Science writer Mary Roach “finds merriment in the macabre.” Witty and wise, she is the author of several bestsellers, including Stiff, Bonk, and Gulp.
A former Harper’s editor and author of Moby Duck, about a shipment of bath toys lost at sea, Hohn is a skilled, precise essayist in the mold of John McPhee.
Praised for his insightful writing about nature, David Quammen is the author of many books, including Spillover. He lives in Montana, drawn there by trout.
A former SNL writer, Marx has been called “an authentic wit” by Woody Allen. She has written several children’s books and the novel Starting from Happy.
You won’t believe what’s hiding in your kitchen sponge, toothbrush, and telephone. It’s enough to make you sick.
The president of Mozambique says meditation has cured his headaches, eased his stress—and brought peace to his war-torn country. Just imagine what it can do for you.
Members of the Laughing Clubs of India say a daily dose of guffaws lowers their blood pressure, revs their immune system, and helps them sleep better at night. They’ve got to be joking.
I used to be sure there was no such thing as telepathy. Then I stepped into the ganzfeld.
Why would a bunch of nuns be hanging around with a man of science like Rodolphe Maheux? To test the newest antiwrinkle drug: estrogen.
You don’t need a space-age sneaker to walk in comfort. In the right everyday shoe, you can go forever.
We used to think that wrinkles were an inevitable part of aging. Now we know they can be prevented, maybe even reversed, if you just get out of the sun.
What is the price of beauty? A few grand a year.
Is discomfort keeping you away from beans or milk? There are ways to end your gas crisis.
Attention, odor judges. It’s time to sniff the armpits. (And you thought your job was tough.)
How researchers at one toothbrush maker figure out ways to make dental hygiene a pleasurable experience.
October is Talk About Prescriptions Month, and Battery Safety Month, and …
Stacy Lewis has one husband, three kids, and 104 sixth-graders to take care of. And for five whole days, she had a “wife” to take care of her.
The ultimate crash test protects future astronauts from hard landings.
Couch potatoes say their image has taken a mashing at a California county fair.
… And find that men and women actually do live on the same planet.
Go ahead, drop ten years. It’s easy, says anti-aging doctor Michael Roizen. All it takes is changing a few habits—of body and mind.
Her dad mixed Metamucil in his orange juice. He turned the TV up loud. Still, he was pretty cool.
Come the apocalypse, who will fill your prescriptions?
If a scientist stands in the way of 150 tons of snow crashing down a mountain at 50 mph, can he figure out why it let loose and when it will again?
Touted for everything from drawing out toxins to revving circulation, mud has traveled far from its earthy origins to become the beauty treatment du jour.
How to eat yourself to death.
The hormone melatonin has been hailed as a cure for jet lag, a fast fix for insomnia, and even a breast cancer preventive. Does it deliver? The author crosses eight time zones to find out.
Muzak is fading, “environmental fragrancing” is wafting in—especially in Japan, where people really believe that aromas affect mood and behavior.