Does Anything Eat Wasps?: And 101 Other Questions (Paperback)
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Short Description for Does Anything Eat Wasps? Every year, readers send in thousands of questions to "New Scientist" magazine in the hope that the answers to them will be given in the 'Last Word' column. This title presents a collection of the best that have appeared, including: why can't we eat green potatoes; why do airliners suddenly plummet; and, does a compass work in space.
- Published: 03 November 2005
- Format: Paperback 256 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781861979735 ISBN 10: 1861979738
- Sales rank: 21,130
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Does Anything Eat Wasps?
Every week, readers send in hundreds of questions to the New Scientist magazine's hugely popular Last Word column. Does Anything Eat Wasps? (like its companion volumes Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze? and How to Fossilise Your Hamster) is a wonderful collection bringing together the best questions and answers, both supplied by the magazine's readers, that have appeared over the last few years. As a book, it works as a great introduction to some fascinating scientific facts. Why do geese fly in a "V" shape? Why does lemon juice stop cut apples from browning? Is Britain sinking in the South and rising in the North? What purpose does the appendix serve? And, of course, does anything eat wasps!? (The answer, it turns out, is yes, lots of things -- including 133 species of birds!) The questions are quirky and the answers are illuminating. This is a great little treat of a book -- and a superb way to introduce anyone to the crazy wonders of science and the natural world. by Mark Thwaite