Does Anything Eat Wasps?: And 101 Other Unsettling, Witty by New Scientist

By New Scientist

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  • Why do humans have eyebrows?
  • Why do pineapples have spines?
  • How a lot does a head weigh?
  • What impacts the colour of earwax?
  • How quick may I develop into a fossil?



have you notion up a query so thoroughly off-the-wall, so doubtless ridiculous, that you simply could not even locate the braveness to invite it? perhaps on the activities bar you have been transported by means of the wonderful thing about your beer to ask yourself, "How lengthy may possibly I live to tell the tale beer alone?" Or, biking in the course of the park, you mused, "Did nature invent any wheels?" Or having a look up on the evening sky, you had a second of angst, "What might occur if the moon unexpectedly disappeared -- if it have been vaporized or stolen by way of aliens?"

choked with enjoyable factlets, Does something devour Wasps? is a runaway bestseller all over the world. It celebrates the unusual and wacky questions -- a few trivial, a few baffling, all designated -- and their a number of solutions culled from "The final Word," a long-running column within the the world over well known technological know-how journal, New Scientist. Tackling the imponderables of daily life, glowing with humor, and bursting with pleasant erudition, Does whatever devour Wasps? is irresistibly unique and completely engrossing.

So, move on. positioned away your lab coat and your pencil -- technology is enjoyable back.

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For these reasons it is called the singer’s formant. In basses it is about 2,400 hertz, rising to 3,200 hertz or more in sopranos. The pulsating airstream has a fundamental frequency and a whole series of harmonics. Their strengths are modified by the formants to create the vowels. The art of singing is to do everything any human does but while making a pleasing sound, and using it to create a melodic line with carefully controlled variations in volume to convey feeling and expression. The technique required to become a fine singer is on a par with that required to become, say, a concert pianist.

Decapitation has the obvious disadvantage of your not being alive to see the results. However, there is a solution. Your neck vertebrae are responsible for holding your head’s weight. If you hang upside down from your feet the vertebrae in your neck move apart slightly because of the weight of your head pulling on them. To weigh your head you must simply lower yourself slowly onto a scale while hanging upside down. You continually observe the distance between the top vertebra of your neck and your skull, using, say, an ultrasound scanner, and the instant the vertebra starts moving toward the skull you stop and read the scales.

The amount of venom administered for this experimental purpose is almost as much as the stomach can hold. If administered intravenously, these doses would be tens of thousands of times the LD50—that is, the amount of venom that kills 50 percent of a group of lab animals. When venom is given orally, death is the result of the venom itself and not a by-product of its digestion—administering antiserum saves the animal. PROFESSOR JOSEPH F. GENNARO, JR. (RETIRED) University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville It is possible to build up a tolerance to arsenic and survive a dose that would normally be lethal.

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