Why the Watermelon Won't Ripen in Your Armpit: And Other Science Conundrums

Allen & Unwin, 2000 - 207 sidor
This book gives scientific answers to questions such as - Is it safe to cook in aluminum saucepans?; How do they make lipstick?, Is it safer to breathe the air inside or outside?; and Do you know the chemicals in your kitchen cabinets? The science of everyday conundra from the intriguing to the bizarre is explained in easy-to-understand language and through fascinating anecdotes about real-life experiences. Informative and entertaining, this book opens up a giant box of facts for the science literate and nonliterate alike.

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Serious stuff
Why Mandrake makes magic
For king country and chemical
When do you reach flashpoint?
Which pills of vitamin E if any?
Whats so special about coffee?
Why are wet Tshirts so educational?
How magnesium metal can sharpen your mind
Hairraising physics
Can you test a sunscreen in your urine?
Are sunplastics trustworthy?
In and out of the office
Bonfiresis it safe to breathe outside?
Out to dinnerall froth and bubbles

Whats really in the water?
What can you learn by osmosis?
Why damp clothes iron better
Speciation and oxidation number
Empathy with entropy

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Sida 68 - O for a beaker full of the warm South, Full of the true, the blushful Hippocrene, With beaded bubbles winking at the brim, And purple-stained mouth; That I might drink, and leave the world unseen, And with thee fade away into the forest dim...
Sida 127 - That all women of whatever age, rank, profession or degree, whether virgins, maids or widows, that shall from and after such Act impose upon, seduce, and betray into matrimony any of his Majesty's subjects by the scents, paints, cosmetic washes, artificial teeth, false hair, Spanish wool, iron stays, hoops, high-heeled shoes, bolstered hips, shall incur the penalty of the law now in force against witchcraft and like misdemeanours, and that the marriage, upon conviction, shall stand null and void.
Sida 32 - Alle Dinge sind Gift, und nichts ist ohne Gift, allein die Dosis macht, daß ein Ding kein Gift ist.
Sida 34 - Health' is defined by the World Health Organisation as 'a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity'.
Sida 22 - Then on the still night air, The bark of a dog is heard, A shriek! A groan! A human cry. A trumpet sound, The mandrake root lies captive on the ground.
Sida 129 - The custodian took a long-handled brush out of a box, dipped it into the nearest toilet, walked to the mirror, and scrubbed clean the lipstick. That was the last day the girls pressed their lips to the mirror!
Sida 32 - Zu exemplar, ein jegliche Speise und ein jeglich Getrank, wenn es iiber seine Dosis eingenommen wird, so ist es Gift; das beweist sein Ausgang. Ich gebe auch zu, dass Gift Gift sei; dass es aber darum verworfen werden solle, das darf nicht sein.
Sida 21 - Sadly, once mistrust sets in, the world tends to be viewed through conspiracy-tinted glasses. But it is unlikely that industry will blame itself for failure — it is much easier to blame the activists and media and think the answer is better education or management of the public.
Sida 17 - This outrage is the public's response to the discovery that it has involuntarily purchased products that may have involved genetic engineering. Voluntarily accepting a risk, compared with having it thrust upon one, can involve a thousandfold difference in outrage, according to Sandman.
Sida 129 - ... principal of a small middle school had a problem with a few of the older girls starting to use lipstick. When applying it in the bathroom, they would then press their lips to the mirror and leave lip prints. Before it got out of hand, he thought of a way to stop it. He gathered all the girls together that wore lipstick and told them he wanted to meet with them in the ladies...

Om författaren (2000)

Ben Selinger was Professor of Chemistry at the Australian National University in Canberra, and has been a visiting professor at universities in the USA, the UK, Canada, Israel, Germany and Thailand. However, he is not your average academic professor of Chemistry. He presented 'Dial a Scientist', a science talkback programme on ABC Radio, writes feature articles for the Canberra Times in addition to his fortnightly column, 'So why is it?', and is a winner of the Special Eureka Award for science communication. He has initiated and contributed to setting many national standards for consumer produces and is again on the Council of the Australian Consumers Association, publisher of Choice. He is currently Senior Associate (Canberra) with Jackson Wells Morris Communications, dealing with Science and Technology Issues management.

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