Aside from opening up this feature to zingers, this edition's title is a reference to the new book by NPR Science Correspondent Joe Palca and Science Friday's Flora Lichtman. The authors' book Annoying: the Science of What Bugs Us searches for explanations for why things get under our skin. It explores the psychology, evolutionary biology and anthropology behind things that annoy us. The book has gotten the pair quite a bit of attention of late and we wanted to share a small selection with you.
-- The Washington Post Outlook section commissioned an article from Joe and Flora about cell phones
-- In the Los Angeles Times, Joe and Flora explained a formula derived from their research
-- The authors explained three key components for rules they developed in the Guardian
Joe is, of course, also doing a book tour, even making an appearance at my neighborhood library (hey, it was a big deal to me)! If the articles above pique your interest, check him out if he rolls into your town. Just try not to monopolize the Q & A portion because that, that is just annoying...