From flooding in Florida to digging into the evolution of dogs, this week's reading contains plenty of big issues, so you may not really need the magnifying glass--although the glass of beer (or is it cola?) may still be welcome!
- The Siege of Miami, The New Yorker, December 21 and 28, 2015 -- A report from the field on current flooding problems due to the combination of high tides and sea level rise, from the author of The Sixth Extinction.
- Noah's Ark Rises in Kentucky, Dinosaurs and All, Newsweek, January 16, 2016 -- The story that enraged Ken Ham! Bill Nye gets the last word: "it might not be so bad if the ark park goes the way of the Titanic."
- Cancer and Climate Change, The New York Times, January 16, 2016 -- A moving op-ed by a climate scientist considering his final days, his devotion to his work, and his thoughts on our future in a warming world.
- The Big Search to Find Out Where Dogs Come From, The New York Times, January 19, 2016 -- James Gorman reports on the ambitious new project to make sense of the evolution of dogs, from their domestication fifteen thousand years ago.
- American Homes Are Filled with Bugs, The Atlantic, January 19, 2016 -- If you don't share "an inordinate fondness for beetles," don't read Ed Yong's report on new research on the arthropod diversity of your home.
- When We're Sixty Four (Thousand), Telliamed Revisited, January 21, 2016 -- The E. coli of Richard Lenski's long-term experimental evolution project channel the Beatles in their serenade to their researchers.
- Why Big Blizzards in Winter Don't Disprove Global Warming, ThinkProgress, January 22, 2016 -- With input from Michael Mann and Kevin Trenberth, Joe Romm explains that climate change and "snowmageddons" go hand in hand.