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Reviews: The Ten Best Science Books Of 2022

Smithsonian Magazine – Ten Best Science Books of 2022 – December 7, 2022: From a detective story on the origins of Covid-19 to a narrative that imagines a fateful day for dinosaurs, these works affected us the most this year

An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong

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In An Immense World, science journalist Ed Yong dives into the vast variety of animal senses with a seemingly endless supply of awe-inspiring facts. As humans, we move through the world within our Umwelt—a term for subjective sensory experience Yong borrows from the Baltic German biologist Jakob von Uexküll. But every creature on Earth has its own Umwelt that we can scarcely imagine. Through interviews with scientists around the globe, Yong teases out the astonishing details of other animals’ perceptions, introducing us to their fantastic Umwelten. Scallops, for example, have up to 200 eyes with impressive resolution, but their brains are likely not complex enough to receive and process such crisp images. Some butterflies can perceive ultraviolet color patterns on their wings that distinguish them from other species. And hammerhead sharks have receptors that scan the seafloor for the electric fields emitted by hidden prey, “as one might use metal detectors,” Yong writes. But many creatures’ senses have been thrown off by human activity, he notes. For example, our visually centered society has erected artificial lights that disorient migrating birds and hatchling sea turtles.

Vagina Obscura: An Anatomical Voyage by Rachel E. Gross

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Perhaps no aspect of our anatomy is both more fascinating and misunderstood than the vagina—down to the very common usage of what that word means. A vagina isn’t the whole of a woman’s reproductive anatomy. Instead, the vagina is a muscular canal that’s part of many people’s reproductive systems, of varying genders, whether they were born with it or had it surgically constructed. Nuance exists in this territory that is so often overwhelmed by a tangle of science, myth and cultural perceptions, and journalist Rachel E. Gross has composed an enthralling, sensitive book that’s relevant to everyone no matter what your personal topography looks like.

The pages of Vagina Obscura contain plenty of cutting-edge popular science and historic reflection on everything from how ovaries were once miscategorized as female testicles to how operations for individuals injured in war paved the way for gender-affirming surgeries. The book is arranged by anatomical part, and Gross details the function each part carries out. Gross’ work stands out because the unfolding story is couched in what we’ve been wrong about, how our ideas have changed, and how every person—no matter their sex—shares far more in common than we often recognize. Everyone’s reproductive anatomy, as Gross notes, is made up of the same parts in different arrangements, a quirk of human development that underscores commonality. Gross’ exploration is far more than a natural history of human anatomy, but a narrative that busts myths and celebrates all that we’ve come to know about vaginas and their associated parts during a time when such clarity on sex, gender and bodily autonomy is more needed than ever. Where the popular understanding of human anatomy is sometimes shallow, Vagina Obscura brings depth. (Riley Black)

Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus by David Quammen

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In Breathless, David Quammen has constructed a masterful book about scientists’ efforts to understand SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. Make no mistake, the book is not about healthcare and our response to Covid-19. The main character in this tale is the virus, and Quammen crafts a detective tale about the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 by chronicling the efforts of scientists around the world to identify it, search for its origins, understand how it mutates and respond to it. He interviewed 95 scientists and allows readers to look over the shoulders of many of them as they use their specialized expertise to study the virus. To show how the scientific process works on a global scale, he details the work of a genomic epidemiologist here, an evolutionary virologist there and a computational biologist somewhere else. Each expert adds or refutes some important detail about the rapidly evolving virus that has created a pandemic. Each discovery builds on those that came before.

Quammen has said he wrote the book with no outline, instead allowing each addition to naturally form on the next, in the way a crystal forms. He has the skills and knowledge to do this thanks to decades spent writing captivating science books, on everything including evolution and the spillover of disease from animals into humans. What results from his immense effort is a solid, reliable and entertaining scientific thriller about a shifty and prolific virus that is still very much evolving. (Joe Spring)

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Reviews: The Top 12 Biking Cities In The U.S. & Canada

Cities in Europe, particularly the Netherlands, are known for their amazing bicycle infrastructure. Can a city in the top one percent of all bike cities in the United States compete with the best in Europe? And how much better are these top US bike cities when compared to the worst in the US?

U.S. Lifestyle Rankings: The Best Places To Live In 2022

The 10 Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2022-2023:

1. Huntsville, Alabama
2. Colorado Springs, Colorado
3. Green Bay, Wisconsin
4. Boulder, Colorado
5. San Jose, California
6. Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina
7. Fayetteville, Arkansas
8. Portland, Maine
9. Sarasota, Florida
10. San Francisco

Housing costs are rising fast and there aren’t enough homes on the market nationwide to meet demand, and anyone looking to move is acutely aware of the competition and high cost to buy or rent a home. The Best Places to Live rankings factor in how the cost of living compares to the area’s median household income, but U.S. News & World Report also broke out the data into its own ranking.

Travel Study: Barcelona Is The Best City In The World

Barcelona

“Barcelona combines everything that is most charming about Mediterranean cities – a relaxed pace, months of endless sunshine, unbeatable food – with the cultural and design clout of almost any city in the cold north.”

SALLY DAVIES, TELEGRAPH DESTINATION EXPERT

DINING & HOTELS

 

36/50

CULTURE & HISTORY

 

31/50

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

 

35/50

TRANSPORT & GETTING THERE

 

43/50

U.S. Rankings: Best Places To Retire In 2022 – U.S. News

Communities: Ten Best Places To Live In Louisiana

Louisiana is a southeastern U.S. state on the Gulf of Mexico, it’s one of the best states to live in the United States, with affordable housing, great public and private schools, and safe cities. Louisiana is one of the happiest states with vibrant culture, lively communities, flavorful and diverse cuisines, and beautiful outdoors.

Here’s our list of the best places to live in Louisiana. 10. Lafayette. (overall) 9. Baton Rouge. (overall, affordable) 8. Shreveport. (overall) 7. New Orleans. (overall, retire) 6. Lake Charles. (affordable) 5. Bossier City. (affordable) 4. Alexandria. (overall) 3. Metairie. (retire) 2. Mandeville. (family) 1. Prairieville. (family)

Famous for lively and colorful Mardi Gras celebrations that are full of soul, jazz music, distinctive foods, and flavors, and for its many festivals all throughout the year, Louisiana is also home to the world’s longest water-spanning bridge and the USA’s tallest state capitol. Unfortunately, the weather in Louisiana is unpredictable, to say the least. Plan to experience all four seasons in just a few days! Residents living in Louisiana enjoy a subtropical climate characterized by hot, humid summers and mild winters. Temperatures can vary wildly and while one day may be perfect beach weather, the following day could be wet and windy or shiver-inducing cold. Louisiana is filled with some of the most amazing small towns and bigger cities in the country. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana provides a variety of outdoor recreation options from beaches and swamps to golf courses, hiking trails, and bike paths. New Orleans, Lafayette, Lake Charles, LaPlace Kenner, and Shreveport are among the best places to live in Louisiana. Top industries in Louisiana include petroleum and natural gas production, tourism, filmmaking, and seafood, especially crawfish. Here’s our list of the best places to live in Louisiana. 10. Lafayette. (overall) 9. Baton Rouge. (overall, affordable) 8. Shreveport. (overall) 7. New Orleans. (overall, retire) 6. Lake Charles. (affordable) 5. Bossier City. (affordable) 4. Alexandria. (overall) 3. Metairie. (retire) 2. Mandeville. (family) 1. Prairieville. (family)

Technology: Ranking 10 Printers That Save On Ink

Printers are still the worst but at least new ink-tank printers help you save money on ink. WSJ’s Joanna Stern survived testing 10 home printers from Epson, HP, Brother and Canon to tell you which are worth buying. Personal Technology With Joanna Stern

Healthcare Rankings: “America’s Top Hospitals 2020-2021” (U.S. News)

U.S. News & World Report - 2020 Hospitals RankingThe Best Hospitals Honor Roll highlights 20 hospitals that excel across most or all types of care evaluated by U.S. News. Hospitals received points if they were nationally ranked in the 16 specialties – the more specialties and the higher their rank, the more points they got – and if they were rated high performing in any of the 10 procedures and conditions. The top point-scorers made the Honor Roll.

Mayo Clinic #1 Hospital

 

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Cocktail Scene: “Dante” In New York City Voted “2019 Worlds Best Bar”

From a Food & Wine online article:

Dante NYC Negroni…at Camden’s Roundhouse in London, the annual list of the World’s 50 Best Bars was announced—and this year, New York’s Dante took home the grand prize. The West Village aperitivo bar and restaurant, which is famous for its extensive Negroni menu (and pop-up Negroni fountain), was ranked in 9th place on last year’s list, and also won “World’s Best Bar” and “Best American Restaurant Bar” at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans earlier this year. 

The World's 50 Best BarsThe World’s 50 Best Bars 2019

1. Dante–New York

2. Connaught Bar–London

3. Florería Atlántico–Buenos Aires

4. The NoMad–New York

5. American Bar–London

6. The Clumsies–Athens

7. Attaboy–New York City

8. Atlas–Singapore

9. The Old Man–Hong Kong

10. Licorería Limantour–Mexico City

11. Manhattan–Singapore

12. Native–Singapore

13. Carnaval–Lima

14. Katana Kitten–New York

15. Guilhotina–São Paulo

16. Three Sheets–London

17. Himkok–Oslo

18. High Five–Tokyo

19. Salmón Gurú–Madrid

20. Paradiso–Barcelona

To read more: https://www.foodandwine.com/news/worlds-best-bars-2019?did=446693-20191021&utm_campaign=faw-travel-tips_newsletter&utm_source=foodandwine.com&utm_medium=email&utm_content=102119&cid=446693&mid=25675223965