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The New Science of Healthy Aging

Understanding why we age and how to prevent age-related physical and mental decline can help us to live in the moment and enjoy our health at any age. In this eBook, we explore the latest thinking in why we age, strategies to help maintain good health as well as research into the limits of human longevity.

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The Science of Diet & Exercise

Updated for 2019 with new research on how humans evolved to need exercise, our most popular eBook examines traditional weight loss advice and finds it wanting. The most recent studies reveal a metabolic process more complicated than initially thought, opening doors for new approaches.

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The Microbiome: Your Inner Ecosystem

The collection of microbes we carry in our bodies is crucial to many aspects of our health. Research in this area has exploded, and in this eBook, we highlight some of the most exciting work on how the microbiome develops, its influence on brain and behavior and implications in both contributing to and treating various disorders.

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Evolution: The Human Odyssey

The complex story of human evolution is a tale seven million years in the making. Each new discovery adds to or revises our story and our understanding of how we came to be the way we are. In this eBook, we explore the evolution of those characteristics that make us human.

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Return to Reason: The Science of Thought

Why do facts fail to change people’s minds? In this eBook, we examine how we form our beliefs and maintain them with a host of cognitive biases, the difference between intelligence and thinking rationally and some solutions for how to overcome these obstacles both in reasoning with others and in dealing with our own prejudices.

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Fragile Brain: Neurodegenerative Diseases

Brain disease such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s affect an estimated one in six Americans and are increasing in incidence as the population ages. In this eBook, we examine these and other conditions involving the damage and loss of neurons, including other forms of dementia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and multiple sclerosis (MS).

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Mysteries of Life in the Universe

How did life begin on Earth? Does it exist elsewhere? In this eBook, we present several theories on the origin of life, some of its extreme and surprising forms and the ongoing search for signs – or sentience – on distant worlds.

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