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The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us

Diane Ackerman · W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition
Format: Hardcover

As Diane Ackerman writes in her brilliant new book, The Human Age, "our relationship with nature has changed ... radically, irreversibly, but by no means all for the bad. Our new epoch is laced with invention. Our mistakes are legion, but our talent is immeasurable." Ackerman...
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Fisherman's Bible: The World's Most Comprehensive Angling Reference

Jay Cassell · Skyhorse Publishing
Format: Paperback

This is the must-have reference book for anglers and fishing fanatics of all ages. In the tradition of the bestselling Shooters Bible, Skyhorse Publishing presents the Fishermans Bible, the most complete reference guide for new fishing equipment and their specifications. Now, anglers will...
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The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery

Sam Kean · Little, Brown and Company
Format: Hardcover

The author of the bestseller The Disappearing Spoon reveals the secret inner workings of the brain through strange but true stories.Early studies of the human brain used a simple method: wait for misfortune to strike -- strokes, seizures, infectious diseases, horrendous accidents -- and see how victims...
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Human Body Identification Manual: Your body and how it works

Ken Ashwell · Chartwell Books
Pages: 320
Format: Print book

The Human Body Identification Manual reveals the beauty and intricacy of the human body. This comprehensive visual guide explores the structure and function of all the parts that make up a human being: the bones, muscles, and skin, as well as the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, and nervous...
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What Stands in a Storm: Three Days in the Worst Superstorm to Hit the South's Tornado Alley

Kim Cross · Atria Books
Format: Hardcover

Immersive reporting and dramatic storytelling set you right in the middle of the horrific superstorm of April 2011, a weather event that killed 348 people.April 27, 2011, marked the climax of a superstorm that saw a record 358 tornadoes rip through twenty-one states in three days, seven...
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Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves

James Nestor · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 266
Format: Hardcover

An Amazon Best Book of 2014 While on assignment in Greece, journalist James Nestor witnessed something that confounded him: a man diving 300 feet below the ocean's surface on a single breath of air and returning four minutes later, unharmed and smiling. This man was a freediver, and his amphibious...
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Fire and Ice: Soot, Solidarity, and Survival on the Roof of the World

Jonathan Mingle · St. Martin's Press; 1St Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

High in the Himalayan valley of Zanskar in northwest India sits a village as isolated as the legendary Shangri-La. Long fed by runoff from glaciers and lofty snowfields, Kumik-a settlement of thirty nine mud brick homes-has survived and thrived in one of the worlds most challenging settings...
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The Elements: The New Guide to the Building Blocks of Our Universe

Jack Challoner · Andre Deutsch
Pages: 160
Format: Hardcover

As Carl Sagan memorably put it, "We're made of star stuff." The Elements: The New Guide to the Building Blocks of Our Universe takes you on a gorgeously illustrated tour of the Periodic Table. Filled with fascinating information about the elements, their main compounds, and their...
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The Handy Biology Answer Book

Thomas E. Svarney · Visible Ink Press; Second Edition edition
Format: Paperback

Gene Therapy. DNA Profiling. Cloning. Stem Cells. Super Bugs. Botany. Zoology. Sex.The study of life and living organisms is ancient, broad, and ongoing. The thoroughly revised and completely updated second edition of The Handy Biology Answer Book examines, explains, and traces mankind's...
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Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality

Max Tegmark · Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
Pages: 421
Format: Paperback

Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate...
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Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum

Leonard Susskind · Basic Books
Pages: 364
Format: Hardcover

First he taught you classical mechanics. Now, physicist Leonard Susskind has teamed up with data engineer Art Friedman to present the theory and associated mathematics of the strange world of quantum mechanics.In this follow-up to the New York Times best-selling The Theoretical Minimum,...
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Women After All: Sex, Evolution, and the End of Male Supremacy

Melvin Konner · W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

A lively, richly informed argument for the natural superiority of women from the acclaimed author of The Tangled Wing.There is a human genetic fluke that is surprisingly common, due to a change in a key pair of chromosomes. In the normal condition the two look the same, but in this disorder...
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The Rescue at Dead Dog Beach: One Man's Quest to Find a Home For the World's Forgotten Animals

Stephen McGarva · Dey Street Books
Format: Hardcover

The powerful, heartbreaking, yet hopeful, story of Steve McGarvas heroic crusade to save the satos, or stray dogs of Puerto Rico, and an impassioned appeal to help all animals in need.Looking for inspiration and adventure in their lives, Steve McGarva and his wife Pam moved to Puerto Rico....
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Dinosaurs Without Bones: Dinosaur Lives Revealed by their Trace Fossils

Anthony J. Martin · Pegasus Books
Pages: 460
Format: Hardcover

CSI meets Jurassic Park in a fascinating, revelatory look at dinosaurs and their world through the million-year-old clues they left behind What if we woke up one morning all of the dinosaur bones in the world were gone? How would we know these iconic animals had a165-million year history...
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The Rabbit-Raising Problem Solver: Your Questions Answered about Housing, Feeding, Behavior, Health Care, Breeding, and Kindling

Karen Patry · Storey Publishing, LLC; 1 edition
Format: Paperback

Whether you're raising your rabbits as pets or for meat, you need solid, accurate, easy-to-access information to keep your animals healthy and happy. This Q&A resource from expert Karen Patry has the answers to all your questions about everything from housing and feeding to breeding,...
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Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout

Lauren Redniss · Dey Street Books
Pages: 205
Format: Print book

A National Book Award finalist, the mesmerizing, landmark illustrated biography Radioactive is finally available in a stunning paperback edition. Through words and her own gorgeously crafted illustrations, artist and journalist Lauren Redniss tells the story of Marie Curie, née Marya Sklodowska,...
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13.8: The Quest to Find the True Age of the Universe and the Theory of Everything

John Gribbin · Yale University Press
Pages: 256
Format: Print book

The twentieth century gave us two great theories of physics. The general theory of relativity describes the behavior of very large things, and quantum theory the behavior of very small things. In this landmark book, John Gribbin - one of the best-known science writers of the past thirty...
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The Quantum Moment: How Planck, Bohr, Einstein, and Heisenberg Taught Us to Love Uncertainty

Robert P. Crease · W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

The fascinating story of how quantum mechanics went mainstream. The discovery of the quantum -- the idea, born in the early 1900s in a remote corner of physics, that energy comes in finite packets instead of infinitely divisible quantities -- planted a rich set of metaphors in the popular...
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A Brief History of Creation: Science and the Search for the Origin of Life

Bill Mesler · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 312
Format: Print book

The epic story of the scientists through the ages who have sought answers to life's biggest mystery: How did it begin?How did life begin?It is perhaps the most important question science has ever asked. Over the centuries, the search for an answer has been entwined with some of science's...
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The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Seed Saving

Jared Zystro · Seed Savers Exchange
Format: Print book

Filled with advice for the home gardener and the more seasoned horticulturist alike, The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Seed Saving provides straightforward instruction on collecting seed that is true-to-type and ready for sowing in next year's garden. In this comprehensive book,...
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An Einstein Encyclopedia

Alice Calaprice · Princeton University Press
Pages: 376
Format: Hardcover

This is the single most complete guide to Albert Einstein's life and work for students, researchers, and browsers alike. Written by three leading Einstein scholars who draw on their combined wealth of expertise gained during their work on the Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, this...
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Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production

Nicolette Hahn Niman · Chelsea Green Publishing
Format: Book

For decades it has been nearly universal dogma among environmentalists and health advocates that cattle and beef are public enemy number one. But is the matter really so clear cut? Hardly, argues environmental lawyer turned rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman in her new book, Defending Beef....
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Managing Manure: How to Store, Compost, and Use Organic Livestock Wastes. A Storey BASICS® Title

Mark Kopecky · Storey Publishing, LLC
Format: Book

Anyone who raises livestock or keeps horses must deal with manure, and this concise guide shows you how to make it manageable, valuable, and even profitable. Expert Mark Kopecky thoroughly discusses the characteristics and nutrient content of the manure of various species. He then explains...
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Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs

David Grimm · Perseus Books Group
Pages: 337
Format: Hardcover

Dogs are getting lawyers. Cats are getting kidney transplants. Could they one day be fellow citizens?Cats and dogs were once wild animals. Today, they are family members and surrogate children. A little over a century ago, pets didn't warrant the meager legal status of property. Now, they...
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Beyond: Our Future in Space

Chris Impey · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

Beyond dares to imagine a fantastic future for humans in space -- and then reminds us that we're already there.Human exploration has been an unceasing engine of technological progress, from the first homo sapiens to leave our African cradle to a future in which mankind promises to settle...
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Waking the Spirit: A Musician's Journey Healing Body, Mind, and Soul

Andrew Schulman · Picador
Pages: 290
Format: Print book

For millennia, music has been known to have a powerful role in the healing process. This moving and inspiring book tells the tale of a man pulled from the brink of death by music who, in turn, uses music as medicine to help heal others. Andrew Schulman, a fifty-seven-year-old professional...
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The Mercy of the Sky: The Story of a Tornado

Holly Bailey · Viking
Format: Hardcover

"A gripping, heartbreaking and heartwarming account of the monster tornado that ravaged Moore, Oklahoma in 2013." --Daniel James Brown, #1 NY Times bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat An acclaimed reporter returns to her hometown after the worst twister on record and emerges...
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Seed Libraries: And Other Means of Keeping Seeds in the Hands of the People

Cindy Conner · New Society Publishers
Pages: 177
Format: Print book

Historically, seed companies were generally small, often family-run businesses. Because they were regionally based, they could focus on varieties well-suited to the local environment. A Pacific Northwest company, for example, would specialize in different cultivars than a company based...
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The Last Volcano: A Man, a Romance, and the Quest to Understand Nature's Most Magnificent Fury

John Dvorak · Pegasus Books
Pages: 309
Format: Print book

Ranging from Yellowstone in Wyoming to Mount Pelee in the Caribbean, from Bogoslof and Pavlov in Alaska, to Sakurajima in Japan, and, finally, to the massive volcanoes of Kilauea and Mauna Loa in Hawaii -- The Last Volcano reveals the incredible journey of a man on a mission to understand...
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Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life

Helen Czerski · W W Norton
Pages: 336
Format: Print book

A physicist explains daily phenomena from the mundane to the magisterial.Take a look up at the stars on a clear night and you get a sense that the universe is vast and untouchable, full of mysteries beyond comprehension. But did you know that the key to unveiling the secrets of the cosmos...
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Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use to Make Everyday Products

Stephen Leahy · Firefly Books
Format: Hardcover

The average American lifestyle is kept afloat by about 2,000 gallons of H2O a day. The numbers are shocking. Your Water Footprint reveals the true cost of our lifestyle. A water footprint is the amount of fresh water used to produce the goods and services we consume, including growing,...
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The Boy Who Played with Fusion: Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting, and How to Make a Star

Tom Clynes · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

How an American teenager became the youngest person ever to build a working nuclear fusion reactor By the age of nine, Taylor Wilson had mastered the science of rocket propulsion. At eleven, his grandmother's cancer diagnosis drove him to investigate new ways to produce medical isotopes....
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Faster, Higher, Stronger: How Sports Science Is Creating a New Generation of Superathletes--and What We Can Learn from Them

Mark McClusky · Hudson Street Press; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

The world of high-performance athletics is changing forever. Not so long ago, you could compete at the top level with hard work and a good coach, but today, it's impossible to separate the achievements of athletes from the scientists who support them.In Faster, Higher, Stronger, veteran...
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Grow a Sustainable Diet: Planning and Growing to Feed Ourselves and the Earth

Cindy Conner · New Society Publishers
Format: Paperback

Everyone loves to prepare a meal with ingredients fresh from their own garden. But for most of us, no matter how plentiful our harvest, homegrown produce comprises only a fraction of what we eat. And while many gardening guides will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about individual...
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Last-Minute Survival Secrets: 128 Ingenious Tips to Endure the Coming Apocalypse and Other Minor Inconveniences

Joey Green · Chicago Review Press
Format: Book

The Department of Homeland Security advises all citizens to develop an Emergency Preparedness Plan, along with a Disaster Supply Kit . . . but who has the time? Don’t panic—it’s Joey Green to the rescue! Last-Minute Survival Secrets contains more than a hundred ingenious...
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Nature Activities for Families

American Forest Foundation. · American Forest Foundation

These fun and easy-to-do activities are perfect for parents - and grandparents - to help introduce children to nature in your own yard and local parks. Use PLT's Nature Activities for Families to take children outdoors in ways that are safe, fun, and full of learning! What's included:...
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The Storm of the Century: Tragedy, Heroism, Survival, and the Epic True Story of America's Deadliest Natural Disaster: The Great Gulf Hurricane of 1900

Al Roker · William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Pages: 312
Format: Print book

In this gripping narrative history, Al Roker from NBC's Today and the Weather Channel vividly examines the deadliest natural disaster in American history - a haunting and inspiring tale of tragedy, heroism, and resilience that is full of lessons for today's new age of extreme weather.On...
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And Soon I Heard a Roaring Wind: A Natural History of Moving Air

Bill Streever · Little Brown and Company
Pages: 320
Format: Print book

A thrilling exploration of the science and history of wind from the bestselling author of Cold.Scientist and bestselling nature writer Bill Streever goes to any extreme to explore wind--the winds that built empires, the storms that wreck them--by traveling right through it. Narrating from...
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Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?: . . . and Other Questions from the Astronomers' In-box at the Vatican Observatory

Paul Mueller · Image
Format: Hardcover

Witty and thought provoking, two Vatican astronomers shed provocative light on some of the strange places where religion and science meet."Imagine if a Martian showed up, all big ears and big nose like a child's drawing, and he asked to be baptized. How would you react?" - Pope...
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The Curious Nature Guide: Explore the Natural Wonders All Around You

Clare Walker Leslie · Storey Publishing
Pages: 142
Format: Print book

With dozens of simple prompts and exercises, best-selling author, naturalist, and artist Clare Walker Leslie invites you to step outside for just a few minutes a day, reignite your sense of wonder about the natural world, and discover the peace and grounding that come from connecting with...
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The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, A Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken

Wendell Pierce · Riverhead Books
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

From acclaimed actor and producer Wendell Pierce, an insightful and poignant portrait of family, New Orleans and the transforming power of art. On the morning of August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina barreled into New Orleans, devastating many of the city's neighborhoods, including...
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The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move?

Patrick Tucker · Current
Pages: 268
Format: Print book

An in-depth look at the future of the future. An app on your phone knows you're getting married before you do. Your friends' tweets can help data scientists predict your location with astounding accuracy, even if you don't use Twitter. Soon, we'll be able to know how many kids in a kindergarten...
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Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World

Ben Hewitt · Roost Books
Pages: 166
Format: Paperback

When Ben Hewitt and his wife bought a sprawling acreage of field and forest in northern Vermont, the landscape easily allowed them to envision the self-sustaining family farm they were eager to start. But over the years, the land became so much more than a building site; it became the birthplace...
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Midwest Foraging: 115 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Burdock to Wild Peach

Lisa M. Rose · Timber Press
Format: Print book

From fields to woodlands, riverbeds, and lakesides - and even in our own neighborhoods - the beautiful Midwest is rich in delicious wild edibles. Herbalist, forager, and urban farmer Lisa M. Rose helps you find peppery watercress and delectable nettles at a nearby lake in the spring and nutritious...
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Last Chance Mustang: The Story of One Horse, One Horseman, and One Final Shot at Redemption

Mitchell Bornstein · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 300
Format: Print book

Last Chance Mustang is the story of Samson, a formerly free-roaming, still wild-at-heart American mustang that was plucked from his mountainous Nevada home and thrown into the domestic horse world where he was brutalized and victimized. After years of abuse, Samson had evolved into a hateful...
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Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon

Ed Caesar · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

The first major work about marathon running - including the current heated battle among the world's elite runners to reach the two-hour barrier - and how psychology, technology, economics, and the latest science affect the potential of human performance.Two hours, to cover 26 miles and 385 yards....
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Smokejumper: A Memoir by One of America's Most Select Airborne Firefighters

Jason A. Ramos · William Morrow & Company
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

A rare inside look at the thrilling world of smokejumpers, the airborne firefighters who parachute into the most remote and rugged areas of the United States, confronting the growing threat of nature's blazes.Forest and wildland fires are growing larger, more numerous, and deadlier...
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Tricks and Games to Teach Your Dog: 75+ Cool Activities to Bring Out Your Dog's Inner Star

Sophie Collins · i5 Press
Format: Print book

Who doesn’t want to spend more time playing?! Tricks and Games to Teach Your Dog is the how-to book for dog owners looking to improve their “fun factor” in their dogs’ eyes. Author Sophie Collins, assisted by Suellen Dainty, promise that any owner of a dog—no...
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Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To

Dean Burnett · W.W. Norton & Company
Pages: 336
Format: Print book

A delightful tour of our mysterious, mischievous gray matter from neuroscientist and massively popular Guardian blogger Dean Burnett.The brain may be the seat of consciousness and the engine of all human experience, but it's also messy, fallible, and disorganized. For example, did you know...
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How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens

Benedict Carey · Random House
Format: Hardcover

In the tradition of The Power of Habit and Thinking, Fast and Slow comes a practical, playful, and endlessly fascinating guide to what we really know about learning and memory today - and how we can apply it to our own lives. From an early age, it is drilled into our heads: Restlessness,...
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Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience

Michael S. Gazzaniga · Ecco; 1St Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Michael S. Gazzaniga, one of the most important neuroscientists of the twentieth century, gives us an exciting behind-the-scenes look at his seminal work on that unlikely couple, the right and left brain. Foreword by Steven Pinker.In the mid-twentieth century, Michael S. Gazzaniga, "the...
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Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts

Stanislas Dehaene · Viking Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Print book

A breathtaking look at the new science that can track consciousness deep in the brainHow does our brain generate a conscious thought? And why does so much of our knowledge remain unconscious? Thanks to clever psychological and brain-imaging experiments, scientists are closer to cracking...
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StarTalk: Everything You Ever Need to Know About Space Travel, Sci-Fi, the Human Race, the Universe, and Beyond

Neil Degrasse Tyson · National Geographic
Pages: 304
Format: Print book

This beautifully illustrated companion to celebrated scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson's popular podcast and National Geographic Channel TV show is an eye-opening journey for anyone curious about the complexities of our universe. For decades, beloved astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has interpreted...
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Gentlemen Scientists and Revolutionaries: The Founding Fathers in the Age of Enlightenment

Tom Shachtman · Palgrave Macmillan Trade
Format: Hardcover

Science and experimentation were at the heart of the Founding Fathers philosophies and actions. The Founders relentlessly tinkered, invented, farmed by means of scientific principles, star-gazed, were fascinated by math, used scientific analogies and scientific thinking in their political...
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How the Body Knows Its Mind: The Surprising Power of the Physical Environment to Influence How You Think and Feel

Sian Beilock · Atria Books; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

An award-winning scientist offers a groundbreaking new understanding of the mind-body connection and its profound impact on everything from advertising to romance.The human body is not just a passive device carrying out messages sent by the brain, but rather an integral part of how we think...
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The Perpetual Now: A Story of Amnesia, Memory, and Love

Michael Lemonick · Doubleday
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

In the aftermath of a shattering illness, Lonni Sue Johnson lives in a "perpetual now," where she has almost no memories of the past and a nearly complete inability to form new ones. The Perpetual Now is the moving story of this exceptional woman, and the groundbreaking revelations...
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The Cure for Catastrophe: How We Can Stop Manufacturing Natural Disasters

Robert Muir-Wood · Basic Books
Pages: 368
Format: Print book

Year after year, floods wreck people's homes and livelihoods, earthquakes tear communities apart, and tornadoes uproot whole towns. Natural disasters cause destruction and despair. But does it have to be this way?In The Cure for Catastrophe, global risk expert Robert Muir-Wood argues that...
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The Weather Experiment: The Pioneers Who Sought to See the Future

Peter Moore · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Format: Hardcover

In 1865 Admiral Robert FitzRoy locked himself in his dressing room and cut his throat. His grand meteorological project had failed. Yet only a decade later, FitzRoy's storm warning system and "forecasts" would return, the model for what we use today.In an age when a storm...
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Plastic Purge: How to Use Less Plastic, Eat Better, Keep Toxins Out of Your Body, and Help Save the Sea Turtles!

Michael SanClements · St. Martin's Griffin
Format: Paperback

Now a Denver Post #1 bestseller. Plastic is everywhere we look. Our computers and children's toys are made out of it, and our water and slices of American cheese are packaged in it. But why is there so much and what is it doing to our bodies? Is it possible to use less plastic and be happier...
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The Periodic Table: A Visual Guide to the Elements

Paul Parsons · Quercus
Pages: 240
Format: Paperback

As one of the most recognizable images in science, the periodic table is ingrained in our culture. First drawn up in 1869 by Dmitri Mendeleev, its 118 elements make up not only everything on our planet but also everything in the entire universe.The Periodic Table looks at the fascinating...
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Boom! 50 Fantastic Science Experiments

Chris Smith · IMM Lifestyle Books
Pages: 143
Format: Print book

This amazing book from the famous Naked Scientists offers a fun way to introduce science to kids, with 50 simple experiments that produce spectacular results. Want to know how to create fireworks from a bag of chips? Turn rice into quicksand? Generate a cloud in a soda bottle? How about...
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The Complete Guide to Small-Scale Farming: Everything You Need to Know about Raising Beef and Dairy Cattle, Rabbits, Ducks, and Other Small Animals

Melissa Nelson · Atlantic Pub Co; 2 edition
Format: Print book

288 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Mars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account from Curiosity's Chief Engineer

Rob Manning · Smithsonian Books
Format: Hardcover

The firsthand account of the trials and tribulations of engineering one of the most complex pieces of space technology, the Mars Rover Curiosity, by its chief engineer Rob ManningIn the course of our enduring quest for knowledge about ourselves and our universe, we havent found answers...
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From Dust to Life: The Origin and Evolution of Our Solar System

John Chambers · Princeton University Press
Pages: 299
Format: Hardcover

The birth and evolution of our solar system is a tantalizing mystery that may one day provide answers to the question of human origins. This book tells the remarkable story of how the celestial objects that make up the solar system arose from common beginnings billions of years ago, and how scientists...
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The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World

Russell Gold · Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

"Fracking has vociferous critics and fervent defenders, but the debate between these camps has obscured the actual story: Fracking has become a fixture of the American landscape and the global economy. It has upended the business models of energy companies around the globe, and it has started...
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Butterfly Gardening with Native Plants: How to Attract and Identify Butterflies

Christopher Kline · Skyhorse Publishing
Format: Print book

Butterfly expert Christopher Kline provides an easy-to-read introduction to the topic in Butterfly Gardening with Native Plants, a how-to guide covering butterfly gardening basics, garden designs, common butterflies in the garden, native nectar, guide to host plants, and sources for native...
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The Meaning of Human Existence

Edward O. Wilson · Liveright; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

National Book Award Finalist. How did humanity originate and why does a species like ours exist on this planet? Do we have a special place, even a destiny in the universe? Where are we going, and perhaps, the most difficult question of all, Why? In The Meaning of Human Existence, his most...
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Atoms Under the Floorboards: The Surprising Science Hidden in Your Home

Chris Woodford · Bloomsbury Sigma, 2015. ©2015
Pages: 336
Format: Print book

Using the modern home as a springboard, Atoms Under the Floorboards presents the fascinating and surprising scientific explanations behind a variety of common (and often entertainingly mundane) household phenomena, from gurgling drains and squeaky floorboards to rubbery custard and shiny...
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Penguins: The Ultimate Guide

Julie Cornthwaite · Princeton University Press
Format: Hardcover

Penguins are perhaps the most beloved birds. On land, their behavior appears so humorous and expressive that we can be excused for attributing to them moods and foibles similar to our own. Few realize how complex and mysterious their private lives truly are, as most of their existence takes...
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The Glory of the Tree: An Illustrated History

Noel Kingsbury · Firefly Books; ILL edition
Format: Hardcover

The great trees of the world in glorious color. The Glory of the Tree describes 90 species of tree that collectively span the millennia of evolution and cross the globe. Organized into six categories -- Antiquity, Ecology, Sacred, Utility, Food and Ornament -- the trees are presented...
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Birding for the Curious: The Easiest Way for Anyone to Explore the Incredible World of Birds

Nate Swick · Page Street Publishing Co., 2015. ©2015
Pages: 176
Format: Print book

Explore the Fascinating World of BirdsThere's something about birds that fascinates people and invites us to pause, look and listen to the beautiful, natural world around us. But do you always recognize what you see and hear? With this book, you'll get started. Birding for the Curious is a beginner...
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How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic, Second Edition

Michael Geier · McGraw-Hill Education Tab
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback

A Fully Revised Guide to Electronics Troubleshooting and Repair Repair all kinds of electrical products, from modern digital gadgets to analog antiques, with help from this updated book. How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic, Second Edition, offers expert insights, case studies,...
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Mushrooms of the Midwest

Michael Kuo · University of Illinois Press
Pages: 427
Format: Paperback

Fusing general interest in mushrooming with serious scholarship, Mushrooms of the Midwest describes and illustrates over five hundred of the region's mushroom species. From the cold conifer bogs of northern Michigan to the steamy oak forests of Missouri, the book offers a broad cross-section...
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Middle School Math for Parents: 10 Steps to Help Your Child Master Math

Scott Meltzer · Learningexpress, Llc
Format: Book

Why doesn't my child understand math? How can I help my child with this if I don't even understand it? Why doesn't the textbook look like it used to? Questions like these vex even the most educated parents. This book is for any parent who has ever felt baffled, frustrated,...
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Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains

Susan Greenfield · Random House
Format: Hardcover

We live in a world unimaginable only decades ago: a domain of backlit screens, instant information, and vibrant experiences that can outcompete dreary reality. Our brave new technologies offer incredible opportunities for work and play. But at what price? Now renowned neuroscientist Susan...
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The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate Change

Robert Henson · Amer Meteorological Socie
Pages: 516
Format: Paperback

Everybody can be a thinking person when it comes to climate change, and this book is a perfect roadmap. Start a web search for "climate change" and the first three suggestions are "facts," "news," and "hoax." The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate...
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The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World

Zachary Karabell · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 287
Format: Paperback

The Leading Indicators was widely and well received as a much needed corrective to the outdated, outmoded economic figures we are accustomed. Every day, we are bombarded with numbers that tell us how we are doing, whether the economy is growing or shrinking, whether the future looks bright...
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Idiot's Guides: Geometry

Sonal Bhatt · ALPHA
Format: Book

Covering everything a student would encounter in a high school or college course, Idiots Guides Geometry explains concepts in the easiest possible manner. Content includes everything from the basics of geometry reasoning and proof triangles quadrilaterals area and volume similarity, perpendicular...
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Project Animal Farm: An Accidental Journey into the Secret World of Farming and the Truth About Our Food

Sonia Faruqi · Pegasus Books
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

Born out of a global expedition fearlessly undertaken by a young woman, Project Animal Farm offers a riveting and revealing look at what truly happens behind farm doors.Sonia Faruqi, an Ivy League graduate and investment banker, had no idea that the night she arrived at the doorstep of a dairy...
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The Grapes of Math: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life

Alex Bellos · Simon & Schuster
Format: Hardcover

From the bestselling author of Here’s Looking at Euclid, a dazzling new book that turns even the most complex math into a brilliantly entertaining narrative.From triangles, rotations and power laws, to cones, curves and the dreaded calculus, Alex takes you on a journey of mathematical...
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Earthquake Storms: The Fascinating History and Volatile Future of the San Andreas Fault

John Dvorak · Pegasus Books
Pages: 254
Format: Hardcover

The lives of millions will be changed after it breaks, and yet so few people understand it, or even realize it runs through their backyard. Dvorak reveals the San Andreas Fault's fascinating history -- and it's volatile future.It is a prominent geological feature that is almost...
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A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History

Nicholas Wade · Penguin Press
Pages: 278
Format: Hardcover

Drawing on startling new evidence from the mapping of the genome, an explosive new account of the genetic basis of race and its role in the human story Fewer ideas have been more toxic or harmful than the idea of the biological reality of race, and with it the idea that humans of different...
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We Are Our Brains: A Neurobiography of the Brain, from the Womb to Alzheimer's

D. F. Swaab · Random House Inc
Pages: 417
Format: Hardcover

A vivid account of what makes us human. Based groundbreaking new research, We Are Our Brains is a sweeping biography of the human brain, from infancy to adulthood to old age. Renowned neuroscientist D. F. Swaab takes us on a guided tour of the intricate inner workings that determine our potential,...
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Arrival of the Fittest: Solving Evolution's Greatest Puzzle

Andreas Wagner · Current
Format: Hardcover

"Natural selection can preserve innovations, but it cannot create them. Nature's many innovations - some uncannily perfect - call for natural principles that accelerate life's ability to innovate."Darwin's theory of natural selection explains how useful adaptations...
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Monsters: The Hindenburg Disaster and the Birth of Pathological Technology

Edward Regis · Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group
Pages: 325
Format: Print book

"Oh, the humanity!" Radio reporter Herbert Morrison's words on witnessing the destruction of the Hindenburg are etched in our collective memory. Yet, while the Hindenburg - like the Titanic - is a symbol of the technological hubris of a bygone era, we seem to have forgotten...
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Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible

Jerry A. Coyne · Viking
Format: Hardcover

The New York Times bestselling author explains why any attempt to make religion compatible with science is doomed to fail In his provocative new book, evolutionary biologist Jerry A. Coyne lays out in clear, dispassionate detail why the toolkit of science, based on reason and empirical...
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Secret Language of Animals: A Guide to Remarkable Behavior

Janine M Benyus · Black Dog & Leventhal Pub
Pages: 480
Format: Paperback

Unlock the secrets behind the behavior of the world's most fascinating creatures? from the Adélie penguin to the plains zebra to the giant panda?in this wonderfully written, beautifully illustrated book.In The Secret Language of Animals, biologist Janine Benyus takes us inside the animal...
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Hands-On Science and Math: Fun, Fascinating Activities for Young Children

Beth R. Davies · Gryphon House
Pages: 150
Format: Print book

Encourage young investigators to feel, listen, smell, taste, and see their way to discovery by seamlessly infusing math and science throughout the school day! As you incorporate all five senses into learning experiences, you will give little innovators the opportunity to observe and explore...
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The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work

Christine Carter Phd · Ballantine Books
Format: Print book

Learn how to achieve more by doing less! Live in that zone you've glimpsed but can't seem to hold on to - the sweet spot where you have the greatest strength, but also the greatest ease. Not long ago, Christine Carter, a happiness expert at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science...
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The Mind-Gut Connection: How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health

Emeran Mayer · Harper Wave
Pages: 309
Format: Print book

Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with the latest discoveries on the human microbiome, a practical guide in the tradition of The Second Brain, and The Good Gut that conclusively demonstrates the inextricable, biological link between mind and the digestive system.We have all experienced...
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My Gentle Barn: Creating a Sanctuary Where Animals Heal and Children Learn to Hope

Ellie Laks · Harmony Books
Pages: 268
Format: Hardcover

"My Gentle Barn is a wonderful book. You'll love Ellie Laks and the animals she rescued--and who rescued her back." -Sy Montgomery, The Good Good PigFounder Ellie Laks started The Gentle Barn after adopting a sick goat from a run-down petting zoo in 1999. Some two hundred...
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Whatever Happened to the Metric System?: How America Kept Its Feet

John Bemelmans Marciano · Bloomsbury USA
Format: Hardcover

The American standard system of measurement is a unique and odd thing to behold with its esoteric, inconsistent standards twelve inches in a foot, three feet in a yard, sixteen ounces in a pound, one hundred pennies to the dollar. For something as elemental as counting and estimating the world...
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A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention

Matt Richtel · William Morrow
Format: Hardcover

From Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist Matt Richtel, a brilliant, narrative-driven exploration of technologys vast influence on the human mind and society, dramatically-told through the lens of a tragic texting-while-driving car crash that claimed the lives of two rocket scientists in 2006.In...
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Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power

Dan Hurley · Avery
Pages: 275
Format: Hardcover

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The Eureka Factor: Aha Moments, Creative Insight, and the Brain

John Kounios · Random House
Pages: 274
Format: Print book

In a book perfect for readers of Charles Duhigg's The Power of Habit, David Eagleman's Incognito, and Leonard Mlodinow's Subliminal, the cognitive neuroscientists who discovered how the brain has aha moments - sudden creative insights - explain how they happen, when we need them, and how we can have...
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Peterson Field Guide to Finding Mammals in North America

Vladimir Dinets · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: Print book

Peterson The best-selling field guides of all time To see a fog shrew, should you go to Muir Woods National Monument? If you're planning to visit Yellowstone National Park, what animals can you expect to see? When should a photographer visit to get a shot of a gray fox? A mammal...
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