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Listen to a Medieval Folk Music Ensemble Play a Metallica Song

You wouldn’t expect the members of a Belarusian medieval folk band to be Metallica fans, but that’s the beauty of Stary Olsa’s cover of the metal …

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Let teenagers have their kicks. They are only doing what comes naturally

Austere times have made our young prematurely middle aged, robbing them of a crucial stage of development<p>British teenagers are an increasingly responsible and sober bunch. Teen pregnancies are at an all-time low, drug-fuelled dance culture is vanishing, careers are planned from a tender age, and …

How the Universe Will End (Collins Shorts, Book 1)

• <b>Author:</b> Professor Brian Cox<p>Collins Shorts – insight in an instant.<p>Professor Brian Cox shows us our universe as we've never seen it before. In this short he explains how this vast and complex universe – the subject of human fascination and scientific exploration for thousands of years – will end. …

Nothing

• <b>Author:</b> New Scientist<p>Zero, zip, nada, zilch. It's all too easy to ignore the fascinating possibilities of emptiness and non-existence, and we may well wonder what there is to say about nothing. But scientists have known for centuries that nothing is the key to understanding absolutely everything, …

The Science of Kissing

• <b>Author:</b> Sheril Kirshenbaum<p>From a noted science journalist comes a wonderfully witty and fascinating exploration of how and why we kiss.<p>When did humans begin to kiss? Why is kissing integral to some cultures and alien to others? Do good kissers make the best lovers? And is that expensive …

20 Gentle Quotations from Mister Rogers

Many of these quotations are collected in the posthumous volume <i>The World According to Mister Rogers</i>, though they come from various sources, including …

10 of History's Most Power-Hungry Cats

<b>By Caitlin Kelly</b><p>1. The Cat in the British Cabinet<p>Cats have stalked the corridors of British government since the reign of Henry VIII, but few have …

Etymology

Bodies In Motion: Exploring the Human Limits of Future Travel

The limits of travel are defined not by what vehicles can do, but by what vehicles can do to us. So how much can we take?<p>On the morning of October 25, 1999, captain Michael Kling and his first officer, Stephanie Bellegarrigue, piloted a Learjet Model 35 out of Orlando and set a heading for Dallas, …

Talk to the Tail

• <b>Author:</b> Tom Cox<p>Following on from Tom's life with six cats in UNDER THE PAW, he now picks up the story in TALK TO THE TAIL, updating readers on what has happened with his feline friends as well as looking back for more confessions about his animal-loving past.<p>Readers of Tom's previous book will be …

Doctor Who: Who-ology

• <b>Author:</b> Cavan Scott & Mark Wright<p>Test your knowledge of the last Time Lord and the worlds he’s visited in Who-ology, an unforgettable journey through over 50 years of <i>Doctor Who</i>.<p>Packed with facts, figures and stories from the show’s galactic run, this unique tour of space and time takes you from …

Optical Illusions

• <b>Author:</b> DK<p><i>50 interactive, eye-watering illusions that will boggle your mind!</i><p>Be warned: everything is not as it seems. From moving pictures to spectacular visual patterns and a 3D sculpture that follows you around the room; get ready to open the doors of perception with <i>Optical Illusions,</i> available …

Under the Paw

• <b>Author:</b> Tom Cox<p>For years, Tom Cox might have seemed like a regular, hard-living sort of bloke -- a lover of late nights, rock music and beer -- but he had a dark furry secret. Tom was a cat lover. Always had been, in fact. For a while, he kept his passion in check, but there was only so long he …

100 Catastrophic Disasters

• <b>Author:</b> Nigel Cawthorne<p><i>100 Catastrophic Disasters</i> is an astounding compendium of natural and man-made disasters. The range of entries is extraordinary, from the bizarre to the horrific, and from the heartbreaking to the ridiculous. The book includes some of history's most incredible disasters and …

Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking

• <b>Author:</b> Daniel C. Dennett<p>Thinking is hard - yet barely a waking moment passes when we're not labouring away at it. A few of us may be natural geniuses, able to work through the toughest tangles in an instant; others, blessed with reserves of willpower, stay the course in the dogged pursuit of …

The Better Angels of Our Nature

• <b>Author:</b> Steven Pinker<p><b>'The most inspiring book I've ever read' Bill Gates, 2017</b><p><b>'A brilliant, mind-altering book ... Everyone should read this astonishing book' Guardian</b><p><b>'Will change the way you see the world' Daily Mail</b><p>Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2012<p>Wasn't the twentieth century the most …

Butterflies

• <b>Author:</b> Michael Chinery<p>The ideal portable companion, the world-renowned Collins Gem series returns with a fresh new look and updated material.<p>This is the perfect pocket guide for nature enthusiasts keen to identify the most commonly seen butterflies and moths in Britain and northern …

Bounce

• <b>Author:</b> Matthew Syed<p>Essential reading following an astounding summer of sport; if you’ve ever wondered what makes a champion, Bounce has the answer.<p>This edition does not include illustrations.<p>What are the real secrets of sporting success, and what lessons do they offer about life? Why doesn’t Tiger …

The Emperor of All Maladies

• <b>Author:</b> Siddhartha Mukherjee<p>Winner of the Guardian First Book Award 2011<p>Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-fiction 2011<p>Shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize<p>Shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize<p>Now, as cancer becomes an ever more universal experience, the need to understand it, and its …

The Intelligence Paradox

• <b>Author:</b> Satoshi Kanazawa<p><b>A book that challenges common misconceptions about the nature of intelligence</b><br>Satoshi Kanazawa's <i>Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters</i> (written with Alan S. Miller) was hailed by the <i>Los Angeles Times</i> as "a rollicking bit of pop science that turns the lens of evolutionary …

Airplanes

Space tourist’s sick trip to ‘bachelor pad’ in space

Iranian-born Anousheh Ansari spent more than $20 million on a trip into space. Although the trip wasn’t all plain sailing, she tells BBC Future she is now addicted and will return.<p>In school, teachers tell us we can be anything we want; we should aim high, they say. Anousheh Ansari’s story is an …

Space Exploration

‘Genetic portraits’ offer view of family resemblances

By splicing together images from siblings, parents and children, one photographer is exploring the way in which we inherit our appearances.<p>“Family faces are magic mirrors looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future,” wrote US journalist and author Gail Lumet Buckley. …

Photography

The World According to Bob

• <b>Author:</b> James Bowen<p><b>The incredible and heartwarming sequel to the bestseller A Street Cat Named Bob - the uplifting true story of an unlikely friendship between a man on the streets of Covent Garden and the ginger cat who adopts him and helps him heal his life. Now a major motion picture starring</b> …

What on Earth Am I Here For? Purpose Driven Life

• <b>Author:</b> Rick Warren<p>An evangelistic booklet based on the first three chapters of The Purpose Driven® Life.<p>21 October 2002 – Pastor of Saddleback Church, a Southern Baptist mega-church in southern California with weekly attendance of more than 15,000, Warren now applies his highly successful …

The Book

• <b>Author:</b> Alan Watts<p>Alan Watts overturns the illusion that individuals are merely 'egos' contained within their bodies who are separate from the rest of the universe. Drawing on the Vedanta religion, Alan Watts explains how a person's identity makes them the centre of the universe, and outlines that …

Saved Without A Doubt

• <b>Author:</b> John MacArthur<p>For over 30 years, trusted pastor and teacher John MacArthur has delivered practical, Biblical insights for helping Christians grow in their own journey of faith. Now the very best of John MacArthur's Christian living titles have been updated to feature a fresh look and study …

The Book of Understanding

• <b>Author:</b> Osho<p>The path to freedom is filled with questions and uncertainty. Is it possible to truly know who we are? Do our lives have a purpose, or are we just accidental? What are we meant to contribute? What are we meant to become, to create, and to share? In <i>The Book of Understanding</i>, Osho, one of …