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Where Song Began: Australia’s Birds and How They Changed the World

Where Song Began: Australia’s Birds and How They Changed the World

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By Tim Low

Synopsis: Tim Low, award-winning author of Feral Future, in an eye-opening book on the unique nature of Australian birds and their role in ecology and global evolution.

Renowned for its unusual mammals, Australia is a land of birds that are just as unusual, just as striking, a result of the continent’s tens of millions of years of isolation. Compared with birds elsewhere, ours are more…

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Science Book a Day Interviews Jackie French

Science Book a Day Interviews Jackie French

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Special thanks to Jackie French for answering 5 questions about her recently featured book – Diary of a Wombat

Jackie French is the Australian National Children’s Laureate for 2014 and 2015. She is also an historian, ecologist, dyslexic, and a passionate worker for literacy, the right of all children to be able to read, and the power of books. Jackie’s writing career spans 25 years, 148 wombats,…

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— 13 hours ago
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Neuroscience and Creativity
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Edited by Oshin Vartanian, Adam S Bristol and James C Kaufman

Synopsis: This volume offers a comprehensive overview of the latest neuroscientific approaches to the scientific study of creativity. In chapters that progress logically from neurobiological fundamentals to systems neuroscience and neuroimaging, leading scholars describe the latest theoretical, genetic, structural, clinical,…

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Seven Elements That Have Changed The World: Iron, Carbon, Gold, Silver, Uranium, Titanium, Silicon

Seven Elements That Have Changed The World: Iron, Carbon, Gold, Silver, Uranium, Titanium, Silicon

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By John Browne

Alternate Title: Seven Elements That Have Changed The World: An Adventure of Ingenuity and Discovery

Synopsis: Humans have put the Earth’s resources to extraordinary use. Carbon provides us with heat, light and mobility at the flick of a switch. From silver came photography, the preservation of memories, and a task which for centuries was confined to painters, sketchers and our…

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The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest—and Most Surprising—Animals on Earth

The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest–and Most Surprising–Animals on Earth

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By Steve Jenkins

Synopsis: Animals smooth and spiky, fast and slow, hop and waddle through the two hundred plus pages of the Caldecott Honor artist Steve Jenkins’s most impressive nonfiction offering yet. Sections such as “Animal Senses,” “Animal Extremes,” and “The Story of Life” burst with fascinating facts and infographics that will have trivia buffs breathlessly asking, “Do you know a termite…

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— 3 days ago
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Science Book a Day Interviews Katie Daynes

Science Book a Day Interviews Katie Daynes

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katie-daynesSpecial thanks to Katie Daynes for answering 5 questions about her recently featured book – Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers about Your Body

Katie studied languages at Cambridge University and soon discovered it wasn’t just French or Italian she loved, but language itself.  Her first job was writing reviews of curry houses in verse. Her second was writing science and business articles. Her…

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#flashbackfriday Science Book a Day Interviews Martin Kemp

This week’s #flashbackfriday is from October 25, 2013. It is an interview that we did with…

#flashbackfriday Science Book a Day Interviews Martin Kemp

This week’s #flashbackfriday is from October 25, 2013. It is an interview that we did with…

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Galactic Energies: Science fiction and fantasy short stories

Galactic Energies: Science fiction and fantasy short stories

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By Luca Rossi

Synopsis: The artificial intelligences of DataCom are trying to save the planet… by exterminating the human race.
Aurelia finds her perfect man: a robot.
The space explorer Captain Arcot sacrifices his life for an impossible conquest, the heart of Vril the vampire queen.
A shape-shifting mutant ignites the erotic desires of the galactic police officer who’s been tracking her down.
Al…

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— 4 days ago
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100 Ideas that Changed Photography

100 Ideas that Changed Photography

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By Mary Warner Marien

Synopsis: This compelling book chronicles the most influential ideas that have shaped photography from the invention of the daguerreotype in the early 19th century up to the digital revolution and beyond. Entertaining and intelligent, it provides a fascinating resource to dip into. Arranged in a broadly chronological order to show the development of photography, the ideas…

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— 5 days ago
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Science Book a Day Interviews Nathalia Holt

Science Book a Day Interviews Nathalia Holt

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Special thanks to Nathalia Holt for answering 5 questions about her recently featured book – Cured: How the Berlin Patients Defeated HIV and Forever Changed Medical Science

Nathalia Holt is an award-winning research scientist specializing in HIV biology. Her research has led to major developments in the HIV gene therapy field.  She has trained at the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General…

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First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong

First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong

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By James R Hansen

Synopsis: Marking the forty-fifth anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing, First Man by James Hansen offers the only authorized glimpse into the life of America’s most famous astronaut, Neil Armstrong—the man whose “one small step” changed history.

“The Eagle has landed.”

When Apollo 11 touched down on the moon’s surface in 1969, the first man on the moon became a legend. In Fir…

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— 6 days ago
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Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel

Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel

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By Jason Padgett and Maureen Seaberg

Synopsis: The remarkable story of an ordinary man who was transformed when a traumatic injury left him with an extraordinary gift.

No one sees the world as Jason Padgett does. Water pours from the faucet in crystalline patterns, numbers call to mind distinct geometric shapes, and intricate fractal patterns emerge from the movement of tree branches, revealing…

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Science Book a Day Interviews Darian Leader

Science Book a Day Interviews Darian Leader

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Special thanks to Darian Leader for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – Strictly Bipolar

Darian Leader is a psychoanalyst and author. His books include Stealing the Mona Lisa: What Art Stops Us From Seeing; Why Do People Get Ill?; The New Black: Mourning, Melancholia and Depression; and What Is Madness? – From The Guardian

Darian’s Homepage: http://www.darianleader.com

#1 –…

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Darwin’s Radio

Darwin’s Radio

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By Greg Bear

Synopsis: Ancient diseases encoded in the DNA of humans wait like sleeping dragons to wake and infect again–or so molecular biologist Kaye Lang believes. And now it looks as if her controversial theory is in fact chilling reality. For Christopher Dicken, a “virus hunter” at the Epidemic Intelligence Service, has pursued an elusive flu-like disease that strikes down expectant mothers…

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Serving the Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Physics under Hitler

Serving the Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Physics under Hitler

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By Philip Ball

Synopsis: Serving the Reich tells the story of physics under Hitler. While some scientists tried to create an Aryan physics that excluded any ‘Jewish ideas’, many others made compromises and concessions as they continued to work under the Nazi regime. Among them were three world-renowned physicists:

Max Planck, pioneer of quantum theory, regarded it as his moral duty to carry on…

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