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    • ISBN:9781473651319
    • Publication date:01 Sep 2016

Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?

And 114 Other Questions

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Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze? is the latest compilation of readers' answers to the questions in the 'Last Word' column of New Scientist, the world's best-selling science weekly. Following the phenomenal success of Does Anything Eat Wasps? - the Christmas 2005 surprise bestseller - this new collection includes recent answers never before published in book form, and also old favourites from the column's early days.

Yet again, many seemingly simple questions turn out to have complex answers. And some that seem difficult have a very simple explanation. New Scientist's 'Last Word' is regularly voted the magazine's most popular section as it celebrates all questions - the trivial, idiosyncratic, baffling and strange. This new selection of the best is popular science at its most entertaining and enlightening.

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Since the first magazine was published in 1956, New Scientist has established a world-beating reputation for exploring and uncovering the latest developments and discoveries in science and technology, placing them in context and exploring what they mean for the future. Each week through a variety of different channels, including print, online, social media and more, New Scientist reaches over four million highly engaged readers - over a million readers for the print magazine alone.

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  • Publication date: 04 Jul 2016
  • Page count: 336
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Authors:
Nina Brochmann, Ellen Stokken Dahl

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Mission Control Management

Paul Sean Hill
Authors:
Paul Sean Hill

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Disrupt!

James Bidwell
Authors:
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