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    It’s no coincidence that the word “visceral” refers both to entrails and to the sensation one feels on a roller coaster. We humans have a love-hate relationship with our guts, and Roach’s latest book capitalizes on that mix of fascination and repulsion to lure us into reading about the digestive system.

    Gulp explores the alimentary canal, moving like a bolus of food from...

    05/03/2013 - 10:09 Biomedicine
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    Proponents of the paleo diet believe the mismatch between today’s Western lifestyle and that of early humans is making us fat and sick. Our bodies haven’t had time to adapt to our new ways of life, the thinking goes, so eating like our ancestors is the ticket to good health.

    This notion that our lives are out of sync with the way humans were meant to be is a fallacy, or a “...

    05/03/2013 - 10:00 Anthropology
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    A Palette of Particles by Jeremy Bernstein

    A guide to the subatomic realm uses the metaphor of a painter’s palette, with protons, neutrons and electrons as primary colors and more exotic particles adding new shades.

    Belknap, 2013, 212 p., $18.95

    05/03/2013 - 09:54 Physics
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    Between Man and Beast

    Victorian explorer Paul Du Chaillu heads into African forests in 1856 to find a mysterious creature then just a rumor in the Western world: the gorilla.

    Doubleday, 2013, 331 p., $26.95

    05/03/2013 - 09:51 History of Science
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    A Renaissance Globemaker's Toolbox

    Meet Johannes Schöner, a 16th century mathematician and scientist who collected and corrected the star charts and maps of his day.

    Library of Congress, 2013, 176 p., $29.95

    05/03/2013 - 09:46 History of Science
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    Pieces of Light

    A psychologist outlines a new understanding of how the brain forms memories, not by taking snapshots but by re-creating them each time.

    Harper, 2013, 305 p., $26.99

    05/02/2013 - 17:19 Neuroscience
  • Science Future

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    May 29 The World Science Festival opens in New York City. Learn more at

    May 31 Learn about wildflowers at Botany Washington at Seattle’s Burke Museum. See

    June 2 Get tips on model rocket construction and safety at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. See

    05/02/2013 - 16:55
  • SN Online

    SN Online

    GENES & CELLSSee a roundup of some of the latest discoveries about China’s H7N9 virus in “New bird flu claims more victims.”

    ENVIRONMENT Lake Erie is loaded with tiny pieces of plastic containing toxic pollutants. Read “Puny plastic particles mar Lake Erie’s waters.”

    HUMANS Male attractiveness relies on a combination of body parts. See “Penis size does matter.”


    05/02/2013 - 16:48
  • Whistling noises give news from atmosphere

    The atmosphere whistles while scientists work. Series of whistles — short or long, going up scale or down — keep radio scientists busy deciphering their messages of the density of charged particles in the outer regions of the earth’s atmosphere.… Generated by lightning as it strikes the earth, the radio waves are propagated back and forth in the atmosphere of the earth, in a north-south...

    05/02/2013 - 16:42
  • Letters to the Editor

    Letters to the editor

    Ethics of humanized mice The recent stories “Human cells rev up mouse brains” (SN: 4/6/13, p. 16) and “Of mice and man” (SN: 3/23/13, p. 22) drove home to me that human-animal hybrids are now reality. In science fiction stories with such hybrids, a big part of the plot is the resultant ethical gray area: There are certain standards for animal research, and much stricter standards for human...

    05/02/2013 - 16:37