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  • Does Anything Eat Wasps?by New Scientist

    Atria Books 2006; US$ 15.99

    How fat do you have to be to become bulletproof? Why do people have eyebrows? Why do pineapples have spines? How much does a head weigh? What affects the color of earwax? How quickly could I turn into a fossil? Have you ever thought up a question so completely off-the-wall, so seemingly ridiculous, that you couldn't even... more...

  • Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?by New Scientist

    Atria Books 2007; US$ 14.00

    What time is it at the North Pole? What's the chemical formula for a human being? Why do boomerangs come back? Why do flying fish fly? Do the living really outnumber the dead? Why does lightning fork? Why does the end of a whip crack? Everyone has at one time or another thought up odd questions like these,... more...

  • Do Polar Bears Get Lonely?by New Scientist

    Henry Holt and Co. 2009; US$ 17.99

    Amazing and intriguing questions and answers from the team behind the international phenomenon Why Don?t Penguins? Feet Freeze? The popular-science magazine behind the runaway international bestsellers Why Don?t Penguins? Feet Freeze? and Does Anything Eat Wasps? takes on another irresistible batch of the strange, silly, and mind-boggling... more...

  • Do Polar Bears Get Lonely?by New Scientist

    Profile Books 2010; US$ 10.65

    Do Polar Bears Get Lonely? is the third compilation of readers' answers to the questions in the 'Last Word' column of New Scientist, the world's best-selling science weekly. Following the phenomenal success of Does Anything Eat Wasps? (2005) and the even more spectacularly successful Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze? (2006), this latest collection... more...

  • Why Can't Elephants Jump?by New Scientist

    Profile Books 2010; US$ 10.65

    Well, why not? Is it because elephants are too large or heavy (after all, they say hippos and rhinos can play hopscotch)? Or is it because their knees face the wrong way? Or do they just wait until no one's looking? Read this brilliant new compilation to find out. This is popular science at its most absorbing and enjoyable. That is why... more...

  • Why are Orangutans Orange?by New Scientist

    Profile Books 2011; US$ 11.98

    Illustrated for the first time, with eighty full-colour photographs showing the beauty, complexity and mystery of the world around us, here is the next eagerly awaited volume of science questions and answers from New Scientist magazine. From ripples in glass to 'holograms' in ice, the natural world's wonders are unravelled by the magazine's knowledgeable... more...

  • Farmer Buckley's Exploding Trousersby New Scientist

    Profile Books 2011; US$ 14.65

    In August 1931, New Zealand farmer Richard Buckley hit the local headlines - or rather his trousers did. One minute they were drying in front of the fire; the next there was a huge blast and a ball of flames. Farmer Buckley's trousers had exploded. The culprit? A popular pesticide of the day, which when combined with clothing fibres unexpectedly... more...

  • Will We Ever Speak Dolphin?by New Scientist

    Profile Books 2012; US$ 10.65

    Why do birds sing at dawn? What's the slowest a plane can fly without stalling and falling out of the sky? And how long can you keep a tiger cub as a pet? Will We Ever Speak Dolphin?, the eagerly-awaited new 'Last Word' collection, has the answers to these questions and many more. Seven years on from Does Anything Eat Wasps?, the New... more...

  • Nothingby New Scientist

    Profile Books 2013; US$ 5.31

    Zero, zip, nada, zilch. It's all too easy to ignore the fascinating possibilities of emptiness and non-existence, and we may well wonder what there is to say about nothing. But scientists have known for centuries that nothing is the key to understanding absolutely everything, from why particles have mass to the expansion of the universe - so without... more...

  • How to Make a Tornadoby New Scientist

    Profile Books 2010; US$ 10.65

    Science tells us grand things about the universe: how fast light travels, and why stones fall to earth. But scientific endeavour goes far beyond these obvious foundations. There are some fields we don't often hear about because they are so specialised, or turn out to be dead ends. Yet researchers have given hallucinogenic drugs to blind people (seriously),... more...