Kraken: The Curious, Exciting, and Slightly Disturbing Science of Squid

By Wendy Williams

Kraken is the normal identify for enormous sea monsters, and this e-book introduces probably the most charismatic, enigmatic, and curious population of the ocean: the squid. The pages take the reader on a wild narrative journey throughout the international of squid technology and experience, alongside the way in which addressing a few riddles approximately what intelligence is, and what monsters lie within the deep. as well as squid, either monstrous and differently, Kraken examines different both spell binding cephalopods, together with the octopus and the cuttlefish, and explores their otherworldly skills, similar to camouflage and bioluminescence. obtainable and interesting, Kraken is additionally the 1st gigantic quantity at the topic in additional than a decade and a needs to for enthusiasts of well known science.

Praise for KRAKEN: The Curious, fascinating, and just a little anxious technology of Squid 

"Williams writes with a deft, supple hand as she surveys those spindly, impressive beasts and their global. She reminds us that the recognized global can be significantly better than within the days of the bestiary-makers, yet there's nonetheless room for ask yourself and strangeness."
-Los Angeles

"Williams's account of squid, octopuses, and different cephalopods abounds with either historic legend and smooth science." 

"[Exposes squid's] eerie similarities to the human species, all the way down to eye constitution and the all-important mind phone, the neuron." 
-New York Post 

"just the correct mix of background and science" 
-ForeWord Reviews

"Kraken is a fascinating and expansive biography of a creature that sparks our mind's eye and stimulates our interest. it is a excellent mix of storytelling and science." 
-Vincent Pieribone, writer of Aglow within the Dark

KRAKEN extracts natural pleasure, highbrow excitement, and deep ask yourself from the main not going of places--squid. it's demanding to learn Wendy Williams's luminous account and never believe the fun of discovery of the totally profound connections we proportion with squid and all different dwelling issues in the world. With wit, ardour, and ability as a storyteller, Williams has given us a stunning window into our international and ourselves. --Neil Shubin, writer of the nationwide bestseller "Your internal Fish

Wendy William's KRAKEN weaves vignettes of news approximately historic encounters with squid and octopus, with tales of modern scientists who're captivated via those animals. Her compelling e-book has the ability to alter your world-view approximately those creatures of the ocean, whereas telling the gripping, absolutely understandable tale of the ways that those animals have replaced human scientific historical past. --Mark J. Spalding, President, the sea Foundation

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Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology

By Bradley J Roth

This vintage textual content has been utilized in over 20 international locations via complex undergraduate and starting graduate scholars in biophysics, body structure, clinical physics, neuroscience, and biomedical engineering. It bridges the distance among an introductory physics path and the applying of physics to the lifestyles and biomedical sciences. largely revised and up-to-date, the 5th variation accommodates new advancements on the interface among physics and biomedicine. New insurance contains cyclotrons, photodynamic treatment, colour imaginative and prescient, x-ray crystallography, the electron microscope, cochlear implants, deep mind stimulation, nanomedicine, and different subject matters highlighted within the nationwide learn Council file BIO2010. As with the former version, the 1st half the textual content is essentially organic physics, emphasizing using rules from physics to appreciate biology and body structure, and the second one part is basically scientific physics, describing using physics in drugs for prognosis (mainly imaging) and remedy. among the subject matters carried ahead are thorough remedies of forces within the skeletal method, fluid flow, the logistic equation, scaling, equilibrium in statistical mechanics, the chemical power and loose strength, transport, membranes and osmosis, magnetic and electric signs from nerves and the center, membranes and gated channels in membranes, organic magnetic fields, linear and nonlinear suggestions platforms, together with organic clocks and chaotic behavior, biological sign analysis, hearing and scientific ultrasound, atoms and light, optical coherence tomography, radiometry and photometry, the interplay of photons and charged debris in tissue, radiological physics and using x-rays in prognosis and remedy, nuclear medication, and magnetic resonance imaging. dialogue of conception is heavily associated with experiment. Prior classes in physics and in calculus are assumed. Intermediate Physics for medication and Biology, 5th variation is additionally excellent for self research and as a reference for staff in clinical and organic study. Over 850 difficulties attempt and improve the student's knowing and supply extra organic examples. A options handbook is on the market to teachers. every one bankruptcy has an intensive record of references.

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Conservation Biology: Evolution in Action

The most aim of this publication is to motivate and formalize the infusion of evolutionary considering into mainstream conservation biology. It reports the evolutionary foundations of conservation concerns, and unifies conceptual and empirical advances in evolutionary conservation biology. The e-book can be utilized both as a chief textbook or as a supplementary studying in a sophisticated undergraduate or graduate point direction - more likely to be referred to as Conservation Biology or from time to time Evolutionary Ecology. the focal point of chapters is on present options in evolution as they pertain to conservation, and the empirical research of those innovations. The balanced remedy avoids exhaustive experiences and overlapping duplication one of the chapters. Little historical past in genetics is believed of the reader.

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The Great Pheromone Myth

By Richard L. Doty

Mammalian pheromones, audiomones, visuomones, and snarks―Richard Doty argues that all of them belong within the related classification: gadgets of imagination.

For greater than 50 years, researchers―including many widespread scientists―have pointed out pheromones because the triggers for a variety of mammalian behaviors and endocrine responses. during this provocative e-book, popular olfaction professional Richard L. Doty rejects this concept and states bluntly that, unlike bugs, mammals should not have pheromones.

Doty systematically debunks the claims and conclusions of reviews that purport to bare the life of mammalian pheromones. He demonstrates that there's no mostly authorized medical definition of what constitutes a mammalian pheromone and that makes an attempt to divide stimuli and complicated behaviors into pheromonal and nonpheromonal different types have essentially failed. Doty's debatable statement belies a endured fascination with the pheromone thought, various claims of its chemical isolation, and what he sees because the wasted expenditure of 1000s of hundreds of thousands of greenbacks via and govt.

The nice Pheromone Myth without delay demanding situations principles in regards to the function chemical compounds play in mammalian habit and reproductive techniques. it's a must-have reference for biologists, psychologists, neuroscientists, and readers attracted to animal habit, ecology, and evolution.

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Entangled Life: Organism and Environment in the Biological and Social Sciences (History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences)

This quantity explores the interactions among organisms and their environments and the way this “entanglement” is a basic point of all lifestyles. It brings jointly the paintings and concepts of historians, philosophers, biologists, and social scientists, uniting various new views, tools, and frameworks for interpreting and realizing the ways in which organisms and environments interact.

The quantity is prepared into 3 major sections: ancient views, contested types, and rising frameworks. the 1st part explores the origins of the trendy notion of organism-environment interplay within the mid-nineteenth century and its improvement by way of later psychologists and anthropologists. within the moment part, quite a few arguable models―from mathematical representations of evolution to version organisms in clinical research―are mentioned and reframed in gentle of contemporary questions on the interaction among organisms and setting. The 3rd part investigates a number of new rules that experience the aptitude to reshape key features of the organic and social sciences.

Populations of organisms evolve in keeping with altering environments; our bodies and minds depend upon a big selection of situations for his or her improvement; cultures create advanced relationships with the wildlife whilst they modify it irrevocably. The chapters during this quantity percentage a dedication to unraveling the mysteries of this entangled existence.

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Why We Nap: Evolution, Chronobiology, and Functions of Polyphasic and Ultrashort Sleep

By Claudio Stampi

People (and another mammals) are distinctive of their monophasic sleep styles - such a lot different animals sleep a number of occasions an afternoon. yet many people additionally nap or in short "nod off" through the waking hours, and sure paintings and existence types require "polyphasic" sleep styles of interspersed sessions of sleep and wakefulness. only in the near past have the underlying bases of polyphasic sleep and its results on human habit been studied, and this quantity by way of overseas specialists within the fields of sleep study, circadian rhythms, and human functionality (neuroscientists, physiologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, chronobiologists) brings jointly the newest findings and reports significant features of this crucial and interesting new box. Readers will contain sleep researchers and neuroscientists drawn to examine on states of cognizance, and in addition commercial psychologists, ergonomists, and execs who want info on effective programming of work-rest schedules.

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On the Origin of Autonomy: A New Look at the Major Transitions in Evolution (History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences)

By Bernd Rosslenbroich

This quantity describes beneficial properties of autonomy and integrates them into the hot dialogue of things in evolution. lately principles approximately significant transitions in evolution are present process a innovative switch. They comprise questions about the beginning of evolutionary innovation, their genetic and epigenetic history, the position of the phenotype and of alterations in ontogenetic pathways. within the current booklet, it truly is argued that it really is likewise essential to query the homes of those techniques and what was once qualitatively generated throughout the macroevolutionary transitions.

The writer states ordinary important element of macroevolutionary techniques is a rise in person organismal autonomy wherein it truly is emancipated from the surroundings with adjustments in its ability for flexibility, self-regulation and self-discipline of behavior.

The first chapters outline the concept that of autonomy and view its heritage and its epistemological context. Later chapters exhibit how alterations in autonomy happened throughout the significant evolutionary transitions and examine the new release of organs and physiological structures. They synthesize fabric from a number of disciplines together with zoology, comparative body structure, morphology, molecular biology, neurobiology and ethology. it's argued that the concept that is usually correct for figuring out the relation of the organic evolution of guy to his cultural abilities.

Finally the relation of autonomy to edition, area of interest building, phenotypic plasticity and different components and styles in evolution is mentioned. The textual content has a transparent point of view from the context of platforms biology, arguing that the new release of organic autonomy has to be interpreted inside of an integrative platforms approach.

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Cambrian Ocean World: Ancient Sea Life of North America (Life of the Past)

This quantity, geared toward the final reader, offers lifestyles and occasions of the fantastic animals that inhabited Earth greater than 500 million years in the past. The Cambrian interval was once a serious time in Earth’s background. in this significant span of time approximately each sleek crew of animals seemed. even if lifestyles have been round for greater than 2 million millennia, Cambrian rocks guard the checklist of the 1st visual appeal of advanced animals with eyes, protecting skeletons, antennae, and intricate ecologies. Grazing, predation, and multi-tiered ecosystems with animals dwelling in, on, or above the ocean flooring turned universal. The cascade of interplay ended in an ever-increasing diversification of animal physique kinds. by means of the tip of the interval, the ancestors of sponges, corals, jellyfish, worms, mollusks, brachiopods, arthropods, echinoderms, and vertebrates have been all in position. The proof of this Cambrian "explosion" is preserved in rocks around the world, together with North the United States, the place the probably unusual animals of the interval are preserved in beautiful element in deposits similar to the Burgess Shale in British Columbia. Cambrian Ocean international tells the tale of what's, for us, an important interval in our planet’s lengthy history.

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People and Wildlife, Conflict or Co-existence? (Conservation Biology)

As people proceed to encroach into typical habitats, and conservation efforts fix flora and fauna to parts the place they've been absent, touch among people and wild animals is starting to be. a few species, even the endangered, may have severe affects on human lives and livelihoods. Tigers kill humans, elephants spoil plants and African wild canines devastate sheep herds left unattended. This publication provides quite a few ideas to human-wildlife conflicts, together with novel and standard farming practices, managed searching and tourism, in addition to the advance of neighborhood and nationwide conservation guidelines.

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