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  • Reviews & Previews

    Book Review: Here Be Dragons by Dennis McCarthy

    Most people believe “Here be dragons” appears on ancient maps as a warning of the dangers rife in unexplored or unfamiliar regions. But the phrase is found on no such maps and on only one small globe, McCarthy reveals in his book, which chronicles how real creatures got to be where they are and the significance of their movements. In fact, the phrase etched over Southeast Asia on that 16th...

    04/09/2010 - 17:33
  • Reviews & Previews

    Book Review: The Eerie Silence: Renewing Our Search for Alien Intelligence by Paul Davies

    After 50 years of scanning the skies for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence, astronomers have only silence to report — an eerie silence, Davies argues.Part history of the search, part road map for its future and (large) part mind-stretching exercise, the book provides Davies’ perspective on profound questions that have implications far beyond alien hunting. Is life inevitable? What about...

    04/09/2010 - 17:31
  • Reviews & Previews

    50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology by S.O. Lilienfeld, S.J. Lynn, J. Ruscio and B.L. Beyerstein

    Psychologists team up to debunk popular urban legends in that field.Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, 332 p., $26.95.

    04/09/2010 - 17:30
  • Reviews & Previews

    Duel at Dawn: Heroes, Martyrs, and the Rise of Modern Mathematics by Amir Alexander

    The Romantic Age zeitgeist profoundly influenced modern mathematicians, a science historian argues.

    Harvard Univ. Press, 2010, 320 p., $28.95.

    04/09/2010 - 17:26
  • Reviews & Previews

    Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast: A Field Guide by Peter Del Tredici

    An exploration of the plant life that springs up amid chain-link fences and asphalt jungles.

    Cornell Univ. Press, 2010, 374 p., $29.95.

    04/09/2010 - 17:22
  • Reviews & Previews

    The Match: “Savior Siblings” and One Family’s Battle to Heal Their Daughter by Beth Whitehouse

    A family medical crisis uncovers issues around reproductive technology.

    Beacon Press, 2010, 272 p., $24.95.

    04/09/2010 - 17:17
  • Reviews & Previews

    How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate by Lynne Cherry and Gary Braasch

    Kids can learn about climate change by reading scientists' firsthand accounts from the field. Dawn Publications, 2010, 66 p., $11.95.

    04/09/2010 - 16:59
  • Comment

    Jumping to conclusions can make for good decisions

    Gary Klein, a psychologist and chief scientist at Applied Research Associates in Fairborn, Ohio, has for the past 25 years studied how people make real-life, critical decisions under extreme time pressure. In his 2009 book Streetlights and Shadows: Searching for the Keys to Adaptive Decision Making (MIT Press), Klein discusses 10 surprising ways effective thinkers deal with ambiguous...

    04/09/2010 - 16:55
  • Feature

    Gambling on experience

    Data, like children, can be raised wrong. Then they become an embarrassment.

    Consider the retraction on February 2 of a study suggesting that the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine had caused a small number of children to develop autism. The now-debunked study, published in 1998 in a major medical journal, fueled parents’ fears about vaccinating children. So it...

    04/09/2010 - 16:54 Humans & Society
  • Feature

    Can you hear me now?

    The Earth is going silent. Digital television signals delivered by cable and satellite are quickly replacing analog broadcasts and reducing the number and power of radio waves leaking into space. For viewers at home, it means more channels and pictures of unsurpassed clarity. But for scientists seeking signs of advanced civilizations beyond the solar system, this sudden radio silence makes...

    04/09/2010 - 16:30 Astronomy