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  • Feature

    One problem, many paths

    Though the diagnostic code scrawled on a doctor’s chart might suggest otherwise, each person who lives with an autism spectrum disorder has a very private disease. An avalanche of new genetic data shows clearly that there is no single culprit in autism. Each case stems from a unique jumble of genetic and environmental triggers, which makes figuring out one clear cause for every person’s...

    07/29/2011 - 09:46 Body & Brain
  • Reviews & Previews

    BOOK REVIEW: Eruptions That Shook the World by Clive Oppenheimer

    Megadisasters sell, and megavolcanoes sell more than most: Turn on any documentary channel to see mountains belching ash clouds across towns­people paralyzed by fear.

    Oppenheimer, a volcanologist, has served as consultant on some of these films. But he tops them all with a new book, heavy on scientific detail and light on dramatic froth, chronicling eruptions that really...

    07/29/2011 - 09:32
  • Reviews & Previews

    BOOK REVIEW: Weeds: In Defense of Nature’s Most Unloved Plants by Richard Mabey

    Weeds, according to one definition, are simply plants that are growing in the wrong place. Some have invaded gardens from the surrounding countryside, and others escaped cultivation to infest the landscape. But in almost every case, weeds — whether you think of them as adaptable opportunists or as botanical thugs — thrive in human company.

    In a charming paean to plants...

    07/29/2011 - 09:32
  • Reviews & Previews

    Avian Architecture: How Birds Design, Engineer, and Buildby Peter Goodfellow

    A browsable, amply illustrated overview of avian construction from mere scrapes in the sand to edible structures people prize for soup.

    Princeton Univ. Press, 2011, 160 p., $27.95

    07/29/2011 - 09:30
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    The Mathematics of Life by Ian Stewart

    In this engaging overview, a mathematician describes how the field of biomathematics is answering key questions about the natural world and the origins of life.

    Basic Books, 2011, 358 p., $27.99

    07/29/2011 - 09:29