The Water Book - out on May 21, 2015

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The Doomsday Handbook - 50 Ways to the End of the World

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We live in a world positively teeming with threats and apocalyptic scenarios. Many of them are familiar: terrorism, deadly viruses, global warming and war, but many others most of us can't even imagine. Self-replicating nanobots that can devour an entire planet, high-energy experiments that threaten to suck the Earth into a mini black hole, and even super-sophisticated scientific contraptions that can put an end to the entire universe are all explored in this fascinating book.

Scenarios covered include: Nuclear proliferation; AIDS; Genetic engineering run amok; Extinction of key species; Exhaustion of natural resources; A new Ice Age caused by climate change; Mega tsunamis; Tilting of the Earth's axis and changes in magnetic polarity; Freak quantum event that could wipe out the universe; Evolution of species superior to humans; Massive meteorite impact; Water/resource wars; Global influenza pandemic.


How to Live Forever: And 34 Other Really Interesting Uses of Science

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How can you live forever? What does it take to create life? How can we find other universes? Will we ever talk to aliens? What do you need to build a brain?

How to Live Forever is the essential survival guide for anyone who has ever been baffled by science. Embarking on a journey from the very small to the very big, readers will be taken on a glorious tour of the universe, taking in cloned sheep, alien worlds, bizarre life forms, quantum weirdness, parallel dimensions and dissected brains along the way. You'll discover how to travel through time, how to start (and cure) a plague, how the mind works, how to turn sunbeams into oak trees, how to boil a planet, how Harry Potter's cloak of invisibility works and much, much more. Both informative and enjoyable, this is a rip-roaring tour through the wonders of the natural world.