Books by Eds. of YES Mag

Released: Sept. 1, 2006

Slipping in a few extra entries and several doable science activities on the side, the editors of Canada's Yes Mag present a half-dozen modern mysteries solved by forensic science. Along with the "Iceman" and the discovery of DNA, readers will get case studies in the identification of Typhoid Mary, the seemingly innocuous chemical that nearly wiped out India's vulture population in 1999, the cause of the disastrous crash of Swissair Flight 111 off Nova Scotia and Chuck Fipke's successful hunt for diamonds in the Northwest Territories. Briefer entries include the prehistoric "Hobbit" fossils recently found on Indonesia's Flores Island, the mysterious rolling stones in Death Valley and more. Including enough specific detail to keep young detectives engaged, and illustrated with a mix of photos and (largely decorative) cartoon artwork, these tales of science in action nicely complement Donna Jackson's Bone Detectives (1996) with new material. (index) (Nonfiction. 9-11)Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

Paying tribute to the feats, and flops, of construction engineers, the editors of YES Magazine skim-profile more than 20 modern, large scale projects and disasters. The former includes the Panama Canal, Eiffel Tower, and the space shuttle's utility "Canadarm"; for the latter, from the likes of "Galloping Gertie," the ill-fated Tacoma Narrows Bridge, to Bhopal and Chernobyl, readers get glimpses of both construction details, and of each tragedy's proximate causes. Some entries, such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the World Trade Center, are classed as Feats and Failures, and the tour closes with an introduction to Captain Edward Murphy, whose renowned Law is applicable far beyond the world of engineering. Thickly illustrated with bright color photos and lucid diagrams, this will be popular with casual browsers and all fans of large-scale human endeavor. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)Read full book review >