New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

December 1, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The hidden half of nature : the microbial roots of life and health

November 30, 2015
Montgomery, David R., 1961- author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
309 pages ; 24 cm
Dead dirt -- Thinking small -- Looking into life -- Better together -- War on the soil -- Underground allies -- Too close to home -- Inner nature -- Invisible enemies -- Feuding saviors -- Personal alchemists -- Tending the garden -- Courting ancient friends -- Cultivating health.
"Prepare to set aside what you think you know about yourself and microbes. Good health--for people and for plants--depends on Earth's smallest creatures. [This book] tells the story of our tangled relationship with microbes and their potential to revolutionize agriculture and medicine, from garden to gut"--Dust jacket flap.

Eye of newt and toe of frog, adder's fork and lizard's leg : the lore and mythology of amphibians and reptiles

November 30, 2015
Crump, Martha L., author.
viii, 320 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Talk to the animals -- In the beginning : creation myths -- Snakes : "good" or "evil"? -- Songs and thunderbolts : frogs, snakes, and rain -- A second chance : frogs, snakes, and rebirth -- Of love, morals, and death : amphibians and reptiles in folktales -- The lighter side : trickster tales and "how" and "why" stories -- Tailless wonders, naked serpents, and fire lizards : perception of amphibians through folk beliefs -- Marshmallow-eaters, Methuselahs, spiny-backs, were-lizards, and protectors : perception of reptiles through folk beliefs -- Move aside, Viagra : reptile sexual power -- Pick your poison - blood, venom, skin, or bones : folk medicines -- Like a hell-broth, boil and bubble : witchcraft and magic -- "How 'bout them toad suckers" : other ways we use amphibians and reptiles -- Singing tuatara from their holes.

Life's greatest secret : the race to crack the genetic code

November 24, 2015
Cobb, Matthew, author.
New York : Basic Books, 2015.
xiv, 434 pages, [16] unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Life's Greatest Secret is the story of the discovery and cracking of the genetic code. This great scientific breakthrough has had far-reaching consequences for how we understand ourselves and our place in the natural world. The code forms the most striking proof of Darwin's hypothesis that all organisms are related, holds tremendous promise for improving human well-being, and has transformed the way we think about life. Matthew Cobb interweaves science, biography and anecdote in a book that mixes remarkable insights, theoretical dead-ends and ingenious experiments with the pace of a thriller. He describes cooperation and competition among some of the twentieth-century's most outstanding and eccentric minds, moves between biology, physics and chemistry, and shows the part played by computing and cybernetics. The story spans the globe, from Cambridge MA to Cambridge UK, New York to Paris, London to Moscow. It is both thrilling science and a fascinating story about how science is done.

The living bird : 100 years of listening to nature

November 24, 2015
Seattle, WA : Mountaineers Books, [2015]
201 pages ; 25 x 29 cm

Welcome to the microbiome : getting to know the trillions of bacteria and other microbes in, on, and around you

November 23, 2015
DeSalle, Rob, author.
xiii, 243 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"This book has been inspired by an exhibition, "The secret world inside you: The microbiome", at the American Museum of Natural History, which will open in New York in early November 2015 and run until August 2016. It will then travel to other museums in the United States and abroad" -- Dust jacket.
What is life? -- What is a microbiome? -- What is on and around us? -- What is inside us? -- What are our defenses? -- What is "healthy"?

The vital question : energy, evolution, and the origins of complex life

November 18, 2015
Lane, Nick, 1967- author.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2015.
360 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part I: The problem. What is life? ; What is living? -- Part II: The origin of life. Energy at life's origin ; The emergence of cells -- Part III: Complexity. The origins of complex cells ; Sex and the origins of death -- Part IV: Predictions. The power and the glory -- Epilogue: From the deep.
A biochemist, building on the pillars of evolutionary theory and drawing on cutting-edge research into the link between energy and genes, argues that the evolution of multicellular life was the result of a single event.

Great soul of Siberia : passion, obsession, and one man's quest for the world's most elusive tiger

November 17, 2015
Park, Sooyong (Filmmaker), author.
xiii, 254 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), map, colour portraits ; 24 cm
"Published under the support of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea)"--Verso of title page.
|6880-02 Translation of: Siberia ŭi widaehan yŏnghon. 2011.
Part 1: Bloody Mary. Tigress in the basin of skeletons ; The traveling base camp ; The spirit of the Sikhote-Alin ; Fishing tiger -- Part 2: Amba, God of the Forest. A tiger leaves his mark ; Temu, the spirit of storm ; Deer hunting in the fog ; Survival-of-the-fittest cub ; Tiger family on the beach ; People who worship tigers -- Part 3: To Meet, and To Say Goodbye. Hotel construction ; Cold weather, green pines ; The challenge and response of the Ussuri Forest ; White Moon, White Snow, White Sky ; Between solitude and passion ; Merry Christmas, Bloody Mary ; By the skin of tiger teeth ; Tiger for sale ; White Snow and White Sky's dispute ; Season of melting snow -- Part 4: New Generation. Commotion in the forest ; Tigers and azaleas ; Chance encounter ; Night of beasts ; Chrysanthemums -- Part 5: Another Winter. Hansel and Gretel ; The future of Ussuri Forest ; The great king comes home ; Raising Hansel and Gretel ; Requiem for the fading ; The grief of the living ; The tiger lives on -- Epilogue: Diamond dust.

City creatures : animal encounters in the Chicago wilderness

November 5, 2015
Van Horn, Gavin, author, editor of compilation.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
xii, 377 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Essays, poems, and artwork about the wildlife that inhabits the city of Chicago.
Introducing city creatures / Dave Aftandilian and Gavin Van Horn -- 1. Backyard Diversity. Up not out / Janice F. Meister ; Keeping chickens / Terra Brockman ; Holding backyard chicken / Colleen Plumb ; Consumes mi dolor ... mi muerte = You consume my pain ... my death / Alma Domínguez ; Looking up / Melinda Pruett-Jones ; Fieldguide / Mark Crisanti ; Falling apart / Tom Montgomery Fate ; Five squirrels froze / Susan Hahn ; The one that hums / Kendra Langdon Juskus ; Mysterium opossum / Lea F. Schweitz ; Raccoon / Amy Newman ; Fox / Cannon Dill and Brett Flanigan ; The fox / Amy Newman ; A eulogy for my friends / Steve Sullivan ; Prayer for the squirrel / Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody ; Murder / Maskull Lasserre ; Asha : jewel of the Nile / Xavier Nuez ; The western scarab / Ed Roberson ; Visits from a messenger / Nora Moore Lloyd ; The oracle of wasps / Patricia Monaghan -- 2. Neighborhood Associations. Chicago wildlife / Johannes Plagemann ; Keegan's story / Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody ; Zoo woods / Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody ; Hubbard Street murals / Leslie Berish, Augustina Droze, Ricki Hill, Chris Jones, Neil Shapiro, and the Hubbard Street Mural Project volunteers ; A tale of two squirrels and one city / Joel S. Brown ; Noble Horse stables / Brooke Collins ; Rooftop beekeeping / Kyle Gati ; Pigeons / David Hernandez ; DH + BH / Camilo Cumpian ; Civitas Canis lupus familiaris / Michael S. Hogue ; Y ora pa onde chingaos / Alma Domínguez ; Aquí se hace tarde demasiado temprano / Alma Domínguez ; Wanting was an alley cat / Susan Hahn ; Ferrets / ROA ; Kiskinwahamâtowin = Learning together : outdoor classrooms and prairie restoration at the American Indian Center of Chicago / Eli Suzukovich III ; Owl / Brooks Blair Golden ; The red fox who toys with the dead / Brenda Cárdenas ; Remaking our covenants of life and death on the Dunes commons / J. Ronald Engel ; Nikki : (hiphop) dancing queen / Xavier Nuez ; Crickets / Jill Spealman ; The boarding stable / Joseph Kayne -- 3. Animals on Display. Dolphins at play / Gregory J. Auberry ; Train to the zoo / Joan Gibb Engel ; Puma / Carlos Ernesto Uribe Cardozo ; Bridging the divide : pondering humanity at the zoo / Andrea Friederici Ross ; Bushman, Field Museum / Colleen Plumb ; Nature on pause / Peggy MacNamara ; A museum of change in Illinois / James Ballowe ; Chicago mammals, Field Museum / Colleen Plumb ; A living taxidermy / Rebecca Beachy ; Happy birthday / Sonnet L. Schulz ; Six sketches at the Field Museum / Benn Colker ; Playing for life : learning to care about nature at the Hamill Family Play Zoo / David Becker ; Field Museum, drawer of bluebirds; Field Museum, drawer of cardinals; Field Museum, drawer of meadowlarks / Terry Evans -- 4. Connecting Threads. Flock / Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee ; Migration : a bird's and birder's eye view / Joel Greenberg ; Birds spotted while hiking Wooded Isle, Hyde Park, Illinois / Diana Sudyka ; The song of Northerly Island / Wendy J. Paulson ; Wildlife comes to Lake Shore Drive, endangered species / Michelle Kogan ; A siege of herons : Nycticorax nycticorax / James Ballowe ; Orchids and their animals / Stephen Packard ; Massasauga rattlesnake / Blake Lenoir ; The last roundup : observations on a local population of the eastern massasauga rattlesnake / Stephan Swanson ; Snake 2 / Julie Meridian ; Butterfly collection / Julie Meridian ; Letting the city bug you : the artistic and ecological virtues of urban insect collecting / Andrew S. Yang ; Untitled / Arthur Melville Pearson ; Being unseen : the gift of Oppiella nova / Liam Heneghan ; Soil : alive with life / Sharon Bladholm ; The indomitable water bear / Alex Chitty ; Burnham Centennial Prairie, Lake Shore Drive / Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody ; Visitations / Elise Paschen -- Extinct animal series : Schomburgk's deer, golden toad, and pink-headed duck / Jiha Park -- 5. Water Worlds. Stroll / Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee ; Washed up on the shores of Lake Michigan / Curt Meine ; The alewives / Todd Davis ; Alewives / Colleen Plumb ; The fanciful fairy tale of freezing frogs / Jill Riddell ; Pescado blanco en Río Chicago = White fish in Chicago River / René H. Arceo ; Heavy water Kim Laurel ; Canoeing through history : wild encounters on Bubbly Creek / Michael A. Bryson ; Riverwalk Gateway, the south branch of the river / Ellen Lanyon ; Riverwalk Gateway / Ellen Lanyon ; The fish in the cage / Todd Davis ; Pond reflection / Eleanor Spiess-Ferris ; Flood / Eleanor Spiess-Ferris ; Calumet : requiem or rebirth? / John Rogner ; Bubbly Creek / Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee -- 6. Coming Home to the City. Untitled / Molly Schafer ; Great migrations : immigrants to the Indiana dunes, from grandparents to great blue herons to people of color and conviction / Gary Paul Nabhan ; Desenredando fronteras = Unraveling borders / Hector Duarte ; Eye and cardinal / Tony Tasset ; "Hardy, colorful, and sometimes annoyingly loud" : the Hyde Park parakeets / Dave Aftandilian ;- Flock of pigeons / Jyoti Srivastava ; Endangered species / Mary Cross ; Pigeon! / Andrew S. Yang and the Small Science Collective ; Sheka'kwa and the skunks of my re-rooting / Marynia Kolak ; Care bare / Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee ; Nature calls / Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee ; Above all / Kendra Langdon Juskus ; Untitled (I promise to forget you) / Steve Seeley ; Coyotes : the ghost dogs of Chicago / Stanley D. Gehrt ; Wolf with birds / Nikki Jarecki ; Ghost species / Brenda Cárdenas ; Tickling the bellies of the buffalo / Gavin Van Horn ; Indiana dunes / Blake Lenoir.

In search of cell history : the evolution of life's building blocks

November 3, 2015
Harold, Franklin M., author.
xiv, 303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Cells, genes, and evolution : on the nature and workings of life -- The tree of life : universal phylogeny and its discontents -- A world mostly made up of microbes : bacteria, archaea, and eukarya -- The deep roots of cellular life : the common ancestry of living things -- The perplexing chronicles of bioenergetics : making a living, now and in the past -- Life's devices : on the evolution of prokaryotic cells and their parts -- Emergence of the eukaryotes : the second mystery in cell evolution -- Symbionts into organelles : mitochondria, plastids, and their kin -- Reading the rocks : what we can infer from geology -- Ultimate riddle : origin of cellular life -- The crooked paths of cell evolution : cell evolution is special -- Summing up : journey without maps.
"Written in accessible language and complemented by a glossary for easy reference, this book investigates one of the most fundamental and divisive problems in biology: the origin of cells. Assuming only a basic knowledge of cell biology, Franklin M. Harold examines such pivotal subjects as the relationship between cells and genes; the central role of bioenergetics in the origin of life; the status of the universal tree of life with its three stems and viral outliers; and the controversies surrounding the last universal common ancestor. He also delves deeply into the evolution of cellular organization, the origin of complex cells, and the incorporation of symbiotic organelles, and considers the fossil evidence for the earliest life on earth. In Search of Cell History shows us just how far we have come in understanding cell evolution - and the evolution of life in general - and how far we still have to go."--Back cover.

A new history of life : the radical new discoveries about the origins and evolution of life on earth

October 30, 2015
Ward, Peter Douglas, 1949-
New York, NY : Bloomsbury Press, 2015.
391 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Telling time -- Becoming an earthlike planet : 4.6-4.5 GA -- Life, death, and the newly discovered place in between -- Forming life : 4.2 -3.5 GA -- From origin to oxygenation : 3.5-2.0 GA -- The long road to animals : 2.0-1.0 GA -- The Cryogenian and the evolution of animals : 850-635 MA -- The Cambrian explosion : 600-500 MA -- The Ordovician-Devonian expansion of animals : 500-360 MA -- Tiktaalik and the invasion of the land : 475-300 MA -- The age of arthropods : 350-300 MA -- The great dying : anoxia and global stagnation : 252-250 MA -- The Triassic explosion : 252-200 MA -- Dinosaur hegemony in a low-oxygen world : 230-180 MA -- The greenhouse oceans : 200-65 MA -- Death of the dinosaurs : 65 MA -- The long-delayed third age of mammals : 65-60 MA -- The age of birds : 50-2.5 MA -- Humanity and the tenth extinction : 2.5 MA to present -- The knowable futures of Earth life.
"The history of life on Earth is, in some form or another, known to us all-- or so we think. [This book] offers a provocative new account, based on the latest scientific research, of how modern lifeforms evolved"

Evolution, the whole story

October 28, 2015
Parker, Steve, 1952- author.
Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books, 2015.
576 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.
Includes index.

The secret lives of bats : my adventures with the world's most misunderstood mammals

October 26, 2015
Tuttle, Merlin D.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
xvi, 271 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Teenage discoveries -- Saving the gray myotis -- Tracking bat nightlife -- Investigating vampire bats -- Bats through a camera's eye -- Discovering frog-eating bats -- Finding America's most elusive bats -- Cacti that compete for bats -- Free-tailed bat caves and pest control -- African adventures -- Bat-loving monks, tigers, and poachers -- Mysteries of bat-guiding flowers -- Bat foresters -- Fruit grower complaints -- A national park for bats.

The biology of belief : unleashing the power of consciousness, matter & miracles

October 16, 2015
Lipton, Bruce H.
xxix, 278 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Lessons from the petri dish : in praise of smart cells and smart students -- It's the environment, stupid -- The magical membrane -- The new physics : planting both feet firmly on thin air -- Biology and belief -- Growth and protection -- Conscious parenting : parents as genetic engineers -- Spirit and science.

Becoming the Iceman : pushing past perceived limits

October 9, 2015
Hof, Wim.
Minneapolis : Mill City Press, c2012.
327 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Becoming the Iceman is a project inspired by Wim and Justin to show the world that anyone can adopt the ability to become an Iceman or Icewoman. The project's goal is to show that the ability to control the body's temperature is not a genetic defect in Wim, but an ability that can be adopted by everyone. Of course, these are consequences of extreme cold exposure, but with the proper understanding, anyone can learn to use the cold as a natural teacher. You may have seen Wim Hof on television running barefoot through the snow or swimming in ice-cold waters. While performing those incredible feats, Wim remained completely warm and comfortable the entire time! Wim is the epitome of what can happen if someone uses the cold to train the body. Justin Rosales had no experience with the cold whatsoever. He was a college student attending Penn State University. After Justin's friend, Jarrett, showed him one of Wim's videos on You-Tube, he became exceedingly interested in understanding this ability. He wanted to see if it was possible for anyone to learn. In Spring 2010, after speaking to Wim for several months via email, Wim invited Justin to attend his workshop in Poland. After many weeks of working as a dishwasher, Justin was able to pay for the trip and learn the technique of the Iceman.With more training and countless experiences with the cold, Justin began to slowly adapt. The length of time he could remain exposed increased dramatically. He quickly realized that the technique to withstand the cold was, indeed, an ability that could be learned by everyone. This book tells the tale of Wim and Justin's journey to Becoming the Iceman!

The worst of times : how life on earth survived eighty million years of extinctions

October 7, 2015
Wignall, P. B.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2015]
xvii, 199 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 23 cm
A time of dying -- Extinction in the shadows -- The killing seas -- Troubled times in the Triassic -- Triassic downfall -- Pangea's final blow -- Pangea's death and the rise of resilience.

The annihilation of nature : human extinction of birds and mammals

October 7, 2015
Ceballos, Gerardo, author.
xi, 191 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
The legacy -- Natural extinctions -- The anthropocene -- Long-silenced songs -- Birds in trouble -- Mammals lost -- Vanishing mammals -- Why it all matters -- Drivers of death -- Beyond mourning.

The natural world of Winnie-the-Pooh : a walk through the forest that inspired the Hundred Acre Wood

October 1, 2015
Aalto, Kathryn, author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2015.
307 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Creation of a classic: the collaboration of A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard -- Exploring the Hundred Acre Wood: origins of the stories -- A visitor's guide: the flora and fauna of Ashdown Forest.

Brief candle in the dark : my life in science

September 30, 2015
Dawkins, Richard, 1941- author.
455 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"Dawkins shares with us his infectious sense of wonder at the natural world, his enjoyment of the absurdities of human interaction, and his bracing awareness of life's brevity: all of which have made a deep imprint on our culture" -- provided by publisher.

American zoo : a sociological safari

September 30, 2015
Grazian, David, author.
335 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction : the world in a zoo -- Where the wild things aren't : exhibiting nature in American zoos -- Animal farm : making meaning at the zoo -- Birds of a feather : zookeepers and the call of the wild -- Life lessons : the zoo as a classroom -- Bring on the dancing horses : American zoos in the entertainment age -- Simply nature : zoos and the branding of conservation -- Wrestling with armadillos : animal welfare and the captivity question -- The urban jungle : the future of the American zoo.

Lions in the balance : man-eaters, manes, and men with guns

September 25, 2015
Packer, Craig, author.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
346 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Undertow -- 1. Fools rush in -- 2. Savannas forever -- 3. Luke Sidewalker -- 4. Limbo -- 5. Milk stains on white trousers -- 6. Fences -- 7. Fade out -- 8. Exile -- 9. Uptow -- 10. Object permanence.
From flat-topped acacia trees to great migrations of wildebeest across an edgeless expanse of grass, the Serengeti is one of the world's most renowned ecosystems. And at the apex of this incredible landscape prowls its seemingly indomitable ruler: the Serengeti lion. These majestic mammals are skillful hunters, iconic, and integral to Serengeti health. But they also commit infanticide; eat local people and destroy local livelihoods; are a source of profit for those who make money shooting or conserving them (and sometimes both); and are in constant danger from the encroachments of another species: humans. With Lions in the Balance, celebrated lion researcher and conservationist Craig Packer takes us back into the complex, tooth-and-claw worlds of lion conservation and behavior. A sequel to Packer's Into Africa--which gave many readers their first experience of field work in Africa, of Tanzanian roads, of long hours spent identifying lions by their ear marks and scars, and of the joys of bootlegged Grateful Dead tapes beneath savannah moons--this diary-based chronicle of adventure, real-life danger, and corruption will both alarm and entertain. Packer's story offers a look into the future of the lion, one in which the politics of conservation will require survival strategies far more creative and powerful than any now possessed by the citizens of the savannah--humans included. Packer is sure to infuriate poachers, politicians, and conservationists alike as he minces no words about the problems he sees. But with a narrative stretching from Arusha to Washington, DC, and marked by Packer's signature humor and incredible candor, Lions in the Balance is a tale of courage against impossible odds, a masterly blend of science and storytelling, and an urgent call to action that will captivate a pride of readers.

The butterflies of North America : Titian Peale's lost manuscript

September 21, 2015
Peale, Titian Ramsay, 1799-1885, artist, author.
255 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
"This work, along with a companion volume on catepillars, was never published, and resides today in the Rare Book Collection of the American Museum of Natural History's Library in New York"--Page [4] of cover.
Foreword. The butterflies of Titian Ramsay Peale / by Ellen V. Futter -- Preface. Titian Ramsay Peale : America's first lepidopterist / by David A. Grimaldi -- Introduction. A life of artful science : the metamorphosis of Titian Ramsay Peale / by Kenneth Haltman -- The plates. The butterflies of North America, diurnal Lepidoptera : whence the come, where they go, and what they do / by Titian Ramsay Peale -- The prospectus. Lepidoptera Americana : or, Original figures of the moths and butterflies of North America : in their various stages of existence, and the plants on which they feed, drawn on stone, and coloured from nature : with their characters, synonyms, and remarks on their habits and manners / by Titian Ramsay Peale -- The caterpillar album. Lepidoptera : larva, food-plant, pupa &c. / by Titian Ramsay Peale -- Titian Ramsay Peale's letter "to the publishers".

Pawpaw : in search of America's forgotten fruit

September 17, 2015
Moore, Andrew, 1985- author.
White River Junction, Vermont : Chelsea Green Publishing, 2015.
xvi, 296 pages, 8 pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 24 cm
As fruits go, the pawpaw is about as unique, historically important, and yet mysteriously undervalued as it gets. Despite an impressive resume, most people have probably never heard of the pawpaw, let alone bit into one. If you haven't yet eaten a pawpaw, Moore's lively and inquisitive book will have you seeking out the nearest pawpaw patch--Dust jacket.

Life on the edge : the coming of age of quantum biology

September 17, 2015
McFadden, Johnjoe.
New York : Crown Publishers, [2014]
xi, 351 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Introduction -- What is life? -- The engines of life -- The quantum beat -- Finding Nemo's home -- The butterfly, the fruit fly and the quantum robin -- Quantum genes -- Mind -- How life began -- Quantum biology: life on the edge of a storm -- Epilogue: quantum life.
Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how does it work? It is remarkable that in this age of cloning and even synthetic biology, nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material. Life remains the only way to make life. Are we missing a vital ingredient in its creation? Like Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene which provided a new perspective on evolution by shifting the focus of natural selection from organisms to genes, Life On The Edge alters our understanding of life from cells or biomolecules to the fundamental particles that drive life's dynamics. From this new perspective, life makes more sense as its missing ingredient is revealed to be quantum mechanics and the strange phenomena that lie at the heart of this most mysterious of sciences.

Resurrection science : conservation, de-extinction and the precarious future of wild things

September 15, 2015
O'Connor, M. R., 1982- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
266 pages ; 25 cm
An ark of toads -- Tracking chimeras in the Fakahatchee Strand -- Exuberant evolution in a desert fish -- Mysteries of the whale called 1334 -- Freezing crows -- Metaphysical rhinos -- Regenesis of the passenger pigeon -- Nice to meet you, neanderthal.
"A tour of current advances in biology and ethics demonstrates how humans are increasingly in control of evolution, exploring how as the scientific community endeavors to save near-extinct species, the creatures being saved become less wild and more dependent,"--Novelist.

The mystery of life : how nothing became everything

September 1, 2015
Schutten, Jan Paul, 1970- author.
New York : Aladdin ; Hillsboro, Oregon : Beyond Word, 2015.
229 pages : illustrations, color ; 24 cm
"Originally published in Dutch. Gottmer Uitgevers Groep 2013."
Marvels, mysteries, and you -- How old is the Earth? -- The history of everything in 1,620 words -- The greatest scientific idea of all time -- Evolution in brief -- All about the family -- How life on Earth began -- Surviving in the primeval oceans -- Half human, half fish -- Has the story of evolution been proven for sure? -- From mouse to man.
"No generation has yet had to cope with the kind of rapid changes in science and technology that are facing today's teens. This is why "STEM education" is the latest buzz term and science literacy is enjoying a renewed focus. A foundation in basic science is key. With decades of scientific knowledge behind him and a genuine sense of fun in his approach, Jan Paul Schutten rewards curiosity with engaging explanations about some of the most complicated scientific issues that exist, and tells readers that there is much left to discover. For example: Why does the paramecium deserve a standing ovation? How do you build a planet? Does a tree want to be tall? How does a bacterium turn into a blue whale? How can you survive without a rear end? How can you yourself see evolution at work? Why would aliens most likely be meat-eaters? Are scientists not telling us everything?"-- Provided by publisher.


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