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    • What if? : serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions
      What if? : serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions
      Randall Munroe.
      "Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last? In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion. The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website. What If? will be required reading for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical. "-- Provided by publisher.
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    • What makes you clever : the puzzle of intelligence
    • Math for real life for dummies
      Math for real life for dummies
      by Barry Schoenborn.
      Brush up on the math skills you need in your everyday life. Calculating tips, understanding interest rates, figuring out odds-- Schoenborn give you plain-English explanations of the simple math formulas and operations you're likely to encounter in the workplace, the kitchen, and even when playing games.
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    • Fractions, decimals, & percents : GRE strategy guide.
      Fractions, decimals, & percents : GRE strategy guide.

      The Fractions, Decimals, & Percents GRE Strategy Guide provides an in-depth look at the variety of GRE questions that test this surprisingly tricky area of math. Learn to see the connections among these part-whole relationships as you hone the skills you need to manipulate digits, decimals, fractions, percents, and ratios so that you can implement strategic shortcuts on exam day.
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    • Algebra : GRE strategy guide.
      Algebra : GRE strategy guide.

      The Algebra GRE Strategy Guide provides thorough coverage of this fundamental branch of math. Focused on the ways in which Algebra is tested on the GRE, this book will help you grasp core concepts and nuanced approaches for solving every type of algebraic problem.
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    • Pi
      Pi
      Kevin Cunningham.

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    • The planets : the definitive guide to our solar system
      The planets : the definitive guide to our solar system
      Heather Couper, Robert Dinwiddie, John Farndon, Nigel Henbest, David W. Hughes, Giles Sparrow, Carole Stott, Colin Stuart.
      Featuring all-new 3D models built using data gathered by NASA and the European Space Agency.
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    • Mars and how to observe it
    • Mathematics and the real world : the remarkable role of evolution in the making of mathematics
    • The quantum mechanics of many-body systems
    • How the ray gun got its zap : odd excursions into optics
    • White beech : the rainforest years
      White beech : the rainforest years
      Germaine Greer.
      "One bright day in December 2001, Germaine Greer found herself confronted by an irresistible challenge in the shape of sixty hectares of dairy farm, one of many in south-east Queensland that, after a century of logging, clearing and downright devastation, had been abandoned to their fate."--Dust jacket.
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    • The Princeton guide to evolution
      The Princeton guide to evolution
      Jonathan B. Losos, Harvard University, editor in chief
      Designed to be accessible and useful to students, scientists, and anyone with a serious interest in evolution. The articles, each written by authorities in their respective fields, balance accessibility with depth of analysis.
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    • National Geographic illustrated guide to wildlife : from your back door to the great outdoors : mammals, birds, reptiles & amphibians, aquatic life, insects & spiders.
    • Mosquito
      Mosquito
      Richard Jones.
      Lots of insects suck blood, but one species above all others has a reputation, out of all proportion to its size: the mosquito. Due to the diseases they carry and inject, mosquitoes are responsible for more human deaths than any other animal. The most deadly of these diseases is malaria, which although eradicated from much of the northern hemisphere, continues to pose a mortal threat in developing countries. Two billion people a year are exposed to malarial infection, of which over 350 million succumb, and nearly 700,000 die, the majority in sub-Saharan Africa. In Mosquito, Richard Jones recounts the history of mosquitoes' relationship with mankind, and their transformation from a trivial gnat into a serious disease-carrying menace. Drawing on scientific fact, historical evidence, and literary evocation, the book provides a colourful portrait of this tiny insect and the notorious diseases it carries. Mosquito offers a compelling warning against the contemporary complacency surrounding malaria and other diseases in western society, whilst also exploring the sinister reputation of the insect in general. Written in an accessible style for a broad readership, this book will appeal to all those with an interest in tropical medicine and disease, as well as anyone pestered in the night by the annoying, familiar whine of this diminutive airborne adversary. - Publisher.
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    • Biology of semiarid tropical fish
      Biology of semiarid tropical fish
      Jose Rosa Gomes and Sathyabama Chellappa, editors.

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    • American alligator : ancient predator in the modern world
      American alligator : ancient predator in the modern world
      Kelby Ouchley.
      A natural history of the American alligator. Having survived since the Mesozoic era, alligators teetered on the brink of extinction in the 1960s. Protected by legislative intervention, today's populations are closed monitored throughout their range. Ouchley examines the lessons we have learned about urban development and energy production, and how they can still threaten the alligator and its southern wetland habitat.
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    • American Birding Association field guide to birds of Colorado
    • Leopard
      Leopard
      Desmond Morris.
      "The leopard is the ultimate cat. It makes the lion and the tiger appear overblown and all other members of the cat family look puny. Whereas lions hunt in the open and then share their kill, the leopard is solitary, stealthy and selfish. This cat ambushes its prey and then carries it high into a tree, where it can dine alone. The leopard has commanded respect and awe in mankind for centuries. Considered the 'perfect predator', capable of frustrating the most dedicated big game hunter, leopards are vicious, agile and deadly animals who will even attack humans when cornered or challenged. In Leopard Desmond Morris shows all sides of the animal's character: its athletic elegance, its predatory skill, its wary shyness, its cunning intelligence, its parental devotion, its preference for solitary living and even its capacity to seek revenge. Morris traces the evolution of leopards, their roles as pets and in circuses, their conservation and current habitat threats. He also describes their rich symbolism, and looks at the leopard print in fashion, both haute couture and high street, as well as the leopard in art, literature, film and popular culture."--Page 4 of cover.
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    • The bottlenose dolphin : biology and conservation
      The bottlenose dolphin : biology and conservation
      John E Reynolds III, Randall S. Wells, Samantha D. Eide.

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    • Primate communication : a multimodal approach
      Primate communication : a multimodal approach
      Katja Liebal, Bridget M. Waller, Anne M. Burrows, Katie E. Slocombe.

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    • Hear where we are : sound, ecology, and sense of place
      Hear where we are : sound, ecology, and sense of place
      by Michael Stocker.
      Throughout history, hearing and sound perception have been typically framed in the context of how sound conveys information and how that information influences the listener. Hear Where We Are inverts this premise and examines how humans and other hearing animals use sound to establish acoustical relationships with their surroundings. This simple inversion reveals a panoply of possibilities by which we can re-evaluate how hearing animals use, produce, and perceive sound. Nuance in vocalizations become signals of enticement or boundary setting; silence becomes a field ripe in auditory possibilities; predator/prey relationships are infused with acoustic deception, and sounds that have been considered territorial cues become the fabric of cooperative acoustical communities. This inversion also expands the context of sound perception into a larger perspective that centers on biological adaptation within acoustic habitats. Here, the rapid synchronized flight patterns of flocking birds and the tight maneuvering of schooling fish becomes an acoustic engagement. Likewise, when stridulating crickets synchronize their summer evening chirrups, it has more to do with the cricket community monitoring their collective boundaries rather than individual crickets establishing personal territory or breeding fitness. In Hear Where We Are the author continuously challenges many of the bio-acoustic orthodoxies, reframing the entire inquiry into sound perception and communication. By moving beyond our common assumptions, many of the mysteries of acoustical behavior become revealed, exposing a fresh and fertile panorama of acoustical experience and adaptation. Praise for Hear Where We Are: Hear Where We Are is as poetic as it is informative - in the tradition of some of the best scientific writing." Julia Whitty, Author, Deep Blue Home: An Intimate Ecology of Our Wild Ocean Hear Where We Are opens up an entirely new way of understanding not only sound perception but our place within the world I no longer just hear my surroundings, rather I am now aware of how deeply sound shapes my relationship to the world around me... Kevin W. Kelley, Author, The Home Planet.
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    • High price : a neuroscientist's journey of self-discovery that challenges everything you know about drugs and society
      High price : a neuroscientist's journey of self-discovery that challenges everything you know about drugs and society
      Dr. Carl Hart.
      A neuroscientist relates his escape from a life of crime and drugs to a career helping to save the lives of addicts, examining the relationship between drugs and pleasure and shedding new light on ideas about race, poverty, and drugs.
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    • Human robotics : neuromechanics and motor control
      Human robotics : neuromechanics and motor control
      Etienne Burdet, David W. Franklin, and Theodore E. Milner.

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