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Science new titles

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From new discoveries to in-depth studies of scientific topics - there's much to gain from our range of scientific reads. This list updates when we add new titles to the collection.
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Galaxies  by David J. Eicher

Galaxies

David J. Eicher

Book

Have you ever wanted to explore the Milky Way? Are you curious about how black holes form (and what really happens if you get stuck in one)? Do you want to learn how to read the night sky from your back garden? Tour the most dazzling, fascinating, and...

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The cosmic-chemical bond  by David A. Williams

The cosmic-chemical bond

David A. Williams

Book

Introducing astrochemistry to a wide audience, this book describes how molecules formed in chemical reactions occur in a range of environments in interstellar and circumstellar space, from shortly after the Big Bang up to the present epoch. Stressing...

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Pluses and minuses  by Stefan Buijsman

Pluses and minuses

Stefan Buijsman

Book

What is the relationship between the number of films Nicolas Cage appears in and the number of deaths by drowning in swimming pools? How in 1850s London did John Snow calculate the relationship between the city’s water suppliers and the number of deaths...

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Fathoms  by Rebecca Giggs

Fathoms

Rebecca Giggs

Book

When Rebecca Giggs encountered a humpback whale stranded on her local beach in Australia, she began to wonder how the lives of whales might shed light on the condition of our seas. How do whales experience environmental change? Has our connection to ...

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Braiding sweetgrass  by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Braiding sweetgrass

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Book

"A a botanist, Robion Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. [Here], Kimmerer brings these lenses...

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Lost gold  by Colin Miskelly

Lost gold

Colin Miskelly

Book

This special book-format issue of Birds New Zealands journal Notornis is devoted to the birds of the Auckland Islands Maukahuka/Motu Maha, the largest and biologically most diverse island group in the New Zealand subantarctic region. Its 19 chapters,...

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Tree story  by Valerie Trouet

Tree story

Valerie Trouet

Book

This book tells engaging stories about the science of dendrochronology, the study of tree growth rings. From studying tree rings, scientists can learn about the past climate on earth, and sometimes tree-ring data provide evidence of natural events th...

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Australian wildlife  by Stella Martin

Australian wildlife

Stella Martin

Book

A new, thoroughly updated second edition of Bradt's Australian Wildlife, covering habitats, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, the marine environment and where to go. Wildlife writer Stella Martin combines the encyclopaedic knowledge...

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Masterpieces of the Earth  by Michael Bright

Masterpieces of the Earth

Michael Bright

Book

From searingly hot deserts to lands of fire and ice, this book is a vivid journey through the natural wonders of the seven continents. With page after page of spectacular photographs, this book pays homage to the powerful forces that shape our planet...

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A lifetime in Galapagos  by Tui De Roy

A lifetime in Galapagos

Tui De Roy

Book

"Tui De Roy was a year old in 1955 when her family left Europe aboard a banana boat, bound for the Pacific to lead a different sort of life on Galapagos, one of self-sufficiency and living close to nature. She grew up on the islands and returned to them...

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Wintering  by Stephen Rutt

Wintering

Stephen Rutt

Book

In the autumn of 2018 Stephen Rutt and his partner moved to a house near the Solway Firth in Dumfries. As they settled into their new home thousands of pink-footed geese were arriving on the Firth from the Arctic Circle to make it their winter home. ...

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Lost in math  by Sabine Hossenfelder

Lost in math

Sabine Hossenfelder

Book

Whether pondering black holes or predicting discoveries at CERN, physicists believe the best theories are beautiful, natural, and elegant, and this standard separates popular theories from disposable ones. This is why, Sabine Hossenfelder argues, we have...

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Spiders of the world

Spiders of the world

Book

Spiders are among the most versatile creatures on the planet, inhabiting six of the seven continents and thriving in environments ranging from deserts and rain forests to Arctic tundra and cities. Spiders of the World is a captivating look at these w...

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Biological extinction

Biological extinction

Book

The rapidly increasing human pressure on the biosphere is pushing biodiversity into the sixth mass extinction event in the history of life on Earth. The organisms being exterminated are integral working parts of our planet's life support system, and their...

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The gospel of the eels  by Patrik Svensson

The gospel of the eels

Patrik Svensson

Book

I can't recall us ever talking about anything other than eels and how to best catch them, down there by the stream. Actually, I can't remember us speaking at all. Maybe because we never did.' The European eel, Anguilla anguilla, is one of the strange...

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Bonobo and chimpanzee  by Takeshi Furuichi

Bonobo and chimpanzee

Takeshi Furuichi

Book

This book describes the similarities and differences between two species, bonobos and chimpanzees, based on the three decades the author has spent studying them in the wild, and shows how the contrasting nature of these two species is also reflected in...

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The secret lives of garden bees  by Jean Vernon

The secret lives of garden bees

Jean Vernon

Book

A friendly, accessible insight into the weird, but wonderful world of bees in your garden. From the common or garden bumblebees that nest in bird boxes, compost heaps and old mouse holes, making Winnie the Pooh' style honey pots to feed their babes, to...

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101 facts you didn't know about space  by Mark (Astronomer) Thompson

101 facts you didn't know about space

Mark (Astronomer) Thompson

Book

Did you know a compost heap generates as much energy as the Sun? Or that dung beetles use the Milky Way to navigate? Maybe you have not been into space but if you have then you will know that astronauts have feet as soft as babies! 101 Space Facts You...

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Under the stars  by Matt Gaw

Under the stars

Matt Gaw

Book

Light pollution is everywhere. Not only is it damaging to humans and to wildlife, disrupting our natural rhythms, but it obliterates the subtler lights that have guided us for millennia. Moonlight, starlight, the ethereal glow of snow in winter ... When...

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The accidental countryside  by Stephen Moss

The accidental countryside

Stephen Moss

Book

In The Accidental Countryside, author and naturalist Stephen Moss makes a journey of discovery through Britain, in search of the hidden corners where wildlife survives against the odds. From Shetland's Iron Age stone structures to London's most moder...

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Bonobos

Bonobos

Book

The bonobo, along with the chimpanzee, is one of our two closest living relatives. Their relatively narrow geographic range combined with the history of political instability in the region, has made their scientific study extremely difficult. Because...

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The little book of orchids  by Mark W. Chase

The little book of orchids

Mark W. Chase

Book

The Little Book of Orchids introduces you to 75 exquisite examples from around the world. Orchids are elegant, exotic and mysterious. Discover 75 amazing examples in this beautiful little book. One in every seven flowering plants on earth is an orchid,...

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The little book of shells  by M. G. Harasewych

The little book of shells

M. G. Harasewych

Book

Dip into the intriguing world of shells with this beautifully illustrated guide to 75 weird and wonderful examples. When we pick up a shell on the beach, we notice its beautiful shape or attractive colours, but how often do we consider what it tells us...

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Nests, eggs, birds  by Kelsey Oseid

Nests, eggs, birds

Kelsey Oseid

Book

Discover the world’s birds, their homes, and their eggs in this gorgeously illustrated, entertaining, and educational guide. Did you know that the tailorbird 'sews' leaves together to make its nest? Or that hummingbird eggs are the size of jellybeans?...

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A field guide to butterflies of Australia  by Garry Sankowsky

A field guide to butterflies of Australia

Garry Sankowsky

Book

A comprehensive guide to the country's butterflies covering everything from the eye-catching Common Jezabel and Ulysses Butterfly, to the gigantic Cairns Birdwing, to the more cryptic Blues and Skippers. The key features that separate this book from all...

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A naturalist's guide to the birds of Australia  by Dean Ingwersen

A naturalist's guide to the birds of Australia

Dean Ingwersen

Book

This easy-to-use identification guide to the 280 bird species most commonly seen in Australia is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High quality photographs from one of Australia's top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species des...

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Bird love  by Wenfei Tong

Bird love

Wenfei Tong

Book

Exploring the sex life of birds and their wide range of mating and parenting habits, Bird Love gives you a detailed insight into bird family life. Discover the amazing array of courtship techniques employed by birds around the world, such as ospreys ...

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Migration  by Melissa Mayntz

Migration

Melissa Mayntz

Book

Flight has fascinated humans since we first looked into the sky and saw birds on the wing, and no flights are more fascinating than the extraordinary migrations birds make every day, week, month, and season of the year. Migration explores how birds make...

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Inside PixInsight  by Warren A. Keller

Inside PixInsight

Warren A. Keller

Book

PixInsight has taken the astro-imaging world by storm. As the first comprehensive postprocessing platform to be created by astro-imagers for astro-imagers, it has for many replaced other generic graphics editors as the software of choice. PixInsight has...

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Elephants  by Hannah Mumby

Elephants

Hannah Mumby

Book

Elephants are as unique as people. They can be clever and curious or headstrong and impulsive, shy or sociable. Learn to know them as individuals as well as a species in this evocative account of years spent studying elephant behaviour in the wild. Watching...

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The age of the Earth  by Archibald W. Hendry

The age of the Earth

Archibald W. Hendry

Book

This book spells out in detail how the age of the Earth has been determined over the centuries. First — the 'biblical' age: how was the date of Creation 4004 BC figured out? A date which is so important even today ... it is the basis of claims made by...

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Genetics  by T. R. (Tara Rodden) Robinson

Genetics

T. R. (Tara Rodden) Robinson

Book

Are you a student of the sciences? Into research? Curious about how genetics affects your life? Then this book is for you! Here's a no-nonsense guide to help you understand genetics without boggling your mind. Get an overview of the basics, including...

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Hubble legacy  by Jim Bell

Hubble legacy

Jim Bell

Book

This is the definitive book on the Hubble Space Telescope, written by noted astronomer Jim Bell. Looking deep into space, by definition, means looking back in time--and the Hubble Space Telescope can look very far back, including at stars, nebulae, a...

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The last giants  by Levison Wood

The last giants

Levison Wood

Book

This book comes at a critical time. Fifty years ago, Africa was home to just over 1.3 million elephants, but by 1990 the number had halved. Meanwhile in the span of a lifetime, the human population has more than doubled. In Levison Wood's The Last Giants,...

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Some assembly required  by Neil Shubin

Some assembly required

Neil Shubin

Book

The great transformations in the history of life brought about whole scale shifts in how animals live and how their bodies are organized: the evolution of fish to land-living creature, the origin of birds, the beginnings of bodies in single-celled cr...

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Feeding the birds at your table  by Darryl N. Jones

Feeding the birds at your table

Darryl N. Jones

Book

Feeding the Birds at Your Table is designed to provide detailed, comprehensive advice and suggestions for people wishing to feed wild birds in Australia from their own backyards and balconies. Millions of Australians feed wild birds in their gardens....

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A history of plants in 50 fossils  by Paul Kenrick

A history of plants in 50 fossils

Paul Kenrick

Book

This is the story of plant life on Earth, uniquely retold through a remarkable record of spectacular fossils. Palaeobotanist Paul Kenrick explains the importance of each fossil and how it marks a crucial inflection point in plant evolution. Each discovery...

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The magicians  by Marcus Chown

The magicians

Marcus Chown

Book

This is the story of the magicians: the scientists who, using mathematics, predicted the existence of unknown planets, black holes, invisible force fields, ripples in the fabric of space-time, unsuspected subatomic particles, and even antimatter. The...

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Turning the boat for home  by Richard Mabey

Turning the boat for home

Richard Mabey

Book

Britain's most-influential nature writer reflects on a lifetime of close observation and celebrates the positive force of the natural world. From the rediscovery of foraging that led to Food for Free, through his groundbreaking expeditions in the 'ed...

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The seafarers  by Stephen Rutt

The seafarers

Stephen Rutt

Book

The British Isles are remarkable for the extraordinary diversity of seabird life that they support: spectacular colonies of charismatic Arctic terns, elegant fulmars and stoic eiders, to name just a few. Often found in the most remote and dramatic reaches...

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Packing for Mars  by Mary Roach

Packing for Mars

Mary Roach

Book

The author of Stiff and Bonk explores the irresistibly strange universe of space travel and life without gravity. Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration...

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The world according to physics  by Jim Al-Khalili

The world according to physics

Jim Al-Khalili

Book

This book frames the nature and importance of modern physics in an accessible, compelling, succinct way, showing lay readers that physics is crucial to our modern understanding of the world-and indeed the world as we currently know and experience it....

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Ingenious  by Peter D. Gluckman

Ingenious

Peter D. Gluckman

Book

Evolution is the process by which species adapt over time to their environments. The tricky part about human evolution is that, as technology builders, we have the power to alter our environments--and even build new, unprecedented conditions in which...

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Something deeply hidden  by Sean M. Carroll

Something deeply hidden

Sean M. Carroll

Book

Caltech physicist and New York Times bestselling author Sean Carroll shows that there are multiple copies of you. And everyone else. Really. Something Deeply Hidden begins with the news that physics is in a crisis. Quantum mechanics underlies all of ...

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