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The Secret World of Sleep
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The Secret World of Sleep

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Penelope A. Lewis
St. Martin's Press

"There is much to fascinate in this nippy primer on the biology and behaviour associated with snoozing…from the latest on narcolepsy to the sleep-inhibiting qualities of smoked meat, this is wide-awake science" —Nature

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Lost Antarctica
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Lost Antarctica

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James McClintock
St. Martin's Press

Few of us will ever get to Antarctica. The bitter cold and three months a year without sunlight makes the sixth continent virtually uninhabitable for humans. Yet marine biologist James B. McClintock...

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The End of Plagues
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The End of Plagues

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John Rhodes
St. Martin's Press

An absorbing history of the battle against the world's deadliest scourges, including smallpox and polio, and how today's scientists are racing against the clock to eradicate humanity's more feared viruses once and for all

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SuperFuel
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SuperFuel

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Richard Martin
St. Martin's Press

A riveting look at how an alternative source of energy is revoluntionising nuclear power, promising a safe and clean future for millions, and why thorium was sidelined at the height of the Cold War...

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Bankrupting Physics
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Bankrupting Physics

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Alexander Unzicker and Sheilla Jones
St. Martin's Press

The recently celebrated discovery of the Higgs boson has captivated the public's imagination with the promise that it can explain the origins of everything in the universe. It's no wonder that the media...

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Masters of the Planet
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Masters of the Planet

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Ian Tattersall
St. Martin's Press

Fifty thousand years ago—merely a blip in evolutionary time—our Homo sapiens ancestors were competing for existence with several other human species, just as their precursors had done for...

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The Million Death Quake
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The Million Death Quake

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Roger Musson
St. Martin's Press

For centuries, Californians and the Japanese have known that they were at risk of catastrophic earthquakes, and prepared accordingly. But when a violent 7.0 earthquake rocked Haiti in 2010, hardly...

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Prize Fight
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Prize Fight

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Morton Meyers
St. Martin's Press

A fascinating glimpse into the world of competition and human drama that surround some of the greatest discoveries in science

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Betrayed by Nature
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Betrayed by Nature

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Robin Hesketh
St. Martin's Press

Seven million people die from cancer each year around the world, and many more are impacted by this universal scourge. In Betrayed by Nature, research scientist and lecturer Robin Hesketh...

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The Power of the Sea
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The Power of the Sea

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Bruce Parker
St. Martin's Press

The Power of the Sea describes our struggle to understand the physics of the sea, so we can use that knowledge to predict when the sea will unleash its fury against us. In a wide-sweeping narrative...

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Extreme Weather
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Extreme Weather

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Bonnie Schneider
St. Martin's Press

Flash floods, tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, mudslides, thunderstorms, and wildfires - these devastating events are happening around the world at an alarming rate. As a Meteorologist on CNN and...

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Smart Medicine
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Smart Medicine

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William Hanson, M.D.
St. Martin's Press

We're a nation in love with the drama of the medical world—from fast-paced hospital life to the race to discover cures for diseases. In Smart Medicine, William Hanson brings to life the...

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The Number Mysteries
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The Number Mysteries

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Marcus du Sautoy
St. Martin's Press

Every time we download music, take a flight across the Atlantic or talk on our cell phones, we are relying on great mathematical inventions. In The Number Mysteries, one of our generation's...

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Second Nature
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Second Nature

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Jonathan Balcombe, foreword by J. M. Coetzee
St. Martin's Press

Do baboons have a sense of right and wrong? Do cats and dogs have their feelings hurt? Animal behavior expert Jonathan Balcombe makes the case that animals, once viewed only as mindless automatons,...

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The Fossil Hunter
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The Fossil Hunter

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Shelley Emling
St. Martin's Press

At a time when women were excluded from science, a young girl made a discovery that marked the birth of paleontology and continues to feed the debate about evolution to this day.

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Uranium Wars
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Uranium Wars

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Amir D. Aczel
St. Martin's Press

Uranium, a nondescript element when found in nature, in the past century has become more sought after than gold. Its nucleus is so heavy that it is highly unstable and radioactive. If broken apart,...

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Running Out of Water
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Running Out of Water

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Peter Rogers and Susan Leal, with a foreword by Congressman Edward J. Markey
St. Martin's Press

Water is the world's life source and essential to all living creatures. Although we live on the blue planet, only 3 percent of all our water is drinkable. Yet we've grown accustomed to using it...

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The Artificial Ape
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The Artificial Ape

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Timothy Taylor
St. Martin's Press

A breakthrough theory that tools and technology are the real drivers of human evolution

Although humans are one of the great apes, along with chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans, we are remarkably...

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No Rain in the Amazon
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No Rain in the Amazon

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Nikolas Kozloff
St. Martin's Press

Acting as the planet's air conditioner, the rainforest sucks up millions of tons of greenhouse gases and stores them safely out of the atmosphere. South America's deforestation threatens to unleash...

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This Borrowed Earth
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This Borrowed Earth

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Robert Emmet Hernan, foreword by Bill McKibben, preface by Graham Nash
St. Martin's Press

Over the last century mankind has irrevocably damaged the environment through the unscrupulous greed of big business and our own willful ignorance. Here are the strikingly poignant accounts of disasters...

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Extreme Fear
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Extreme Fear

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Jeff Wise
St. Martin's Press

Ever since the phrase "fight or flight" was coined in the 1920s, the common understanding has been that the mind respond to danger in one of two ways - either fleeing in blind panic, or fighting...

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Plastic Fantastic
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Plastic Fantastic

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Eugenie Samuel Reich
St. Martin's Press

This is the story of wunderkind physicist Jan Hendrik Schön who faked the discovery of a new superconductor made from plastic. A star researcher at the world-renowned Bell Laboratories in New Jersey,...

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Big Brain
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Big Brain

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Gary Lynch and Richard Granger
St. Martin's Press

In this groundbreaking look at the evolution of our brains, eminent neuroscientists Gary Lynch and Richard Granger uncover the mysteries of the outsize intelligence of our ancestors, who had bigger...

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Pleasurable Kingdom
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Pleasurable Kingdom

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Jonathan Balcombe
St. Martin's Press

A rousing case for animal pleasure and its ethical and evolutionary implications

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Uranium Wars by Amir D. Aczel--Audio ExcerptAudio

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Amir D. Aczel's book Uranium Wars: The Scientific Rivalry that Created the Nuclear Age. Uranium, a nondescript element when found in nature, in the past century has become more sought after than gold. Its nucleus is so heavy that it is highly unstable and radioactive. If broken apart, it unleashes the tremendous power within the atom—the most controversial type of energy ever discovered.