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Thoughts on Kepler 62 and Habitability

Because we only have direct images of a tiny number of planets orbiting other stars, we’re used to extrapolating as much as we can from our data and …

Carnegie Institution for Science

Life on Mars

THE vehicle drove through a wasteland of jagged rock. Just before a sharp curve, its headlights revealed a dark, yawning hole only a tick to the …

The 5 Most Badass Things Ever Done in Space

Astronauts happen when test pilots fly enough to literally level up, and cosmonauts are so tough, they can use diamonds as chewing gum. Humanity …

To the moon? Bigelow Aerospace and NASA look at private exploration

Bigelow Aerospace and NASA say they've agreed to look at ways for private ventures to contribute to human exploration missions, perhaps including construction of a moon base. But the space agency emphasized that it's keeping its own focus squarely on corraling an asteroid and then going to Mars.<p>"As …

Lyrid meteor shower peaks this weekend

It’s Lyrid meteor time! We expect some Lyrid meteors to fly between late evening on Friday (April 20) until dawn Saturday. And we anticipate Saturday …

Astronomy

Frankenstein's Cat

• <b>Author:</b> Emily Anthes<p><b>Winner of 2014 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Best Young Adult Science Book</b><b><br>Longlisted for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award</b><b><br>One of Nature's Summer Book Picks</b><br>One of <i>Publishers Weekly</i>'s Top Ten Spring 2013 Science Books<p>For centuries, we've toyed with our creature …

Walden

• <b>Author:</b> Henry David Thoreau<p><i>Walden</i> is a book about Henry David Thoreau’s experiment with self-reliance. He lived in a cabin near Walden Pond in Massachusetts amidst woods that were owned by fellow Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson. Thoreau focused on simple living and personal introspection …

Letters to a Young Scientist

• <b>Author:</b> Edward O. Wilson<p>Pulitzer Prize–winning biologist Edward O. Wilson imparts the wisdom of his storied career to the next generation.<br>Edward O. Wilson has distilled sixty years of teaching into a book for students, young and old. Reflecting on his coming-of-age in the South as a Boy Scout and a …

The Code Book

• <b>Author:</b> Simon Singh<p>In his first book since the bestselling <b>Fermat's Enigma</b>, Simon Singh offers the first sweeping history of encryption, tracing its evolution and revealing the dramatic effects codes have had on wars, nations, and individual lives. From Mary, Queen of Scots, trapped by her own code, …

Animal Wise

• <b>Author:</b> Virginia Morell<p><b>The New York Times Bestseller that explores animal intelligence and will alter the way we as humans view other species.</b> <br>Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a fish? Or a parrot, dolphin, or an elephant? Do they experience thoughts that are similar to ours, or have …

Biomimicry

• <b>Author:</b> Janine M Benyus<p>This profound and accessible book details how science is studying nature’s best ideas to solve our toughest 21st-century problems.<p>If chaos theory transformed our view of the universe, biomimicry is transforming our life on Earth. Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature – …

Animals

• <b>Author:</b> Miles Kelly<p>- Have you ever wondered how kangaroos can leap so far?<br>- Or why jackrabbits have such long ears?<br>- Or if flies have a sense of smell?<p>Get ready to find out the answers to these questions, as well as much, much more. This multi-touch book allows you to take a hands-on approach and …

The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus

• <b>Author:</b> Susan Schiefelbein & Jacques Cousteau<p>The beloved explorer Jacques Cousteau witnessed firsthand the complexity and beauty of life on earth and undersea-and watched the toll taken by human activity in the twentieth century. In this magnificent last book, now available for the first time in …

The Truth About UFOs and Aliens: A Christian Assessment

• <b>Author:</b> Ron Rhodes<p>Today UFO sightings are on the rise. Countless UFO reports flood in to authorities with each passing month. But what is the truth about aliens and UFOs?<p>This thoroughly researched book deals with UFOs and aliens from a biblical, Christian perspective. Among the issues covered are:<p>* …

The Greatest Show on Earth

• <b>Author:</b> Richard Dawkins<p>Richard Dawkins transformed our view of God in his blockbuster, <i>The God Delusion,</i> which sold more than 2 million copies in English alone. He revolutionized the way we see natural selection in the seminal bestseller <i>The Selfish Gene</i>. Now, he launches a fierce counterattack …

Tricks Any Dog Can Do!

• <b>Author:</b> Susan Day<p>This great book comes with advice and guidance as to the best way to teach these tricks. It offers more than one method which the reader can choose depending upon their own situation. There is also advice to using treats and shows you how to not end up with a treat junkie!<p>This …

Animals

• <b>Author:</b> Tony Xu<p>Check out all kinds of animals around the world including lions, tigers, penguins, kangaroos, giraffes, elephants, snakes and many more you like to see. Watching many videos and enjoying more than 350 colorful photos showcase animals from this book. Take a close look of panda from …

The Compass of Pleasure

• <b>Author:</b> David J. Linden<p><b>A leading brain scientist's look at the neurobiology of pleasure-and how pleasures can become addictions.</b><p>Whether eating, taking drugs, engaging in sex, or doing good deeds, the pursuit of pleasure is a central drive of the human animal. In <i>The Compass of Pleasure</i> Johns Hopkins …

Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live

• <b>Author:</b> Marlene Zuk<p>An exposé of pseudoscientific myths about our evolutionary past and how we should live today.We evolved to eat berries rather than bagels, to live in mud huts rather than condos, to sprint barefoot rather than play football—or did we? Are our bodies and brains truly at odds with …

Good Calories, Bad Calories

• <b>Author:</b> Gary Taubes<p>For decades we have been taught that fat is bad for us, carbohydrates better, and that the key to a healthy weight is eating less and exercising more. Yet despite this advice, we have seen unprecedented epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Taubes argues that the problem lies in …

100 Species of Songbirds: A Picture Book for Bird Watchers and Lovers

• <b>Author:</b> Tony Northrup<p>Award-winning author and photographer Tony Northrup has spent much of the last 15 years traveling the world photographing the diversity and beauty of life. In that time, more than 50 million people have enjoyed his wildlife photography website, www.northrup.org, the largest …

Moonwalking with Einstein

• <b>Author:</b> Joshua Foer<p>An instant bestseller that is poised to become a classic, <i>Moonwalking with Einstein</i> recounts Joshua Foer's yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top "mental athletes." He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and …

The Magic of Reality

• <b>Author:</b> Richard Dawkins & Dave McKean<p>Richard Dawkins, bestselling author and the world’s most celebrated evolutionary biologist, has spent his career elucidating the many wonders of science. Here, he takes a broader approach and uses his unrivaled explanatory powers to illuminate the ways in which …

The Magic of Reality

• <b>Author:</b> Richard Dawkins<p>Magic takes many forms. Supernatural magic is what our ancestors used in order to explain the world before they developed the scientific method. The ancient Egyptians explained the night by suggesting the goddess Nut swallowed the sun. The Vikings believed a rainbow was the …

Cosmos

• <b>Author:</b> Carl Sagan and Others<p><b>RETURNING TO TELEVISION AS AN ALL-NEW MINISERIES ON FOX</b> <i><br>Cosmos</i> is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into …