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Jellyfish: A Natural History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780226287676
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Published: University of Chicago Press - June 7th, 2016

Are you a fan of bioluminescence, cloning, and immortality? Read on. Do you know the species responsible for shutting down entire coastlines in Spain and France? Did you know that the Deadly Box Jellyfish (the one whose sting can stop the heart) has EYES? To all answers: read on.--Caitlin

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A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525955221
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Published: Dutton Books - September 6th, 2016

How do you pick out the Truth from selective facts or outright lies? Award-winning neuroscientist Dr. Daniel Levitin offers strategies for unmasking deceptions and helping you navigate your way through all the (mis)information available today. Entertaining and informative! --Julie

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I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life Cover Image
By Ed Yong
ISBN: 9780062368591
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Published: Ecco Press - August 9th, 2016

Embrace your inner microbes! In this exciting, informative, and entertaining book, Yong dispels commonly held beliefs--including that bacteria are bad and antibiotics are good, for example. It's way more complicated and exciting than that! We are all interconnected in wonderful partnerships that we as humans should appreciate and protect! --Carolee

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The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar: Evolution's Most Unbelievable Solutions to Life's Biggest Problems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143128687
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Published: Penguin Books - October 25th, 2016

Ever wonder just how warped a sense of humor Mother Nature has? Look no further to find the answer. Written in short chapters and with riotous wit, Simon explores all kinds of amazing, gross, and horrifying evolutionary dances between species. Your dinner table conversation will be greatly enlivened armed with this book! --Carolee

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Wild Things, Wild Places: Adventurous Tales of Wildlife and Conservation on Planet Earth Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385354363
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 27th, 2016

Sometimes the works that move us to action are those that remind us that others are already trying to help. Actress and activist Jane Alexander celebrates the conservation work of individual biologists, ecologists, zoologists, and ordinary people to save the places and organisms they love. Inspiring and touching, this is a book about hope through effort.--Lane

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Time Travel: A History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307908797
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Published: Pantheon Books - September 27th, 2016

This is a remarkable history of the idea of time travel. Using pop culture, science and literary references Gleick engages us with the whole picture – everything from H.G. Wells and Doctor Who to physics and futurism – with trademark wit and insight.--Leigh

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Startalk: Everything You Ever Need to Know about Space Travel, Sci-Fi, the Human Race, the Universe, and Beyond Cover Image
By Neil Degrasse Tyson (Editor), Jeffrey Simons (Editor), Charles Liu (Editor)
ISBN: 9781426217272
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Published: National Geographic Society - September 13th, 2016

A popular scientist uses his wit and insights on questions like: What should you pack for Mars? Can science help you find true love? Will we ever time travel? Will robots have human brains? Filled with vivid photographs and unforgettable quotes, this is the perfect gift for the curious mind. --Praveen

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On Trails: An Exploration Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476739212
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 12th, 2016

Most hikers will say a new trail is always a happy anticipation. It’s a meditation of time in space, a deep appreciation of beauty and wholeness. Moor examines the history of trails in this meditative book. A delight to read.--Marilyn

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The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate--Discoveries from a Secret World Cover Image
By Peter Wohlleben, Tim Flannery (Foreword by), Jane Billinghurst (Translator)
ISBN: 9781771642484
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Published: Greystone Books - September 13th, 2016

What a great book on trees! It includes decades worth of observations in forests and information about how trees function in unique communities. The extraordinary long lifespans, adaptations, and coping mechanisms of trees rival the best Sci-fi stories.--Marilyn