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Stressed Out: Causes, Effects and Keeping Calm

Chronic stress makes people sick. The fight-or-flight response activates our bodies to face immediate threats, but that stress system must turn off to allow organs to recover. Constant anxiety keeps the system active, and in this eBook, we examine the effects of ongoing stress and trauma on both body and mind as well as ways to arm ourselves against adversity by managing stress and building resilience.

Mind Over Mood: Understanding Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression are two of the most common conditions affecting mental health and overall quality of life, but there are tools for managing them. In this eBook, we'll explore how depression shows up in the brain, different manifestations of depression and anxiety, various talk therapies, technological innovations, lifestyle interventions and more.

Technology vs. Truth: Deception in the Digital Age

In the digital age, information, both true and false, spreads faster than ever. The same technology that provides access to data across the globe can abet the warping of truth and normalization of lies. In this eBook, we examine the intersection of truth, untruth and technology, including how social media manipulates behavior, technologies such as deepfakes that spread misinformation, the bias inherent in algorithms and more.

Quantum Universe

Strange and probabilistic, physics at the smallest scales is driving innovation and research into the nature of reality. In this eBook, we examine the latest mind-bending studies in quantum mechanics, including theoretical mysteries such as entanglement, real-world applications, innovations in communications and computing and more.

Criminal Psychology and the Roots of Violence

In 2020, mass shootings and hate crimes reached record highs. On January 6, 2021, a deadly mob stormed the US Capitol. In this eBook, we examine the factors that contribute to aggressive and brutal behavior, including its biological and genetic underpinnings, how intimacy and bias can lead to violence, how people become radicalized to commit acts of aggression, as well as certain psychological disorders and their role in violent behavior.

Wild Ideas in Science

Science history is chock full of world-changing innovations that initially faced skepticism and ridicule for being too unconventional: light bulbs, cars and home computers are just a few examples. In this eBook, we take a look at the latest out-of-the-box ideas to tackle today's biggest challenges, including so-called sponge cities designed to combat flooding, technology that mimics photosynthesis to produce fuel, modifying bacteria's genetic circuits to treat genetic diseases and much more.

The Rise of Humans

Of all the species on Earth, why did ours rise to dominance? Previously, scientists thought many uniquely human traits resulted from sudden or brilliant adaptations, but new discoveries point to gradual processes that involve biological and social factors. In this eBook, we examine recent research on the origins of human cognitive abilities, ingenuity, language and culture as well as the advances opening doors to new hypotheses.


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