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For the Love of Japan: 'The Sakura Obsession'

Naoko Abe's The Sakura Obsession chronicles the struggle to preserve diversity in a world of compulsive uniformity.

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'Unthinkable' Gives Our Brains a Second Thought

Unthinkable is an eminently readable book that includes a wealth of information about how the brain functions.

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Jeff Bridges on Emerging Ideas About Life

Reflecting on Susan Kucera's new science documentary, Living in the Future's Past, Bridges ponders new ways of thinking about who we are.

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Time to Think: Carlo Rovelli on the Mysteries of Time

The Order of Time is a little wonder of a book. It provides surprising insights into an increasingly mysterious world, offers warmly humane reflections on our existential condition, and sustains a virtual conversation that will continue long after the reading has ceased.

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'The Stranger in the Woods' Can't See the Forest for the Trees

Self-awareness is subjugated to the author's fascination with his muse in this telling of a modern-day hermit.

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Pause and Effect: How to Stop Jumping to Conclusions

A sociologist offers hope for finding better solutions to complex problems by asking better questions about causation.

Science

Alan Alda's 'If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?'

Alan Alda wonders, could scientists become more personable and available if they studied the art of improvisation?

Science

Nutty Professors? The Case for Scientist-Humorists in the Culture Wars

It's time for the personalities of the science community to emerge from their labs and to get into the ring.

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Lil Bub: Science and Magic: A Soundtrack To The Universe

Occasionally a record comes along that reminds us that there is beauty in the world that only the pure of heart can make us see. This is that record, a perfect capsule of hope for the young and old.

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In 'The Fly Trap' Fredrik Sjöberg Writes Much Like His Subjects Behave

If Sjöberg's stylistic tics are an impediment to real investigation, they at least provide an aesthetic pleasure all their own.

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On Chasing an Enemy That's Too Small to See

Confronting Contagion tries to capture the 3,000-year history behind a modern scientific breakthrough: the discovery that tiny organisms invade our bodies and make us sick.

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Has AIDS Been Lurking Amongst Us Since the '50s?

Many shoddy theories exist about the origins and evolution HIV/AIDS. Dorothy Crawford's work examines both in great, nail-biting detail.

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What Is Permissible in the Name of Science, Wartime Expediency, and National Security?

"Our Germans beat their Germans," someone quipped when Wernher von Braun's team of rocketeers put Americans on the Moon, but Operation Paperclip reveals that US involvement with ex-Nazi scientists was far deeper, and far darker.

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The Quantum Mind-Boggle: 'The Quantum Universe'

Quantum mechanics is a knotty tangle of mathematical, practical, and philosophical threads, itching to be unravelled.

Television

Why I Dumped Ricky Gervais for Karl Pilkington (but Am Still Seeing Stephen Merchant on the Side)

Did the record breaking Ricky Gervais Show podcast give insight into the real people behind it? Or were they just three more brilliant comic creations?

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Our Animals, Ourselves: Jenny Diski's 'What I Don't Know About Animals'

Don’t be fooled by the cover. Jenny Diski’s book isn’t really about animals; it’s about us.

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'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks', by Rebecca Skloot

Racism and science collide in this devastating true story of Henrietta Lacks, the tissue sample from her body that spawned a million-dollar industry, and the impact on her family.

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You Are Here by Christopher Potter

With a deft sense of narrative and gentle tenor, Potter leads readers through the quantum foam of quarks, gluons, and neutrinos, taming these wild particles for public consumption.

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Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf

Because "the act of reading is not natural" in the sense of "genetically organized," the brain must "rearrange itself" to do so, a process Wolf explains on a neuronal level.

Carlin Romano
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Thomas Dybdahl: Science

Dybdahl attempts to win over the US with his gentle, subtle Norwegian pop

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The White Cascade by Gary Krist

White Cascade details drama of deadly 1910 railroad disaster.

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The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by No

Two medical narratives shine, two are DOA: Science presented on a human scale.

Julia Keller
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Riddled with Life by Marlene Zuk

[Zuk] points out, males in general owe their existence to disease.

Jason B. Jones

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