Chosen by “Longread”‘s writer and editor friends, it’s a broad range. Readers will doubtless find one piece of candy and another piece of coal in the ol’ Christmas stocking. Here’s a snatch to get you started:
The Case for Leaving City Rats Alone (Becca Cudmore, Nautilus) … (“The rat gut acts as a mixing bowl,” says the scientist overseeing the project.) When you exterminate rats, you scatter their families, pushing them into new turf where they fight with the neighbors, swapping blood and bacteria that might combine to create something new. So maybe, the argument goes, it’s better to leave rats where they are, keeping local germs … well, local. More.
Every ecological decision has strength and weaknesses. It’s the balance that counts
See also: Religion and ET: What’s wrong with science writing today: I have now read about twenty-five iterations of this basic type of article over the last twenty-five years, rehashing the same old nonsense. The science writer is not expected to ask penetrating questions or critique worn-out assumptions. Maybe there is some kind of rule against it now. Union or management?
PhysicsWorld: Proxima B in editors’ list of physics breakthroughs of 2016
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