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Junk Raft: An Ocean Voyage and a Rising Tide of Activism to Fight Plastic Pollution

Marcus Eriksen · Beacon Press
Pages: 216
Format: Hardcover

An exciting account of an activist scientist's unorthodox fight in the growing movement against plastic marine pollution and of his expedition across the Pacific on a home-made "junk raft"Over the past several years, the news media has brought the "Great Pacific Garbage...
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You Are the Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters

Deepak Chopra · Harmony
Pages: 288
Format: Print book

New York Times bestselling author Deepak Chopra joins forces with leading physicist Menas Kafatos to explore some of the most important and baffling questions about our place in the world. What happens when modern science reaches a crucial turning point that challenges everything we know...
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Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why: The Science of Sexual Orientation

Simon LeVay · Oxford University Press
Pages: 264
Format: Paperback

What causes a child to grow up gay or straight? Neuroscientist Simon LeVay summarizes a wealth of scientific evidence that points to one inescapable conclusion: Sexual orientation results primarily from an interaction between genes, sex hormones, and the cells of the developing body and brain....
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Never Out of Season: How Having the Food We Want When We Want It Threatens Our Food Supply and Our Future

Robert Dunn · Little
Pages: 336
Format: Print book

A Fast Food Nation for the foods we grow and depend onThe bananas we eat today aren't your parents' bananas: We eat a recognizable, consistent breakfast fruit that was standardized in the 1960s from dozens into one basic banana. But because of that, the banana we love is dangerously susceptible...
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A Wretched and Precarious Situation: In Search of the Last Arctic Frontier

David Welky · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 512
Format: Print book

A remarkable true story of adventure, betrayal, and survival set in one of the world's most inhospitable places.In 1906, from atop a snow-swept hill in the ice fields northwest of Greenland, hundreds of miles from another human being, Commander Robert E. Peary spotted a line of mysterious...
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How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain

Lisa Feldman Barrett · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 448
Format: Print book

A new theory of how the brain constructs emotions that could revolutionize psychology, health care, law enforcement, and our understanding of the human mindEmotions feel automatic to us; that's why scientists have long assumed that emotions are hardwired in the body or the brain. Today,...
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Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability and the Pace of Life, in Organisms, Cities, Economies and Companies

Pages: 400
Format: Print book

The former head of the Sante Fe Institute, visionary physicist Geoffrey West is a pioneer in the field of complexity science, the science of emergent systems and networks. The term "complexity" can be misleading, however, because what makes West's discoveries so beautiful is that...
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Beyond Infinity: An Expedition to the Outer Limits of Mathematics

Eugenia Cheng · Basic Books
Pages: 284
Format: Hardcover

The hilarious and charming Eugenia Cheng leads us in search of what's bigger than infinity, and smaller than its opposite
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Mercies in Disguise: A Story of Hope, a Family's Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Rescued Them

Gina Kolata · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 262
Format: Hardcover

New York Times science reporter Gina Kolata follows a family through genetic illness and one courageous daughter who decides her fate shall no longer be decided by a genetic flaw.The phone rings. The doctor from California is on the line. "Are you ready Amanda?" The two people...
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The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - and Us

RICHARD O PRUM · Doubleday
Pages: 428
Format: Hardcover

A major reimagining of how evolutionary forces work, revealing how mating preferences - what Darwin termed "the taste for the beautiful" - create the extraordinary range of ornament in the animal world. In the great halls of science, dogma holds that Darwin's theory of natural...
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