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Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?: And 114 Other Questions Paperback – June 5, 2007
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Here is an example of a question from page 4:
Question: ... people tend to sneeze when they go from dark conditions into very bright light. What is the reason for this?
Response summaries (paraphrasing where there are no quotes):
1. "Photons get up your nose!"
My comment: Very eloquent and thoughtful.
2. The warming of the air under the nostrils cause an upward movement of dust particles and hair fibres, and within seconds, sneezing occurs.
My comment: Anyone who has this condition knows that sneezing can occur instantly after the eyes are exposed to sunlight. Further, sneezing is possible by looking at artificial light, which provides no warming of the air from a distance.
3. This condition is evolutionary and gives the "sunsneezers" an advantage in added protection from harmful sunrays resulting from the depletion of the ozone layer.
My comment: The depletion of the ozone layer is a recent phenomenon. Genetic mutations resulting in improved functionality would take much longer than the time it has taken for ozone depletion to develop.
4. "...The sneeze occurs because the protective reflexes of the eyes and nose are closely linked. Likewise, when we sneeze our eyes close and also water....Read more ›
2 really good books geared to getting you thinking in an enjoyable way. Just don't accept things -we need the reason why! I do recommend buying them together as they use your brain in a different sort of way and Cave's book made me laugh as well!
Anyway the main emphasis of this book, like Does Anything Eat Wasps is a collection of 115 questions pondered by readers of New Scientist magazine, published in their popular Last Word column. This column sort of works like a hard copy version of an online discussion board where other readers write in with the answer to the question. Obviously a lot of readers of Newscientist are experts in a particular field or another but not all of them are and the so called experts also disagree with each other. There are also some funny answers by people who obviously have no idea but want to add something anyway. Such as one of the answers to Why Do Sheep Run Away in a Straight Line In Front of a Vehicle Down the Road Rather Than to the Side of the Road being because sheep know human psychology they know with bloodlust its harder to run down an animal than just hit it. Likewise someone answers why birds void themselves on you from a great height is because lower isn't much of a challenge!
The only disappointing thing about this book is that it doesn't indicate which is the correct answer, the book needs little symbols or something with correct, wrong or we haven't verified this answer yet.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fun read for the knowledge and comprehension based crowd. Some of those overlooked questions... answered.
Please sir, may I have another book?
It's a book, what does one say about a product like this. I wanted one and I now have itPublished on April 3, 2013 by Michael J. Blais
It was an ok book it was not funny exciting like bound and broken
by the way if you have not read that book
In 1994, the New Scientist started a column, The last word, devoted to everyday science questions asked by readers, with answers also provided by readers. Read morePublished on May 13, 2009 by Peter Durward Harris
Fun to read. It also caught the attention of my teenagers. It has many interesting facts that worked their way into meal time discussions and questions during a long road trip. Read morePublished on April 21, 2009 by Abbey Strauss
I thought this would be a book with real scientific answers to trivial, everyday phenomena. What I got was a book with a question, followed by a bunch of answers from mostly... Read morePublished on March 25, 2009 by Andy Anderson
The 'New Scientist' is a weekly magazine, first published in 1956, that covers the recent happenings in the scientific world. Read morePublished on November 30, 2008 by Craobh Rua