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The Curious Science of Humans at War

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Before radar was developed, acoustic horns like at Bolling Field in Washington D.C. were used to detect the sound of approaching enemy aircraft.

When you think about military science, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Bombs and guns, right? Well, that’s not what interests the writer Mary Roach, who has a habit of seeking out eccentric scientific corners. She’s not so much curious about the killing as she is about the keeping alive. That curiosity led her to research into the battlefield’s more obscure threats: exhaustion, shock, bacteria, panic, even turkey vultures. Roach is coming to Utah, so we're rebroadcasting our conversation with her about the science of humans at war. (Rebroadcast)

On Wednesday, June 21, at 7:00 p.m. Mary Roach sits down with Ellen Fagg Weist of The Salt Lake Tribune. That's at The City Library in downtown Salt Lake City. The event is co-hosted by Weller Book Works. It's free, but registration is required. Visit slcpl.org to learn more and to register.

Mary Roach is the author of the books Stiff, Spook,Bonk, Packing for Mars, and Gulp. Her latest book is called Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War [Amazon|Indie bookstores|Audible].

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