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Curious Folks Ask:
162 Real Answers on Amazing Inventions, Fascinating Products, and Medical Mysteries

By Sherry Seethaler
“Dr. Seethaler has written an excellent book for any interested student of science. She answers great questions about the world around us in this fascinating book. As a high school science teacher, I encounter many of these from my own students. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who has pondered questions starting with ‘how,’ ‘what,’ or ‘why.’”
–Ernest James Lo, Science Teacher, Woodside High School, Woodside, CA
Prepare to Be Fascinated!
Why does the flu change every year?
• What makes glue sticky?
• What causes out-of-body experiences?
• Are all brands of gas the same?
• Will adult stem cells work as well as embryonic stem cells?
• Is one “horsepower” really equal to the power of one horse?
• Why can’t you sneeze with your eyes open?
• How much does a cremated body weigh?
What causes goose bumps, earwax, dandruff, headaches? Whether it’s healthy to crack your knuckles, drink decaf, eat chocolate? What it costs to run all those LED lights around your house? It’s all here–and a whole lot more!
• Your body’s oddities: knees to knuckles, itches to sneezes -- Surprising facts about how your body grows and works
• Our ingenious inventions -- The past, present, and future of our relentless human inventiveness
• Pesky pathogens: viruses, bacteria, and prions --How they keep outsmarting us, and why it’s so hard to stay healthy
• Common chemical concoctions -- The science behind the everyday products that have transformed our lives
• Uniquely human: how we got here, how we’re unique --New lessons from genetics, archaeology, and evolutionary biology
Sherry Seethaler, a science writer and educator at University of California, San Diego, works with scientists to explain their discoveries to the public. She writes a column for the San Diego Union Tribune answering reader's questions about science and is the author of Lies, Damned Lies, and Science and most recently, Curious Folks Ask. Seethaler holds an M.S. and Master of Philosophy in biology from Yale, and a Ph.D. in science and math education from UC Berkeley. Her dissertation examined how students are taught to make sense of scientific controversy. She designed and taught the innovative university course Teaching Contemporary Scientific Controversies, and helped design UCSD's California Teach program, which prepares science and math students to teach.
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