science

Have You Heard About... Gulp

… the glorious workings of the human digestive system? Mary Roach scores again with her latest offbeat foray into the world of science - Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal.

Have You Heard About... Mad Science 2

… the amazing, dangerous, and beautiful things you can do with the proper application of chemistry and physics? Mad Science 2, by Theodore Gray, collects short articles explaining the concepts behind more than thirty projects, including incinerating a diamond and cutting steel with bacon.

Have You Heard About... Stiff

… the fascinating and hilarious history of the human cadaver? That sentence probably wouldn’t exist in normal conversation, if it weren’t for Mary Roach’s amazing and laugh-out-loud funny book, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers.

Have You Heard About... Paleofantasy

… the theory that because humans evolved for life in the Paleolithic Period, we should shape our modern lives around that? According to proponents of these theories, our DNA was shaped by what we ate, how we moved, our family lives, and more for hundreds of thousands of years. If we eat, move, and raise children like we did then, we will be happier, healthier, and more in tune with the dictates of our genes.

Have You Heard About... The Violinist's Thumb

… the information hidden within your cells? In The Violinist’s Thumb and Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code, Sam Kean takes us through the history of mankind’s understanding of genetics and heredity, from early beliefs through Mendel’s pea plants to the Human Genome Project.

Have You Heard About... The Disappearing Spoon

… the amazing science, people, and more behind the periodic table of the elements?  The Disappearing Spoon and Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements, by Sam Kean, is a fascinating look at everything from how the solar system was formed, to how the periodic table was formed, to the lives of va

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