How did the atom bomb help save the elephant? Have we found the secret to eternal youth? Could a parasite be manipulating you right now? This dazzling collection of stories reveals the key recent breakthroughs in science, across all fields.
Inside you will meet the killers lurking in Earth's ice, the super-coral that could save our seas and the neuroscientists hunting ghosts. You will travel beyond our galaxy to worlds where the sun sets twice, and beyond our time to a future where the Internet is unhackable and chickenosaurs roam the land. Divided into sections covering physics, space, humanity, the brain, plants and animals, and linking stories from different fields, Unbelievable Science offers a boundless journey of discovery for anyone with a passion for the world around them.
Colin Barras holds degrees in geology, palaeobiology and science communication, and a PhD in palaeontology. He has been technology news editor, life science, and biomedical news editor of New Scientist and continues to write for the magaine on a weekly basis. In 2012/2013, he was employed by CERN to write Hunting the Higgs, an introductory book on the science of the Large Hadron Collider and the discovery of the Higgs Boson. He also works for BBC Worldwide, writing and editing for the BBC Future and BBC Earth websites, and is frequently asked to comment on scientific breakthroughs.