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The Accidental Universe

The physics behind reality may be hard to grasp -- but that doesn't mean you can't have fun trying.

 

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Butterfly People

A new look at Lepidoptera fanatics spreads its wings wide.

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My Beloved Brontosaurus

Our fascination with dinosaurs is in no danger of extinction.

 

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Hallucinations

The world inside can seem realer than any other.

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Spillover

When animal infections make the jump to human hosts.

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Gravity's Engines

How black holes paint the universe, and other wonders of the cosmos.

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Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep

A guide to understanding what we do when we aren't awake.

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Experiment Eleven: Dark Secrets Behind the Discovery of a Wonder Drug

Backstabbing and lies in the lab, with a Nobel Prize on the line.

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Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe

The story of the computer's creation.

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A Whole Lot of Nothing

Forget about the Big Bang. Why would there be anything to bang at all?

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The Wandering Gene and the Indian Princess

An unexpected inheritance meets a family's religious fervor, with calamitous results.

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The Compass of Pleasure

 A neuroscientist looks at the power of feeling good.

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Field Notes on Science and Nature

A revealing and inspiring look at where and how scientific ideas take shape.

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A Planet of Viruses

The most abundant life form on earth holds surprising secrets about humanity.

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The Disappearing Spoon

A history of the periodic table romps playfully through the chemistry labs of the past.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The fascinating and moving story of a woman’s biological legacy raises painful questions. Read more...

April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.