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Life Sciences

  • Wildnessby Gavin Van Horn; John Hausdoerffer

    University of Chicago Press 2017; US$ 30.00

    Whether referring to a place, a nonhuman animal or plant, or a state of mind, wild indicates autonomy and agency, a will to be, a unique expression of life. Yet two contrasting ideas about wild nature permeate contemporary discussions: either that nature is most wild in the absence of a defiling human presence, or that nature is completely humanized... more...

  • Zebrafish at the Interface of Development and Disease Researchby Kirsten C. Sadler Edepli

    Elsevier Science 2017; US$ 210.00

    There are many shared pathways that govern development and also can contribute to disease. Zebrafish have traditionally been used to study vertebrate development, and from decades of work in this system, we have learned details about developmental processes, genes and pathways that are implicated in disease. In each chapter of this book, we interweave... more...

  • Circadian Rhythms: A Very Short Introductionby Russell Foster; Leon Kreitzman

    OUP Oxford 2017; US$ 7.99

    This Very Short Introduction explains how organisms can 'know' the time and reveals what we now understand of the nature and operation of chronobiological processes. Covering variables such as light, the metabolism, human health, and the seasons, Foster and Kreitzman illustrate how jet lag and shift work can impact on human well-being. more...

  • How Emotions Are Madeby Lisa Feldman Barrett

    Pan Macmillan 2017; US$ 16.20

    When you feel anxious, angry, happy, or surprised, what's really going on inside you? Most scientists would agree that emotions come from specific parts of the brain, and that we feel them whenever they're triggered by the world around us. The thrill of seeing an old friend, the sadness of a tear-jerker movie, the fear of losing someone you love ... more...

  • The Curious Bird Lover?s Handbookby Niall Edworthy

    Transworld 2017; US$ 12.68

    You don't have to be a dedicated birdwatcher to be a bird lover. Millions of us love the sight and sound of them. And yet most of us know very little about their remarkable behaviour, incredible diversity and the story of their evolution. How do migrating birds know where to go? Are birds really descended from dinosaurs? How do birds have sex? ... more...

  • Playing the Ponies and Other Medical Mysteries Solvedby Stuart B. Mushlin

    Rutgers University Press 2017; US$ 24.95

    Master clinician Dr. Stuart Mushlin has cracked his share of medical mysteries. Recounting some of his most puzzling and illuminating cases, he reveals the challenges he?s faced in a suspenseful page-turner, filled with real-life enigmas you?ll have to read to believe. Playing the Ponies and Other Medical Mysteries Solved is a heartfelt reflection... more...

  • Spare Partsby Carol Ann Rinzler

    Skyhorse Publishing 2017; US$ 24.99

    A tribute to the parts we can live without... or can we? This book sheds light on human body parts once considered extraneous but now with modern medicine and modern medical paraphernalia shown to play an important role in our healthful survival. With wit and research-honed wisdom, health writer Carol Ann Rinzler explains in layman's language why... more...

  • Climate Change and Human Responsesby Gregory G. Monks

    Springer Netherlands 2017; US$ 93.96

    This book contributes to the current discussion on climate change by presenting selected studies on the ways in which past human groups responded to climatic and environmental change. In particular, the chapters show how these responses are seen in the animal remains that people left behind in their occupation sites. Many of these bones represent... more...

  • Big and Complex Data Analysisby S. Ejaz Ahmed

    Springer International Publishing 2017; US$ 97.20

    This volume conveys some of the surprises, puzzles and success stories in high-dimensional and complex data analysis and related fields. Its peer-reviewed contributions showcase recent advances in variable selection, estimation and prediction strategies for a host of useful models, as well as essential new developments in the field. The continued... more...

  • The Last Natural Manby Robert A. Norman; Sharad P. Paul

    Springer International Publishing 2017; US$ 26.99

    This book explores cultural evolution and the meaning of the word 'natural'.  We are at the crossroads of a major transformation.  Why is our current time so important in the history of man? We are at a point where we may be the last generation that is not partially or fully bionic.  The last natural man: natural in what way?  What... more...