and its potential dangers.

(suggested by Cordula Buse, ChemBioEng Reviews

The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season
by N. K. Jemisin

The book takes place in a fantastic world—threatened by tectonic shifts and volcanic activity—in which nothing is as it seems.

(suggested by Greta Heydenrych, Batteries & Supercaps

The Demon in the Freezer: A True Story

The Demon in the Freezer: A True Story
by Richard Preston

The book deals with the national biodefense program of the United States, the fight against smallpox re-emergence, and investigations of bioterrorism.

(suggested by Xin Su, Angewandte Chemie

The Making of You: A Journey from Cell to Human

The Making of You: A Journey from Cell to Human
by Katharina Vestre

The book explains the creation and development of a new human.

(suggested by John Uhlrich, Energy Technology





Books for the Younger Scientists

Baby Loves Green Energy! (Baby Loves Science)

Baby Loves Green Energy!
by Ruth Spiro, Irene Chan

This picture book explains climate change and green energy.

(suggested by Rosalba A. Rincón, Batteries & Supercaps

 




Podcasts
 

60-Second Science

60-Second Science
by Scientific American

This podcast gives a daily, minute-long commentary on interesting developments in science.

(suggested by Susanne Poth, ChemCatChem

 

RESET

RESET
by Vox

This podcast covers stories related to tech and science.

(suggested by Catharina Goedecke, ChemistryViews.org

 

This Study Shows

This Study Shows
by Wiley

This podcast asks the tough science communication questions: how? why? and so what?

(suggested by Charlotte Gers-Panther, European Journal of Organic Chemistry

 




Videos
 

 

Geography Now!
by Paul Barbato

This YouTube channel is in the process of making profile videos for every single country of the world. The videos are informative and entertaining.

(suggested by Catharina Goedecke, ChemistryViews.org

 

Talks to watch with kids

 

Talks to Watch with Kids
by TED

These TED talks are fun, informative, and suitable for younger viewers.

(suggested by Cordula Buse, ChemBioEng Reviews

 

 

Science Playlist
by Vox

These explainer videos cover a range of scientific topics related to medicine, climate change, space, forensics, biology, etc.

(suggested by Catharina Goedecke, ChemistryViews.org

 


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