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A THIN COSMIC RAIN: PARTICLES FROM OUTER SPACE Michael W. Friedlander Harvard University Press, $29.9S.
Physicist Friedlander deftly explains the decades-long investigation into cosmic rays, the mysterious shower of charged particles that rain down on Earth from outer space.
THE WILD SHORES OF PATAGONIA: THE VALDES PENINSULA AND PUNTA TOMBO Jasmine Rossi Harry N. Abrams, $45.
Photojournalist Rossi spent two years in an isolated cabin in Patagonia to produce this glorious collection of coastal wildlife images.
THE 13TH ELEMENT: THE SORDID TALE OF MURDER, FIRE, AND PHOSPHORUS John Emsley John Wiley and Sons, $24.95.
Science writer Emsley tracks the startling place of phosphorus, once known as “the devil’s element,” from spontaneous human combustion to toothpaste.
THE TIMES OF THEIR LIVES: LIFE, LOVE, AND DEATH IN THE PLYMOUTH COLONY James Deetz and Patricia Scott Deetz W.H. Freeman and Company, $24.95.
Using humble artifacts and little-known documents, archaeologist James Deetz and historian Patricia Scott Deetz paint a vibrant, surprising portrait of the Pilgrims.
THE GENETIC INFERNO: INSIDE THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS John Medina Cambridge University Press, $24.96.
With lively imagination and ferocious wit, bioengineer Medina examines from a genetic and neurological perspective Dante’s seven deadly sins. Teaser. The human brain is Hell.
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