The 10 best science and technology books of 2020

Perspective twisting books on biology, social science, medical science, cosmology, and tech.

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  • The best science books push us to think, feel, and behave differently.
  • This list includes new releases by authors Merlin Sheldrake, Isabel Wilkerson, James Nestor, David Attenborough, and others.
  • Besides making us more knowledgeable, these books inspire curiosity, passion, and empathy for the universe in and around us.
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Brain study finds that humans are born wired for reading letters and words

The area of the brain that recognizes letters and words is ready for action right from the start.

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  • There's an area of the brain specializing in the recognition of letters and words.
  • Neuroscientists wonder how this faculty develops since it would not be a trait associated with survival.
  • fMRI scans reveal that this region is already connected to the brain's language centers in newborns.
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The best graphic novels for young scientists and thinkers

The visual languages of comics and graphic novels are great exercise for developing brains.

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  • In addition to being fun, studies have shown that the visual language of graphic novels stimulates the brain in ways that complex text can.
  • For some readers, information is easier to process through images than it is through text alone.
  • These graphic novels are great for getting young readers into philosophy, technology, and other scientific narratives.

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Learn key lessons from today's best business books in minutes

Get the meat of business books without all the fluff

  • Over 1,200 business books are published annually.
  • Soundview summarizes top business books, so you can absorb more information faster.
  • 1-year subscriptions are on sale for only $49.99 today.
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Why reading is a form of therapy in times of crisis

Our live stream with Harvard literature professor Lisa New begins at 1 pm ET today.

Time and again, reading has been shown to make us healthier, smarter, and more empathic. How can we use literature as therapy during this moment of drastic change?

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