This month’s release of J. J. Abrams’s cinematic reboot of the Star Trek franchise means a vast amount of new Trek merchandise, including a life-size replica of Captain Kirk’s chair from the original TV series: $2,717.01 from Diamond Select Toys & Collectibles. For those on a more sane budget, these 33/4-inch action figures from Playmates are $7 each. —Stephen Cass
- Extreme Mammals American Museum of Natural History, opening May 23
If you thought dinosaurs were the coolest creatures to walk the earth, lock eyes with a life-size model of the largest land mammal that ever lived: Indricotherium, a relative of the rhino, which stood up to 18 feet at the shoulder and had four times the heft of an elephant. Other highlights of the show include a full skeleton of the six-horned, saber-tusked Uintatherium and a model of the “walking whale,” Ambulocetus. Interactive displays and touchable fossils round out the experience. Following its run at the AMNH, the stunning exhibition will travel to other locations, including the California Academy of Sciences, the Canadian Museum of Nature, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. —Amy Barth
Jan Hendrik Schön was a science rock star whose world suddenly came crashing down. After his string of high-profile breakthroughs in molecular transistors and superconductivity at Bell Labs in the early 2000s, researchers discovered that Schön’s most celebrated achievements had been faked. Reich’s engrossing and thoroughly reported account traces how Schön was able to dupe respected journals and colleagues and how sharp-eyed investigators exposed the truth behind one of the biggest frauds in the history of physics.
- Wild Justice by Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce
Humans think of themselves as the only moral animals. But what about the elephant who sets a group of captive antelope free, the rat who refuses to shock another to earn a reward, and the magpie who grieves for her young? Cognitive animal behaviorist Bekoff and philosopher Pierce argue that nonhuman animals are also moral beings—with not just building blocks or precursors of morality but the real deal. The research gathered here makes a compelling case that it is time to reconsider yet another of the traits we have claimed as uniquely our own.