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How to Fossilize Your Hamster

And Other Amazing Experiments for the Armchair Scientist

Mick O'Hare

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Outrageously entertaining and educational experiments from the team behind the phenomenal international bestseller Does Anything Eat Wasps? 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 O'Hare, who created the New Scientist's popular science sensations Does Anything Eat Wasps? and Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?, has the answers.
 
In this fascinating and irresistible new book, O'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.

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HOW TO FOSSILIZE YOUR HAMSTER (Chapter One)1 In the Kitchen

Plastic Milk

Can you make plastic in your kitchen?

You would imagine that you'd need some pretty noxious, smelly chemicals to make plastic, but you can actually find the things you need to make malleable, doughy pieces of it in your own home. Instead of putting vinegar on some fish and chips and crying over your spilled milk, use them to become a polymer chemist.

WHAT DO I NEED?

a pint of milk

a saucepan

a sieve or colander

a spoon for stirring

four teaspoons of white vinegar

rubber

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Mick O'Hare

  • Mick O'Hare is the production editor of New Scientist and the editor of the international bestsellers Does Anything Eat Wasps? and Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze? He lives in London. New Scientist is the bestselling and fastest growing science magazine in the world.
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And Other Amazing Experiments for the Armchair Scientist

Mick O'Hare

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