Launch Scientific Thought with Neil DeGrasse Tyson and James Tefil’s ‘Cosmic Queries’ [REVIEW]

Orion Nebula in the Galaxy
Orion Nebula in the Galaxy (Photo courtesy Canva)

As a boy, I fell in love with the stars. My grandfather had given me a book about astronomy, and I had fun gazing up at the heavens trying to locate the different constellations depicted within its pages. But the more I looked upward, the more questions I had. Just how vast is the Milky Way? Is there life on other planets? And what would it be like to visit places like Jupiter or Saturn?

Obviously, I’m not the only one with these questions, or else astrophysicists like Neil DeGrasse Tyson and academics like James Trefil would probably be out of a job. Fortunately for us, they have now joined forces to write Cosmic Queries: StarTalk’s Guide to Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We’re Going. In this fascinating volume from National Geographic, they address many of our burning questions about space and the universe around us.

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Adventurer Bear Grylls Inspires Readers to Live Boldly and ‘Never Give Up’ [REVIEW]

Bear Grylls
“I look worried here because moments earlier the photographer sent to join this adventure almost stepped back over a cliff face!” (Photo courtesy RealBearGrylls/Facebook)
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In Never Give Up, the sequel to Bear Grylls’ first autobiography, the British adventurer proves he still has plenty of stories to tell about life on television, his exploits in the great outdoors, and the people who have taken the journey alongside him.

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In National Geographic’s ‘Fauci: Expect the Unexpected,’ America’s Doctor Encourages Us to Help Our Fellow Man [REVIEW]

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Dr. Anthony Fauci as featured in Fauci (Photo courtesy National Geographic)
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By this time, I think most Americans recognize Dr. Anthony Fauci as the face of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Soon after the virus first hit American shores in 2020, he was there at President Trump’s side at nearly every press conference, eager to help us through one of the scariest—and deadliest—time periods in recent memory. Every day he approached the microphone to speak, it became increasingly evident that he was intelligent, knew his science, and that we could trust him to tell us the truth, even if it terrified us.

But what drove Fauci, 80, to pick up this torch when many of his colleagues have already retired? Where did he get enough confidence to be so brutally honest with the American people, even if it meant contradicting the president on national television? And who taught him to have such unmitigated compassion for his fellow man? All of these questions are answered in National Geographic’s new book, Fauci: Expect the Unexpected: Ten Lessons on Truth, Service, and the Way Forward.

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National Geographic Wants to Help You Plan Your Next Great Adventure to One of ‘100 Great American Parks’ [REVIEW]

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Yosemite National Park (Photo courtesy Canva)

I am often amazed when I talk to friends and hear that they have never visited any of America’s national parks. From the time I was a child, my parents took me to gasp in awe at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, watch the bats fly out of Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico, and relax in Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas. But in Stephanie Pearson’s new book for National Geographic, 100 Great American Parks, she shows us that we don’t have to visit a national park to appreciate nature and have a little fun. There are loads of great places to choose from!

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National Geographic Reminds Us Why It Is the Perfect Time to Head ‘Into the Forest’ [REVIEW]

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Trees are nature’s history keepers. (Photo courtesy Canva)

As adults, I think we forget about the magic of trees. When we are children, we scale them to touch the sky, lay beneath them to dream, and build houses in their branches to plan epic adventures. Yet as life goes on, they can blend in with the wallpaper of our lives. But in Susan Tyler Hitchcock’s new book from National Geographic, Into the Forest, she teaches us about the secret language of trees and how extraordinary they really are.

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