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  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate | Jacqueline Kelly

    The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jacqueline Kelly
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
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    The summer of 1899 is HOT in Calpurnia Virginia Tate's sleepy Texas town, and there aren't a lot of good ways to stay cool. Her mother has a new wind machine from town, but Callie might just have to resort to stealthily cutting off her hair, one sneaky inch at a time. She also spends a lot time at the river with her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist. It turns out that every drop of river water is teeming with life - all you have to do is look through a microscope!

    MummyCooke says: "Great Listen"
  • Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation | Bill Nye

    Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation

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    • By Bill Nye
    • Narrated By Bill Nye
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    Sparked by a provocative comment to BigThink.com last fall, and fueled by a highly controversial debate with Creation Museum curator Ken Ham, Bill Nye's campaign to confront the scientific shortcoming of creationism has exploded in just a few months into a national crusade.

    Bryan says: "Inspiring"
  • (R)evolution: Phoenix Horizon, Book 1 | PJ Manney

    (R)evolution: Phoenix Horizon, Book 1

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    • By PJ Manney
    • Narrated By David de Vries
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    Bioengineer Peter Bernhardt has dedicated his life to nanotechnology, the science of manipulating matter on the atomic scale. As the founder of Biogineers, he is on the cusp of revolutionizing brain therapies with microscopic nanorobots that will make certain degenerative diseases a thing of the past.

    J. Laivin says: "Great book"
  • The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution | Richard Dawkins

    The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
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    The Greatest Show on Earth is a stunning counterattack on advocates of "Intelligent Design," explaining the evidence for evolution while exposing the absurdities of the creationist "argument". Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence: from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from natural clocks that mark the vast epochs wherein evolution ran its course to the intricacies of developing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics.

    Joseph says: "Well read, well explained, scientific."
  • Why Evolution Is True | Jerry A. Coyne

    Why Evolution Is True

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jerry A. Coyne
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
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    Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact. In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant "intelligent design", there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned: the evidence, the empirical truth of evolution by natural selection.

    F. E. Sparrow says: "Perfect !! Just what I was looking for."
  • Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader | Brent Schlender,Rick Tetzeli

    Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader

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    • By Brent Schlender, Rick Tetzeli
    • Narrated By George Newbern
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    There have been many books - on a large and small scale - about Steve Jobs, one of the most famous CEOs in history. But this book is different from all the others. Becoming Steve Jobs takes on and breaks down the existing myth and stereotypes about Steve Jobs. The conventional, one-dimensional view of Jobs is that he was half genius, half jerk from youth, an irascible and selfish leader who slighted friends and family alike.

    Douglas Vincent says: "Contextual, Insightful, Inspiring"
  • The Origin and Evolution of Earth: From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence | The Great Courses,Robert M. Hazen

    The Origin and Evolution of Earth: From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence

    • ORIGINAL (25 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert M. Hazen
    • Narrated By Professor Robert M. Hazen
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    This course chronicles the history of Earth and life on Earth from the point of view of the minerals that made it all happen. A major theme is how minerals and life coevolved, leading to the unprecedented mineral diversity on our world compared to the other planets in the solar system. Professor Hazen tells this epic story in 48 action-packed lectures that take you from the big bang to the formation of the solar system to the major milestones that marked the evolution of Earth and life.

    Blokoe_Geo says: "Utterly Fantastic"
  • The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack: And Other Cautionary Tales from Human Evolution | Ian Tattersall

    The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack: And Other Cautionary Tales from Human Evolution

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    • By Ian Tattersall
    • Narrated By Tom Perkins
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    In his new book The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack, human paleoanthropologist Ian Tattersall argues that a long tradition of "human exceptionalism" in paleoanthropology has distorted the picture of human evolution. Drawing partly on his own career - from young scientist in awe of his elders to crotchety elder statesman - Tattersall offers an idiosyncratic look at the competitive world of paleoanthropology.

  • The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life | Nick Lane

    The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life

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    • By Nick Lane
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
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    The Earth teems with life: in its oceans, forests, skies, and cities. Yet there's a black hole at the heart of biology. We do not know why complex life is the way it is, or, for that matter, how life first began. In The Vital Question, award-winning author and biochemist Nick Lane radically reframes evolutionary history, putting forward a solution to conundrums that have puzzled generations of scientists.

  • The Evolution of God | Robert Wright

    The Evolution of God

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    • By Robert Wright
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
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    In this sweeping narrative, which takes us from the Stone Age to the Information Age, Robert Wright unveils an astonishing discovery: there is a hidden pattern that the great monotheistic faiths have followed as they have evolved. Through the prisms of archeology, theology, and evolutionary psychology, Wright's findings overturn basic assumptions about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and are sure to cause controversy.

    Joseph says: "Very interesting and thought provoking"
  • Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution | Nick Lane

    Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution

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    • By Nick Lane
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
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    Where does DNA come from? What is consciousness? How did the eye evolve? Drawing on a treasure trove of new scientific knowledge, Nick Lane expertly reconstructs evolution's history by describing its 10 greatest inventions - from sex and warmth to death - resulting in a stunning account of nature's ingenuity.

    Joshua says: "Great and informative but with prior knowledge"
  • Domesticated: Evolution in a Man-Made World | Richard C. Francis

    Domesticated: Evolution in a Man-Made World

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    • By Richard C. Francis
    • Narrated By Eric Martin
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    Without our domesticated plants and animals, human civilization as we know it would not exist. We would still be living at subsistence level as hunter-gatherers if not for domestication. It is no accident that the cradle of civilization - the Middle East - is where sheep, goats, pigs, cattle, and cats commenced their fatefully intimate associations with humans.

  • The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease | Daniel Lieberman

    The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease

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    • By Daniel Lieberman
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
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    In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman - chair of the department of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a leader in the field - gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years, even as it shows how the increasing disparity between the jumble of adaptations in our Stone Age bodies and advancements in the modern world is occasioning this paradox: greater longevity but increased chronic disease.

    G-Man says: "A great discussion of human evolution/physiology"
  • Human Evolution: Scientific American Special Edition | Scientific American

    Human Evolution: Scientific American Special Edition

    • HIGHLIGHTS (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Scientific American
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    Reading the cracked brown fragments of fossils and sequences of DNA, scientists have found clues that the story of human origins has more convolutions than previously thought. The account of our shared human heritage now includes more controversial plot twists and mysteries. Was the remarkable seven-million-year-old skull found in July 2002 in Chad really one of our first forebears, or a distant dead-end cousin with precociously evolved features?

    Anderson says: "Excellent, informative, concise"
  • Why Can't a Man Be More Like a Woman?: The Evolution of Sex and Gender | Lewis Wolpert

    Why Can't a Man Be More Like a Woman?: The Evolution of Sex and Gender

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    • By Lewis Wolpert
    • Narrated By Christopher Grove
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    Developmental biologist Lewis Wolpert has devoted years of research on sex and gender and aims to dispel the myths and further scientific understanding of the Xs and Ys that make us all who we are. Why Can't a Man Be More Like a Woman? is an exercise in critical and unbiased thinking. From fertilization and evolution to aggressive men and emotional women, Wolpert explores the whole gamut of sexual development and gender differentiation.

  • Arrival of the Fittest: Solving Evolution's Greatest Puzzle | Andreas Wagner

    Arrival of the Fittest: Solving Evolution's Greatest Puzzle

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    • By Andreas Wagner
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
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    In Arrival of the Fittest, renowned evolutionary biologist Andreas Wagner draws on over 15 years of research to present the missing piece in Darwin's theory. Using experimental and computational technologies that were heretofore unimagined, he has found that adaptations are not just driven by chance, but by a set of laws that allow nature to discover new molecules and mechanisms in a fraction of the time that random variation would take.

    Gary says: "Robustness makes for an interesting life and book"
  • The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism | Michael J. Behe

    The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism

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    • By Michael J. Behe
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
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    In a tour de force of science and logic, the best-selling author of Darwin's Black Box combines genetics, laboratory results, and mathematics to prove, once and for all, that the universe and life on Earth are designed.

    Doug D. Eigsti says: "Malaria Anyone?"
  • The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal | Jared Diamond

    The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal

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    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
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    We human beings share 98 percent of our genes with chimpanzees. Yet humans are the dominant species on the planet - having founded civilizations and religions, developed intricate and diverse forms of communication, learned science, built cities, and created breathtaking works of art - while chimps remain animals concerned primarily with the basic necessities of survival. What is it about that two percent difference in DNA that has created such a divergence between evolutionary cousins?

    Mark says: "Up to the usual high standard"
  • The Next Species: The Future of Evolution in the Aftermath of Man | Michael Tennesen

    The Next Species: The Future of Evolution in the Aftermath of Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michael Tennesen
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
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    While examining the history of our planet and actively exploring our present environment, science journalist Michael Tennesen describes what life on Earth could look like after the next mass extinction.

  • Icons of Evolution: Science or Myth? Why Much of What We Teach About Evolution Is Wrong | Jonathan Wells

    Icons of Evolution: Science or Myth? Why Much of What We Teach About Evolution Is Wrong

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    • By Jonathan Wells
    • Narrated By Barry Campbell
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    Everything you were taught about evolution is wrong. In this shocking book, Berkeley-educated doctor of biology Jonathan Wells lets you in on scientific discoveries you won't learn about from college and high-school textbooks - and reveals a dirty little secret known only to some of his fellow biologists.

    David says: "Wow, this provides info that I hadn't heard before"
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