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Comedy vs. anti-science: 10 amazing videos that show how humor can make a difference

From Colbert and Oliver to Sarah Silverman and Louis CK, comedians are torching anti-science activists with aplomb<p>In the latest version of America's long-running culture wars, conservatives (and even some liberals) have zeroed in what once might have seemed like an unlikely target. While all the …

Five fascinating science books to read

Fancy a little mind-expansion? Try these tomes, picked by the author of the Science Book a Day blog<p>Sometimes there are so many great books published that it's hard to keep them in mind at any one time. In my blog, Science Book a Day, I try to keep abreast of all the new scientific tomes that are …

Poison and Poisoning

• <b>Author:</b> Celia Kellett<p>This fascinating book will be enjoyed both by those interested in the science of poisons and also by general readers who can dip in and find hair-raising horrors and calamities on every page.<p>In this fascinating guide to poisons, Celia Kellett provides information and …

Nothing

• <b>Author:</b> New Scientist<p>Zero, zip, nada, zilch. It's all too easy to ignore the fascinating possibilities of emptiness and non-existence, and we may well wonder what there is to say about nothing. But scientists have known for centuries that nothing is the key to understanding absolutely everything, …

Marvel 1602

• <b>Author:</b> Neil Gaiman and Others<p>Neil Gaiman's vision of the Marvel Universe in the year 1602! The year is 1602, and strange things are stirring in England. In the service of Queen Elizabeth, court magician Dr. Stephen Strange senses that the bizarre weather plaguing the skies above is not of natural …

Alex's Adventures in Numberland

• <b>Author:</b> Alex Bellos<p>The world of maths can seem mind-boggling, irrelevant and, let's face it, boring. This groundbreaking book reclaims maths from the geeks. Mathematical ideas underpin just about everything in our lives: from the surprising geometry of the 50p piece to how probability can help you …

Joe McGinniss: legendary US journalist, little-known soccer fanatic

The author of The Selling of the President 1968, when I met him, appeared far more interested in lower-division Italian football than Nixon<p>It will be the destiny of Joe McGinniss, who has died of complications arising from prostate cancer at the age of 71, to be remembered for two things. First, …

10 Offbeat Sci-Fi Novels You HAVE TO Read

One book should always lead to another, for both readers and writers. I guess that's the small truth that sits at the heart of this reading list. When I wrote my novel <i>Black Moon</i>, some of these titles were just distant memories--yet their presence in my bloodstream certainly guided me. Others sat on …

A A Gill on Autobiography by Morrissey

<i>THE SUNDAY TIMES</i><p>AS NOËL Coward might have said, nothing incites intemperate cultural hyperbole like cheap music. Who can forget that the Beatles were …

When the Hills Ask for Your Blood by David Belton – review

David Belton's account of the Rwandan genocide and its aftermath serve as a fitting tribute to the actions of a heroic Franciscan priest<p>My first reaction when confronted with David Belton's book was to ask what is to be gained from yet another book retelling the horrors of the Rwandan genocide? A …

Relive Every Death On 'Game Of Thrones' In One Handy Video

Life in Westeros is rough, and nothing makes that more apparent than this newest "Game of Thrones" video.<p>YouTuber JACKZTHERIPPER has posted a supercut of every death from the first three seasons of "Game of Thrones." From nameless soldiers to the massacre that is "The Red Wedding," see all the …

An Officer and a Spy

<b>Robert Harris’s An Officer and a Spy,</b> a novel based on the Dreyfus Affair, is a brilliant and audacious example of the sort of historical novel that …

James Reich: Bomblasting Through the Age of Nuclear Folly

<b>Bombshell by James Reich, Softskull 2013; I, Judas by James Reich, Softskull 2011</b><p>Though I made my first visit to San Francisco's Tenderloin District about the same time that Valerie Solanas was drafting her famous uber-feminist SCUM Manifesto, we never crossed paths. SCUM, you might recall stood …

Book of the Week: Matthew Olshan’s ‘Marshlands’

The current wave of fiction set in a dystopian version of our world — be it the future or otherwise — is no doubt a product of the unprecedented and …