Is there life in the clouds of Venus? How could Indigenous burning practices stave off catastrophic bushfires? What do horseshoe bats, raccoon dogs and pet cats have to do with the global pandemic? Science writing tells the stories of life and human endeavour in all its marvellous - often messy - complexity.

Now in its eleventh year - and with a foreword by Australia's Chief Scientist, the renowned physicist Cathy Foley - The Best Australian Science Writing 2021 is a collection that showcases the nation's best science writing. New voices join prominent science writers and journalists, taking us to the depths of the ocean, the fuels of the future, and to the Ryugu asteroid and back. The collection also brings us straight to the heart of complex ethical dilemmas and the calamitous crises challenging scientists and writers alike.

Includes the shortlisted entries for the 2021 UNSW Press Bragg Prize and the 2020 UNSW Press Bragg Student Prize winning essay.

Contributors include:

Sonia Orchard - Paul Biegler - Mark O'Flynn - Nicole Hasham - Donna Lu - Amanda Anastasi - Jackson Ryan - Ella Loeffler - Tim Dean - Clare Watson - Bianca Nogrady - Benjamin Dodds - John Pickrell - Smriti Mallapaty - James Bradley - Benjamin Pope - Rob Brooks - Jo Chandler - Emma Viskic - Julie Hollis - Declan Fry - Fiona McMillan - Wilson da Silva - Jon Brock - Ceridwen Dovey - Ashley Hay - Rebecca Giggs - Ivy Shih - Alice Gorman - Steph Panecasio


ISBN13: 9781742237374
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of Pages: 304
Publication Date: 1 Nov 2021
Publisher: NewSouth Publishing
Publication City, Country: Sydney, NSW,Australia
Dimensions (cm): 23.4(H) x 15.3(W)
Weight (gm):

Author Biography

Dyani Lewis is a freelance science journalist based in Melbourne whose reporting runs the gamut from news to features, essays to in-depth investigations. Her usual passions--human evolution and the tensions between conservation and society--have taken a backseat to reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic. She is a four-time contributor to The Best Australian Science Writing and has articles published in Nature, Cosmos, the Monthly, the Guardian, the Atlantic (via Undark), and Science.


The Best Australian Science Writing 2021

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