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Did NASA really spend millions creating a pen that would write in space? Is chocolate poisonous to dogs? Does stress cause gray hair? These questions are just a sample of the urban lore investigated in this eBook, Fact or Fiction: Science Tackles 58 Popular Myths. Drawing from Scientific American’s “Fact or Fiction” and “Strange But True” columns, we’ve selected 58 of theDid NASA really spend millions creating a pen that would write in space? Is chocolate poisonous to dogs? Does stress cause gray hair? These questions are just a sample of the urban lore investigated in this eBook, Fact or Fiction: Science Tackles 58 Popular Myths. Drawing from Scientific American’s “Fact or Fiction” and “Strange But True” columns, we’ve selected 58 of the most surprising, fascinating, useful and just plain wacky topics confronted by our writers over the years. Each brief article uncovers the truth behind everyday mythology, starting with Section One, “In the Animal Kingdom,” where we examine some of the more outlandish claims about our fellow earthly inhabitants, such as whether elephants really remember everything and whether a cockroach can live without its head.  Other sections cover reproduction, the environment, technology and personal and mental health. While the answers to some questions, such as whether toilets really do flush in the opposite direction south of the Equator, may only serve to raise your Trivial Pursuit knowledge, others, such as whether to pee on a jellyfish sting or wake a sleepwalker, may come in handy. Although this eBook represents a fraction of circulating folk wisdom and urban mythology, we hope that it’s an enjoyable fraction and that it encourages you to do some debunking yourself....

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Fact or Fiction: Science Tackles 58 Popular Myths Reviews

  • Lenie Gervero
    2019-05-18 08:13

    quick read for facts thirsty or just to feed your obsession for random facts

  • Book
    2019-05-23 06:16

    Fact or Fiction: Science Tackles 58 Popular Myths by Scientific American"Fact or Fiction: Science Tackles 58 Popular Myths" is a light compendium of columns collected by Scientific American. This eBook uncovers the truth behind 58 common myths broken out by eight categories. It's a fun light read that can be read in any particular order at any time. This curious 215-page eBook contains 58 articles mainly from 2007 and is broken out into the following eight sections: 1. The Animal Kingdom, 2. Babies and Parents, 3. The Environment: Earth and Space, 4. Technology, 5. Health Habits, 6. The Body, 7. Mind and Brain, and 8. Miscellany.Positives:1. Well-written, accessible and varied selection of short articles on popular myths.2. Interesting and fun topics for everyone. Fun to read at any time and in any order.3. Scientific American has a good reputation for being an honest truth searcher.4. The animal kingdom is full of fascinating myths. Spoiler alert. "These "virgin births" raised eyebrows because this asexual method of reproduction, called parthenogenesis, is rare among vertebrates: only about 70 backboned species can do it (that's about 0.1 percent of all vertebrates)."5. Insects have their idiosyncrasies too.6. So do pets keep children from developing allergies? Find out.7. So do babies really resemble their dads more than their mothers? Find out.8. Myth will obviously vary in interest...consider the following, can males lactate? It sucks not to know, find out.9. Music and how it relates to babies. Spoiler alert, "I would simply say that there is no compelling evidence that children who listen to classical music are going to have any improvement in cognitive abilities," adds Rauscher."10. Some of my favorite articles have to do with astronomy.11. So what causes those beautiful sunsets?12. Singing black holes...ok if that doesn't get your attention.13. So what is healthier for you? Raw or cooked veggies?14. Some interesting myths on water. I'm all wet you say?15. Is it time to stop using antiperspirants? Find out.16. Here's a popular myth, does urinating on a jellyfish sting really ease the pain?17. Hear all about it...cell phones and cancer.18. Myths involving the brain are among my favorites. Sleepwalking, lack of sleep, and half a brain...19. Does testosterone cause violence?20. And some miscellaneous myths to close out the book.Negatives:1. No links to original sources.2. No formal bibliography.3. Lacks scientific rigor or depth.4. Most of the articles seem to be from 2007.5. Not in the same league as John Brockman's series of books from the Edge just a fun, and light alternative.6. There are much better scientific myths out there. Myths involving planes, cars, the human body, etc...In summary, these types of books are always fun to read. You are bound to be surprised at popular myths you thought were true only to be debunked. Easy to read and jump around to your favorite myths. It lacks scientific rigor and provides no original sources. This book is intended for the masses and those looking for water-cooler material.Further recommendations: "This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking" and "This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works" edited by John Brockman, "Tales of the Rational : Skeptical Essays About Nature and Science" by Massimo Pigliucci, "Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud" by Robert Park, "Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy" by Robert M. Hazen "Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America" by Shawn Lawrence, "Lies, Damned Lies, and Science: How to Sort Through the Noise Around Global Warming, the Latest Health Claims, and Other Scientific Controversies (FT Press Science)" by Sherry Seethaler, "For the Love of Physics: From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time - A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics" by Walter Lewin, and "Science Under Siege: Defending Science, Exposing Pseudoscience" by Kendrick Frazier.

  • Marsha
    2019-05-17 03:15

    This book was much more than I thought it would be. I expected that it would be basically a list of old wives tales with descriptions of why they were true and why anyone who believed them was really silly. You know, just the fluff book for me to play with. It really is so much more than that! There were some old wives tales, but the descriptions were not nearly as offhand negative as I kind of expected. What was more interesting when there were several things that were kind of questionable, or not even considered by me, and there are full descriptions of what is happening and why people may or may not think particular conclusions can be drawn. I learned a lot from it, despite the fact that I really didn't expect to. My one negative thing that I have to say is that a couple of topics going way too much into the depth! Seriously, if I were that interested in some of this, I would have studied it in college. Something more than just a once over instant is desirable, but seriously. I didn't go into g because I really don't need to know all of the details of DNA. Really. Just a few. I found myself skimming up to you of the overly excessive descriptions. But overall, it was really a pleasant surprise (although it really wasn't the easy read that I already knew all along anyway :-))

  • Roger
    2019-05-17 04:16

    This is a good book to dip into. Fifty eight myths are objectively examined to determine whether they carry some truth, starting with the toxic effects of chocolate on dogs (it is, depending on the weight of the dog and the amount and the type of the chocolate) and finishing with whether a spoon can keep champagne bubbly (it's not necessary - just keep it cold). The myths are a mixture of the trivial and the serious and whilst it refers to them as "popular myths" there are some I'd never heard of, such as that males can lactate (it can happen under some exceptional circumstances, such as if there is a pituitary tumour produces prolactin). All of the information in the book has been previously published in Scientific American, in many cases in 2007 or 2008, but, whilst it doesn't say so, in at least one instance the information has been updated because an article on the necessity or otherwise for a big toe, originally published in 2007, makes reference to Oscar Pistorius competing in the 2012 Olympics.Overall, this is an entertaining collection of articles which lays some ghosts to rest.

  • John
    2019-05-20 01:16

    A collection of columns gathered from Scientific American--mostly, I think, 2007 issues. This made a great book to have on my Kindle app for those times when time hung a little heavy but there wasn't quite enough of it to start a whole big novel or monograph--like a short subway or bus ride. Here's the whole collection's money line:"Moreover, the human body cannot eat without the head, ensuring a swift death from starvation should it survive the other ill effects of head loss."Also picked up some useful vocab: "poikilothermic" = cold blooded. "suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN)" = the mammalian brain's biological clock. "pycnometer" = an instrument used to measure displacement.

  • Steve Mitchell
    2019-05-17 03:13

    This is basically a collection of articles from Scientific American that either backs up or refutes many of the facts we all know and often take for granted. It makes a nice little read to dip into every now and then

  • Jo Golding
    2019-04-30 01:05

    An enjoyable little read - some interesting myths about science thoughtfulyl covered in a few pages each.

  • Dean
    2019-05-14 01:01

    This is a quick fun read for any science buff. I believe the ebook was a couple dollars online from B&N. If you like Myth Busters, give it a try.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-26 07:11

    A fun quick read, with explanations that can be understood by the general public.