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How far the light reaches  by Sabrina Imbler

How far the light reaches

Sabrina Imbler

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"Imbler profiles ten of the ocean's strangest creatures, drawing astonishing connections between their lives and ours and illuminating wondrous models of survival, adaptation, identity, sex, and care on our faltering planet"--Publisher's description.

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Hortus curious  by Michael (Gardening personality) Perry

Hortus curious

Michael (Gardening personality) Per...

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"Celebrate the weird, wacky, and wonderful world of plants and fungi with Michael Perry, AKA Mr Plant Geek. Plants are truly awe-inspiring - they can be large or small, smelly, spectacularly ugly, or brilliant mimics. Others behave badly, growing parasitically...

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The joy of abstraction  by Eugenia Cheng

The joy of abstraction

Eugenia Cheng

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"Mathematician and popular science author Eugenia Cheng is on a mission to show you that mathematics can be flexible, creative, and visual. This joyful journey through the world of abstract mathematics into category theory will demystify mathematical thought...

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The minerals encyclopedia  by Rupert Hochleitner

The minerals encyclopedia

Rupert Hochleitner

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"Mineral collecting by amateur "rockhounds" has never been more popular. Old quarries, road cuts, and exposed landscapes are being examined by new generations of minerals enthusiasts. Each needs a comprehensive guidebook with clear photographs and accurate...

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Cosmos  by Carl Sagan

Cosmos

Carl Sagan

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"Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that have transformed matter into consciousness, exploring such topics as the origin of life, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the death of the Sun, the evolution of...

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The biggest ideas in the universe  by Sean M. Carroll

The biggest ideas in the universe

Sean M. Carroll

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"The most trusted explainer of the most mind-boggling concepts pulls back the veil of mystery that has too long cloaked the most valuable building blocks of modern science. Sean Carroll, with his genius for making complex notions entertaining, presents in his...

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The best Australian science writing 2022

The best Australian science writing 2022

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"What can a microbial gravesite on a moon teach us? Why are a group of scientists risking their life to safeguard a seed bank? How does a virus detective story show us why we need to be vigilant about the next disease outbreak? Great science writing compels us...

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Galapagos Crusoes  by Bryan Nelson

Galapagos Crusoes

Bryan Nelson

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"In 1964, Bryan and June Nelson spent an extraordinary year studying seabirds on two uninhabited Galapagos islands. Bryan's subsequent book blended scientific study with light-touch narration. June now complements her late husband's stories with her own...

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Endless forms  by Seirian Sumner

Endless forms

Seirian Sumner

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"There may be no insect with a worse reputation than the wasp, and none guarding so many undiscovered wonders. Where bees and ants have long been the darlings of the insect world, wasps are much older, cleverer and more diverse. They are the bee's evolutionary...

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50 physics ideas you really need to know  by Joanne Baker

50 physics ideas you really need to know

Joanne Baker

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"In 50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know, Joanne Baker uncovers the physics all around us, from basic concepts like gravity, light and energy through to the complexities of quantum theory, chaos and dark energy. Featuring short biographies of iconic...

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The New Zealand seashore guide   by Sally F. (Sally Fraser) Carson

The New Zealand seashore guide

Sally F. (Sally Fraser) Carson

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"This is the ultimate guide to the New Zealand seashore. New Zealand has over 14,000 kilometres of coastline, the tenth longest length of coast in the world, which ranges from sheltered sandy beaches to rocky and rugged wilderness. This geographic diversity...

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Seeing science  by Jack Challoner

Seeing science

Jack Challoner

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"We live among patterns of delicate beauty and exquisite chaos that our eyes can't detect; we are surrounded by invisible particles and shifting fields of matter that permeate all of space. Our very cells are intricate molecular machines, and the story of our...

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Imperfection  by Telmo Pievani

Imperfection

Telmo Pievani

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"In the beginning, there was imperfection, which became the source of all things. Anomalies and asymmetries caused planets to take shape from the bubbling void and sent light into darkness. Life on earth is a catalog of accidents, alternatives, and errors that...

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The mind of a bee  by Lars Chittka

The mind of a bee

Lars Chittka

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"Most of us are aware of the hive mind--the power of bees as an amazing collective. But do we know how uniquely intelligent bees are as individuals? In The Mind of a Bee, Lars Chittka draws from decades of research, including his own pioneering work, to argue...

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The elephant in the universe  by Govert Schilling

The elephant in the universe

Govert Schilling

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"If existing models of the structure of the universe are correct, then 85 percent of the cosmos comprises a substance called dark matter. Yet no direct evidence of dark matter exists. Award-winning science journalist Govert Schilling details the quest to...

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Origins  by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Origins

Neil deGrasse Tyson

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"Our true origins are not just human, or even terrestrial, but in fact cosmic. Drawing on recent scientific breakthroughs and the current cross-pollination among geology, biology, astrophysics, and cosmology, Origins explains the soul-stirring leaps in our...

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Fungal inspiration

Fungal inspiration

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"When one speaks of the beauty of Mother Nature, lush leaves and bright blooms in the sun often come to mind. However, there is so much charm to be found in her lesser-noticed side, sprouting silently in the places people rarely look at. The fungi family, for...

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Hummingbirds  by Glen (Wildlife photographer) Bartley

Hummingbirds

Glen (Wildlife photographer) Bartle...

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"With their glorious colors, glittering iridescence, astonishing powers of flight, and many characteristics unique in the world of birds, hummingbirds are extraordinary--true jewels of nature. This beautiful book is a celebration of all aspects of hummingbirds...

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Planktonia  by Erich Hoyt

Planktonia

Erich Hoyt

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"When people hear the word "migration," they think of animals that move from a feeding area to a breeding area and back each year. But the greatest migration on Earth happens twice every night. The movement is largely vertical and performed by plankton...

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Uranus and Neptune  by Carolyn Kennett

Uranus and Neptune

Carolyn Kennett

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"The most distant planets in our solar system, Uranus and Neptune were unknown by the ancients - Uranus was discovered in the 1780s and Neptune only in the 1840s. Our discovery and observation of both planets has been hampered by their sheer distance from...

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The Princeton field guide to pterosaurs  by Gregory S. Paul

The Princeton field guide to pterosaurs

Gregory S. Paul

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"Once seen by some as evolutionary dead-enders, pterosaurs were vigorous winged reptiles capable of thriving in an array of habitats and climates, including polar winters. The Princeton Field Guide to pterosaurs transforms our understanding of these great...

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Chris Packham's nature handbook  by Chris Packham

Chris Packham's nature handbook

Chris Packham

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"A practical illustrated guide to exploring, observing, and understanding nature. Chris Packham will pass on his passion for nature and make you an enthusiastic and knowledgeable amateur naturalist. Chris Packham's Nature Handbook reveals how easy it is to...

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Meadow  by Ian Parkinson

Meadow

Ian Parkinson

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"Meadow explores the intimate and complex relationship between people, place and plants which, over many centuries, has shaped the colour and character of the classic hay meadows of the British Isles. The surviving hay meadows of the British Isles are an...

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Travels with trilobites  by Andy Secher

Travels with trilobites

Andy Secher

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"Trilobites hold the distinction of being among the world's first dominant forms of complex animal life, arthropods that rank second only to the hallowed dinosaur in terms of their paleontological appeal. These bizarrely beautiful three-lobed creatures...

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Chemistry all-in-one  by Christopher Hren

Chemistry all-in-one

Christopher Hren

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"Introduction -- Getting started with chemistry -- The periodic table -- Making and breaking bonds -- Working with reactions -- Examining changes in energy -- Studying solutions"--Publisher's description.

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Statistics all-in-one  by Deborah J. (Deborah Jean) Rumsey

Statistics all-in-one

Deborah J. (Deborah Jean) Rumsey

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"Statistics All-in-One For Dummies is packed with lessons, examples, and practice problems to help you slay your stats course. Develop confidence and understanding in statistics with easy-to-understand (even fun) explanations of key concepts. Plus, you'll get...

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Stay curious and keep exploring  by Emily Calandrelli

Stay curious and keep exploring

Emily Calandrelli

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"From the host and co-executive producer of Netflix's Emily's Wonder Lab and executive producer of Xploration Outer Space, comes a book designed to introduce the wonders of science to the whole family. Emily Calandrelli, MIT engineer and scientist, shares...

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The history of the world in 100 plants  by Simon Barnes

The history of the world in 100 plants

Simon Barnes

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"From the author of The History of the World in 100 Animals, a BBC Radio Four Book of the Week, comes an inspirational new book that looks at the 100 plants that have had the greatest impact on humanity, stunningly illustrated throughout. As humans, we hold...

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Auckland Zoo  by Sarah Ell

Auckland Zoo

Sarah Ell

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"This beautiful book packed with fantastic photography, tells the fascinating story of how the Zoo has evolved from its early days as a 'living museum' into a modern zoo that takes an active role in conserving wildlife in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the...

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A world in a shell  by Thom Van Dooren

A world in a shell

Thom Van Dooren

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"While snails rarely get a mention in most discussions of our sixth mass extinction event, the sad reality is that they are disappearing more rapidly than any other species, and Hawai'i's snails are amongst the hardest hit. Following snail trails through the...

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Lightning often strikes twice  by Brian Clegg

Lightning often strikes twice

Brian Clegg

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"You may well be familiar with the fact that lightning, contrary to the popular saying, often strikes the same place twice. But this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what many of us wrongly believe about the way the world works. Whether it's...

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Mycocultural revolution  by Peter (Mycologist) McCoy

Mycocultural revolution

Peter (Mycologist) McCoy

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"Discover the glorious world of mushrooms, lichens, and micro fungi, as described by Peter McCoy, one of today's foremost experts in the field. Covering the essential information and skills for identifying, cultivating, and celebrating the uniqueness of fungi,...

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100 animals that can f*cking end you  by Mamadou Ndiaye

100 animals that can f*cking end you

Mamadou Ndiaye

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"A tongue-in-cheek field guide to the deadliest animals on Earth from TikTok star @mndiaye_97. Let's be clear: Mamadou Ndiaye knows a whole lot of animals that can and will end you, but he has no plans to let these strange and horrifying creatures cash in his...

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Mathmatters  by Chris Waring

Mathmatters

Chris Waring

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"Mathmatters is a humorous guide to the hidden calculations that are essential to everything we do. From making a cup of coffee to negotiating traffic to selecting candidates for an interview, we can’t make it through the day without employing some essential...

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Escape from model land  by Erica Thompson

Escape from model land

Erica Thompson

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"How do mathematical models shape our world - and how can we harness their power for good? Models are at the centre of everything we do. Whether we use them or are simply affected by them, they act as metaphors that help us better understand the increasingly...

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Homo sapiens rediscovered  by Paul Pettit

Homo sapiens rediscovered

Paul Pettit

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"Who are we? How do scientists define Homo sapiens, and how does our species differ from the extinct hominins that came before us? This illuminating book explores how the latest scientific advances, especially in genetics, are revolutionizing our understanding...

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In pursuit of champions  by Keith Woodley

In pursuit of champions

Keith Woodley

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"Author Keith Woodley, as centre manager, has been involved in all aspects of the Trust and its work. In his absorbing and often moving book – part history, part memoir – he charts the life and times of this tiny but mighty voluntary organisation. It's the...

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Wild maps

Wild maps

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"From the publishers of Brilliant Maps, here is a cartographic journey through our planet's weirdest and most wonderful phenomena. Which migrating birds fly the furthest? Which nations have launched which animals into space? Which countries' leaders don't...

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The magic of mushrooms  by Sandra (Vocalist) Lawrence

The magic of mushrooms

Sandra (Vocalist) Lawrence

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"Explore the wonderful world of some of the most incredible natural forms on our planet - fungi. At the centre of countless superstitions, folkloric tales and magical beliefs, as well as appearing in recipes and medicines both traditional and modern, mushrooms...

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Impossible, possible and improbable  by John Gribbin

Impossible, possible and improbable

John Gribbin

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"From the mysteries of the subatomic world to the curious property of water that makes our planet inhabitable, master of popular science John Gribbin delves into the astonishing facts that underlie our existence. Some aspects of the quantum world really do...

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The five-million-year odyssey  by Peter S. Bellwood

The five-million-year odyssey

Peter S. Bellwood

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"Human beings are incredibly diverse, from appearance and language to culture. How do we understand this diversity as a product of evolution and migration over millions of years? In this book, Peter Bellwood brings together biology, archaeology, linguistics,...

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How birds live together  by Marianne Taylor

How birds live together

Marianne Taylor

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"Featuring dramatic and delightful wild bird colonies and communities, How Birds Live Together offers a broad overview of social living in the avian world. From long-established seabird colonies that use the same cliffs for generations to the fast-shifting...

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Ōtari  by Bee. author. Dawson

Ōtari

Bee. author. Dawson

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"Ōtari tells the story of Ōtari-Wilton's Bush, the only botanic garden dedicated solely to the collection and conservation of the plants unique to Aotearoa New Zealand and a native bush reserve with over a hundred hectares of regenerating forest, including...

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Vanishing ice  by Lynley Hargreaves

Vanishing ice

Lynley Hargreaves

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"This important new book describes New Zealand's glaciers, and how we have interacted with them. Glaciation has had a huge impact on the shape of the New Zealand landscape. Enormous rivers of ice once flowed out onto the Canterbury Plains, stretched beyond...

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Saving the reef  by Rohan Lloyd

Saving the reef

Rohan Lloyd

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"While in the past Australians wrestled with what the Reef is, today they are struggling to reconcile what it will be... To do this, we need to understand the Reef's intertwining human story.The Great Barrier Reef has come to dominate Australian imaginations...

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2023 Australasian sky guide  by Nick Lomb

2023 Australasian sky guide

Nick Lomb

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"This popular guide by astronomer and author Dr Nick Lomb provides stargazers with everything they need to know about the southern night sky. It contains the latest information on the solar system, historical features, monthly sky maps, details of the year's...

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An immense world  by Ed Yong

An immense world

Ed Yong

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"The Earth teems with sights and textures, sounds and vibrations, smells and tastes, electric and magnetic fields. But every animal is enclosed within its own unique sensory bubble, perceiving but a tiny sliver of an immense world. This book welcomes us into a...

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Secrets of the sea  by Robert Vennell

Secrets of the sea

Robert Vennell

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"An illuminating tour through the native sea creatures of Aotearoa, by the bestselling author of The Meaning of Trees Secrets of the Sea is a fascinating introduction to New Zealand’s fish and shellfish, weaving together history, biology and culture to reveal...

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Koala  by Danielle Clode

Koala

Danielle Clode

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"Despite their iconic status and celebrity, koalas remain something of a mystery. Often affectionate in captivity, they seek out human assistance when in need of water or care yet can also be fierce and belligerent. They are beloved worldwide and feature in...

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The trials of life  by David Attenborough

The trials of life

David Attenborough

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"The Trials of Life is the final book in David Attenborough's groundbreaking Life Trilogy of natural histories. Life on Earth traced the development of animal life from its beginnings some three thousand millions years ago until today and Living Planet...

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Honeybee anatomy brought to life  by Graham Kingham

Honeybee anatomy brought to life

Graham Kingham

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"Honeybee Anatomy Brought to Life. This book uses photo essays to set out and display the anatomy, internal, external of the honeybee with over 350 detailed micrographs, together with slide images and drawings. Pests and other additional hive activities are...

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The real guide to New Zealand  by Mark Danenhauer

The real guide to New Zealand

Mark Danenhauer

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"Can you tell a Skink from a gecko? Is that a Kea or a Kaka? Can you spot the difference between a Northern Rata and a Pohutukawa? - This full colour guide is designed to help readers gain a basic understanding of the natural history of NZ. Written in simple...

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Wild honey bees  by Ingo Arndt

Wild honey bees

Ingo Arndt

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"The honey bee, a key pollinator, is now an endangered species, threatened by human activity and loss of biodiversity. Because of this, understanding forest-dwelling wild honey bees - which are more resistant to diseases and parasites than honey bees kept by...

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One of a kind  by Mario Ludwig

One of a kind

Mario Ludwig

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"This book of photographs puts the spotlight on a group of animals that is little-noticed, and undeservedly so: endemic species that exist only on their respective islands. Isolated from continents by the ocean, certain species have been able to evolve further...

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Weather and climate New Zealand  by Sandra Carrod

Weather and climate New Zealand

Sandra Carrod

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Weather refers to short-term atmospheric conditions; climate is the weather of a region averaged over a long period. In this info-packed addition to The NZ Series, Sandra Carrod explores the main elements of New Zealand's climate and weather in global,...

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Trees  by P. P. (Paul Philip) Smith

Trees

P. P. (Paul Philip) Smith

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"Trees feed us, shelter us, inspire us and heal us. In a world facing the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and a pressing climate emergency, the importance of these primeval beings in shaping our future is hard to understate. 00Generously illustrated and...

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The song of the cell  by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The song of the cell

Siddhartha Mukherjee

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"Presenting revelatory and exhilarating stories of scientists, doctors, and the patients whose lives may be saved by their work, the author draws on his own experience as a researcher, doctor, and prolific reader to explore how the discovery of cells created a...

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The genetic age  by Matthew Cobb

The genetic age

Matthew Cobb

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"How fifty years of genetic engineering have brought us to the brink of a profound and disturbing future, from Baille Gifford-shortlisted scientist Matthew Cobb. A new gene editing technology, invented just seven years ago, has turned humanity into gods....

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Everybody Hertz  by Richard Mainwaring

Everybody Hertz

Richard Mainwaring

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" A voyage of discovery through the vibrations that move us, whether we can hear them or not. Vic Tandy was a level-headed scientist, but there was no denying it: at this late hour in his lonely lab at Coventry University, he kept seeing a grey apparition out...

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Astronomy  by Ian Ridpath

Astronomy

Ian Ridpath

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"Take a look through the lens and discover the beauty and science of the magnificent night sky - and beyond. This stunningly illustrated handbook is split into eight sections which cover every aspect of astronomy. Learn about the history of discoveries in the...

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Thinking like an iceberg  by Olivier Remaud

Thinking like an iceberg

Olivier Remaud

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"When we imagine the polar regions, we see a largely lifeless world covered in snow and ice where icebergs drift listlessly through frozen waters, like solitary wanderers of the oceans floating aimlessly in total silence. But nothing could be further from the...

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Black holes  by Brian Cox

Black holes

Brian Cox

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"At the heart of the Milky Way, there is a distortion in the fabric of the Universe. Caused by something 4 million times bigger than our Sun, it is where space and time are so warped that everything within 12 million kilometres is trapped, even light. This...

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Australian falcons  by Stephen J. S. Debus

Australian falcons

Stephen J. S. Debus

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"Falcons are stunning and iconic birds. Australia has six falcon species, with two endemic to the continent and two others endemic to the Australasian region. They are important indicators of the health of our ecosystems, due to their position at the top of...

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Dr Matt's guide to life in space  by Matt Agnew

Dr Matt's guide to life in space

Matt Agnew

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"With a PhD in astrophysics, Dr Matt is a self-proclaimed 'space nerd' and is passionate about communicating science in an interesting and accessible way. Dr Matt explores the qualities that make planet Earth special before moving ahead to traverse what we're...

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Frozen planet II  by Mark Brownlow

Frozen planet II

Mark Brownlow

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"Accompanying the landmark BBC series narrated by David Attenborough, an unforgettable exploration of our most fragile worlds of beauty and brutality. Find a world of wonder beyond the ice. 'Looking down at our planet from space it may come as a surprise how...

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Dinosaurs  by Riley Black

Dinosaurs

Riley Black

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"Who isn't fascinated by dinosaurs? These strange reptiles have awed us ever since their fossils were first identified as the bones of creatures from the distant past. For millions of years, dinosaurs ruled the prehistoric world. And now, millions of years...

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The hidden universe  by Alexandre Antonelli

The hidden universe

Alexandre Antonelli

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"Everything you need to know about biodiversity - what it is, how it works, and why it's the single most important tool to battle climate change - from the Director Science at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. We don't know what we've got until it's gone......

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Life

Life

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"The newest addition to John Brockman's Edge.org series explores life itself, bringing together the world's leading biologists, geneticists, and evolutionary theorists -- including Richard Dawkins, Edward O. Wilson, J. Craig Venter, and Freeman Dyson....

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A naturalist's guide to the mammals of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka  by Bikram Grewal

A naturalist's guide to the mammals of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

Bikram Grewal

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"This easy-to-use identification guide to the 280 mammal species most commonly seen in India is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High quality photographs from India's top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which...

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A naturalist's guide to the reptiles & amphibians of New Zealand  by Samue Purdie

A naturalist's guide to the reptiles & amphibians of New Zealand

Samue Purdie

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"A Naturalist's Guide to the Reptiles & Amphibians of New Zealand is an introductory photographic identification guide to all 141 reptile and amphibian species of New Zealand. High-quality photographs from the author and the country's top nature photographers...

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The sounds of life  by Karen J. Bakker

The sounds of life

Karen J. Bakker

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"When we think of animal sound we tend to think about birds or other highly sonic animals. However, scientists are learning that a much wider range of animals, and even plants, use sound, and they are figuring this out with the help of AI and other digital...

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Bird planet  by Tim Laman

Bird planet

Tim Laman

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"Birds inhabit every continent and major island, and are among the most diverse group of vertebrates on the planet. For ornithologist and National Geographic photographer Tim Laman, documenting these magnificent creatures has been a lifelong passion that has...

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Native plants of Aotearoa  by Carlos (Botanist) Lehnebach

Native plants of Aotearoa

Carlos (Botanist) Lehnebach

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Part of the new Te Papa Te Taiao Nature Series, this accessible, handsomely illustrated guide to the commonly encountered native plant species of Aotearoa New Zealand has wide appeal. Native Plants of Aotearoa describes and beautifully illustrates fifty of our...

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Native birds of Aotearoa  by Michael author. Szabo

Native birds of Aotearoa

Michael author. Szabo

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Part of the new Te Papa Te Taiao Nature Series, this accessible, handsomely illustrated guide to Aotearoa New Zealand's native bird species has wide appeal. Native Birds of Aotearoa describes sixty of our most interesting species - forest, garden, wetland,...

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Starry messenger  by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Starry messenger

Neil deGrasse Tyson

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"Bringing his cosmic perspective to civilization on Earth, Neil deGrasse Tyson shines new light on the crucial fault lines of our time--war, politics, religion, truth, beauty, gender, and race--in a way that stimulates a deeper sense of unity for us...

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Gaia  by James Lovelock

Gaia

James Lovelock

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"In this classic work that continues to inspire many readers, Jim Lovelock puts forward his idea that the Earth functions as a single organism. Written for non-scientists, Gaia is a journey through time and space in search of evidence in support of a radically...

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The science of the Earth  by Philip Eales

The science of the Earth

Philip Eales

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"Elegant design combined with beautiful images to explore and explain Earth's natural riches. This is an informative, visually arresting introduction to planet Earth. The core of the book features large, detailed photographs of single objects, many of them...

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The hidden kingdom of fungi  by Keith A. Seifert

The hidden kingdom of fungi

Keith A. Seifert

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"For readers of Entangled Life and The Hidden Life of Trees comes an illuminating account of the "invisible" fungi that share our world: from the air we breathe to the dust beneath our feet. The Hidden Kingdom of Fungi traces the intricate connections between...

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TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator  by Jeff McCalla

TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator

Jeff McCalla

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"Graphing calculators are an essential tool in many high school and college math courses. TI-84 Plus CE Graphing Calculator For Dummies teaches you how to use these handy little machines with confidence, for basic math and far, far beyond. Packed with insider...

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Collins birds of the world  by Norman Arlott

Collins birds of the world

Norman Arlott

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"For the first time, the complete collection of the Collins Field Guides' incredibly detailed, accurate and beautiful bird paintings has been brought together in one comprehensive volume. This all-encompassing new guide is an extraordinary addition to the...

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The modern bestiary  by Joanna Bagniewska

The modern bestiary

Joanna Bagniewska

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"From the familiar to the improbable, the gross to the endearing, The Modern Bestiary is a compendium of curious creatures. It includes both animals that have made headlines and those you've probably never heard of, such as skin-eating caecilians, harp...

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A divine language  by Alec Wilkinson

A divine language

Alec Wilkinson

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"Decades after struggling to understand math as a boy, Alec Wilkinson decides to embark on a journey to learn it as a middle-aged man. What begins as a personal challenge-and it's challenging-soon transforms into something greater than a belabored effort to...

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Fen, bog & swamp  by Annie Proulx

Fen, bog & swamp

Annie Proulx

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"From Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Proulx - whose novels are infused with her knowledge and deep concern for the earth - comes an urgent and riveting history of wetlands, their ecological role and how the loss of them threatens the planet. Fens, bogs, swamps...

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Missions to Mars  by Larry S. (Larry Steven) Crumpler

Missions to Mars

Larry S. (Larry Steven) Crumpler

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"From a long-term planning lead for the Mars Exploration Rover Project comes this vivid insider account of some of NASA’s most vital and exciting missions to the Red Planet, illustrated with full-colour photographs a wondrous chronicle of unprecedented...

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Eat weeds  by Diego Bonetto

Eat weeds

Diego Bonetto

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"There is food within 3 metres of your front door. Three generations ago it was common practice all over the world to collect this wild food; knowledge of what, where and when to forage was a necessary part of daily life. We still had lived experience of...

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Mycophilia  by Eugenia Bone

Mycophilia

Eugenia Bone

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2023 guide to the night sky  by Storm Dunlop

2023 guide to the night sky

Storm Dunlop

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"A comprehensive handbook to the planets, stars and constellations visible from the southern hemisphere. 6 pages for each month covering January-December 2023. This practical guidebook is both an easy introduction to astronomy and a useful reference for...

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The Earth  by Elsa Panciroli

The Earth

Elsa Panciroli

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"It is difficult to conceive of the vast scale of the history of life on Earth, from the very first living organisms sparking into life in hydrothermal deep-sea vents to the dizzying diversity of life today. The evolution of life is a sweeping epic of a tale,...

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How the world really works  by Vaclav Smil

How the world really works

Vaclav Smil

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"We have never had so much information at our fingertips and yet most of us don't know how the world really works. This book explains seven of the most fundamental realities governing our survival and prosperity. From energy and food production, through our...

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Algebra II all-in-one  by Mary Jane Sterling

Algebra II all-in-one

Mary Jane Sterling

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"Every intermediate algebra lesson, example, and practice problem you need in a single, easy-to-use reference. Algebra II can be a tough nut to crack when you first meet it. But with the right tools... well, she's still tough but she gets a heckuva lot easier...

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Animal

Animal

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"Now in a new edition, this landmark photographic encyclopedia of the animal kingdom is revised with new species, images, and the latest scientific knowledge. Written by 70 natural history specialists, Animal features stunning wildlife photography of more than...

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Fossil treasures of Foulden Maar  by D. E. (Daphne E.) Lee

Fossil treasures of Foulden Maar

D. E. (Daphne E.) Lee

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A paleontological site of international significance, Foulden Maar in Otago, New Zealand is home to an amazing record of life on Earth. Formed by a volcanic eruption 23 million years ago, the Maar's undisturbed sedimentary layers are the resting places for...

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Raising our chicks  by Cushla M. McGaughey

Raising our chicks

Cushla M. McGaughey

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"For a small country, Aotearoa New Zealand has a large number of birds found nowhere else in the world. There are others too, no less ours just because some of them happen to live elsewhere. Here are 42 birds of our forests and wetlands, alpine zones and...

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String theory  by Andrew Zimmerman Jones

String theory

Andrew Zimmerman Jones

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"Unravel the secrets of the universe and untangle cutting-edge physics. Yes, you actually can understand quantum physics! String Theory For Dummies is a beginner's guide, and we make it fun to find out about the all the recent trends and theories in physics,...

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What if? 2  by Randall Munroe

What if? 2

Randall Munroe

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"The #1 New York Times-bestselling author of What If? and How To provides his best answers yet to the weirdest questions you never thought to ask The millions of people around the world who read and loved What If? still have questions, and those questions are...

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The short story of science by Tom Jackson

The short story of science

Tom Jackson

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"The Short Story of Science is a new introduction to the complete subject of science. Covering 60 key experiments, from Archimedes' investigations of buoyancy to the discovery of dark matter, and then linking these to the history of science, as well as to the...

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Supernova  by Or Graur

Supernova

Or Graur

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"A brief introduction to the physics of supernovae--explosions of dying stars that yield heavy chemical elements and spark the birth of new stars--and to past, present, and future research directions"--Publisher's description.

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Colour  by Victoria Finlay

Colour

Victoria Finlay

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"Part travelogue, part narrative history, this text lifts the lid on the historical palette and unearths a wealth of stories about the quest for colours, and our efforts to understand them"--Publisher's description.

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The sea is not made of water  by Adam Nicolson

The sea is not made of water

Adam Nicolson

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"Few places are as familiar as the shore - and few as full of mystery and surprise. How do sandhoppers inherit an inbuilt compass from their parents? How do crabs understand the tides? How can the death of one winkle guarantee the lives of its companions? What...

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Everyday physics  by Jo Hermans

Everyday physics

Jo Hermans

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"This is a physics book like you've never seen before: accessible and fun--perfect for anyone, young or old, who has a healthy dose of curiosity"--Publisher's description.

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