What We Are Reading Today: Insects and their Beneficial Microbes

What We Are Reading Today: Insects and their Beneficial Microbes
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Updated 05 September 2022

What We Are Reading Today: Insects and their Beneficial Microbes

What We Are Reading Today: Insects and their Beneficial Microbes

Author: Angela E. Douglas

Insects and Their Beneficial Microbes is an authoritative and accessible synthesis of insect associations with beneficial microorganisms.

Angela Douglas distills the vast literature in entomology and microbiology, as well as the burgeoning microbiome literature, to explore the full scope of insect-microbial interactions and their applications to real-world problems in agriculture and medicine.

Douglas investigates how insects acquire and support their microbial partners, and examines how microorganisms contribute to insect nutrition, the defense against natural enemies, and the detoxification of natural allelochemicals and chemical insecticides.


What We Are Reading Today: Tracers in the Dark

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Updated 26 November 2022

What We Are Reading Today: Tracers in the Dark

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Author: Andy Greenberg

This is a great book from an amazing technology journalist — specifically covering the tools and procedures used to trace cryptocurrency transactions (e.g. bitcoin) for law enforcement purposes.
With unprecedented access to the major players in federal law enforcement and private industry, veteran cybersecurity reporter Andy Greenberg tells an astonishing saga of criminal empires built and destroyed.
Greenberg is an award-winning senior writer for Wired, covering security, privacy, information freedom, and hacker culture.
While there are countless cryptocurrencies, the book focuses on the most famous one, bitcoin. The book focuses on the mechanics of crypto, and while it has revolutionized financial services, it has spawned a massive opportunity for illicit activities.
“His previous book Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin’s Most Dangerous Hackers, reads like this one. Stories that sound like they are out
of a Tom Clancy or Robert Ludlum novel, but are very nonfiction, and reflect a more significant problem facing society,” said a review on goodreads.com.

The story Greenberg tells so well encompasses a mixture of technology, international law enforcement, financial forensics, greed, and more.

 


What We Are Reading Today: Neuropedia: A Brief Compendium of Brain Phenomena

What We Are Reading Today: Neuropedia: A Brief Compendium of Brain Phenomena
Updated 24 November 2022

What We Are Reading Today: Neuropedia: A Brief Compendium of Brain Phenomena

What We Are Reading Today: Neuropedia: A Brief Compendium of Brain Phenomena

Author: Eric H. Chudler

Neuropedia journeys into the mysteries and marvels of the three pounds of tissue between your ears—the brain.

Eric Chudler takes you on a breathtaking tour of the nervous system with dozens of entries that explore the structure and function of the brain and cover topics such as the spinal cord and nerve cells, the methods of neuroscientific research, and the visionary scientists who have dedicated their lives to understanding what makes each of us who we are.

The brain has fascinated and puzzled researchers, physicians, and philosophers for thousands of years and captivated us with each new discovery.


What We Are Reading Today: A Passion for Ignorance

What We Are Reading Today: A Passion for Ignorance
Updated 23 November 2022

What We Are Reading Today: A Passion for Ignorance

What We Are Reading Today: A Passion for Ignorance

Author: Renata Salecl

Ignorance, whether passive or active, conscious or unconscious, has always been a part of the human condition, Renata Salecl argues.

What has changed in our post-truth, post-industrial world is that we often feel overwhelmed by the constant flood of information and misinformation.

It sometimes seems impossible to differentiate between truth and falsehood and, as a result, there has been a backlash against the idea of expertise, and a rise in the number of people actively choosing not to know. 


What We Are Reading Today: The Global Rules of Art: The Emergence and Divisions of a Cultural World Economy

What We Are Reading Today: The Global Rules of Art: The Emergence and Divisions of  a Cultural World Economy
Updated 23 November 2022

What We Are Reading Today: The Global Rules of Art: The Emergence and Divisions of a Cultural World Economy

What We Are Reading Today: The Global Rules of Art: The Emergence and Divisions of  a Cultural World Economy

Author: Larissa Buchholz

Prior to the 1980s, the postwar canon of “international” contemporary art was made up almost exclusively of artists from North America and Western Europe, while cultural agents from other parts of the world often found themselves on the margins.

The Global Rules of Art examines how this discriminatory situation has changed in recent decades.

Drawing from abundant sources—including objective indicators from more than one hundred countries, multiple institutional histories and discourses, extensive fieldwork, and interviews with artists, critics, curators, gallerists, and auction house agents—Larissa Buchholz examines the emergence of a world-spanning art field whose logics have increasingly become defined in global terms.


What We Are Reading Today: In the Footsteps of Audubon

What We Are Reading Today: In the Footsteps of Audubon
Updated 21 November 2022

What We Are Reading Today: In the Footsteps of Audubon

What We Are Reading Today: In the Footsteps of Audubon

Author: Denis Clavreul 
In the 19th century, ornithologist and painter John James Audubon set out to create a complete pictorial record of North American birdlife, traveling from Louisiana and the Florida Keys to the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the cliffs of the Yellowstone River.

The resulting work, The Birds of America, stands as a monumental achievement in American art.

Over a period of 16 years, recording his own journey in journals and hundreds of original paintings, renowned French watercolorist Denis Clavreul followed in the naturalist’s footsteps.

In the Footsteps of Audubon brings together some 250 of Clavreul’s stunning watercolors along with illuminating selections from Audubon’s journals and several of his paintings.