Aimed at kids age 7 to 9, this picture book shows how Léon Foucault and his pendulum demonstrated the Earth's spin.
Tricycle Press, 2010, 32 p., $17.99. (p. 34)
In what he calls a "natural history of innovation," a science writer identifies patterns throughout history, mining the past for lessons in creativity.
Riverhead Books, 2010, 336 p., $26.95. (p. 34)
A communications expert gives scientists a practical guide to making their work better understood.
Island Press, 2010, 272 p., $27.50. (p. 34)
By viewing technology as an organism, a tech journalist projects how new devices might evolve.
Viking, 2010, 336 p., $27.95. (p. 34)
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Viral infection and obe... (p. 35)
January 3 – 4
The Quadrantid meteor shower peaks. Look east and up between midnight and dawn. Visit www.seasky.org/sky.html for more information.
Test engineering skills in a LEGO Building Challenge in Portland, Ore. See www.omsi.edu
January 11 – 20
Preschoolers experiment with the rainbow's colors at Phoenix's Arizona Science Center. See www.azscience.org
"TAKING IT EASY" IS BAD FOR BUSINESS EXECUTIVES— Physicians should not always tell worried, nervous business executives to "take it easy," [said] Dr. Gerald Gordon…. If the emotions were not released, they would be turned inward and result in "suicide through stress diseases like heart disorders," [he] said.... The basic emotions of pain, hunger, fear and rage are designed to help us adapt to the complex, changing times. "That is not to say that many men do not work too hard and should not take a vacation once in a while," he said. "Many do. But modern man seems to have forgotten that life... (p. 4)
Learn the science behind sautéing and other cooking techniques in this combination recipe book and introduction to food chemistry.
O’Reilly Media, 2010, 432 p., $34.99. (p. 30)
An astronomer explores the demoted planet and shows how it has contributed to scientists’ knowledge of the solar system.
Cambridge Univ. Press, 2010, 231 p., $35.99. (p. 30)