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Vivien Marx

Yes, this book is about male physiology-in particular, as it pertains to male reproductive and sexual health. Vivien Marx, a Boston-based freelance science journalist who has written for The Economist, Science Magazine, Red Herring and others, became intrigued by this topic when a debate started about a supposed global drop in sperm quality.

Michael J. Carlowicz and Ramon E. Lopez

A science writer and education manager at NASA's Goddard Space Center, Michael Carlowicz writes: "If you read most textbooks or look with the unaided human eye, you would be convinced that the space between Sun and Earth is a vast, dark void, and the Sun is a static, unblemished fireball. But in reality, our nearest star is roiling with activity, changing on every time scale from seconds to geologic eras.

Fred Jerome

Fred Jerome, who writes a column on science and media for Technology Review, enlisted the aid of The Litigation Group to help him obtain the 1500-page FBI file for this book. From Einstein's arrival in the U.S. in 1933 until his death in 1955, Jerome writes, the FBI, with the help of several other federal agencies, collected "derogatory information," in an effort to undermine Einstein's influence and destroy his prestige.

Lee B. Reichman with Janice Hopkins Tanne

Breathe in. Breathe out. In that brief moment, you can contract tuberculosis. Many science writers who fly are well aware of that possibility and the other germs that can be inhaled from fellow passengers during the trip. Reichman and Tanne point out that tuberculosis is an airborne disease that will infect 8.4 million people this year, and kill 2 million. TB, they say, has never gone away and now it is bigger threat than ever before in history.

Cathy Cobb and Harold Goldwhite

Cathy Cobb, assistant professor of chemistry at Augusta State University in Georgia, and Harold Goldwhite, a professor of chemistry at California State University, Los Angeles, have written a book that contains stories of comical or death-defying antics of famous chemists. They reveal, for example, what happened when Alfred Nobel read his own obituary in the newspaper and what prompted Michael Faraday to wash Humphrey Davy's socks.

Trent Stephens and Rock Brynner

Rock Brynner, a historian and former road manager for The Band and for Bob Dylan, and Trent Stephens, professor of anatomy and embryology at Idaho State University, teamed up to present the past and the present of the powerful drug thalidomide. They ask and answer the question, "Could a substance that killed and deformed thousands be the next miracle drug?"

Susan Shay

A typical American uses and pays for at least 10 services a month, according to Susan Shay, which are at various times intimately involved with physical, mental, financial, and social well-being. She gives information on how to assess what kinds of education, certification, licensing, and experience are required or desirable in each trade or profession.

Scott Witt

Scott Witt is a business journalist and market researcher who has filled this book with hints to aid memorization. For example, he advises quiz cards that help you when you need to learn a lot of information fast and "want all of it on the tip of your tongue ready to be used at an instant's notice."