New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

October 10, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Unravelling the double helix : the story of DNA

October 9, 2019
Williams, Gareth, 1952- author.
xxx, 494 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Rewind -- In the beginning -- Bag of worms -- Gardening leave -- Of grasshoppers and flies -- Bausteine -- A whirlwind from Russia -- Crystal gazing -- The sad demise of a promising candidate -- Inventions and improvements -- Movable type -- Transformational research -- Up North -- Unholy Grails -- Applications of science -- Dreams of geneticists -- Tidying up -- Tipping points -- Twists and turns -- Meeting of minds -- Team building -- Whizz kid -- Handicap race -- Photo finish -- Aftershocks -- Retrospective.
"An insightful history of the first hundred years of DNA, Unraveling The Double Helix tells the story one of the greatest triumphs of modern science. Unraveling the Double Helix covers the most colorful period in the history of DNA, from the discovery of "nuclein" in the late 1860s to the publication of James Watson's The Double Helix in 1968. These hundred years included the establishment of the Nobel Prize, antibiotics, x-ray crystallography, the atom bomb and two devastating world wars--events which are strung along the thread of DNA like beads on a necklace. The story of DNA is a saga packed with awful mistakes as well as brilliant science, with a wonderful cast of heroes and villains. Surprisingly, much of it is unfamiliar. The elucidation of the double helix was one of the most brilliant gems of twentieth century science, but some of the scientists who paved the way have been airbrushed out of history. James Watson and Francis Crick solved a magnificent mystery, but Gareth Williams shows that their contribution was the last few pieces of a gigantic jigsaw puzzle assembled over several decades. The book is comprehensive in scope, covering the first century of the history of DNA in its entirety, including the eight decades that have been neglected by other authors. It also explores the personalities of the main players, the impact of their entanglement with DNA, and what unique qualities make great scientists tick." -- provided by publisher.

Dancing with bees : a journey back to nature

October 8, 2019
Strawbridge Howard, Brigit, author.
xix, 282 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm
Preface, realisations -- Introduction, the honey trap -- Spring on the wing -- A nest of one's own -- What's in a name? -- The boys are back in town -- Bees behaving badly -- The upside-down bird -- The cabin by the stream -- Cuckoo, cuckoo -- On swarms and stings -- To bee, or not to bee -- Seeking the great yellow bumblebee, part 1 -- Seeking the great yellow bumblebee, part 2 -- On bovey heathfield -- In praise of trees -- Sedgehill, a natural history -- Cotton weavers -- Time for tea -- Evergreen -- Amongst the snowdrops -- Epilogue, reflections.
The author shares a charming and eloquent account of a return to noticing, to rediscovering a perspective on the world that had somehow been lost to her for decades, and to reconnecting with the natural world. With special care and attention to the plight of pollinators, including honeybees, bumblebees, and solitary bees, she shares fascinating details of the lives of flora and fauna.

Peterson first guide to urban wildlife

October 3, 2019
Landry, Sarah.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1994.
128 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm.
Includes index.
Cover title: Peterson first guides. Urban wildlife.
Presents the novice with information about the plants and animals--from poison ivy and cockroaches to crabgrass and mountain lions--that grow and live near humans.

Imagined life : a speculative scientific journey among the exoplanets in search of intelligent aliens, ice creatures, and supergravity animals

September 24, 2019
Trefil, James, 1938- author.
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, [2019]
232 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"It is now known that we live in a galaxy with more planets than stars. The Milky Way alone encompasses 30 trillion potential home planets. Scientists Trefil and Summers bring readers on a marvelous experimental voyage through the possibilities of life--unlike anything we have experienced so far--that could exist on planets outside our own solar system. Life could be out there in many forms: on frozen worlds, living in liquid oceans beneath ice and communicating (and even battling) with bubbles; on super-dense planets, where they would have evolved body types capable of dealing with extreme gravity; on tidally locked planets with one side turned eternally toward a star; and even on "rogue worlds," which have no star at all. Yet this is no fictional flight of fancy: the authors take what we know about exoplanets and life on our own world and use that data to hypothesize about how, where, and which sorts of life might develop. Imagined Life is a must-have for anyone wanting to learn how the realities of our universe may turn out to be far stranger than fiction"--Amazon.

Saving Jemima : life and love with a hard-luck jay

September 18, 2019
Zickefoose, Julie, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.
xii, 254 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
The egg -- Facebook waif -- Fledging and feeding -- Stuart -- Life with jemima -- Release -- Titmouse wars -- Vigilance and intelligence -- Calamity strikes -- Cementing the bond -- As seen on tv -- Peg and me -- Living on the fault line -- Catastrophic molt -- Who's saving whom? -- The urge for going -- Jemima in winter -- Other blue celebrities -- Lessons from a jay -- Step into my parlor.
The story of a sick baby bird nursed back to health and into the wild.

Moss : from forest to garden : a guide to the hidden world of moss

September 13, 2019
Nordström, Ulrica, author.
184 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
"Originally published as Mossa in Sweden by Natur & Kultur 2018"--Title page verso.
A tribute to moss -- Mosses: a world of miniature plants -- Moss in the field -- Around the world: gardens and gardeners -- Outdoor moss projects -- Indoor moss projects
"Discover the secrets of moss. Unassuming yet beautiful, moss has been used for centuries in gardens, medicine, and handicrafts around the world. It is most often associated with damp, shady spaces, but can be found in the most unexpected and far-flung places in the world, from deserts to Antarctica. Moss is Swedish writer and plant artist Ulrica Nordström's celebration of this humble plant. Nordström introduces readers to the key varieties of moss and where they can be found, and tours some of the most beautiful moss gardens in Oregon, Sweden, and Japan, where moss-viewing has become a national phenomenon. She also teaches readers how to identify and gather different moss species, cultivate moss, tie Japanese moss balls (kokedama), and plant moss landscapes in pots and terrariums. With stunning photography and botanical illustrations, this unique book will be treasured by plant lovers of all kinds"-- Provided by publisher.

Snakes & reptiles

September 11, 2019
Cleave, Andrew, author.
Broomall, Pennsylvania : Mason Crest, [2018]
82 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
SNAKES & REPTILES is a colorful account of the variety and uniqueness of these often misunderstood creatures. Because most reptiles are predators, they have well-developed sensory systems to aid them in finding prey and avoiding danger. Reptiles are cold-blooded and rely on the temperature of their surroundings to control their body heat. Readers will discover these and many other facts, in addition to color pictures, in SNAKES & REPTILES. Explore the great variety of snakes for example, boa constrictors, pythons, cobras, and rattlesnakes from around the world. Learn how to tell those that are poisonous apart from the many that are not. In addition, you ll find details about other types of reptiles, including iguanas, geckoes, chameleons, alligators, and crocodiles. SNAKES & REPTILES will fascinate anyone seeking a better understanding of these resourceful and remarkably adaptable groups of animals.

Lifespan : why we age--and why we don't have to

September 5, 2019
Sinclair, David (David A.), author.
New York : Atria Books, 2019.
xxiii, 406 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"From an acclaimed Harvard professor and one of Time's most influential people, this paradigm-shifting book shows how almost everything we think we know about aging is wrong, offers a front-row seat to the amazing global effort to slow, stop, and reverse aging, and calls readers to consider a future where aging can be treated. For decades, experts have believed that we are at the mercy of our genes, and that natural damage to our genes--the kind that inevitably happens as we get older--makes us become sick and grow old. But what if everything you think you know about aging is wrong? What if aging is a disease--and that disease is treatable? In Lifespan, one of the world's foremost experts on aging and genetics reveals a groundbreaking new theory that will forever change the way we think about why we age and what we can do about it. Aging isn't immutable; we can have far more control over it than we realize. This eye-opening and provocative work takes us to the frontlines of research that is pushing the boundaries on our perceived scientific limitations, revealing incredible breakthroughs--many from Dr. David Sinclair's own lab--that demonstrate how we can slow down, or even reverse, the genetic clock. The key is activating newly discovered vitality genes--the decedents of an ancient survival circuit that is both the cause of aging and the key to reversing it. Dr. Sinclair shares the emerging technologies and simple lifestyle changes--such as intermittent fasting, cold exposure, and exercising with the right intensity--that have been shown to help lead to longer lives. Lifespan provides a roadmap for taking charge of our own health destiny and a bold new vision for the future when humankind is able to live to be 100 years young"-- Provided by publisher.

Origins : how Earth's history shaped human history

September 5, 2019
Dartnell, Lewis, author.
346 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"Originally published in January 2019 by The Bodley Head in the United Kingdom. First U.S. edition: May 2019"--Title page verso.
The making of us -- Continental drifters -- Our biological bounty -- The geography of the seas -- What we build with -- Our metallic world -- Silk roads and steppe peoples -- The global wind machine and the Age of Discovery -- Energy.
"When we talk about human history, we often focus on great leaders, population forces, and decisive wars. But how has the earth itself determined our destiny? Our planet wobbles, driving changes in climate that forced the transition from nomadism to farming. Mountainous terrain led to the development of democracy in Greece. Atmospheric circulation patterns later on shaped the progression of global exploration, colonization, and trade. Even today, voting behavior in the south-east United States ultimately follows the underlying pattern of 75 million-year-old sediments from an ancient sea. Everywhere is the deep imprint of the planetary on the human. From the cultivation of the first crops to the founding of modern states, Origins reveals the breathtaking impact of the earth beneath our feet on the shape of our human civilizations"--Publisher's description.

The world beneath : the life and times of unknown sea creatures and coral reefs

September 5, 2019
Smith, Richard, 1980- author, photographer.
311 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Diving in -- How the reef works -- The Coral Triangle -- New discoveries of the twenty-first century -- Things that live on things -- The unseemly world of anemonefish -- Pygmy seahorses : tales from the stables -- Parasites rule the reef -- Colors of the reef -- Flashers and fairies -- Coral reefs in the twenty-first century -- Epilogue.
Brimming with new discoveries, Smith's book takes you swimming in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans to meet the sea's most fascinating creatures. From the pygmy seahorse to the whale shark, you'll learn what they eat, how they play, and how they care for, live on, and mimic each other. --Provided by publisher.

Plants honey bees use in the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys

August 16, 2019
Trimboli, Shannon R., author.
Glasgow, Kentucky : Solidago Press, 2018.
v, 302 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm
Across the country, honey bees gather nectar and pollen from a wide variety of plants. However, the specific plants a hive uses depends on its location. Some plants only grow in certain parts of the country. Other plants grow across a wide range, but honey bees may use them more in some states than in others. Written by a beekeeper and wildlife biologist, Plants Honey Bees Use in the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys contains full color pictures and descriptions of over 175 plants organized by when they bloom. Also included are chapters about honey bees and their plight, honey bee foraging behavior, factors that influence nectar and pollen production throughout a plant's range, and planting for honey bees.

Boletes of eastern North America

August 14, 2019
Bessette, Alan, author.
xviii, 469 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
"Boletes of Eastern North America offers readers a comprehensive field guide, including extensive descriptions and more than 350 rich color photographs. Each species listing includes the most recent scientific name with existing synonyms; common names when applicable; and an overview that includes field impressions, similar species, and detailed information about habitat, fruiting frequency, and geographic distribution. Because boletes are one of the most sought-after wild mushrooms, the authors have also included a section with information on collecting, cooking, and preserving them. Advanced students and professional mycologists, as well as amateur mushroom hunters, will find this field guide an indispensable resource."--Book description,

The re-origin of species : a second chance for extinct animals

August 14, 2019
Kornfeldt, Torill., author.
242 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 24 cm
Translation of: 'Mammutens återkomst'. originally published : Sweden : Fri Tanke Förlag, 2016.
Introduction: A whole new world -- 1. Summer in Siberia -- 2. Who wants to build a mammoth? -- 3. Zombie Spring -- 4. A winged storm -- 5. New kid on the block -- 6. The rhino that came in from the cold -- 7. 'It's not quite that simple' -- 8. God's toolkit -- 9. The growing dead -- 10. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, is it an aurochs? -- 11. A wilder Europe -- 12. 'Most people would call this totally insane' -- 13. A chicken's inner dinosaur -- 14. The fine line between utopia and dystopia -- 15. A melting giant -- Conclusion: Life will find a way.
From the Siberian permafrost to balmy California, scientists across the globe are working to resurrect all kinds of extinct animals, from ones that just left us to those that have been gone for many thousands of years. Their tools in this hunt are both fossils and cutting-edge genetic technologies. Some of these scientists are driven by sheer curiosity; others view the lost species as a powerful weapon in the fight to preserve rapidly changing ecosystems. It seems certain that these animals will walk the earth again, but what world will that give us? And is any of this a good idea? Science journalist Torill Kornfeldt travelled the world to meet the men and women working to bring these animals back from the dead. Along the way, she has seen the mammoth that has been frozen for 20,000 years, and visited the places where these furry giants will live again.

Pleased to meet me : genes, germs, and the curious forces that make us who we are

August 2, 2019
Sullivan, Bill (William J.), 1970- author.
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2019]
335 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: meet the real you -- Meet your maker -- Meet your tastes -- Meet your appetite -- Meet your addictions -- Meet your moods -- Meet your demons -- Meet your match -- Meet your mind -- Meet your beliefs -- Meet your future -- Epilogue: meet the new you.

Biology : the easy way

August 2, 2019
Edwards, Gabrielle I., author.
New York, NY : Kaplan, Inc. d/b/a Barron's Educational Series, 2019.
xiv, 489 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
This new edition in Barron's Easy Way Series contains everything students need to succeed in biology. Key content review and practice exercises to help students learn biology the easy way.-- Amazon.

The mosquito : a human history of our deadliest predator

August 1, 2019
Winegard, Timothy C. (Timothy Charles), 1977- author.
x, 486 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A pioneering and groundbreaking work of narrative nonfiction that offers a dramatic new perspective on the history of humankind, this text shows how through millennia, the mosquito has been the single most powerful force in determining humanity's fate.

The cartoon guide to biology

July 23, 2019
Gonick, Larry.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019.
v, 313 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.

Incredible wild edibles : 36 plants that can change your life

July 18, 2019
Thayer, Samuel, author.
Bruce, WI : Forager's Harvest Press, [2017]
479 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 23 cm
"Incredible Wild Edibles covers 36 of the best edible wild plants in North America: fruits, berries, nuts, shoots, leafy greens, root vegetables, culinary herbs, teas, and syrups that boast exceptional flavor and nutrition. The plants chosen represent every habitat and every region in North America, from the northern forests to the southwest deserts, from the largest cities to the wildest mountains. Rather than cover hundreds of species in brief accounts that leave the reader unsure of how to proceed, Samuel Thayer encourages readers to thoroughly learn one plant at a time. Each of these traditional foods has a rich culinary and cultural history―a wholesome past that is still relevant for our health and happiness today. The text is fully accessible to the novice, but remains botanically accurate and has the in-depth information that seasoned foragers crave. Sharing the wisdom of a lifetime of daily foraging, the author answers all of the reader’s questions about each plant: How do I identify it? What might I confuse it with? Where can I find it? What part do I use, and when is it ready to be picked? How do I gather and prepare it? How can I be sure to harvest it responsibly? This discussion is accompanied by more than 350 color photos showing all the key features for identification, including potentially confusing species. Photos also depict the exact parts to use and the proper stage for collection. All of this is delivered in a familiar but authoritative tone, along with humorous anecdotes and insights from extensive real-life experience with each plant covered in the book. Incredible Wild Edibles contains an index, bibliography, illustrated glossary, range maps, and foraging calendar. This third volume in Thayer's Forager's Harvest series has no overlap of the plants covered in the first two volumes."

Hacking Darwin : genetic engineering and the future of humanity

July 8, 2019
Metzl, Jamie Frederic, author.
xxiii, 326 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction: Entering the Genetic Age -- Where Darwin meets Mendel -- Climbing the complexity ladder -- Decoding identity -- The end of sex -- Divine sparks and pixie dust -- Rebuilding the living world -- Stealing immortality from the gods -- The ethics of engineering ourselves -- We contain multitudes -- The arms race of the human race -- The future of humanity.
"Genetic engineering isn't some far-off fantasy. It's arriving faster than most of us understand or are prepared for. When we can engineer our future children, massively extend our lifespans, build life from scratch, and recreate the plant and animal world, should we? At the dawn of the genetics revolution, our DNA is becoming as readable, writable, and hackable as our information technology. But as humanity starts retooling our own genetic code, the choices we make today will be the difference between realizing breathtaking advances in human well-being and descending into a dangerous and potentially deadly genetic arms race. From a leading geopolitical expert and technology futurist comes a groundbreaking exploration of the many ways genetic engineering is shaking the core foundations of our lives--sex, war, love, and death. Enter the laboratories where scientists are turning science fiction into reality. Look toward a future where our deepest beliefs, morals, religions, and politics are challenged like never before and the very essence of what it means to be human is at play. More than ever, it's critical for everyone to learn how our species will function and re-create itself in the new world. Passionate, provocative, and highly illuminating, [this book] is a guide to a future that has already begun."--Dust jacket.

Baby lions join the pride

July 8, 2019
New York : Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. ; 2019.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
"Deep in the African grassland two lions are born, a brother and a sister. See how these babies, small four-pound cubs born with their eyes shut, turn into full-grown adults with families of their own. The siblings wrestle, play, and learn to hunt; later, the brother will join a new pride, while the sister stays with her mother and aunts. Developed with the American Museum of Natural History, this nonfiction picture book features beautiful nature photography and an engaging narrative that kids will love!"

Leaves from the note book of a naturalist

June 27, 2019
Broderip, William John, 1789-1859.
London : J.W. Parker and Son, 1852.
xvi, 413 pages ; 20 cm
Nolan Room Collection.
Copy located in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room has brown boards with gilt lettering and floral pattern on spine. Marbled endpapers and edges. John Sheepshanks ex-libris plate affixed on inside front cover. Copy 1 has front cover detached.

Emperors of the deep : sharks--the ocean's most mysterious, most misunderstood, and most important guardians

June 26, 2019
McKeever, William, author.
New York, NY : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
vi, 311 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Challenges popular misconceptions to discuss the remarkable evolution of sharks and their essential role in maintaining a balanced ecosystem.

Buzz, sting, bite : why we need insects

June 26, 2019
Sverdrup-Thygeson, Anne, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019.
xix, 235 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Originally published in 2018 in Norway by J.M. Stenersens Forlag as Insektenes Planet."
Small creatures, smart design: insect anatomy -- Six-legged sex: dating, mating and parenting -- Eat or be eaten: insects in the food chain -- Insects and plants: a never-ending race -- Busy flies, flavoursome bugs: insects and our food -- The circle of life and death: insects as janitors -- From silk to shellac: industries of insects -- Lifesavers, pioneers and nobel prize-winners: insights from insects -- Insects and us: what's next?.
An informative introduction to the world of insects discusses the extensive variety of insects and their role in pollinating crops and flowers, providing food for other animals, and controlling organisms that are harmful to humans.

The way through the woods : on mushrooms and mourning

June 26, 2019
Long, Litt Woon, author.
New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2019]
xii, 291 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Originally published in Norwegian as Stien tilbake til livet by Vigmostad & Bjorke, Oslo in 2017.

Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast

June 25, 2019
Cotterman, Laura Mansberg, 1954- author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2019.
511 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
Includes index.


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