The Why Files

The Why Files : The Science Behind the News

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"Science" magazine meets "The Onion, Mental Floss," and "Mad" magazine in this ingenious guide to the science behind the news
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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 190 pages
  • 186 x 232 x 16mm | 281.23g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • The Penguin Press
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, black & white line drawings
  • 0143114670
  • 9780143114673

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"Clear, fun explanations of the science behind the headlines."
-"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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