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    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...

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    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...

  • 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...

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    Profile Books 2010; US$ 10.65

    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...

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    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...

  • Does Anything Eat Wasps?by New Scientist

    Profile Books 2010; US$ 10.65

    Every year, readers send in thousands of questions to New Scientist, the world's best-selling science weekly, in the hope that the answers to them will be given in the 'Last Word' column - regularly voted the most popular section of the magazine. Does Anything Eat Wasps? is a collection of the best that have appeared, including: Why can't... more...

  • How to Fossilise Your Hamsterby New Scientist

    Profile Books 2010; US$ 10.65

    How can you measure the speed of light with chocolate and a microwave? Why do yo-yos yo-yo? Why does urine smell so peculiar after eating asparagus (includes helpful recipe)? How long does it take to digest different types of food? What is going on when you drop mentos in to cola? 100 wonderful, intriguing and entertaining scientific experiments which... 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...