Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Does Anything Eat Wasps?

by New Scientist

This was a blast from the past that wasn't even in my past. Let me explain. When I was a kid, I loved science. I would often grab a science book from the school or public library and lose myself in a quest to discover how things worked in this world. Of course, that was all kid stuff and once I actually had to work to learn things, I found other things to read for pleasure. But the desire to know still lives within me. I tagged this book a couple of years ago and a few weeks ago I actually checked it out. Does Anything Eat Wasps? is a collection of questions and answers from "The Last Word" column in New Scientist magazine. I guess readers can send in a science related question and, if it gets published, other readers will write in with the answer. The questions are the type that pop into one's head at a random moment, or might come up in a conversation while sharing beverages with friends. This collection contains queries from various scientific disciplines, from the inner workings of the human body ("How many different species live on or in the human body?"), to the reaches of outer space. (What would be the effect on the Earth if an alien spaceship came along and dragged the moon away?") Reading it was quite enjoyable, like reading a kids' science book and discovering a few more secrets of the universe.

It makes delightful waiting room material.
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