1001 Shocking Science Facts: A Fiendish Formula for Fun

1001 Shocking Science Facts: A Fiendish Formula for Fun

Language: English

Pages: 208

ISBN: 1848580088

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Heather Fell in the Water

The Cut-throat Celts (Horrible Histories)

Season of the Sandstorms (Magic Tree House, Book 34)


The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist

The Berenstain Bears Get Their Kicks














beings in the world. It would take 27,000 spider webs to make just 0.45 kilograms (1 pound) of web. A sea slug can eat a hyrdroid (like an underwater stinging nettle) without being stung. The stinging chemical is absorbed into its skin and then stings anything that tries to eat the slug. Crickets chirp at different rates according to the temperature.They are so accurate that the temperature can be calculated from the rate of their chirping – as long as the weather is warm enough for them to

brains so they are less scared of cats.This makes the rats more likely to be caught and eaten, allowing the parasite to move into the cat! 1001 Science 075-094 Ch3.qxd 16/4/08 17:24 Page 92 92 1001 Shocking Science Facts Copepods (tiny crustaceans) often live in groups of up to a trillion (1,000,000,000,000). The cusk eel lives more than 8 kilometres (5 miles) below the surface of the sea. The bombadier beetle produces tiny explosions – up to 500 a second – which blast gases out of its

the Antarctic summer, and 1,000 in the winter, making it the least densely populated land on Earth. 1001 Science 119-142 Ch5.qxd 16/4/08 17:28 Page 142 142 1001 Shocking Science Facts Polar bears could be extinct in 100 years if climate change continues to melt the ice at the North Pole. Some people think the legendary lost city of Atlantis was on a volcanic island that exploded, destroying the city. Hydrothermal vents spit scalding-hot steam that is heated underground. Water around one

accounts for 98 per cent of the mass of the Solar System. The Crab Nebula is an area of really bright gas and was formed by an exploding star.The explosion was seen by Chinese astronomers in 1054 and was bright enough to be seen with the naked eye in daylight for 23 days after that. A white dwarf is the leftover centre of a star that has used up all its nuclear fuel. As they get older, they keep on getting cooler, and can crystallize to form gigantic diamonds! NASA – the National Aeronautics

horseshoe bats in India share their burrows with porcupines. Geese can fly up to 8 kilometres (5 miles) above the ground. Bats always turn left when they come out of a cave. The vervain hummingbird builds a nest half the size of a walnut shell and lays an egg that’s only a centimetre (0.39 inches) long. Savi’s shrew (a tiny mouse-like mammal) is so small it uses the tunnels dug by large earthworms. The largest coprolite (fossilized dinosaur faeces) measures 50 centimetres (19.6 inches) wide

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