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Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?: And 114 Other Questions [Kindle Edition]

New Scientist , Mick O'Hare
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From Publishers Weekly

A sequel of sorts to the bestselling Does Anything Eat Wasps?, this compilation of readers' questions and answers published in "The Last Word" column of New Scientist Magazine prove there really is no such thing as a stupid question: reader questions "Why is nasal mucus often green?"; "Why doesn't superglue stick to the inside of its tube?"; "Why is red meat red and white meat white?"; and "What time is it at the North Pole?" all draw serious consideration from their fellow readers, as well as personal stories, myths, jokes and even a poem (on why the sea is salty). Readers will learn that helium atoms are small enough to diffuse through the elastic material of a balloon, which is why balloons deflate; they'll also learn how to hypnotize a mynah bird and why "fish don't fart"; the conflagration of trivia, knowledge, anecdote and humor should entertain just about anyone.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From Booklist

The latest collection of "Last Words" columns from New Scientist magazine, in which experts in various fields responds to readers' questions, is entertaining and enlightening. Sorted into several categories--"Our Bodies," "Weird Weather," etc.--the questions deal mainly with everyday matters. Why do we sneeze when we emerge from the shade into the light? (Theories vary.) Why do our knuckles make that sound when we crack them? (Bubbles of nitrogen gas popping in the joints.) Why do we cry when we slice an onion? (Amino acids are released into the air, acting as an irritant.) We learn a lot of interesting stuff, and it's surprising how many common questions have no definitive answer: for example, hot water either does or does not freeze faster than cold water, depending on whom you listen to. Trivia nuts, especially fans of the earlier book Does Anything Eat Wasps? (2006),not to mention David Feldman's long-running Imponderables series, will eat this one up. David Pitt
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1884 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 236 Seiten
  • Verlag: Profile Books; Auflage: FIRST (9. Juli 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B002XA6IR4
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (4 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #122.342 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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Die Kolumne der Zeitschrift "Scientist" bei der Leser scheinbar abstruse Fragen zu allen wissenschaftlichen Wissensgebieten stellen können hat schon lange Kultcharakter. Neben der Titelfrage "Warum Pinguine eigentlich keine kalten Füße bekommen" gilt es z.B. auch so spannende Fragen zu klären, ab welchem Speckgürtel Menschen sich einen derart dicken Schutzschild zugelegt haben, dass sie sogar vor Kugel geschützt sind.
Bei jeder einzelnen Frage denkt man sich: Genau, das wollte ich auch schon immer wissen. Und man bekommt tatsächlich eine Antwort. Dabei verlässt sich die Redaktion der Wissenschaftszeitschrift auf ihre Leser/innen, denn die dürfen Lösungsvorschläge machen. Die Denkansätze, die dann zur Lösung des Problems führen sind immer wieder hoch spannend und man lernt ganz nebenbei eine Menge über Grundlagen der Chemie, Biologie und Physik. Und lustig bleibt es dabei auch noch, weil die Wissenschaftler sich selbt glücklicherweise nicht zu ernst nehmen und auch noch die abstruseste Frage mit einer gleichermaßen abstrusen Lösung klären.
Auch für Nicht-Naturwissenschaftler für mich eine sehr amüsante Lektüre, die man immer wieder mal zwischendurch aufschlagen kann.

Nachdem die Fragen aus der Kolumne erfolgreich in mehreren Printbüchern erschienen sind, gibt es diese Bücher nun als kindle-Version in englisch. Die digitale Version der Bücher ist nicht nur sehr preiswert, sondern auch technisch gut aufbereitet. Man kann über das Inhaltsverzeichnis gzielt die Frage anwählen, die einen gerade interessiert. Auch grafisch hebt sich die Gestaltung der EBooks positiv vom den grauen Bleiwüsten anderer EBooks ab.

Fazit: Eine echte Kaufempfehlung.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Tolles Buch! 28. Mai 2011
Von Malbea
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Nachdem hier leider schon eine ausführliche "gefälschte Bewertung" abgegeben wurde (scheint in den Top15 ja so üblich zu sein)... eine kleine echte von mir.

Fast 2-Stunden hat mich dieses Buch mit seinen lustigen Details, über lustige anatomische Gegebenheiten von Tier und Mensch gefesselt. Teilweise hat mich das ganze an das gute Kabarett von Dr.Eckert von Hirschhausen erinnert. Genau wie er, erklärt er auf medizinisch-komödiantische- aber auch auf naturwissenschaftliche Weise und dies Seite für Seite. Ein Genuß! Den Stil des Autors finde ich nicht leicht zu beschreiben, aber wer den Schreibstil von O'Reily Head First Büchern kennt und mag, wird hiervon begeistert sein. Die Vorstellung die dem Leser vermittelt wird macht es gleichzeitig anschaulich!

vermutlich amerikanische Lektüre vom feinsten! :)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fun look at science, volume two 20. März 2010
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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. Originally expected to survive for between one and five years, the column survived way beyond that and as far as I know, it is still going strong. Two books compiled from these columns didn't do much business but a third (Does anything eat wasps?) was a huge success. Its success prompted a subsequent volume (this one), that selects questions and answers from those two unsuccessful volumes and adds questions of more recent origin. A further volume, Do polar bears get lonely?, has also proved hugely successful.

This book consists of nine chapters covering our bodies, feeling OK, plants and animals, food and drink, domestic science, our planet and universe, weird weather, troublesome transport and, for questions that don't fit easily into any of those categories, best of the rest. Note that these chapter headings are slightly different from the previous volume. Two new ones (feeling OK, food and drink) have been added while our planet and universe are combined in one chapter here.

The question that gives the book its title provoked some very good answers explaining how penguins cope with life in the Antarctic, but there`s a more interesting (at least to me) penguin question elsewhere in the book. If polar bears and penguins swapped places, could they survive. The answer seems to be that polar bears would survive in the Antarctic but they would devastate the eco-system and penguins would be particularly vulnerable. Penguins might be capable of surviving in those parts of the Arctic where there are no polar bears, but there's another species that would make their life difficult - us.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Sehr Gut und Guenstig 2. Juni 2011
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Dieses Buch is ja seh gut und guenstig. Es ist ja auf Englisch, aber es ist nicht zu schwer zu verstanden.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Entertaining, but by no means scientific 6. Dezember 2006
Von Brian Kodi - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'm not sure why there is so much excitement about this book. I've never read the "New Scientist", but I assumed the answers provided by the readers from the questions posed by the readers were well researched and/or with scientific merit. After reading the first 2-3 pages of the book, I quickly realized this was not the case. In many cases there were multiple answers to questions, and sometimes the responses were contradicting.

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...."

My comment: This response is probably the only correct one.

5. .. the cause is..the Drawing downe of the moisture of the Braine..."

My comment: Was this the humurous response?

As evident from the example above, some answers are downright ridiculous and not worth publishing, and I'm not referring to the humorous ones included purely for entertainment value. I quickly lost interest in the book, but that is not to say there aren't correct responses to some questions.

This book has more entertainment value than scientific merit.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Think and have fun! 29. November 2007
Von Kate - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Bought this after seeing it paired with PETER CAVE'S CAN A ROBOT BE HUMAN?
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!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Buy it Just to Watch the Penguin Catch and Eat the Fish as You Flip the Pages! 26. Oktober 2007
Von James N Simpson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This sequel stands out from its predecessor Does Anything Eat Wasps for one reason. There is a very realistic little drawing of an emperor penguin in the top right corner of the page. The penguin is has just hooked a fish and has it on the end of a fishing line that reaches the bottom of the page on page one. One each subsequent page the drawing is slightly altered so as you flip through the penguin firstly reels in the fish, the throws it up in the air, tilts its head back, opens its mouth and eats it. This is very clever, very well done and worth the price of the book alone.

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. For example you have two experts from the same university in Tasmania contradicting each other answering the question is the myth that hot water freezes faster than cold true? Likewise a question about bananas turning brown in the fridge, I mean ice and bananas you can do an experiment yourself and come up with the answer but for some other questions there is no way you can come up with the answer yourself so having the editors indicate which is true would be very helpful.

Some of the other questions pondered inside are -
Why on a clear day is the sky blue?
If polar bears were transported to Antarctica could they survive?
How can aircraft fly upside down?
Why do parachutes have a hole at the top?
Why do lightbulbs usually blow when first turned on and not after being on for a while?

The best book in the educational and entertaining read genre are How Slow Can you Waterski? by Simon Rogers, (also released under the title Can You Drill a Hole Through Your Head and Survive?) Dr Karl Kruszelnicki's Great Mythconceptions: The Science Behind the Myths, Q & A with Dr. K, Pigeon Poo, the Universe & Car Paint: And Other Awesome Science Moments and the rest of his books. Do Blue Bedsheets Bring Babies?: The Truth Behind Old Wives' Tales, Why Do Men Have Nipples? Hundreds of Questions You'd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Martini, Shocking Science, So Gross (Over 100 Gross-Worthy Facts) and Everything You Need to Know About the World by Simon Eliot.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Delightful Little Tidbits 27. Januar 2007
Von John Matlock - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The New Scientist magazine started something bigger than they expected when they began the 'Last Word' column. It's a column where anything goes. Some of the questions covered: Why are left-handers at greater risk of accidental death? Should you pickle your conkers? (after all this is an English book) How do ants survive in the microwave? If you were in a free-falling elevator, would jumping before you hit the ground help? This book follows the wildly successful 'Does Anything Eat Wasps?' that was issued last year at just about Christmas time. It is, as the book says, 'science for the beople, by the people, a celebration of the trivial, idiosyncratic, baffling and strange.' Besides that, it's a great bathroom book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great casual read 27. August 2007
Von Casey G. Hancock - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a great addition to New Scientist's set of scientific inquiry books. Full of answers to questions I've posed to myself while bored and some I wasn't creative enough to think of alone, I thoroughly enjoyed reading a few entries in the book each night before going to bed. The editors have done a good job of parsing through the debate surrounding some questions and provide mostly fair and complete answers. There is a thread of humor throughout the book that can almost go unnoticed, but you're bound to find yourself smiling sometimes whether you know it or not. I recommend this book to anyone with a sense of humor and inquiring mind.
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