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Volcanoes Past and Present

Given the heightened period of volcanic activity from Hawaii’s Kilauea, which began on May 3rd of this year, perhaps it is appropriate to consider two volcanic eruptions that were far more powerful and had global environmental consequences

Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ (Revised Edition) by Giulia Enders - Book Review

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By Giulia Enders, Jill Enders (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781771643764
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Published: Greystone Books - March 27th, 2018

Funky study of a funky topic: intestines big and small, bacteria good and bad, and billions of microscopic helpers breaking down and distributing the food we eat to all the right places. Enders' disarming discoveries demonstrate the worthiness to pay heed to our gut feelings. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe - Book Review

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780544272996
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Published: Dey Street Books - September 2nd, 2014

Compiling some of the best answers from online as well as an assortment of fresh, print-only material, What If? has a lot to teach, hidden under its whimsical writing and simple - yet surprisingly helpful - illustrations. ~ Reviewed by Andrew Bugenis


Darwin Comes to Town: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution by Menno Schilthuizen - Book Review

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$27.00
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ISBN: 9781250127822
Published: Picador - April 3rd, 2018

Admittedly, I was first drawn to Schilthuizen's book by its beautiful cover. However, after just a few pages I found myself as much fascinated by the book's subject matter as I was with the cover. Schilthuizen hopes his readers will come away with an understanding that the rapidly expanding and multiplying urban centers around the world are as important to environmental studies as are forests, jungles, and deserts. After learning about all the ways in which various animals adapt to and, in fact, evolve in response to urban environments, I've become an ardent supporter of Schilthuizen's viewpoint. At times funny, gross, and shocking, this book will change how you look at nature. ~ Reviewed by Josh Cohen-Peyton


The Top Three Dinosaur Books for Adults

Most adults probably haven’t thought about dinosaurs since they were kids. If the last time you paid any attention to paleontology was the 1980s you’re in for a surprise. Many paradigms have changed and the general picture of what life was like in the Mesozoic has shifted substantially. This list is by no means comprehensive, but if you’re curious about dinosaurs or, if you have children and want to be able to answer their dino-related questions, it’s a fine start.

My Beloved Brontosaurus by Brian Switek

The Physics of Everyday Things: The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day by James Kakalios - Book Review

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780770437756
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Published: Crown - May 15th, 2018

Physics is sometimes summed up as "the study of real things." No artificial categories, no assumptions. Kakalios takes us through what is for many a fairly ordinary day, describing the physics of items we routinely encounter: toasters, smart phones, motion sensors, etc. There's a lot that goes on in these mundane devices. So much so that the mechanics of a routine day are more remarkable than we think. ~ Reviewed by Nate George


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