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What happens to your body after you have died? Fertilizer? Crash Test Dummy? Human Dumpling? Ballistics Practise?
Life after death is not as simple as it looks. Mary Roach's Stiff lifts the lid off what happens to our bodies once we have died. Bold, original and with a delightful eye for detail, Roach tells us everything we wanted to know about this new frontier in medical science.
Interweaving present-day explorations with a history of past attempts to study what it means to be human Stiff is a deliciously dark investigations for readers of popular science as well as fans of the macabre
The bestselling author of Stiff explores the irresistibly strange universe of space travel and life without gravity
Space is devoid of the stuff humans need to live: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh veg, privacy, beer. How much can a person give up? What happens when you can't walk for a year? Is sex any fun in zero gravity? What's it like being cooped up in a metal box with a few people for months at a time? As Mary Roach discovers, it's possible to explore space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a 17,000 mile-per-hour crash test of NASA's space capsule (cadaver stepping in), she takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of living in space.
‘The most entertaining writer in science’ – The Times, Books of the Year
War. Mention it and most of us think of history, of conflicts on foreign soil, of heroism and compromise, of strategy and weapons. But there’s a whole other side to the gruesome business of the battlefield.
In Grunt, the inimitable Mary Roach explores the science of keeping human beings intact, awake, sane, uninfected and uninfested in the bizarre and extreme circumstances of war. Setting about her task with infectious enthusiasm, she sniffs World War II stink bombs, tests earplugs in a simulated war zone and burns the midnight oil with the crew of a nuclear submarine. Speaking to the scientists and the soldiers, she learns about everything from life-changing medical procedures to innovations as esoteric as firing dead chickens at fighter jets. Engrossing, insightful and laugh-out-loud funny, this is an irresistible ride to the wilder shores of modern military life.
In her trademark, laugh-out-loud style, Mary Roach breaks bread with spit connoisseurs, beer and pet-food tasters, stomach slugs, potato crisp engineers, enema exorcists, rectum-examining prison guards, competitive hot dog eaters, Elvis' doctor, and many more as she investigates the beginning, and the end, of our food.
The Animal Intelligence Bundle:
“Minds of Their Own” by Virginia Morell (March 2008)
“Almost Human” by Mary Roach (April 2008)
“The Genius of Swarms” by Peter Miller (July 2007)
In “Minds of Their Own,” Virginia Morell provides an overview of the science of animal intelligence. She introduces you to an African gray parrot named Alex, a bonobo named Kanzi, and a border collie named Betsy. Each of these animals tells us something interesting about the way they perceive and manipulate their world. The article also looks at what scientists are learning about the intelligence of dolphins and crows, beyond mere communication.
In “Almost Human,” Mary Roach takes us to the savannahs of Senegal to meet a group of 34 chimpanzees, whose behavior and social structures have given scientists some important clues about the nature of their communication and intelligence.
In “The Genius of Swarms,” Peter Miller looks at the collective behavior of ants, bees, and other insects for what they can tell us about social organization and how sometimes intelligence lies outside of the individual brain. This article served as the basis for his book, The Smart Swarm: How Understanding Flocks, Schools, and Colonies Can Make Us Better at Communicating, Decision Making, and Getting Things Done.
Wir riechen und schlürfen, schmecken, kauen, schlucken. Und dann?
Was passiert mit Müsli, Steak, Salat und Cola, wenn sie im Schlund verschwunden sind? Mary Roach, die Spezialistin für das ungewöhnliche in den Naturwissenschaften, nimmt uns mit auf eine höchst unterhaltsame Reise durch den Verdauungsapparat – vom Mund bis zum After –, die keine Frage auslässt: Warum mögen wir so gern Knuspriges? Warum verdaut der Magen sich nicht selbst? Wie viel kann man essen, bevor der Magen platzt? Kann uns eine Verstopfung umbringen? (Und ist Elvis Presley vielleicht daran gestorben?) Mary Roach trifft Wissenschaftler, die sich furchtlos mit eher anrüchigen Themen befassen, besucht ein Tierfuttertestlabor, schaut dem Magen bei der Arbeit zu und untersucht den Darm als potentielles Versteck. Urkomisch und informativ.