Does Anything Eat Wasps?: And 101 Other QuestionsPaperback
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- Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 20mm | 181g
- Publication date: 3 November 2005
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1861979738
- ISBN 13: 9781861979735
- Sales rank: 26,744
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 we eat green potatoes? Why do airliners suddenly plummet? Does a compass work in space? Why do all the local dogs howl at emergency sirens? How can a tree grow out of a chimney stack? Why do bruises go through a range of colours? Why is the sea blue inside caves? Many seemingly simple questions are actually very complex to answer. And some that seem difficult have a very simple explanation. New Scientist's 'Last Word' celebrates all questions - the trivial, the idiosyncratic, the baffling and the strange. This selection of the best is popular science at its most entertaining and enlightening.
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Mick O'Hare wears one hat as production editor for New Scientist and another as editor of 'Last Word' column of questions and answers at the back of the magazine. In this latter guise he edited Profile's recent bestselling book Does Anything Eat Wasps? and its successor Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze? Mick joined New Scientist fourteen years ago after being the production editor for Autosport. Because you can take the boy out of the north but you can't take the north out of the boy, he freelances as a rugby league writer and also edits sports books. More importantly he is a lifelong supporter of Huddersfield Rugby League Club. He has a geology degree but retains a healthy disregard for crystallography.
By Mark Thwaite 10 Dec 2008
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.