Reveals the world's absolute dependence on sand as a resource material used in virtually every structure and consumer product, describing how the planet's dwindling sand levels and related human practices are incurring significant environmental consequences.
Tracing the evolution of whales from small land-roamers to the intelligent, massive creatures of today, an award-winning Smithsonian researcher shares scientific and archaeological insights into their mysteries and survival challenges.
An Emmy Award-winning weather anchor presents an account of the 1889 Johnstown Flood that traces the conditions that led to the South Fork Dam breach, killing thousands in what remains the deadliest flood in U.S. history. 50,000 first printing.
The conservation biologist and award-winning author of The Triumph of Seeds and Feathers presents a natural and cultural history of the bee that traces its evolution and varieties while evaluating the environmental hazards placing them at risk. 30,000 first printing.
The author of Four Fish presents a cautionary report on the growing popularity of Omega-3 fatty acids as a health supplement, revealing that they may not be as beneficial as hoped and are causing formidable environmental problems.
The author of An Anatomy of Addiction traces the story of brothers Harvey and Will Kellogg, one of whom became a revered doctor and founder of the famous Battle Creek Sanitarium, the other of whom founded the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, which eventually became General Mills.
"From the heroic pediatrician who rallied a community and brought the fight for justice to national attention comes a powerful firsthand account of the Flint water crisis—a dramatic story of failed democracy and inspiring citizen advocacy and action. In the heart of the world's wealthiest nation, one hundred thousand people were poisoned by the water supply for two years—with the knowing complicity of their government. Written by the crusading pediatrician who helped turn the crisis into a transformative movement for change, What the Eyes Don't See is a devastating insider chronicle of the Flint water crisis, the signature environmental disaster of our time, and a riveting narrative of personal advocacy. Here is the dramatic story of how Dr. Mona used science to prove Flint kids were exposed to lead, and how she courageously went public with her research and faced a brutal backlash. With persistence and single-minded sense of mission, she spoke truth to power. The book explores the horrific reality of how misguided austerity policies and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. A medical and scientific thriller, What the Eyes Don't See grapples with our country's history of environmental injustice while telling the inspiring personal story of Dr. Mona—an immigrant, a doctor, and a scientist—whose family roots in social justice activism buoyed her through the fight for justice in Flint. It captures a timely and essential story of how communities can come together to fight for social justice, even in opposition to their own governments"—
Recounts the story behind Theranos, the medical equipment company that misled investors to believe they developed a revolutionary blood testing machine, detailing how its CEO, Elizabeth Holmes, perpetuated the lie to bolster the value of the company by billions.
Explores the unlikely bond between the famous Austrian composer and his pet starling, providing an unexpected window into human-animal friendships, music, and the nature of creative inspiration.
The astrophysicist and NPR commentator traces beliefs about alien intelligence from the ancient Greeks to the theories of today's leading minds, drawing on the latest research to consider how other worlds may have addressed civilization-driven climate change.
The award-winning columnist and author of Parasite Rex presents a history of our understanding of heredity and how it has shaped human society, chronicling the transitions brought about by gene research and sharing anecdotal insights into his own family's experiences while making predictions about how evolving understandings are likely to impact the future.
Offers guidance for disciplining children consisting of an apprenticeship model, which focuses on teaching the art of self-control to children and trusting them to face consequences and adapt to moderate their own behavior.
An empowering, feminist assessment of the science and culture of pregnancy and early motherhood challenges popular assumptions while offering upbeat recommendations for navigating contradictions and organizing a healthy, personalized journey based on informed decisions. 30,000 first printing.
What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
Presents an investigation into the medical and scientific revolution currently taking place in the field of psychedelic drugs, tracing the criminalization of such substances as LSD and psychedelic mushrooms and how they may offer treatment options for difficult health challenges.
The moments of grandeur and weakness, the aspirations, and the problems of America's test pilots and first astronauts are revealed in an exploration of the dimensions of their inner lives in space and on the earth.
An award-winning neuroscientist describes the transformations that take place in the human brain during adolescence, especially in the prefrontal cortex, which is the part of the brain governing decision-making, planning, inhibiting inappropriate behavior, evaluating risk, and understanding others. 15,000 first printing.
The best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the crucial role of precision in advancement. 150,000 first printing.
Documents the 2009 theft of an invaluable collection of ornithological displays from the Natural History Museum at Tring by a young American musician, tracing the author's years-long investigation to track down the culprit and understand his motives.