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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

    • By Anonymous User on 06-11-18

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

    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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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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    • 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
    • Unabridged
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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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    • A great read!

    • By Randi on 07-07-18
    • 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
    • 5 out of 5 stars 7 ratings

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    • The Purpose of Sleep? To Forget, Scientists Say

    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Caroline Miller
    • Length: 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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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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    • 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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    • The Spread of Contagious Cancer

    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
    • Length: 6 mins
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    "The Spread of Contagious Cancer" is from the June 27, 2016 Science section of The New York Times. It was written by Carl Zimmer and narrated by Fleet Cooper.

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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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    • 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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    • Fiber Is Good for You. Now Scientists May Know Why.

    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
    • Length: 9 mins
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    A diet of fiber-rich foods, such as fruits and vegetables, reduces the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. Indeed, the evidence for fiber’s benefits extends beyond any particular ailment: People who eat more of it simply have lower odds of dying.

    "Fiber Is Good for You. Now Scientists May Know Why." is from the January 01, 2018 Science section of The New York Times. It was written by Carl Zimmer and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.

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    • Monkeys Could Talk, but They Don’t Have the Brains for It

    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Caroline Miller
    • Length: 5 mins
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    "Monkeys Could Talk, but They Don’t Have the Brains for It" is from the December 12, 2016 Science section of The New York Times. It was written by Carl Zimmer and narrated by Caroline Miller.

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    • She Has Her Mother's Laugh

    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Joe Ochman
    • Length: 20 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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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. As the technology for studying genes became cheaper, millions of people ordered genetic tests to link themselves to missing parents, to distant ancestors, to ethnic identities....

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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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    • Eske Willerslev Is Rewriting History With DNA

    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
    • Length: 17 mins
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    "Eske Willerslev Is Rewriting History With DNA" is from the May 19, 2016 Science section of The New York Times. It was written by Carl Zimmer and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.

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    • Scientists Say Canadian Bacteria Fossils Are Earth’s Oldest

    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Caroline Miller
    • Length: 5 mins
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    They are microscopic artwork: tiny tubes and long filaments, strange squiggles etched into some of the most ancient rocks known.

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    • Chile and Its Scientists Protest Research on Tiny Mummy

    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Days after researchers announced that a tiny mummy once rumored to be an alien was actually a human infant, Chilean scientists condemned the new study as unethical and their government began an investigation into grave robbing.

    "Chile and Its Scientists Protest Research on Tiny Mummy" is from the March 28, 2018 World 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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    • You're an Adult. Your Brain, Not So Much.

    • By: Carl Zimmer
    • Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
    • Length: 5 mins
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    "You're an Adult. Your Brain, Not So Much." is from the December 21, 2016 Science section of The New York Times. It was written by Carl Zimmer and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.

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