Mary Roach

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Phobias

Stars

Why the night sky is infinitely terrifying.

A head from the collection of Chicago's Adventurers Club

Do Ick Yourself

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

Baumgartner

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....

Stargazing

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.

haunted whaleboat

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.

See You in Six Months: White on White

In Antarctica, visitors fall from the sky, discovers Mary Roach,. What they find there comes from both heaven and hell.

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