By M. Hanlon

From the writer of the bestselling The technological know-how of the Hitchhiker's advisor to the Galaxy comes one other terrific journey to an excellent extra mysterious terrain. Michael Hanlon identifies ten medical questions that we easily can not seem to resolution and explains why those compelling mysteries will stay unsolved for years to comeHow did existence start? Why are there sexes? the place did language originate? In Hanlon's frequently witty kind, he ponders the methods those questions have continued in tricky the easiest minds and asks what will be had to resolve all of it. From politics to loss of know-how, every one query has its personal set of situations conserving it again. by means of exploring those unanswerable questions, Hanlon exposessome of science's maximum failings and missteps--andcharts a hopeful course for buying technology again at the street to discovery.

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Crows lack hands, opposable fingers and thumbs. To make the hook, Betty first wedged one end of it in the sticky tape wrapped around the bottom of the glass tube and then pulled the other end at right angles with her beak. Betty had no prior training and had not watched any other crows doing this. Chimpanzees have, in similar experiments, shown themselves incapable of grasping the principle of bending a pliant piece of wire to make a hook and retrieve food. Some people would probably have trouble.

51 the ‘flash-bang’ phenomenon. Sprint races are started by a bang rather than by a flash because our brains (or at least the unconscious motor-response bits of our brains that sprinters rely on to get them off the blocks) respond to sound faster than they do to light (even though sound travels to our ears at only a millionth of the velocity of light waves). When it comes to perception the conscious parts of our brains perform a very clever editing trick to make sure that we think sound and light travel at the same speed.

Animals can be very bright. Apes, perhaps dolphins, and certainly some crows have astonished scientists and the public in recent years with displays of intelligence that were not anticipated by early researchers. Every year it seems we get new data that show that animals are probably cleverer than we thought. One of the attributes previously thought to be unique to humans was toolmaking. That notion went by the board as soon as it was discovered, in the 1980s, that chimps in east and central Africa could use moistened sticks to fish for termites.

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