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Do Polar Bears Get Lonely?: And 101 Other Intriguing Science Questions [Paperback]

New Scientist
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9 Oct 2008
Do Polar Bears Get Lonely? is the third 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? (2005) and the even more spectacularly successful Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze? (2006), this latest collection includes a bumper crop of wise and wonderful answers never before seen in book form.As usual, the simplest questions often have the most complex answers - while some that seem the knottiest have very simple explanations. 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 all-new and eagerly awaited selection of the best again presents popular science at its most entertaining and enlightening.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books; First Edition edition (9 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846681308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846681301
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New Scientist, the world's leading science & technology weekly magazine, was launched in 1956 "for all those men and women who are interested in scientific discovery, and in its industrial, commercial and social consequences".

The brand's mission is no different today - New Scientist reports, explores and interprets the results of human endeavour and issues that affect us all, explaining why a development is significant as well as putting social and cultural context around it.

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'Sure to be another Christmas hit' Independent. 'A fascinating book' BBC Focus. 'It does have wonderful laughs' Sunday Tribune. 'It's interesting, it's accurate and it's science without the boring bits - If you're thinking of buying it as a present then it's something for the intelligent, thinking reader to keep' The Bookbag.

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Do spiders get thirsty? How long would it take a cow to fill the Grand Canyon with milk? How do they get the stripes on toothpaste? Plus ninety-four other questions answered.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and informative 14 Nov 2008
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
This book is made up from readers' answers to a broad range of questions posed in the New Scientist magazine. In many cases the questions are more intriguing than the answers (which can get fairly scientific) - one example being: if you were to eat your own body, what would be the LEAST nutritious part?! Because the answers are all written by different individuals, they vary in tone from being highly technical to very amusing. But for the most part the answer to the question "Do scientists have a sense of humour" would most definitely be yes.

It's a great book to flick through with no one answer taking more than a couple of minutes to read. I can think of several men who would consider this the perfect book to have sitting by the toilet. I bought this book for a bright eleven year old who thinks it's brilliant. Entertaining and informative.

And do Polar Bears get lonely? Apparently not. Other polar bears represent competition for food and are invading their territory. Mother bears tolerate their own offspring until they are fully grown, but then they are expected to find their own territory.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great for those who love bizare facts! 3 Nov 2008
By Anna
great for those who love bizare facts or those who your not really sure what to get for a present! does anything eat wasps is the best in the new scientist series though, but if your getting this for a fact lover then they will probably have that already! a great stocking filler!
my favourite is how long would it take to fill the grand canyon with milk?
about 20,000 years! if you want to know why get the book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great selection of questions answered 2 April 2009
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Following the success of Does Anything Eat Wasps?: And 101 Other Questions (New Scientist) and Why don't penguins' feet freeze?, this volume offers further questions and answers from the world of science. Although the titles of all three books are wildlife questions, the subjects raised cover many different aspects of science.

In this book, the first section is about food and drink and the first question asks why crown caps on beer bottles always have 21 sharp bits. To be honest, I don't think I ever counted how many there were, but the question is rewarded with two answers that tell you everything that you could wish to know. It appears that 21 is now a worldwide standard although early caps had 24.

The second section is titled domestic science, and as a user of striped toothpaste I was particularly interested in the explanation of how this works. Another question in this section, this time about a cut-glass accident, initially produced incorrect responses, but the final answer is correct.

The third section explores our bodies. One of the questions is from somebody who finds it easier to sleep while travelling than in bed. This could be caused by thinking too much. Some people find that, once the day is done and they get into bed, that is the one opportunity they have to think clearly without any distractions. I'm assuming that such people don't have a partner, although the book doesn't mention this.

After a section titled Feeling OK?, which is mostly about viruses, there's the plants and animals section featuring the title question.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Snappy 16 April 2009
By Nicola
I found this book really intriguing. I have been reading it on and off for a while now but as the answers all come from differnt people I couldn't really sink into it, like I have done other books. Most of the answers are entertaining and informative at the same time however, and I think it was well worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and entertaining for all ages 2 Mar 2009
By Steve
Dip in and out at random, or read the whole thing straight through - this is another fascinating selection of scientific questions and answers from New Scientist magazine. Effectively written by the reader, books like this are only ever going to be as good as the quality of questions and answers themselves. Thanks to some very knowledgable and fluent contributors, this one's pretty good! It doesn't require heavy concentration, so sit back and let the facts wash over you - or buy it as a gift for someone else. Guaranteed to fascinate and amuse.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun for all ages 11 Nov 2008
This book is such fun - it's got silly facts and everyday facts - full of things you never thought you needed to know that suddenly seem indispensable!
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This is a nice and easy to read book.
Full of strange things, and strange questions that we might always encounter but never knew the answer.

Whereas there are other similar books that i find more interesting, this is a very nice complementary book. I would like to see some more questions, i would like it to be somewhat bigger, and sometimes i dont feel that we need 3-4 answers for 1 question. It is a waste of space and time. I get bored reading the same answers by different persons.

While not the best of its kind, it is still very nice... after all it's price is very low.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boring!!!! (for your friends) 18 Nov 2008
Do Polar Bears Get Lonely?: And 101 Other Intriguing Science Questions

This is a must for the loo!
Open any page and its fun.
The problem is when you meet and greet, the facts are all in your head and you can't wait to share them.
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This book really makes you think but I would definitely recommend it to everyone else who loves puzzles/riddles/answering difficult questions
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting stuff
a great stocking filler - a mine of useless information full of interesting stuff that will come in handy for trivial pursuits etc
Published 7 months ago by lisa sauvage
5.0 out of 5 stars Lonely polar bears?
Well I've never really thought about the bears being lonely, so I loved this book. A wonderful book, hilarious in places. Read more
Published 8 months ago by emell
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
fabby books, collect for children, highly recommended too for adolescents & adults . Already subscribe to New Scientist magazine, which is very informative
Published 18 months ago by Mrs Colleen Lacey-Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars do polar bears get lonely
quirky questions answered. unusual quirky questions answered. unusual quirky questions answered. unusual . bit like the programme qi. would recommend
Published 19 months ago by Derek Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and entertaining book
I bought book for a friend. It arrived both swiftly and well packaged. My friend loved it (as did I). Very pleased with this purchase.
Published 21 months ago by Bex & James
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for Random Dipping
This is one of those books for leaving lying around and picking up in a spare ten minutes.
Much of it is very interesting, but I certainly get random fact overload after a few... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Simon Binning
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