Next reading selection: How to Fossilize Your Hamster: And Other Amazing Experiments for the Armchair Scientist
OK, let’s lighten things up for a while, shall we? Enough heavy reading and downer religion for a bit. I want to experiment with booze and chocolate, and let my inner science geek come out to play.
How can you measure the speed of light with a bar of chocolate and a microwave oven? To keep a banana from decaying, are you better off rubbing it with lemon juice or refrigerating it? How can you figure out how much your head weighs? Mick Oâ€™Hare…has the answers.
In this fascinating and irresistible new book, Oâ€™Hare and the New Scientist team guide you through one hundred intriguing experiments that show essential scientific principles (and human curiosity) in action. Explaining everything from the unusual chemical reaction between Mentos and cola that provokes a geyser to the geological conditions necessary to preserve a family pet for eternity, How to Fossilize Your Hamster is fun, hands-on science that everyone will want to try at home.
I got a 30% off coupon from Borders in my email this morning, so I’ll be picking up a copy and getting into it over the weekend. During the month, we’ll also talk about how to make science fun and how to communicate skepticism to the general public.
Instead of In addition to interviewing the author for this one, I’d like to interview some Skepchick readers. So if you get the book and try any of the experiments or just want to chat about it, drop me a note!