An island associated with summer rest and relaxation is gaining a reputation for something else: Lyme disease. Martha’s Vineyard has one of the highest rates of Lyme in the country. Now MIT geneticist Kevin Esvelt is coming to the island with a potential long-term fix. The catch: It involves releasing up to a few hundred thousand genetically modified mice onto the island. Are Vineyarders ready?
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In his new book, Letters to a Young Scientist, biologist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward O. Wilson aims to inspire a new generation of scientists. Among his observations and advice: Geniuses don’t make the best scientists, and don’t worry if you aren’t good at math.
The New York Times has called Carl Zimmer "as fine a science essayist as we have." We talk with Zimmer about recent developments in biology and neuroscience, and discuss his latest book "Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed."
The book features hundreds of photos of tattoos inspired by various scientific disciplines, each accompanied by Zimmer’s essays. Zimmer’s previous books include "A Planet of Viruses" and "Parasite Rex and Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea."
Everything that we know and can sense may only account for a measly 4 percent of the universe. Everything else? It’s dark. Either dark matter or dark energy. It can’t be seen or even sensed by any instrument that we’ve been able to design. So how do we know it’s there?
Richard Panek answers that question in his book "The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality." Panek’s not a scientist, he’s a creative writer, meaning he focuses on the human narrative behind the discovery of the other 96 percent of the universe.
Richard Panek teaches creative writing at Goddard College in Vermont. He’s also a New York Foundation for the Arts Nonfiction Literature fellow and has received an Antarctic Artists and Writers Program grant from the National Science Foundation. He came to Town Hall on January 25, 2011. His talk focused on the story of who discovered the hidden universe, as well as the science itself.
Freeman Dyson talks to Charles Petersen about Richard Holmes’s book ‘The Age of Wonder,’ his own education in chemistry and poetry, and how amateur biotechnology might help solve the problem of global warming. To read Dyson’s article, or his other work for the Review, please visit nybooks.com