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Popular Science names “brilliant 10” researchers/scientists under 40

Who are the smartest and most innovative researchers across the U.S.? The editors of Popular Science have chose this year’s “Brilliant 10”: researchers and scientists representing “the best of what science can achieve and demonstrate.”

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“Pink Brain, Blue Brain”

Lise Eliot lays out the strengths and weaknesses of both sexes in a refreshingly clear and accessible how-to book aimed at today’s parents.

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“The Greatest Show on Earth”

Richard Dawkins faces his critics head-on in “The Greatest Show on Earth,” which sweeps Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” into the 21st century.

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The Age of Wonder: The Romantic Generation and the Discovery of the Beauty and Terror of Science (Vintage)

“The Age of Wonder”

In “The Age of Wonder,” Richard Holmes draws compelling links between the discoveries of 19th-century British scientists and their poetic contemporaries.

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The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society

“The Age of Empathy”

World-famous primatologist Frans de Waal discovers evidence of human empathy in his book “The Age of Empathy.”

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Generosity: An Enhancement


Richard Powers creates an all-too-real dystopia of rearranged chromosomes, chemical imbalances, and a pharmaceutical industry bent on manufacturing happiness.

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A non-profit think tank dedicated to food issues, Oldways is turning the food pyramid as we know it on its head.

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Informative site with history, recipes, and links about molecular gastronomy, which brings together food and science.

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“The Known Universe”

From the American Museum of Natural History, a tour of the universe, from the Himalayas to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Wow!

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Science, nature, exploration, and more—all are covered in Discovery’s brilliantly executed interactive features and stories.

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