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  • Most of us have never been submerged under more than a few feet underwater. But just a few meters down, the water compresses the tissues of your body so that you become more dense. At that point, "You're more likely to sink than float," says Dr. Kevin Fon
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    12:39pm Feb 12, 2014
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    Practicing 'Extreme Medicine,' From Deep Sea To Outer Space

    In his new book, Dr. Kevin Fong explores how humans survive extremes of heat, cold, outer space and deep sea. "We're still exploring the human body and what medicine can do in the same way that the great explorers of the 20th century and every age before them explored the world," he says.
  • 10:15am Feb 12, 2014
    Science Science Books Environment

    The Earth's 'Sixth Extinction' May Be One Of Our Own Making

    There have been five major mass extinctions over the last half-billion years, when the diversity of life on Earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists are currently monitoring an era of mass extinction predicted to be the most devastating since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. But this time around, says Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction, it's humans that are causing it.
  • Romance novels
    1:26pm Feb 10, 2014
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    Romance Novels Sweep Readers Off Their Feet With Predictability

    At $1.4 billion, romance is by far the biggest sector of the publishing industry. Harper's editor Jesse Barron looked into the business of romance and its peculiarities for this month's issue. He says the key is copying the elements that made other authors successful — down to the cover model's pose.
  • detail from cover of The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles
    5:19pm Feb 05, 2014
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    Triumph Of The Bookworms: Two Novels To Cure Your Winter Blues

    Alena, a reworking of Daphne DuMaurier's Rebecca, takes place in the contemporary art world, while The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles is a "delicious French romp." Critic Maureen Corrigan says both novels are "exquisite vehicles of escape fiction."
  • Flyover Lives
    4:08pm Jan 31, 2014
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    Midwestern Memoir Tracks 'Flyover Lives' Of Author's Forebears

    Diane Johnson often writes about American heroines living in France, but when she began her memoir, she found herself drawn back to her native ground in America's heartland. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Flyover Lives "lets scenes and conversations speak for themselves, accruing power as they lodge in readers' minds."
  • Flyover Lives
    9:31am Jan 31, 2014
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    'Le Divorce' Author Finds Stories Closer To Home In 'Flyover'

    Diane Johnson has spent much of her adult life living in France, writing novels like Le Divorce. But it was not until a visit home, to the Midwestern town of Moline, IL, that the Johnson discovered that her pioneer ancestors had lives worthy of writing about. Her new book, Flyover Lives reconstructs their stories.
  • 7:58am Jan 31, 2014
    Books Books Arts

    What Wakes B.J. Novak Up In The Middle Of The Night?

    B.J. Novak is a triple threat. He got his start in show business as a standup comedian which led to a job on the hit comedy series The Office. Novak had a regular part on the show but he was also one of the writers. Now he has put his writing talent to work on a book of stories: One More Thing.