Book cover of The Remarkable Life of the Skin: An Intimate Journey Across Our Largest Organ by Monty Lyman
Biological Sciences

The Remarkable Life of the Skin: An Intimate Journey Across Our Largest Organ

Providing a cover for our delicate bodies, the skin is our largest and fastest-growing organ. We see it, touch it, and live in it every day. It is a habitat for a mesmerizingly complex world of micro-organisms and physical functions that are vital to our health and survival. One of the first things people see about us, skin is also crucial to our sense of identity. And yet much about it is largely unknown to us. […Learn More]

Book cover of Eating the Sun: Small Musings on a Vast Universe by Ella Frances Saunders
Astronomy & Space Science

Eating the Sun: Small Musings on a Vast Universe

A beautifully illustrated exploration of the principles, laws, and wonders that rule our universe, our world, and our daily lives, from the New York Times bestselling creator of Lost in Translation

Have you ever found yourself wondering what we might have in common with stars, or why the Moon never leaves us? Thinking about the precise dancing of planets, the passing of time, or the nature of natural things? 
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Book cover of Between Ape and Human: An Anthropologist on the Trail of a Hidden Hominoid by Gregory Forth
Anthropology

Between Ape and Human: An Anthropologist on the Trail of a Hidden Hominoid

A remarkable investigation into the hominoids of Flores Island, their place on the evolutionary spectrum—and whether or not they still survive.

While doing fieldwork on the remote Indonesian island of Flores, anthropologist Gregory Forth came across people talking about half-apelike, half-humanlike creatures that once lived in a cave on the slopes of a nearby volcano. […Learn More]

Book cover of Why?: What Makes Us Curious by Mario Livio
Biological Sciences

Why?: What Makes Us Curious

Astrophysicist and author Mario Livio investigates perhaps the most human of all our characteristics—curiosity—in this “lively, expert, and definitely not dumbed-down account” (Kirkus Reviews) as he explores our innate desire to know why.

Experiments demonstrate that people are more distracted when they overhear a phone conversation—where they can know only one side of the dialogue—than when they overhear two people talking and know both sides. Why does half a conversation make us more curious than a whole conversation? […Learn More]

Book cover of Gory Details by Erika Engelhaupt
Biological Sciences

Gory Details: Adventures From the Dark Side of Science

Infused with Mary Roach-style humor and science, this narrative illuminates the gross, strange, morbid, and outright absurd realities of our world.

With wicked wit and a dash of morbid curiosity, this provocative narrative from the author of National Geographic’s popular Gory Details blog takes us on a fascinating journey through an astonishing new reality where our weirdest and wildest fascinations will be illuminated. […Learn More]

Engineering & Transportation

The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health, and Happiness

Modern humans are an indoor species. We spend 90 percent of our time inside, shuttling between homes and offices, schools and stores, restaurants and gyms. And yet, in many ways, the indoor world remains unexplored territory. For all the time we spend inside buildings, we rarely stop to consider: How do these spaces affect our mental and physical well-being? Our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors? Our productivity, performance, and relationships? […Learn More]

Biography & Autobiography

The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race

The bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs returns with a gripping account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and have healthier babies.

When Jennifer Doudna was in sixth grade, she came home one day to find that her dad had left a paperback titled The Double Helix on her bed. […Learn More]