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The Handy Science Answer Book

Visible Ink. (Handy Answers). 5th ed. ed. Aug. 2019. 609p. ed. by ed. by James E. Bobick & Naomi E. Balaban. ISBN 9781578596911. pap. $22.95. REF
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What causes thunder? Rapidly expanding air releasing energy as sound. What is unusual about the fish tapeworm? It is the largest cestode to infect humans, and can reach 66 feet long. This updated entry in the “Handy Answers” series tackles frequently asked questions along with those that editors and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh librarians Bobick and Balaban find intriguing. Occasional illustrations clarify the straightforward text, which includes updated statistics, and entries such as the Insight Mars mission and STEM-related topics.
VERDICT More for dabblers than researchers, this is an enjoyable way for the scientifically inclined to while away a few hours.

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