The Why Files
The Science Behind the News
ISBN 9781101029244 | 208 pages | 28 Apr 2009 | Penguin | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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Science magazine meets The Onion, Mental Floss, and Mad magazine in this ingenious guide to the science behind the news"Clear, fun explanations of the science behind the headlines."
For more than a decade , the intrepid folks at whyfiles.org-the #1 science destination on the web-have been exploring the science behind newsworthy events. Now condensed into a book written with the site's characteristic wit, The Why Files features scores of articles organized into sections that mirror any city's daily newspaper: World News, Metro, Business Life, Sports, Arts & Leisure, Travel, Style, Opinion Page, and more. Who knew that science can explain why extremists say "God Told Us to Kill," how poker can make you sick, why great racehorses have big butts, and if electrocution is the best way to zap a bug? For those who love accurate science served up with humor in a one-of-a-kind newscast, this decidedly non-geeky guide is a must.
-U.S. News & World Report
" Provides a good mix of information and interactivity that takes the chore out of learning. In fact, you might even have a good time."
-The Washington Post
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