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'Space Chronicles': Why Exploring Space Still Matters

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says space exploration is a key to transforming our economy and will play a crucial role in American success in the years to come. It "transforms the culture into one that values science and technology, and that's the culture that innovates," he says.
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How You Can Harness 'The Power Of Habit'

In his new book, Charles Duhigg explores cutting-edge research into the neuroscience of habit formation — and how companies and advertisers are using it to their advantage.
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'Hallwalkers': The Ghosts Of The State Department

Veteran Foreign Service officer Peter Van Buren wrote a book critical of the State Department. And although the department approved the publication, Van Buren says State officials retaliated against him, effectively ending his career.
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Meet The Mathematical 'Genius In My Basement'

In the mid-1980s, Simon Norton was considered one of the great mathematical prodigies of the 20th century. Decades later, biographer Alexander Masters just knew him as the unkempt, eccentric man who lived downstairs. Their friendship is documented in Simon: The Genius in My Basement.
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A Theologian Has A Falling Out With God In 'Still'

In her new book, Lauren Winner writes about the spiritual crisis she experienced when she was "no longer in the glow" of converting to Christianity.
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'Watergate' Revisited: Inside The Criminal Minds

In his latest novel, Thomas Mallon takes a fresh look at the scandal that brought down the Nixon administration, re-imagining it through the eyes of the cast of characters involved.

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