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  1. The Silence of Scheherazade Audiobook The Silence of Scheherazade
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  2. Think Big: Take Small Steps and Build the Future You Want Audiobook Think Big: Take Small Steps and Build the Future You Want
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  3. Appetite: A Memoir in Recipes of Family and Food Audiobook Appetite: A Memoir in Recipes of Family and Food
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  4. A Line to Kill: from the global bestselling author of Moonflower Murders Audiobook A Line to Kill: from the global bestselling author of Moonflower Murders
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  5. Such a Quiet Place Audiobook Such a Quiet Place
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  6. 1979 Audiobook 1979
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  7. The Reckoning: America's Trauma and Finding a Way to Heal Audiobook The Reckoning: America's Trauma and Finding a Way to Heal
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  8. Land of Big Numbers Audiobook Land of Big Numbers
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  9. Gene Keys: Embracing Your Higher Purpose Audiobook Gene Keys: Embracing Your Higher Purpose
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  10. What We Find Audiobook What We Find
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Life's Edge: The Search for What It Means to Be Alive Audiobook

Life's Edge: The Search for What It Means to Be Alive

Author: Carl Zimmer Narrator: Joe Ochman Release Date: August 2021

This book is not just about life, but about discovery itself. It is about error and hubris, but also about wonder and the reach of science. And it is bookended with the ultimate question: How do we define the thing that defines us? - Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Gene We all assume we know what life is, but the more scientists learn about the living world – from protocells to brains, from zygotes to pandemic viruses – the harder they find it is to locate the edges of life, where it begins and ends. What exactly does it mean to be alive? Is a virus alive? Is a foetus? Carl Zimmer investigates one of the biggest questions of all: What is life? The answer seems obvious until you try to seriously answer it. Is the apple sitting on your kitchen counter alive, or is only the apple tree it came from deserving of the word? If we can’t answer that question here on earth, how will we know when and if we discover alien life on other worlds? The question hangs over some of society’s most charged conflicts – whether a fertilized egg is a living person, for example, and when we ought to declare a person legally dead. Life’s Edge is an utterly fascinating investigation by one of the most celebrated science writers of our time. Zimmer journeys through the strange experiments that have attempted to recreate life. Literally hundreds of definitions of what that should look like now exist, but none has yet emerged as an obvious winner. Lists of what living things have in common do not add up to a theory of life. It’s never clear why some items on the list are essential and others not. Coronaviruses have altered the course of history, and yet many scientists maintain they are not alive. Chemists are creating droplets that can swarm, sense their environment, and multiply. Have they made life in the lab? Whether he is handling pythons in Alabama or searching for hibernating bats in the Adirondacks, Zimmer revels in astounding examples of life at its most bizarre. He tries his own hand at evolving life in a test tube with unnerving results. Charting the obsession with Dr Frankenstein’s monster and how Coleridge came to believe the whole universe was alive, Zimmer leads us all the way into the labs and minds of researchers working on engineering life from the ground up.

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The Awakened Brain: The Psychology of Spirituality and Our Search for Meaning Audiobook

The Awakened Brain: The Psychology of Spirituality and Our Search for Meaning

Author: Lisa Miller Narrator: Brittany Pressley Release Date: August 2021

Brought to you by Penguin. A ground-breaking exploration of the neuroscience of spirituality and a bold new paradigm for health, healing and resilience Whether it's an uplifting walk in nature, meditation or prayer, there are many ways to experience heightened awareness and escape the relentless demands of modern life. The range of opportunities of this kind suggest that it isn't dependent on faith or religion, but that it's about a different mode of living; an innate spirituality. Lisa Miller has spent decades researching the effects of spirituality on the brain. In this book she draws on her clinical experience and award-winning research to show how an active spiritual life can transform our physical and psychological wellbeing. Bringing scientific rigour to the most intangible aspect of our lives, Miller offers insights into the neurological basis for the increased resilience that comes with nurturing spirituality and highlights its measurable positive effects: decreasing the likelihood of depression and substance abuse, and shifting the course of recovery in many other clinical settings. Woven throughout is Miller's personal story of how, while confronting her own challenges, her professional pragmatism gave way to a greater appreciation of insights that are important to so many people and yet so often dismissed as unscientific. Brimming with inspiration and compassion, this landmark book will revolutionize your understanding of spirituality, mental health and how we find meaning and purpose in life. © Lisa Miller 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

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The Amazing / Terrifying Future of Medicine Audiobook

The Amazing / Terrifying Future of Medicine

Author: Jacob Appel Narrator: Jacob Appel Release Date: August 2021

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Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction, 2nd Edition Audiobook

Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction, 2nd Edition

Author: Bernard Wood Narrator: Mike Cooper Release Date: August 2021

The study of human evolution is advancing rapidly. Newly discovered fossil evidence is adding ever more pieces to the puzzle of our past, whilst revolutionary technological advances in the study of ancient DNA are completely reshaping theories of early human populations and migrations. In this Very Short Introduction, Bernard Wood traces the history of paleoanthropology from its beginnings in the eighteenth century to the very latest fossil finds. In this new edition he discusses how ancient DNA studies have revolutionized how we view the recent (post-550 ka) human evolution, and the process of speciation. The combination of ancient and modern human DNA has contributed to discoveries of new taxa, as well as the suggestion of 'ghost' taxa whose fossil records still remain to be discovered. Considering the contributions of related sciences such as paleoclimatology, geochronology, systematics, genetics, and developmental biology, Wood explores our latest understandings of our own evolution.

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Cannabinoids and the Brain Audiobook

Cannabinoids and the Brain

Author: Linda A. Parker Narrator: Erin Deward Release Date: August 2021

Parker describes the discovery of tetrahydocannbinol (THC), the main psychoactive component of cannabis, and the further discovery of cannabinoid receptors in the brain. She explains that the brain produces chemicals similar to THC, which act on the same receptors as THC, and shows that the endocannabinoid system is involved in all aspects of brain functioning. Parker reports that cannabis contains not only the psychoactive compound THC, but also other compounds of potential therapeutic benefit, and that one of them, cannabidiol (CBD), shows promise for the treatment of pain, anxiety, and epilepsy. Parker reviews the evidence on cannabinoids and anxiety, depression, mood, sleep, schizophrenia, learning and memory, addiction, sex, appetite and obesity, chemotherapy-induced nausea, epilepsy, and such neurodegenerative disorders as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's Disease. Each chapter also links the scientific evidence to historical and anecdotal reports of the medicinal use of cannabis. As debate about the medical use of marijuana continues, Parker's balanced and objective review of the fundamental science and potential therapeutic effects of cannabis is especially timely.

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Your Mysterious Brain and How It Thinks Thoughts Audiobook

Your Mysterious Brain and How It Thinks Thoughts

Author: Seeker Narrator: Anthony Carboni, Julian Huguet, Maren Hunsberger, Patrick Kelly, Trace Dominguez Release Date: August 2021

The human brain is a captivating place, yet many don't understand the true power it holds. Dive in as Seeker takes you through mind altering facts about our brains like why our brains need sleep, how our internal clocks work, and how our brains make us forget in this best of collection available for the first time in audio.

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Science Origin Stories Audiobook

Science Origin Stories

Author: Seeker Narrator: Anthony Carboni, Matt Morales, Tara Long, Trace Dominguez Release Date: August 2021

Listen in to this best of collection from Seeker as they take you through the expansive history of science firsts. From the beginning of time when human first harnessed fire, to the surprising history behind cheese, these are fascinating stories you'll want to share at parties! You'll also discover: • The bizarre story of the first vaccine • Where music came from • How the world got hooked on tobacco • And more!

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The Crazy World of Plants Audiobook

The Crazy World of Plants

Listen in as Seeker answers some unbe-leaf-able questions like how can plants grow without water, how plants defend themselves and how they eat animals. You'll also learn about the future of plants-from growing them in space and how artificial leaf technology will change the world-all in this best of collection available for the first time in audio.

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Water Water Everywhere Audiobook

Water Water Everywhere

Author: Seeker Narrator: Dr. Sapna Parikh, Julian Huguet, Maren Hunsberger, Trace Dominguez Release Date: August 2021

Listen in to this best of collection from Seeker as they take you through thirst quenching facts about water! You'll also discover the answers to questions like: • Does water expire? • How did early civilizations supply their drinking water? • How much water do we actually need to drink? • Are we running out of drinking water? • And more!

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Body Mods: How Far Will We Go? Audiobook

Body Mods: How Far Will We Go?

From plastic surgery and bionic body parts to tattoos and piercings, body modifications are more common than you think, you may even have some! Listen in as Seeker dives into the world of body mods like 3D bioprinted organs, Chochlear implants, designer babies of the future and more in this best of collection, available for the first time in audio.

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All the Wonder That Would Be: Exploring Past Notions of the Future Audiobook

All the Wonder That Would Be: Exploring Past Notions of the Future

Author: Stephen Webb Narrator: Alex Boyles Release Date: August 2021

It has been argued that science fiction (SF) gives a kind of weather forecast-not the telling of a fortune but rather the rough feeling of what the future might be like. The intention in this audiobook is to consider some of these bygone forecasts made by SF and to use this as a prism through which to view current developments in science and technology. In each of the ten main chapters-dealing in turn with antigravity, space travel, aliens, time travel, the nature of reality, invisibility, robots, means of transportation, augmentation of the human body, and, last but not least, mad scientists-common assumptions once made by the SF community about how the future would turn out are compared with our modern understanding of various scientific phenomena and, in some cases, with the industrial scaling of computational and technological breakthroughs. A further intention is to explain how the predictions and expectations of SF were rooted in the scientific orthodoxy of their day, and use this to explore how our scientific understanding of various topics has developed over time, as well as to demonstrate how the ideas popularized in SF subsequently influenced working scientists.

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The Brain from Inside Out Audiobook

The Brain from Inside Out

Author: Gyorgy Buzsaki Narrator: Rich Miller Release Date: July 2021

Is there a right way to study how the brain works? The most common approach involves the study of neural reactions to stimuli presented by an experimenter. György Buzsáki's The Brain from Inside Out examines why the outside-in framework for understanding brain function has become stagnant and points to new directions for understanding neural function. Building upon the success of 2011's Rhythms of the Brain, Professor Buzsáki presents the brain as a foretelling device that interacts with its environment through action and the examination of action's consequence. Consider that our brains are initially filled with nonsense patterns, all of which are gibberish until grounded by action-based interactions. By matching these nonsense 'words' to the outcomes of action, they acquire meaning. Once its circuits are 'calibrated' by action and experience, the brain can disengage from its sensors and actuators, and examine 'what happens if' scenarios by peeking into its own computation, a process that we refer to as cognition. The Brain from Inside Out explains why our brain is not an information-absorbing coding device, as it is often portrayed, but a venture-seeking explorer constantly controlling the body to test hypotheses. Our brain does not process information: it creates it.

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