Does Anything Eat Wasps? : And 101 Other Questions, Paperback

Does Anything Eat Wasps? : And 101 Other Questions Paperback

Edited by Mick O'Hare

Part of the New Scientist series

3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Science: general issues
  • ISBN: 9781861979735



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A collection of questions culled from the New Scientists "Last Word" column, where the public pose questions and the public answers, includes some editoral answers as well. Fun, witty and informative.

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I've had a couple of these New Scientist compilations but I have to say, this first one is still my favourite. Like the others in the 'series' it is a collection of letters from the magazine's brilliant 'Last Words' page, where questions can be submitted for other readers to answer. These questions - and their answers - can be brilliant, serious, hilarious or pithy by turn. Have you, for example, ever wondered how frost makes those pretty patterns on your window? Or why you feel more pain two days after exercising than you do the first day? Perhaps you've pondered why dark drinks give you a worse hangover than clear ones, or idly considered how long a head can still be said to be 'alive' after it is chopped off? The answers are all here! A brilliant little book for idling away an hour or two...

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Taking its cue from the popular New Scientist column 'The last word', this book is a collection of the weird and wonderful questions that people have asked of other readers of the magazine. Like the other book 'Why don't penguin's feet freeze', this book takes its title from one of the odder enquiries in the text.Apparently is transpires that actually an awful lot of different things eat wasps, ranging from various creepy crawlies to birds and larger animals.Full of questions that will make you go 'I always wondered that...' and answers that will make you say 'oh, right, now I see!', this book is a little treasure trove of invention and interest!

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