The original New Scientist Christmas book from its million-selling series, which explores everything from why bruises go through a range of colours to whether a compass would work in space.
From the phenomenal New Scientist series, with over 2,500,000 copies sold
Every year, readers send in thousands of questions to New Scientist, the world's best-selling science weekly, in the hope that the answers to them will be given in the 'Last Word' column - regularly voted the most popular section of the magazine.
DOES ANYTHING EAT WASPS? is a collection of the very best. Ever wondered why we can't eat green potatoes? Or why all the local dogs howl at emergency sirens? Or why the sea is blue inside caves? And is there anything that eats wasps? Some of the questions that seem simple are actually very complex to answer, and some that seem difficult have a very simple explanation.
New Scientist's 'Last Word' celebrates them all - the trivial, the idiosyncratic, the baffling and the strange. This is popular science at its most entertaining and enlightening for anyone who has ever wondered why bruises go through a range of colours, why airliners suddenly plummet, and whether a compass would work in space?