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Diatoms To Dinosaurs

Author: Christopher McGowan
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1610912624
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In Diatoms to Dinosaurs, Chris McGowan takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the natural world, and examines life in all its various forms. He imparts the excitement of discovery and the joy of understanding as he demonstrates the central importance of size and scale to the survival of living organisms.McGowan investigates a wide range of size-related phenomena, from the gliding mechanism of diatoms to blood pressure problems of dinosaurs. Questions asked -- and answered -- include: Will we ever see giant insects the size of pterodactyls? Why are ants so much stronger relative to body size than elephants? What do a clam, a condor, a tortoise, and a sturgeon have in common? How did the skeleton of a 28-ton Apatosaurus support its weight? How can blood get from the heart to the head of a giraffe without rupturing blood vessels? The author explicates the scientific concepts -- both physical and biological -- needed to inform the relevant phenomena: area/volume relations, metabolism and other basic physiology, kinetic energy, inertial forces, the biology of senescence, boundary layers, and Reynolds numbers. Numerous illustrations scattered throughout the text make the biophysical principles easily comprehensible to readers, regardless of their scientific sophistication.

Encyclopedia Of Dinosaurs

Author: Philip J. Currie
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 0080494749
Size: 58.33 MB
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This book is the most authoritative encyclopedia ever prepared on dinosaurs and dinosaur science. In addition to entries on specific animals such as Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, and Velociraptor, the Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs covers reproduction, behavior, physiology, and extinction. The book is generously illustrated with many detailed drawings and photographs, and includes color pictures and illustrations that feature interpretations of the best known and most important animals. All alphabetical entries are cross-referenced internally, as well as at the end of each entry. The Encyclopedia includes up-to-date references that encourage the reader to investigate personal interests. The most authoritative encyclopedia ever prepared on dinosaurs Includes many detailed drawings, photographs and illustrations in both color and black-and-white Contains comprehensively cross-referenced alphabetical entries with internal references, as well as references at the conclusion of each entry Provides in-depth references, allowing readers to pursue independent interests Includes sixteen plates and 35 color illustrations

The Design Of Mammals

Author: John William Prothero
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107110475
Size: 65.60 MB
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A uniquely comprehensive examination of the ways in which mammals of diverse size and taxonomy are quantitatively similar and dissimilar.

The Incredible Shrinking Bee

Author: James V Lawry
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 1783260149
Size: 40.11 MB
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Because vertebrate circulations do not work when shrunk to insect sizes, insects may help us design our smallest machines. Within small bodies, bees separate diffusing substances in an open cavity assisted by locomotion and the beat of the heart. The open arthropod circulation, however, is most efficient when shrunk until its large three-dimensional volume of blood turns into a two-dimensional film of fluid covering only the internal surfaces. This transformation increases the chances to near-certainty that molecules can diffuse from one point to another without getting lost. The Incredible Shrinking Bee expresses mathematics in words so that most readers can compare today's microelectromechanical (MEMS) devices with a honeybee's circulation, introducing ideas of biominiaturization to workers interested in developing compact energy and chemical systems. When it comes to shrinking systems, bees have the edge on human ingenuity. A farrago of ideas and disciplines, The Incredible Shrinking Bee provides a springboard for discussion and research for computer scientists, entomologists, systems biologists, physiologists, mathematicians, engineers and anyone wanting to learn how bees move things around in their bodies to do what we are trying to do smaller and better. Contents: What's in This BookBees and DevicesBeauty Before the BeastYou Can't Shrink a WomanBee's BodyCavity TransportWhere the Hemolymph Meets the WallShrinkingChancy TransportControlGoals and Conclusions Readership: Systems biologists, physiologists, mathematicians, engineers, computer scientists, entomologists and zoologists. Key Features:A generalist's response to the scientific expertise gapUniquely combines disciplinesCompares insects with microdevicesRelies on the Internet for expanding and updating terms, illustrations and conceptsKeywords:Microsystems;Modeling;Biomimetrics;Synthetic Biology;Insects;Microdevices;Microphysics;Systems Biology;Biomedical;Microtechnology

Resources For Science Literacy

Author: Project 2061 (American Association for the Advancement of Science)
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780195108736
Size: 33.33 MB
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Designed for science and mathematics teachers of K-12 to help them "rethink the way they develop curricula, select materials and activities, design instruction, and plan for assessment."--p.vii.

Library Journal

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Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.