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“Man on a Mission”: Bill Nye the Science Guy Documentary Debuts in NYC

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Bill Nye is ‘the science teacher you wish you had,” according to a new documentary on his life and work.  The film, Bill Nye: Science Guy, features the star of the 90’s kid’s TV show of the same name, his personal life, beliefs and how he viewed by his peers. A description of the film describes Nye as “a man on a mission: to stop the spread of anti-scientific thinking across the world.”  Nye has been very vocal in recent years about climate change and the impact it will have on future generations. Now the CEO The Planetary Society, an organization Carl Sagan, Nye has been a staunch advocate for  “science, research, and discovery.”  Science Guy gives audiences  an intimate…

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Find Your Groove: 3 Books to Spice Up Your Love Life Before Season 4 of Masters of Sex

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Masters of Sex returns September 11, 2016 on Showtime and the premiere can’t come soon enough. It’s been what feels like an eternity since we last saw Virginia Johnson and Dr. Williams Masters pushing the boundaries of societal norms with their pioneering research in science and human sexuality. The show, which is loosely based on the biography by Thomas Maier of the same name stars Lizzy Caplan (yes, Janis from Mean Girls) and Michael Sheen, follows an intriguing story set in the 1950s and 1960s centered around relationships, sex and paving the way for sexual beings of today. Way ahead of their time, Masters and Johnson use patients, call girls, friends and each other (I ‘ship it!) to navigate and…

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Review: Pulitzer Prize Winner Siddhartha Mukherjee’s Laws of Medicine

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We’ve been trained—from childhood—to trust our doctors; some patients trust their doctors absolutely. For many, it can be unnerving to hear a doctor discuss what he or she doesn’t know—and admitting that what we do know about medicine is a tiny speck in the vast universe of what has yet to be discovered. It’s strangely refreshing, then, to hear a doctor address this fundamental truth about medicine so directly and reassure us that the human element of navigating the unknown might be the most valuable resource we have in medicine, the so-called “youngest science.” “I had never expected medicine to be such a lawless, uncertain world,” writes Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee in his book The Laws of Medicine: Field Notes from…

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Stephen Hawking the man behind the science and The Theory of Everything

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It’s not often that phrases like “theoretical physics,” “quantum gravity,” and “cosmology” ignite the passions of your everyday filmgoer. But all that changes when you add Stephen Hawking—undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest living scientists—to the mix, and sprinkle in a pair of young up-and-coming British stars who, together, have great screen chemistry. Director James Marsh, who’s best known for his critically acclaimed documentaries Man on Wire and Project Nim, brings Hawking’s difficult, yet wholly amazing, life to screen in The Theory of Everything, which opens November 7 and has already garnered positive film festival reviews. Hawking, diagnosed at 21 with a motor neuron disease similar to ALS (remember the Ice Bucket Challenge?), is one of the few contemporary scientists…

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WIN: Mysteries of the Unknown. The creepy, the kooky, the mysterious and spooky

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What really happened to Amelia Earhart? Is the Kennedy family truly cursed? Do the spirits of the dead haunt a house in Amityville, Long Island? And why did it take the Boston Red Sox 86 years to win a World Series after selling Babe Ruth to the hated rival New York Yankees? These and other tantalizing questions are addressed in TIME LIFE Books’ new, lavishly illustrated volume, Mysteries of the Unknown: Inside the World of the Strange and Unexplained (Time Home Entertainment, 2014), a book that will make you an instant expert on the creepy, the kooky, the mysterious and spooky. There’s no shortage of mysteries that have plagued humankind for generations, and Mysteries of the Unknown offers a wide…

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Happy 450th birthday, Will: recommended reading for Shakespeare Day 2014

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April 23 marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. How to celebrate the greatest writer in the English language? My alma mater, Hood College, hosts an annual library book sale, complete with a birthday cake for the Bard. Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon hosts a literary festival, where The Bookshop Band will premiere songs inspired by his plays, and European airline EasyJet is sponsoring a campaign to have April 23 officially recognized as “Shakespeare Day” (UK residents are invited to sign their petition). To that end, EasyJet is featuring Shakespeare’s likeness on an Airbus 319 and commissioning a live performance of Romeo and Juliet by the Reduced Shakespeare Company on a flight to Verona. (Tweets welcome: #shakesonaplane to @easyjet.) Of course,…

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