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Curious Folks Ask: 162 Real Answers on Amazing Inventions, Fascinating Products, and Medical Mysteries

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Fascinating, plain-English answers to real science and health questions asked by real people

  • 162 questions, posed by real people, answered in light of the best current scientific understanding
  • By a truly gifted explainer of science: balanced, accurate, and a pleasure to read
  • Cuts through jargon, hype, and mystification, offering insights anyone can use to evaluate controversial claims
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    • Copyright 2010
    • Dimensions: 6 X 9
    • Pages: 224
    • Edition: 1st
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    • ISBN-10: 0-13-705738-5
    • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-705738-2

    “Dr. Seethaler has written an excellent book for any interested student of science. She answers great questions about the world around us in this fascinating book. As a high school science teacher, I encounter many of these from my own students. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who has pondered questions starting with ‘how,’ ‘what,’ or ‘why.’”

    –Ernest James Lo, Science Teacher, Woodside High School, Woodside, CA

    Prepare to Be Fascinated!

    Why does the flu change every year?

           • What makes glue sticky?

           • What causes out-of-body experiences?

           • Are all brands of gas the same?

           • Will adult stem cells work as well as embryonic stem cells?

           • Is one “horsepower” really equal to the power of one horse?

           • Why can’t you sneeze with your eyes open?

           • How much does a cremated body weigh?

    These are just a few of the fascinating science and health questions real people have asked top science writer and San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Sherry Seethaler. Curious Folks Ask brings together 162 of her best answers–all crystal-clear, accurate, quick, and a pleasure to read. Seethaler is one of this generation’s best science explainers, and it shows: Every answer is accurate, fun to read, and distilled to a single page or less! Want to know how canned air works…or nuclear bombs? What causes goose bumps, earwax, dandruff, headaches? Whether it’s healthy to crack your knuckles, drink decaf, eat chocolate? What it costs to run all those LED lights around your house? It’s all here–and a whole lot more!

    • Your body’s oddities: knees to knuckles, itches to sneezes
      Surprising facts about how your body grows and works
    • Our ingenious inventions
      The past, present, and future of our relentless human inventiveness
    • Pesky pathogens: viruses, bacteria, and prions
      How they keep outsmarting us, and why it’s so hard to stay healthy
    • Common chemical concoctions
      The science behind the everyday products that have transformed our lives
    • Uniquely human: how we got here, how we’re unique
      New lessons from genetics, archaeology, and evolutionary biology

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    Table of Contents

    Preface . . . xv

    Chapter 1 Ingenious inventions . . . 1

    Iceless icebox . . . 1

    Full of cold air . . . 1

    May the Force be with you . . . 2

    Sci-fi science . . . 3

    Catching a wave . . . 4

    Out, damned spot! . . . 5

    Glass stretch marks . . . 6

    Seeing double . . . 7

    Say what? . . . 8

    On the road again . . . 9

    Kooky clocks . . . 10

    Lost with digital . . . 11

    Era arrangement . . . 12

    Let there be light . . . 12

    Temperature tales . . . 14

    Spying on Martians . . . 15

    Otherworldly . . . 15

    Earthling outpost . . . 16

    Man or machine . . . 18

    Play ball . . . 19

    Pharaoh’s secrets . . . 20

    Dense edifice . . . 22

    Tiny toys . . . 23

    Twinkle, twinkle . . . 24

    Curly cords . . . 25

    Mr. Weasley’s collection . . . 25

    Electric synchrony . . . 27

    In chains . . . 28

    Equine engine . . . 29

    Man’s best friend v. 2.0 . . . 30

    Taking to the sky . . . 31

    Off-kilter . . . 33

    Architecture by numbers . . . 33

    Chapter 2 Chemical concoctions . . . 35

    Sticky situations . . . 35

    Strong bond . . . 37

    Black gold . . . 37

    What’s in a name? . . . 38

    Auto alternatives . . . 40

    Sugar high . . . 41

    Water fire . . . 42

    Periodic-table personalities . . . 44

    Jolt-free beans . . . 45

    Decaf danger? . . . 46

    Gently down the stream . . . 47

    Water, water everywhere . . . 48

    Reticent rubber . . . 49

    On top of Old Smoky . . . 50

    Odor eater . . . 51

    Exquisite earth . . . 51

    Drug disintegration . . . 53

    Lone nutrients . . . 54

    Rub-a-dub-dub . . . 55

    Chore tech . . . 56

    Chapter 3 Body parts . . . 59

    Toe the line . . . 59

    Surgeons’ favorite organ . . . 61

    Longer and longer . . . 62

    Tough tips . . . 62

    Ashes to ashes . . . 63

    Holey lids . . . 64

    Producing peepers . . . 64

    Guardian lashes . . . 65

    Stopping short . . . 66

    Grating habit . . . 66

    Local harvest . . . 68

    Cell selection . . . 68

    Whiter shade of pale . . . 70

    Healing potion . . . 71

    Replacement parts . . . 72

    Not so wise . . . 73

    Chapter 4 Bodily functions . . . 75

    Music of maturity . . . 75

    Prune people . . . 76

    Blinky . . . 78

    Twitchy . . . 79

    Summertime blues . . . 79

    Staying cool . . . 80

    Low thermostat . . . 81

    Sweaty gourmet . . . 82

    Impulsive impulses . . . 83

    American Lilliputians . . . 84

    Hair-raising . . . 85

    Puny puckers . . . 86

    Earplugs . . . 86

    Itchy and scratchy . . . 87

    Heart-stopping . . . 88

    Sneeze grimace . . . 88

    Photon allergy . . . 89

    Sleeping beauty . . . 90

    Yawning maw . . . 92

    Smells good . . . 94

    Tip of the tongue . . . 96

    Chapter 5 Pesky pathogens . . . 99

    Bundle up . . . 99

    Invader individuality . . . 100

    Moving target . . . 102

    Bug buddies . . . 104

    Laid low . . . 105

    Fever favor . . . 106

    Healthy as a dog . . . 107

    Keep off the grass . . . 108

    Vexing virus . . . 110

    Cure claims . . . 112

    Food zapper . . . 114

    Laboratory life . . . 116

    Building organisms . . . 117

    Tick bites . . . 118

    Oh, no–mono . . . 119

    Kitchen germs . . . 120

    Downers . . . 120

    Mad cows . . . 122

    Chapter 6 Assorted ailments . . . 125

    Two-faced warrior . . . 125

    Pimple food . . . 126

    Much ado about nothing . . . 128

    Hiccups attacking . . . 129

    Attacking hiccups . . . 130

    Gulp . . . 131

    Knee forecast . . . 132

    Brain whittling . . . 134

    Head bop . . . 135

    Cappuccino compulsion . . . 136

    Many malignancies . . . 137

    New skin . . . 138

    On the mend . . . 139

    Flakiness . . . 141

    Charley horse . . . 142

    Throbbin’ noggin . . . 143

    Heart hurt . . . 144

    Knowing thyself . . . 145

    Halo of stars . . . 146

    Hot, hot, hot . . . 147

    Chapter 7 Uniquely human . . . 149

    Odd eats . . . 149

    Sink like a stone . . . 151

    Dino breath . . . 152

    Modern man . . . 153

    World tour . . . 154

    Tree house . . . 156

    Loners . . . 157

    Living link? . . . 158

    Tears for fears . . . 160

    Blind dreams . . . 161

    Hullabaloo . . . 162

    Sentiment sites . . . 163

    Feeling groovy . . . 165

    Mad genius . . . 166

    Out of body . . . 168

    Musical mind . . . 169

    Chapter 8 Health nuts . . . 171

    Counting calories . . . 171

    Fat carbs, skinny carbs . . . 172

    Combo meal . . . 174

    Chugalug . . . 175

    Cocoa craze . . . 176

    Go the distance . . . 178

    Exercise regimen . . . 179

    Pounding the pavement . . . 180

    Totally radical . . . 182

    It’s elemental . . . 183

    Color me young . . . 184

    Vitamin virtues . . . 185

    Fuel economy . . . 186

    Fit to be sweaty . . . 188

    Red and white . . . 188

    Hold the sunny side . . . 190

    Grain of salt . . . 191

    Quicksilver . . . 193

    Index . . . 195

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