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13 of the best best science books of 2015

To help sort through 2015's books, the <i>Science News</i> staff offers its must-read picks, many of which have been previously reviewed in the magazine.<p>Read those reviews at the links below or in our Editor's Pick: Favorite books of 2015.

Books

Top Brewery Road Trip, Routed Algorithmically

There are a lot of great craft breweries in the United States, but there is only so much time. This is the computed best way to get to the top rated …

Beer

What If Every Single Movie Phone Call Was Secretly Connected?

The best supercut we've seen all week.<p>The wonderful, surgically skilled Burger Fiction team took a handful (read: an elegant sufficiency) of Hollywood's most iconic phone calls and stitched them together into one long, twisty conference call-slash-conversation. So basically: Jason Bourne calls a …

HEALTH CARE: Undocumented children get medical care

As a single and undocumented mother of two, Sujey Becerra is grateful for any added help she can get in raising her two sons. So when Becerra learned …

New Letters Added to the Genetic Alphabet

Scientists hope that new genetic letters, created in the lab, will endow DNA with new powers.<p>DNA stores our genetic code in an elegant double helix. …

11 Fascinating Books on Harvard Business School's Required Reading List

Looking for some great summer reads? Check out this list of 11 intriguing books from Harvard Business School courses' online syllabi.

How a quirky 28-year-old plowed through $150 million and almost destroyed his start-up

Initially, the company looked like it would be a big success.<p>Kaufman, now 28, grew his company to 300 employees and raised $185 million. Quirky created hit products, such as a power cord that could pivot, and the royalties made a few members of its inventor community hundreds of thousands of …

Startups

10 virtually indestructible cases to protect your iPhone 6 Plus

Whether you're worried about your iPhone 6 Plus bending, its glossy 5.5-inch screen getting scratched, or you just know you're a total klutz, we have …

Books of the year 2014

It is New Year’s Day and I should be looking forward but I’ve been busy – and delayed by the flu – so I’m not yet done looking back. Listed below with potted reviews are the 23 books I read in 2014. This continues a tradition I started last year, when I decided to read less internet and more …

Blue Ruin

"As visually striking as one might expect a film helmed by a talented cinematographer to be. But Saulnier has more than a great eye; he's got the soul of a natural filmmaker .." - A.A. Dowd, <b>The AV Club</b>

Smartphone Charging Cables Don't Get Much More Portable Than This

Thin smartphones also mean thin batteries, and carrying a charging cable so your phone can last the day is basically a fact of life now. To make the …

9 Books That Malcolm Gladwell Thinks Everyone Should Read

He's made a career revealing the hidden factors that affect our lives and livelihoods — for example, by unpacking the personality traits that made Steve Jobs and IKEA founder Ingvar Kampran so outrageously successful.<p>And like every great writer, Gladwell is a great reader.<p>After sifting through more …

Barnes & Noble

Mark Zuckerberg launches FWD.us with notable Silicon Valley execs in fight for immigration reform

Mark Zuckerberg's entry into politics via an immigration reform group is now official. As noted by <i>TechCrunch</i>, Zuckerberg has teamed up with a number of high-profile technology executives and venture capitalists to form FWD.us — a group that will work to "promote policies to keep the United States …