By New Scientist
Amazing and interesting questions and solutions from the group at the back of the foreign phenomenon Why do not Penguins' toes Freeze?
The popular-science journal in the back of the runaway overseas bestsellers Why do not Penguins' ft Freeze? and Does whatever consume Wasps? takes on one other impossible to resist batch of the unusual, foolish, and mind-boggling questions that plague curious minds across the world:
- Can pigeons sweat, can fish get thirsty, and will bugs get fat?- may well somebody dedicate the correct homicide by means of killing somebody the day after receiving an entire blood transfusion?- Is there the way to beat the percentages of the lottery by utilizing math?- How a lot mucus does a nostril produce in the course of the standard cold?- If pressured to consume components of your self to outlive, which non-vital organs often is the such a lot nutritious?
Culled from New Scientist's well known "The final be aware" column and edited via Mick O'Hare, the writer of How to Fossilize Your Hamster, Do Polar Bears Get Lonely? is certain to amuse and amaze up to it informs.
(And if a polar undergo seems to be lonely, it most likely capability there wasn't adequate walrus for dinner.)
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BBC Radio five stay listener It’s an attractive query, and the jury continues to be out. The coconut palm seed (Cocos nucifera) is the easiest identified of the go with the flow end result, and it's claimed that manageable coconuts were came across as some distance north as Norway. even if, those can have been tossed from ships into the North Sea instead of drifting the entire means from the Caribbean. the possibilities are coconut might sink lengthy earlier than attaining Scotland, regardless of being carried through that “river within the ocean,” the Gulf flow. there's extra probability of discovering flotsam misplaced from the shipment vessels that ply our oceans, besides the fact that. for instance, in 1992 an armada of twenty-nine thousand rubber geese and different bathtub toys have been spilled overboard in the course of a hurricane from a box send because it crossed the Pacific Ocean. Curtis Ebbesmeyer, a retired oceanographer, has been monitoring their growth. Now bleached white yet nonetheless identifiable end result of the emblem “The First Years” that's stamped on them, every one duck has a $100 fee on its head, an incentive for beachcombers to document their unearths and support scientists improve higher versions of our oceans. it truly is suggestion flotilla of those geese has reached the Atlantic by way of navigating their method in the course of the Nort Koug Thwest Passage. The geese have already proved that flotsam travels as much as two times the rate of ocean currents. To revert again to the unique query, utilizing this remark and understanding the various speeds of the Gulf circulate and North Atlantic go with the flow, it is going to take the hypothetical coconut approximately 16 months to make the adventure from the Caribbean. Mike Follows the topic of glide gadgets has occupied the minds of scientists for over 3 centuries, and of sailors much longer, in the past resulting in experiments. floor currents ascertain the speed of commute of drifting items. Bottles published within the northern a part of the West Indies take fourteen months on typical to arrive eu shores. The fastest recorded passage used to be 337 days from Hispaniola to southwest eire, a price of twelve miles consistent with day. The time wanted for an item to drift from the Caribbean or South the United States to Scotland will be longer, most likely no less than fifteen months. approximately twenty tropical plant species, together with coconut, have culmination or seeds able to closing afloat in salt water for this size of time—a few seeds have even germinated after floating around the Atlantic. even if, the nice majority of coconuts stumbled on on ecu shorelines have most likely been discarded in the neighborhood or misplaced overboard from ships. Colin McLeod get better while a vehicle crashes and its protecting air luggage are inflated, the place do the air bag covers visit cease them from breaking your nostril? Damien Hadley Air bag covers are shaped from molded plastic and feature traces equipped into them which are a lot thinner than the remainder of the canopy. while the air bag inflates, it forces its means in the course of the covers, which fracture alongside those very skinny traces. evidently, it is vital that the canopy doesn't turn into a projectile, so it additionally has different skinny sections which act as hinges.