A pick of the year's reviews
This year, the COSMOS team has had the privilege of reading and reviewing a wide range of fascinating books and films. Here we give you a recap of some of the most thought-provoking.
Turning the seasons upside down in Australia
The director of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne suggests a radical overhaul of how Australia views its seasons, better to take into account local conditions. Read on to find out more about his ideas for a "sprinter" and a "sprummer".
How the Large Hadron Collider captured our imaginations
This thrilling and captivating documentary looks inside the world's biggest physics experiment, the Large Hadron Collider, and scientists' search for the elusive "God particle". Read more
Can milk give you cancer?
Geochemist Jane Plant and cancer researcher Mustafa Djamgoz swear eating dairy products is bad for you and have written a book explaining why – but reviewer Matthew Flavel believes one size does not fit all in cancer prevention. And Bill Condie reviews a guide written by Oncologist Ranjana Srivastava that provides all you need to know when cancer enters your life. These two new books on health will be sure to get you thinking about your own.
Drunken monkeys – are we hard-wired to hit the bottle?
Ever think there was a connection between the fruit fly and the human bar fly? According to a new thesis, there may be evolutionary reasons we are attracted to alcohol.
Tambora, the volcano that shook the Earth
A new book takes a look at the eruption of Tambora, the effects of which were felt around the world – and it warns that geophysical catastrophes can have geopolitical ramifications.