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Why the watermelon won't ripen in your armpit : and other science conundrums

Author: B K Selinger
Publisher: St. Leonards, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Ben Selinger has answered many bizarre and fun questions which have scientific answers on his radio programme "Dial a Scientist" and in his newspaper column. This is a collection of the most  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Popular works
Miscellanea Popular works
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: B K Selinger
ISBN: 1865082899 9781865082899
OCLC Number: 48979471
Description: 207 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: Health --
Why "Genes 'r' Us" --
Why Mandrake makes magic --
Why say NO for sex? --
Antibiotic resistance : whose fault? --
Adrien asks : is it food, drug or poison? --
For king, country and chemical! --
How well do you know your cupboard's chemicals? --
Do real rotters have a sense of humus? --
Food --
Can you face science at breakfast? --
When do you reach flashpoint? --
Distilling the essence-why use steam? --
Forget the fags-cooking oil fumes can give you --
cancer! --
Guess why bananas gassed in their pyjamas taste --
ghastly? --
Anti-what? It can't be the oxygen we breathe! --
Which pills of vitamin E, if any? --
Veggie out-before they get you first! --
What's so special about coffee? --
So what if your pots and pans dissolve in the puree --
Water --
Why are wet T-shirts so educational? --
Dissolving into each other-when and why? --
What's really in the water? --
Fluoride in the water, a good idea? --
What can you learn by osmosis? --
Why superslurpers slurp --
Why damp clothes iron better --
Metals --
Aluminium and Alzheimer's disease-a connection? --
How magnesium metal can sharpen your mind and --
a pencil --
Chrome sweet chrome --
Why some metals are foiled --
Cosmetics --
Lipsticks, but don't swallow --
Perfumes-are you being conned? --
Hair-raising physics! --
Can armpits hide more than watermelons? --
Can you test a sunscreen in your urine? --
Are sunplastics trustworthy? --
In and out of the office --
Why leave condoms on the copier --
Do you really know the fax? --
Bonfires-is it safe to breathe outside? --
Hayfever-is it safe to breathe inside? --
Out to dinner-all froth and bubbles --
How stable is your foam? --
Where are bubbles born? --
Serious stuff --
Speciation and oxidation number --
Borrowed time --
Hard and soft in chemistry --
Long and short-Fourier transforms --
Empathy with entropy --
Radioactivity revisited.
Responsibility: Ben Selinger.
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