Mary Roach

Stars

Why the night sky is infinitely terrifying.

Do Ick Yourself

Writer Mary Roach tries her head-shrinking techniques on a bobcat head.

The Supersonic Man

Felix Baumgartner plans to jump out of a balloon gondola 23 miles above the earth, breaking the altitude record for skydiving and becoming the first free-falling human to reach the speed of sound....

Is That All You Got?

Meteor showers have been letting me down for years, but this time I'm getting myself to the right dark place on a perfect night. Celestial bodies, it better be good.

Something Blubbery This Way Comes

There's a pipe-smoking ghost aboard the whaleship Morgan! Or maybe not. Either way, the high-tech hunt to catch this spook is a wicked blast.