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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...

July 28: Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin eloped on this day in 1814.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).