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Questions

Everything about Planet Earth "National Geographic Answer Book" (National Geographic Society, $40)

For the inquisitive reader who wants to learn about clouds, mollusks, Swahili, Mao Zedong, rainbows and 1,477 other topics comes this 448-page "ultimate family reference" book by National Geographic. NASA astronaut Kathryn Thornton writes in the foreword about how this comprehensive volume starts out broadly with information about our planet and then focuses in on "the fascinating world, glowing with human activity." The photography is stunning throughout, obviously. Full disclosure: Post staff writer Howard Schneider is a contributor to the "Answer Book."

Women in Science

To the South Pole and beyond Bust, October/November issue

The current issue of this young-feminist publication ("the magazine for women with something to get off their chests") contains a "We Love Science" section. An article called "She Blinded Me With Science" is about women making moves in male-dominated fields such as archaeology and physics. A photo spread by Rose-Lynn Fisher shows extreme close-ups of honeybees. Also, Michele Gentille gives a firsthand account of the women scientists who work at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica and of being the sous-chef for the winter there.

-Rachel Saslow


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