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The handy science answer book
4th ed.
Publication Information:
Canton, MI : Visible Ink Press, 2011.
Physical Description:
viii, 679 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
General science, mathematics, and technology. Introduction ; Societies, publications, and awards ; Numbers ; Mathematics ; Computers -- Physics and chemistry. Energy, motion, and force ; Light, sound, and other waves ; Electricity and magnetism ; Matter ; Chemical elements ; Temperature, measurement, and methodology -- Astronomy and space. Universe ; Stars ; Planets and moons ; Comets and meteorites ; Observation and measurement ; Exploration -- Earth. Air ; Physical characteristics ; Water ; Land ; Volcanoes and earthquakes ; Observation and measurement -- Climate and weather. Temperature ; Air phenomena ; Wind ; Precipitation ; Weather prediction -- Minerals, metals, and other materials. Rocks and minerals ; Metals ; Natural substances ; Man-made products -- Energy. Fossil fuels ; Renewable and alternative energy ; Nuclear energy ; Measures and measurement ; Consumption and conservation -- Environment. Biomes, ecological cycles, and environmental milestones ; Pollution and wastes ; Recycling and conservation ; Extinct and endangered plants and animals -- Biology. Cells ; Viruses, bacteria, protists, and fungi ; DNA, RNA, and chromosomes ; Genetics and evolution ; Classification, laboratory tools, and techniques -- Plant world. Introduction and historical background ; Plant diversity ; Plant structure and function ; Flowers and unusual plants ; Trees and shrubs ; Soil, gardening, and farming -- Animal world. Introduction and historical background ; Animal characteristics and activities ; Sponges, coelenterates, and worms ; Mollusks and echinoderms ; Arthropods : crustaceans, insects and spiders ; Fish, amphibians, and reptiles ; Birds ; Mammals ; Pets -- Human body. Introduction and historical background ; Tissues, organs, and glands ; Bones and muscles ; Skin, hair, and nails ; Blood and circulation ; Nerves and senses ; Digestion ; Reproduction and human development -- Health and medicine. Health hazards and risks ; First aid and poisons ; Diseases, disorders, and other health problems ; Health care ; Diagnostic equipments, tests and techniques ; Drugs and medicines ; Surgery and other treatments.
"Presenting a fun and educational way to explore the wonders of the world of science, this newly updated edition poses and answers 2,200 questions, providing an abundance of original and interesting science facts. Children and adults will uncover some of the most interesting, unusual, and quirky science curiosities such as: Are cell phones dangerous to your health? Is the same strain of yeast used to make different types of beer? What is the cleanest fossil fuel? What is the largest invertebrate? Readers will find this informative and enjoyable resource is chock full of hundreds of intriguing science and technology topics, from the inner workings of the human body and outer space to math, computers, planes, trains, and automobiles"--