By Jay Ingram
Ever ask yourself why onions make you cry? Or why lizards do pushups? Or why leaves swap colour within the fall?
Don’t fear, you’re no longer on my own. Acclaimed technology author and broadcaster Jay Ingram wonders an analogous issues. After an extended occupation of asking vital questions (Does time accelerate as we age? How a lot Neanderthal is in me? Why do a little animals throw their feces?), he’s right here to place our medical quandaries to relaxation. during this insightful, witty publication for curious readers of every age, Jay stocks his favourite head-scratchers and mind-benders, settling urgent questions, such as...
-What is déjà vu?
-Why have been Tyrannosaurus Rex’s fingers so short?
-Why are you suffering from mosquitoes whereas your folks aren’t?
-Does your cat truly like you?*
-What is déjà vu?
...along with every thing you ever questioned approximately human echolocation, Bigfoot and farts (though no longer all at once).
Whimsically illustrated and chock-full of enjoyable technological know-how evidence (and fictions), this ebook will pride and shock your internal technology geek.
*SPOILER: She really thinks you’re a bigger, dumber model of her mom.
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The group with money at stake and the distracted group each putted worse when faced with these challenges compared to putting without them. But the students putting while being videotaped did fine—their performance didn’t decline with that challenge in place. That was interpreted to mean that these students were used to being recorded, and so they didn’t have to think about being videotaped and avoided having it affect their performance. They were, in effect, inoculated against the pressure that leads to choking, whereas the others weren’t.
We all know that if you bash your thumb, the damage done will soon reveal itself as a mark on the nail, and that blemish gradually migrates out toward the tip of your thumb as the nail grows. Sometimes, if there’s a tiny amount of bleeding, the mark left is what’s called a splinter hemorrhage, a tiny straight line pointing toward the end of the thumb. These formations actually tell you something about the growth of your nail: the underside of the nail is striped with grooves that match similar channels on the surface of the tissue beneath the nail.
Archeologists have found definitive evidence that tribe-on-tribe and band-on-band disputes were frequent and gruesome. The weapons of choice were typically spears and axes. Deaths were gory and crude. The mere sight of blood was bad news. At some point in those conflicts, the best opportunity for survival—at least for noncombatants, such as children and young women—might have been to faint. A body lying in a heap on the ground could easily be overlooked, while one still upright remained a prime target.
The Science of Why: Answers to Questions About the World Around Us by Jay Ingram