Curious Folks Ask 2: 188 Real Answers on Our Fellow by Sherry Seethaler

By Sherry Seethaler

Why do lizards do pushups? what is going to take place if the Earth’s magnetic box reverses? How does water get from the roots to the tops of timber? Why and the way do stars die? Is there fairly one of these factor because the eco-friendly flash? [/i]In Curious fogeys Ask 2: 188 solutions approximately Our Fellow Creatures, Our Planet, and Beyond, proficient technology explainer Sherry Seethaler provides 188 of the main attention-grabbing new questions genuine humans have requested approximately science–together with solutions which are transparent, exact, sincere, and a excitement to learn.

Like her past ebook, Curious parents Ask, the Q&As during this booklet are accumulated from Seethaler’s well known weekly column within the San Diego Union-Tribune. From the Earth’s strangest lifeforms to the private reaches of the universe. Seethaler introduces intriguing parts of study, cuts via myths, deals actual perception into what technology has learned–and unearths the ongoing mysteries scientists are nonetheless operating to appreciate.

Written in Seethaler’s trademark style, Curious fogeys Ask 2: 188 solutions approximately Our Fellow Creatures, Our Planet, and past presents refined technology in a lighthearted, fun approach. Seethaler’s solutions may also help re-light the beauty of technological know-how in readers of every age and backgrounds–and aid them intelligently interpret the newest information approximately technological know-how and drugs for years to come.

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For the title of the largest fish species that spends its entire life cycle in fresh water, contenders include the arapaima and goliath catfishes of the Amazon, the Chinese paddlefish, the Mekong giant stingray, and the Mekong giant catfish. Most of these species have become so rare that their maximum size is difficult to determine. The Guinness Book of World Records lists the Mekong giant catfish as the largest freshwater fish. In 2005, fishermen in northern Thailand caught a 646-pound Mekong giant catfish, the most massive since Thai officials started keeping records in 1981.

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