A new issue of The Global Spiral is out. A little risky business: The unusual properties of tiny particles contain huge promise, but nobody knows how safe they are — and too few people are trying to find out. Geometry is all: A shape could describe the cosmos and all it contains. The world's most mind-boggling questions explained: The co-author of The Origins of the Universe for Dummies explains how the universe began and how it could all end. Paul Davies on taking science on faith: Until science comes up with a testable theory of the laws of the universe, its claim to be free of faith is manifestly bogus. They may never persuade other scientists the earth is young, but creationist geologists are having an impact on other Christians. More and more on Avoid Boring People by James D. Watson. An interview with Craig Venter on his scientific love for the human genome. A review of The Genetic Strand: Exploring a Family History Through DNA by Edward Ball. A review of Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body by Jennifer Ackerman.