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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...

  • 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...

  • Where the Universe Came Fromby New Scientist

    Hodder & Stoughton 2017; US$ 15.99

    WHY GENERAL RELATIVITY LEAVES UNFINISHED BUSINESS WITH THE COSMOS A little over a century ago, a young Albert Einstein presented his general theory of relativity to the world and utterly transformed our understanding of the universe. He overturned centuries of thinking about gravity by revealing how it arises from the curvature of space and time.... more...

  • How Your Brain Worksby New Scientist

    Hodder & Stoughton 2017; US$ 15.99

    WHAT MAKES YOU, YOU? 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 that a Newton or Shakespeare excels other mortals only... by having an extra inch of brain in the right place." Today, many such suspicions are certainties. We understand the... more...

  • Will We Ever Speak Dolphin?by New Scientist

    Hodder & Stoughton 2016; US$ 10.99

    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? has the answers to these questions and many more. By 2012, over two million copies of the New Scientist 'Last Word' series had been sold. more...

  • How to Fossilise Your Hamsterby New Scientist

    Hodder & Stoughton 2016; US$ 10.99

    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...

  • Do Polar Bears Get Lonely?by New Scientist

    Hodder & Stoughton 2016; US$ 10.99

    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

    Hodder & Stoughton 2016; US$ 10.99

    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 the previous... more...

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

    Hodder & Stoughton 2016; US$ 10.99

    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...