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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...

  • Question Everythingby New Scientist

    Profile Books 2014; US$ 10.65

    All science begins with questions: How does that happen? What am I seeing here? Why do these birds do that? When will we have proof for this? And often the simplest questions can lead to amazing insights into our world, our universe and ourselves. Here are over 100 intriguing questions and answers from all the sciences, including medicine,... more...

  • Why Can't Elephants Jump?by New Scientist

    Pegasus Books 2011; US$ 13.99

    From the editors that brought you Why Don?t Penguin?s Feet Freeze? and Do Sparrows Like Bach? ,an exploration of the weird and wonderful margins of science?the latest in brilliant New Scientist series What?s the storage capacity of the human brain in gigabytes? Why is frozen milk yellow? Why do flamingos stand on one leg? And why can?t... 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 Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?by New Scientist

    Profile Books 2010; US$ 12.78

    Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze? is the latest 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? - the Christmas 2005 surprise bestseller - this new collection includes recent answers never before published... 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...