May 18, 2013 | Science News

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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 mouth to stomach to lower gastrointestinal tract. Along the way, Roach visits scientists studying the various elements of eating

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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 “paleofantasy,” claims Zuk, an evolutionary biologist. With piles of evidence from recent genetic and anthropological research, she

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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

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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

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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