The Sixth Extinction…

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Over half a billion years, 5 mass extinctions dramatically contracted diversity of life on earth. Now, scientists are monitoring the sixth extinction. Predicted to be the most devastating. This time, the cataclysm is us.

Elizabeth Kolbert draws on researchers who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow tree-lines in the Andes, marine biologists who dive off Great Barrier Reef. Introduces a dozen species – few already gone, others facing imminent extinction like Panamian golden frog, staghorn coral, great auk, Sumatran rhino. The Sixth Extinction is likely to be mankind’s most lasting legacy.

The Sixth Extinction – Amazon

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The future of the mind…

Most fascinating, complex object in our known universe: human brain. Secrets of the living brain are revealed by a battery of high-tech brain scans. What was once solely the province of science fiction is a startling reality. Recording memories, video-taping dreams, avatars are not only possible, they already exist. 

The Future of the Mind gives a compelling look at astonishing research in top labs based on latest advancements in neurosciences, physics. Soon, we may have smart chips that enhance cognition, upload our brain data into computers, transmit thoughts & emotions to a ‘brain-net’, control robots, share consciousness across the universe. 

The Future Of The Mind – Amazon

Dr. Kaku shares how our brain functions, how new technologies will transform daily lives? An extraordinary exploration of the frontiers of neuroscience, physics to harness an unbelievable, creative potential.

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The future earth…

Basics of climate science are easy. Entirely human-caused. So, solutions will be human-led. In The Future Earth, leading climate journalist Eric Holthaus offers radical visions of the future. How we can reverse negative effects of climate change? Interviews with futurists, climatologists, biologists, economists, activists show what our world could look like if we implemented solutions on a radical scale, equal to the crisis we face.

The Future Earth – Amazon

  1. What can happen if we reduce carbon emissions by 50% in 10 years?
  2. What could living in a city look like in 2030?
  3. How could the world operate in 2040?

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The nature fix…

For centuries, poets & philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods. Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks & trees. Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by stories of renewal in our natural world, Florence Williams uncovers the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain.

The Nature Fix – Amazon

Investigates cutting-edge research in fragrant cypress forests in Korea, meets rangers who administer forest healing programs. Explores green hills of Scotland & it’s eco-therapeutic approach to caring. The Nature Fix demonstrates our connection to nature is much more important to our cognition than we think. Even small amounts of exposure to nature can heal, inspire, improve creativity, enhance our mood.

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