Science & Technology

The Why Files

The Why Files

The Why Files, the witty Web site that brings us the science behind the news, is bucking trends once again by going from online to print. The Why Files book, published in April by Penguin for readers who “love accurate science served up with humor,” tackles topics ranging from how poker can make you sick to why racehorses have big butts. An online science magazine launched by University Communications in 1996 with support from the National Science Foundation, The Why Files features new stories each week at

Published in the Summer 2009 issue


  • Julie February 26, 2024

    what happened to the site? Is there a way to access info? I’m looking for the story about sand castles

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