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    • She Has Her Mother's Laugh

    • The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity
    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Joe Ochman
    • Length: 20 hrs and 32 mins
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    She Has Her Mother's Laugh presents a profoundly original perspective on what we pass along from generation to generation. Charles Darwin played a crucial part in turning heredity into a scientific question, and yet he failed spectacularly to answer it. The birth of genetics in the early 1900s seemed to do precisely that. Gradually, people translated their old notions about heredity into a language of genes. We need a new definition of what heredity is and, through Carl Zimmer's lucid exposition and storytelling, this resounding tour de force delivers it.

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    • Changed this strict genetic determinist's mind

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    • Parasite Rex

    • Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures
    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Charles Constant
    • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
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    For centuries, parasites have lived in nightmares, horror stories, and the darkest shadows of science. In Parasite Rex, Carl Zimmer takes listeners on a fantastic voyage into the secret universe of these extraordinary life forms that are not only among the most highly evolved on Earth, but make up the majority of life's diversity. Traveling from the steamy jungles of Costa Rica to the parasite-riddled war zone of southern Sudan, Zimmer introduces an array of amazing creatures that invade their hosts, prey on them from within, and control their behavior.

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    • I hate parasites but this book is cool

    • By Anton Quinine on 06-17-18
    • Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures
    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Charles Constant
    • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
    • Release date: 05-08-18
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    • A New Form of Stem-Cell Engineering Raises Ethical Questions

    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Caroline Miller
    • Length: 6 mins
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    As biological research races forward, ethical quandaries are piling up. In a report published in the journal eLife, researchers at Harvard Medical School said it was time to ponder a startling new prospect: synthetic embryos.

    "A New Form of Stem-Cell Engineering Raises Ethical Questions" is from the March 21, 2017 Science section of The New York Times. It was written by Carl Zimmer and narrated by Caroline Miller.

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    • Before Arguing About DNA Tests, Learn the Science Behind Them

    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Barbara Benjamin-Creel
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Our genetic code cannot be treated as a matter of simple fractions.

    "Before Arguing About DNA Tests, Learn the Science Behind Them" is from the October 19, 2018 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Carl Zimmer and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.

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    • Climate Change and the Case of the Shrinking Red Knots

    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 5 mins
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    "Climate Change and the Case of the Shrinking Red Knots" is from the May 12, 2016 Science section of The New York Times. It was written by Carl Zimmer and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • Cheddar Man, Britain’s Oldest Skeleton, Had Dark Skin, DNA Shows

    • By: Ceylan Yeginsu, Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 5 mins
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    He had dark skin, brown curly hair and blue eyes, DNA tests suggest, upending a common assumption that Britain’s indigenous populations were all pale skinned with fair features.

    "Cheddar Man, Britain’s Oldest Skeleton, Had Dark Skin, DNA Shows" is from the February 07, 2018 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Ceylan Yeginsu, Carl Zimmer and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • Antarctic Ice Reveals Earth’s Accelerating Plant Growth

    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Barbara Benjamin-Creel
    • Length: 7 mins
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    For decades, scientists have been trying to figure out what all the carbon dioxide we’ve been putting into the atmosphere has been doing to plants. It turns out that the best place to find an answer is where no plants can survive: the icy wastes of Antarctica.

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    • These Scientists Are Designing Artisanal Proteins for Your Body

    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 12 mins
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    Scientists have studied proteins for nearly two centuries, and over that time they have worked out how cells create them from simple building blocks. They have long dreamed of assembling those elements into new proteins not found in nature.

    "These Scientists Are Designing Artisanal Proteins for Your Body" is from the December 25, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Carl Zimmer and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • This Mutant Crawfish Clones Itself, and It’s Taking Over Europe

    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Frank Lyko, a biologist at the German Cancer Research Center, studies the 6-inch-long marbled crawfish. Finding specimens is easy: Lyko can buy the crawfish at pet stores in Germany, or he can head with colleagues to a nearby lake.

    "This Mutant Crawfish Clones Itself, and It’s Taking Over Europe" is from the February 06, 2018 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Carl Zimmer and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.

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    • How We Got Here: DNA Points to a Single Migration from Africa

    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Caroline Miller
    • Length: 7 mins
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    "How We Got Here: DNA Points to a Single Migration from Africa" is from the September 22, 2016 US section of The New York Times. It was written by Carl Zimmer and narrated by Caroline Miller.

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    • Archaeologists in China Discover the Oldest Stone Tools Outside Africa

    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
    • Length: 8 mins
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    The oldest stone tools outside Africa have been discovered in western China, scientists reported Wednesday. Made by ancient members of the human lineage, called hominins, the chipped rocks are estimated to be as much as 2.1 million years old.

    "Archaeologists in China Discover the Oldest Stone Tools Outside Africa" is from the July 16, 2018 Science section of The New York Times. It was written by Carl Zimmer and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.

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    • Marine Mammals Have Lost a Gene That Now They May Desperately Need

    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 5 mins
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    About 50 million years ago, dog-like mammals returned to the seas, eventually evolving into whales and dolphins. Around then, too, an early cousin of elephants took the plunge, giving rise to manatees and dugongs.

    "Marine Mammals Have Lost a Gene That Now They May Desperately Need" is from the August 09, 2018 Science section of The New York Times. It was written by Carl Zimmer and narrated by Mike DelGaudio.

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    • In 'Enormous Success,' Scientists Tie 52 Genes to Human Intelligence

    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 8 mins
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    In a significant advance in the study of mental ability, a team of European and American scientists announced Monday that they had identified 52 genes linked to intelligence in nearly 80,000 people.

    "In 'Enormous Success,' Scientists Tie 52 Genes to Human Intelligence" is from the May 22, 2017 Science section of The New York Times. It was written by Carl Zimmer and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • Almost Two-Thirds of Primate Species Near Extinction, Scientists Find

    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Caroline Miller
    • Length: 6 mins
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    In a study of unprecedented scope, a team of 31 primatologists has analyzed every known species of primate to judge how they are faring. The news for man’s closest animal relatives is not good.

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    • Oldest Fossils of Homo Sapiens Found in Morocco, Altering History of Our Species

    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Fossils discovered in Morocco are the oldest known remains of Homo sapiens, scientists reported on Wednesday, a finding that rewrites the story of mankind’s origins and suggests that our species evolved in multiple locations across the African continent.

    "Oldest Fossils of Homo Sapiens Found in Morocco, Altering History of Our Species" is from the June 07, 2015 Science section of The New York Times. It was written by Carl Zimmer and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • A Weakness in Bacteria’s Fortress

    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 23 mins
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    Evolutionary biologists are trying to attack bacteria in a new way.

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    • How Are Neanderthals Related to Humans? Finally, an Answer

    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 8 mins
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    With fossils and DNA, scientists are piecing together a picture of humanity’s beginnings, an origin story with more twists than anything you would find at the movie theater.

    "How Are Neanderthals Related to Humans? Finally, an Answer" is from the July 04, 2017 Science section of The New York Times. It was written by Carl Zimmer and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • How Did Aborigines Get to Australia? DNA Helps Solve a Mystery

    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Human skeletons and archaeological remains in Australia can be traced back nearly 50,000 years before the trail disappears. Before then, apparently, Australia was free of humans.

    "How Did Aborigines Get to Australia? DNA Helps Solve a Mystery" is from the March 08, 2017 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Carl Zimmer and narrated by Fleet Cooper.

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    • The Purpose of Sleep? To Forget, Scientists Say

    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Caroline Miller
    • Length: 6 mins
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    In order to learn, we have to grow connections, or synapses, between the neurons in our brains. These connections enable neurons to send signals to one another quickly and efficiently. We store new memories in these networks.

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    • Fathered by the Mailman? It's Mostly an Urban Legend

    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
    • Length: 6 mins
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    "Fathered by the Mailman? It's Mostly an Urban Legend" is from the April 08, 2016 Lifestyle section of The New York Times. It was written by Carl Zimmer and narrated by Fleet Cooper.

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