Tales of Remarkable Birds

By Dominic Couzens

Throughout the chicken international, examples of wierd and doubtless inexplicable habit abound. For example:

Why do male Fairywrens carry plants to adult females as a nuptial reward within the pre-dawn darkness? specifically while the gift-givers will not be the reputable pals of the adult females involved, yet viewers, who moreover can give those presents in complete view of the legit mate?

Why do gangs of White-winged Choughs "kidnap" their buddies’ fledglings after which hold them of their "gang"?

Which fowl is so large, robust, and fierce that tales of it killing people abound? This ebook seems at debts of murderous Cassowaries and explains simply what may need happened.

What occurs in an albatross "divorce"?

This booklet divides the realm by means of continent and takes a chain of amazing tales from every one to demonstrate a superb range of poultry habit, each one reading the truths and the mythology at the back of every one instance. An exciting e-book from an writer with a amazing skill to have interaction his audience.

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Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves

By James Nestor

New York instances booklet Review Editors’ Choice • An Amazon most sensible technological know-how publication of 2014 • Scientific American Recommended Read

“Fascinating, informative, exhilarating.” —Wall highway Journal

Deep is a voyage from the ocean’s floor to its darkest trenches, the main mysterious areas on the earth. Fascinated by the game of freediving—in which rivals descend great depths on a unmarried breath—James Nestor embeds with a gang of oceangoing severe athletes and renegade researchers. He reveals whales that converse with different whales 1000s of miles away, sharks that swim in unerringly immediately traces via pitch-black waters, and different unusual phenomena. so much illuminating of all, he learns that those skills are mirrored in our personal amazing, and sometimes hidden, potential—including echolocation, directional feel, and the profound physically alterations people suffer whilst underwater. alongside the best way, Nestor unlocks his personal freediving talents as he communes with the pioneers who're increasing our definition of what's attainable within the wildlife, and in ourselves.

“A trip worth taking.” —David Epstein, New York occasions e-book Review

“Nestor pulls us under the skin right into a global a ways past imagining and opens our eyes to those unseen places.” —Dallas Morning News

 “This is renowned technology writing at its best.” —Christian technology Monitor

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Deadly Feasts: Tracking the Secrets of a Terrifying New Plague

By Richard Rhodes

During this very good and gripping clinical detective tale. Richard Rhodes follows virus hunters on 3 continents as they tune the emergence of a perilous new mind disorder that first kills cannibals in New Guinea, then farm animals and teens in Britain and France -- and that has already been traced to nutrition animals within the usa. In a brand new Afterword for the paperback, Rhodes experiences the newest U.S. and around the globe advancements of a burgeoning international danger.

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About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang

By Adam Frank

Now in paperback, “a exceptional mixture of technology and cultural heritage” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), About Time offers readers a peek into the leading edge of cosmology, displaying the way it is in detail wedded to the feel of our day-by-day lives.

Our universe’s “beginning” is at an finish. What does this need to do with us, right here in the world? every little thing. Our lives are approximately to be dramatically shaken—as altered as they have been by way of the discovery of the clock, the steam engine, the railroad, the radio and the web.

In About Time, astrophysicist Adam Frank permits us a peek into the leading edge of cosmology, explaining how the feel of our lives alterations besides our figuring out of the universe’s foundation. because we woke up to self-consciousness fifty thousand years in the past, our lived adventure of time, from searching and collecting to the discovery of cellphones and digital calendars, has been reworked and rebuilt repeatedly. however the newest theories in cosmology—time with out starting, parallel universes, everlasting inflation—are approximately to ship us in a brand new path.

Time is either our grandest and such a lot intimate notion of the universe. Frank tells the tale of humanity’s inner most question—when and the way did every little thing begin?—alongside the tale of ways people have skilled time, the best way our engagement with the area has allowed us to find the character of the universe and the way these discoveries tell our day-by-day event. This unbelievable e-book will switch the best way we expect approximately time and the way it impacts our lives.

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Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born

By Tina Cassidy

“Well-researched and fascinating . . . start is a smart, nearly irreverent examine a permanent daily miracle. (A-)” —Entertainment Weekly
“Wonderful. Packed jam-packed with info, an excellent mix of historical knowledge and glossy science.” —Kate Mosse, writer of the New York Times most sensible vendor, Labyrinth
“Birth is a power-packed publication. . . . a full of life, enticing, and sometimes witty learn, a unusual, eye-opening account of 1 of life’s such a lot elemental experiences.” —The Boston Globe
Published to common acclaim, Tina Cassidy’s clever, attractive publication is the 1st global background of childbirth in fifty years. From evolution to the epidural and past, Tina Cassidy provides an clever, enlightening, and impeccably researched cultural heritage of ways and why we’re born the best way we're. ladies were giving beginning for millennia yet that’s in regards to the basically consistent within the ultimate degree of the nice strategy that's human copy. Why is it that each tradition and iteration turns out to have its personal principles concerning the most sensible method to supply beginning? Cassidy explores the actual, anthropological, political, and spiritual components that experience and may proceed to steer how ladies convey new lifestyles into the world.

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Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet

By John Bradshaw

Cats were well known loved ones pets for hundreds of thousands of years, and their numbers basically proceed to upward push. this present day there are 3 cats for each puppy on this planet, and but cats stay extra mysterious, even to their so much adoring proprietors. not like canine, cats developed as solitary hunters, and, whereas many have realized to reside along people or even suppose affection for us, they nonetheless don’t rather “get us” the best way canines do, and maybe they by no means will. yet cats have wealthy emotional lives that we have to appreciate and comprehend in the event that they are to thrive in our corporation.

In Cat Sense, popular anthrozoologist John Bradshaw takes us additional into the brain of the household cat than ever earlier than, utilizing state of the art clinical study to dispel the myths and clarify the genuine nature of our pussycat neighbors. Tracing the cat’s evolution from lone predator to domesticated spouse, Bradshaw exhibits that even supposing cats and people were residing jointly for no less than 8 thousand years, cats stay self sufficient, predatory, and cautious of touch with their very own sort, characteristics that regularly conflict with our smooth existence. Cats nonetheless have 3 out of 4 paws firmly planted within the wild, and inside of just a couple of generations can simply revert again to the self reliant lifestyle that was once the specific look after in their predecessors a few 10,000 years in the past. Cats are astonishingly versatile, and given definitely the right setting they could adapt to a lifetime of domesticity with their owners—but to proceed achieve this, they are going to more and more desire our support. If we’re to stay in concord with our cats, Bradshaw explains, we first have to comprehend their inherited quirks: realizing their physique language, retaining their environments—however small—sufficiently fascinating, and turning into extra proactive in handling either their traditional looking instincts and their relationships with different cats.

A must-read for any cat lover, Cat Sense deals humane, penetrating insights in regards to the household cat that problem our most simple assumptions and promise to dramatically enhance our pets’ lives—and ours.

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What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors

By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, basketball legend and the NBA's alltime top scorer, champions a lineup
of little-known African-American inventors during this energetic, kid-friendly book.

Did you recognize that James West invented the microphone on your mobile phone? That Fred Jones invented the refrigerated truck that makes supermarkets attainable? Or that Dr. Percy Julian synthesized cortisone from soy, easing untold people's soreness? those are only many of the black inventors and innovators scoring great issues during this dynamic examine numerous unsung heroes who shared a wish to enhance people's lives. supplying profiles with speedy proof on flaps and framed by means of a humorous modern tale that includes feisty twins, here's a nod to the minds in the back of the gamma electrical mobilephone and the ice-cream scoop, advancements to site visitors lighting fixtures, open-heart surgical procedure, and extra - inventors whose ingenuity and perseverance opposed to nice odds made our global more secure, higher, and brighter.

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The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

By Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins reworked our view of God in his blockbuster, The God fable, which offered greater than 2 million copies in English by myself. He revolutionized the best way we see ordinary choice within the seminal bestseller The egocentric Gene. Now, he launches a fierce counterattack opposed to proponents of "Intelligent layout" in his New York instances bestseller, The maximum express on Earth.

"Intelligent layout" is being taught in our faculties; educators are being requested to "teach the talk" at the back of evolutionary idea. there is not any controversy. Dawkins sifts via wealthy layers of medical evidence—from dwelling examples of usual choice to clues within the fossil list; from traditional clocks that mark the big epochs in which evolution ran its direction to the intricacies of constructing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics—to make the hermetic case that "we locate ourselves perched on one tiny twig in the course of a blossoming and flourishing tree of lifestyles and it's no twist of fate, however the direct final result of evolution through non-random selection." His unjaded ardour for the wildlife turns what could have been a unfavorable argument, exposing the absurdities of the creationist place, right into a confident providing to the reader: not anything lower than a master’s imaginative and prescient of existence, in all its elegance.

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What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite

By David DiSalvo

This ebook finds a amazing paradox: what your mind wishes is usually now not what your mind wishes. actually, a lot of what makes our brains "happy" ends up in mistakes, biases, and distortions, which make getting out of our personal means super tricky.

Author David DiSalvo offers facts from evolutionary and social psychology, cognitive technological know-how, neurology, or even advertising and marketing and economics. And he interviews the various best thinkers in psychology and neuroscience this present day. From this research-based platform, DiSalvo attracts out insights that we will be able to use to spot our brains’ foibles and switch our wisdom into edifying motion. eventually, he argues, the learn doesn't serve up ready-made solutions, yet presents us with actionable clues for overcoming the plight of our complicated brains and, hence, residing extra fulfilled lives.

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Dynamics of Particles and Rigid Bodies: A Systematic Approach

Dynamics of debris and inflexible our bodies: a scientific strategy is meant for undergraduate classes in dynamics. This paintings is a special mixture of conceptual, theoretical, and sensible features of dynamics quite often no longer present in dynamics books on the undergraduate point. particularly, during this booklet the recommendations are built in a hugely rigorous demeanour and are utilized to examples utilizing a step by step technique that's thoroughly in keeping with the speculation. furthermore, for readability, the notation used to advance the idea is similar to that used to unravel instance difficulties. the results of this technique is scholar is ready to see basically the relationship among the idea and the applying of conception to instance difficulties. whereas the cloth isn't really new, teachers and their scholars will savor the hugely pedagogical process that aids within the mastery and retention of ideas. The method utilized in this e-book teaches a pupil to advance a scientific method of problem-solving. The paintings is supported through an exceptional variety of examples and strengthened by way of various difficulties for scholar resolution. An Instructor's ideas guide is out there.

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