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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, questions... more...

  • Where the Universe Came Fromby New Scientist

    Hodder & Stoughton 2017; US$ 15.99

    In Where the Universe Came From, leading cosmologists and New Scientist explain that we still have plenty of unfinished business with the cosmos. How does the dark universe shape our cosmic destiny? What is really happening near black holes? Are we any closer to discovering the ripples in space-time predicted by Einstein? Why is relativity not... more...

  • How Your Brain Worksby New Scientist

    Hodder & Stoughton 2017; US$ 15.99

    In How Your Brain Works, leading neuroscientists and New Scientist introduce the evolution and anatomy of the brain viewed through traits such as memory, emotions, sleep, sensing and perception. The brain has long been a source of fascination. In 1819, the radical thinker and surgeon William Lawrence put it like this: "It is strongly suspected... more...

  • How Long is Now?by New Scientist

    Hodder & Stoughton 2016; US$ 9.99

    How long is 'now'? The short answer is 'somewhere between 2 and 3 seconds'. The long answer involves an incredible journey through neuroscience, our subconscious and the time-bending power of meditation. Living in the present may never feel the same. Ready for some more? Okay. Why isn't Pluto a planet? Why are dogs' noses wet? Why do hens cluck... more...

  • Farmer Buckley's Exploding Trousersby New Scientist; Stephanie Pain

    Profile Books 2011; US$ 14.66

    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...

  • New Scientist: The Origin of (almost) Everythingby New Scientist; Graham Lawton; Jennifer Daniel; Stephen Hawking

    Hodder & Stoughton 2016; US$ 31.99

    Introduction by Professor Stephen Hawking . From what actually happened in the Big Bang to the accidental discovery of post-it notes, science is packed with surprising discoveries. Did you know, for instance, that if you were to get too close to a black hole it would suck you up like a noodle (it's called spaghettification), why your keyboard is... more...

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