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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry : Written by celebrity astrophysicist and one of the patron saints of popular science, Neil deGrasse Tyson boils down the mysteries of the universe in chunks easy to digest for the interested reader on the go. The Edge of Physics : New Scientist consulting editor Anil Ananthaswamy travels the globe in search of people, places, and developments that lead to humanity's greater knowledge of the universe.

A Brief History of Time : Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan alone could probably fill up this section, so self-discipline limits them to only two appearances on this list. A Brief History of Time is one of the former's most read books, and for good reason. His step-by-step explanation of the process of the evolution of the Big Bang Theory is a must-read.

The Planets : With lush prose, Dava Sobel finds creative ways to merge science with pop culture and ancient perspectives as a means of conveying some truly intriguing stories about Solar System planets. Brother Astronomer: Adventures of a Vatican Scientist : Science and religion publicly share an antagonistic relationship, but Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, an astronomer with the Vatican, points out that there is really no reason they cannot peacefully coexist.

Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos : Priyamvada Natarajan takes readers on a "greatest hits" tour of the discoveries that most-shaped our understanding of the cosmos, illustrating how earth-shattering ideas become the orthodoxy of science.

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The Right Stuff : Beloved of almost anyone who pines to learn more about space travel, Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff captures the imagination of anyone who has ever wanted to surge beyond the boundaries of this planet. Davis ends up on quite a few reading lists, and for good reason!

Approachable and informative, it serves as an excellent introduction to astronomy. The Backyard Astronomer's Guide : Beginner astronomers yearning to take to the skies with telescopes and guidebooks in-hand would probably find this well-received resource extremely valuable.

Thorne's book highlights the weird and wonderful theory of general relativity and its undeniable impact on the industry. The Alchemy of the Heavens : Mostly emphasizing the Milky Way, Ken Croswell blends astronomy and chemistry together to discuss the composition of stars, planets, and other celestial bodies, using language most readers can understand. The Day We Found the Universe : Marcia Bartusiak guides readers on the incredible history following Edwin Hubble's discovery that the universe was far larger than anyone had ever hypothesized.

She explores everything from the amazing technology to the colorful characters that opened our eyes to the cosmos in a way from which there was no going back. The Black Hole War : Complicated astrophysics concepts get broken down into easy, but not condescending, explanations suitable for beginners by Leonard Susskind.

Amy Shira Teitel takes us on a journey through the prehistory of the future. Exoplanets and Alien Solar Systems : Planets without suns and other mysterious celestial bodies are explored in this title by Tahir Yaqoob. Biology and Natural History An understanding of biology means an understanding of how humans function and interact with the other organisms around them.

Here are some of the best science books on the subject: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks : Now a major motion picture, Rebecca Skloot follows the path of the cells of a poor tobacco farmer taken without her knowledge or consent as they help revolutionize medicine, leading to the polio vaccine, gene mapping, and other great discoveries.

It's one of the most important books to read, period. Her book covers everything from how ants control their colonies to how epigenetics might cure famine in the future. The Drunken Botanist : Throughout human history we have utilized plants to create a wide variety of alcohols for consumption. Amy Stewart explains how sake was born of rice, how corn beget bourbon, and many other tipsy bits of trivia.

Elizabeth Kolbert examines the possibility that mankind's legacy might be the next one. Pamela Nagami has a cornucopia of bizarre tales regarding the many unique ways nature can try to kill you.

Silent Spring : First published in serial form in the New Yorker in the s, Rachel Carson's passionate defense of the planet and the damage man does to it launched the environmental movement and led to many landmark policies designed to protect the land we live on. The Origin of the Species : Readers willing to maneuver Darwin's dry Victorian prose will be met with some of the most influential and controversial scientific writings ever published.

A must-read for anyone hoping to study biology in any depth. Silent World : The late, great Jacques Cousteau tantalized the imaginations of children and adults alike as he explored the world's oceans and the delicate interplay between the animals, plants, and their big blue environment.

Wonderful Life : In this classic work of natural history, Stephen Jay Gould takes readers on a journey to the Burgess Shale for a valuable lesson on some of the oldest fossils in the world.

Birds of America : When John James Audubon first made his legendary avian paintings available to the masses, he never realized that centuries later people would still praise his talent and ability to make biology an accessible science.

Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded : Another excellent book by Simon Winchester about one of the world's most famous volcanic explosions for general audiences fascinated by how the planet works.

Isaac's Storm : In , one of the deadliest hurricanes in history struck Galveston, Texas. Erik Larson's work of creative nonfiction obtained widespread attention and accolades for bringing history and earth science to a broad audience. How to Cool the Planet : This Geoengineering book takes a look at what might happen if, in a climate emergency, we had to suddenly cool the planet in a hurry.

In the Shadow of Man : World-renowned primatologist, conservationist, and humanitarian Jane Goodall's account of her life studying the chimpanzees of Gombe is one of the seminal texts in ape history, and also the story of a very extraordinary woman. Born Free: A Lioness of Two Worlds : The basis of the renowned British drama, Joy Adamson tells of how she helped a lion cub raised in captivity return to the wilds of Africa as she and other scientists try to rebuild wild populations.

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes : Few bodies of water have the significance to American history and culture like the Great Lakes, but Dan Egan's books shows how they are under ecological threat from a variety of sources, and how easily we could lose these beloved habitats.

Marah J. Hardt gleefully illustrates that wide variety through the strange and amazing ways the denizens of the deep ensure the continuation of their species. Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology : The possibilities of what cutting edge quantum science can do with biology are almost too mind blowing to contemplate, but contemplating them is the wonderful job of Johnjoe McFadden and Jim Al-Khalili.

This book will show you some of the amazing ways we may be using biology in the future. Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History : Cannibalism is one of humanity's great cultural taboos, but Bill Schutt explains its unique role in evolution. Natural History: A Selection : Finally, one of the most important texts from the ancient world. Pliny the Elder's work is a way to see exactly how people in the first century AD viewed and explained their natural world.

It's a great way to see how far science has come. Physics Considering the advanced mathematics involved in physics, it comes as no surprise that general audiences find it one of the most intimidating sciences. Fortunately, these books exist to slice away at some of the mystery: Hyperspace : Even individuals with a tenuous grasp of physics still understand and appreciate the theories behind multiple and parallel universes, and this book by Michio Kaku explains how the concepts work in clear enough language.

The Age of Entanglement : Louisa Gilder writes of the personalities and experimentalists that shaped quantum physics as it is understood and practiced today. Basic Physics : Anyone driven to teach themselves the basics of physics can appreciate this textbook by Karl F. Kuhn's goals and exercises. The Dancing Wu Li Masters : This beautiful book draws parallels between dance, mysticism, culture and of course physics, presenting audiences with a provocative, philosophical read without any complex mathematics.

Magic Furnace : Marcus Choun explores the interstellar origin of atoms, and how we are all made of star stuff. Only the Longest Threads : This is a book that does for the history of physics what Sophie's World did for the history of philosophy.

Tasneem Zehra Husain uses fictional stories to explain the great moments in the evolution of physics in science in a way that is compelling and engaging. The Trouble With Physics: The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next : Lee Smolin charts how string theory rose in prominence, but then fell as it became untestable, finally looking ahead to what the next great chapter of physics might be. Author Kenneth W. Ford and illustrator Paul Hewitt break down this fascinating branch of physics in a way that is easy and fun to learn about.

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The Woman Who Knew Too Much: Alice Stewart and the Secrets of Radiation : In the s Alice Stewart began her research into the harmful effects of radiation, challenging much of the scientific consensus and making her many enemies. Gayle Greene chronicles her life and controversial fights to protect people. Jon Butterworth explains that scientists at CERN are diligently looking for the missing link to explaining our universe. Martians of Science: Five Physicists Who Changed the Twentieth Century : Istvan Hargittai reveals the lives of five physicists from Budapest who came to America and changed the world forever, spawning everything from the hydrogen bomb to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the process.

It's an amazing tell of giants in science. This week, the internet found a Youtube video explaining this process for GE light bulbs and Twitter was off to the joke races. Is the process long? Did everyone overreact to a totally normal procedure that no one would get mad about if it were printed in an instruction manual instead of demonstrated in a YouTube video?

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She took her tools to a Model 3 sedan and made the Truckla. Many of the countries with the highest proportion of vaccine skeptics are developed nations, perhaps precisely because they have the luxury to be skeptical in the first place. He explains that yes, there are many other factors that influence vaccine skepticism, but that it's also majorly driven by a lack of experience with these diseases.

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Vaccines are victims of their own success. Their analysts performed a survey to ask people about their faith in medicine, doctors, and vaccines in particular. The general pattern shows that much of Africa, Central and South America, and Asia—areas which had more recent trouble with vaccine-preventable diseases—tend to think vaccines are important, safe, and effective. Most of the areas in lighter colors, where that faith is falling, are places that have gone decades without having to feel the fear of childhood-ravaging illnesses.

Luckily, much of the rest of the world clusters at the top, indicating that they both think it's important to vaccine kids and think that vaccines are effective. This is something of an inherent problem with eliminating a disease—it's easy to become complacent.

But we're going to have to fight that complacency if we want to keep making progress. They navigate me where I want to go, send messages to my friends, and control the lights and thermostats in my house. But occasionally, one or the other will mishear me and perform the wrong command, or just ignore me entirely. It shows. Still, there are occasions where things can go awry. If you need more than one unit to cover a large area, Echo Dots and Google Home Minis are cheap and easy to spread around your space.

If you have a Google Home, a secondary user must open the Home app, log in with their own Google account, select the Google Home in question, and tap the Voice Match banner to add a new user. Sadly, Google and Siri do not have this feature. So try to avoid talking like a robot and speak more conversationally—you might find it works better. For example, if you're looking to control a third-party device, Alexa usually knows what you want, but if it fails, you may have to say exactly what you mean.

But dying from the substance alone is very unlikely, if possible at all. Montegut failed to find anything else—drugs, alcohol, disease—that could have attributed to her death.

Half of U. In , 36 million Americans over the age of 12 reported using marijuana in the past year—which, according to rudimentary statistics, would have resulted in dozens of fatalities if the odds of blazing yourself to death was even one-in-a-million. But can someone overdose on marijuana? Manini says yes. Technically, an overdose happens any time someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of a substance or drug.

Or you can smoke so much that you feel like you need to go to the hospital. Probably not. We also know—from a analysis of marijuana samples from materials confiscated by the Drug Enforcement Administration over two decades—that the potency of THC in marijuana has increased at least threefold since For most, that just increases your probability of getting higher than planned.

But for some people, doctors say the advent of widespread, highly-potent cannabis products increases their risk of an overdose. In a study, researchers investigated calls to the National Poison Data System from to related to cannabis edibles and drinks; they not only found that the number of such calls increased year over year, but they also noted that a quarter of the cases involved children under the age of five, who, unlike adults, don't know an ordinary looking treat might contain several doses of THC.

For those young children, cannabis exposure typically made them sleepy or uncoordinated, or affected their breathing in two cases leading to intubation. When Manini and colleagues compared the clinical effects of synthetic weed with regular marijuana in 87 emergency department patients, they found those who ingested synthetic cannabis fared far worse, according to results published in The two products are chemically different, he explains, and so their safety should be considered separately.

This is a whole new world. In a case , a year-old Colorado man died after he ate a cannabis cookie, began behaving erratically, and jumped off a fourth-floor balcony.In a case , a year-old Colorado man died after he ate a cannabis cookie, began behaving erratically, and jumped off a fourth-floor balcony. Or you can smoke so much that you feel like you need to go to the hospital.

The general pattern shows that much of Africa, Central and South America, and Asia—areas which had more recent trouble with vaccine-preventable diseases—tend to think vaccines are important, safe, and effective. This week, the internet found a Youtube video explaining this process for GE light bulbs and Twitter was off to the joke races. I can't wait to accidentally send my friends my life's savings by pushing the Libra button in Messenger as I do with the video call button all the time.

The issue came from a bug in the Works With Nest platform that lets third-party devices work more closely within the Nest smart home ecosystem.

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