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The Birds The Bees And The Platypuses

Author: Michael Gross
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 3527640983
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Michael Gross has been writing about science full time for the last eight years and as a night time hobby for the previous seven. From his treasure troves, he now presents his favourite science stories from these 15 years. What are the attractions that make him revisit a topic or reread an article again and again? Often, it's the sheer craziness of wildly unexpected findings or grotesquely oversized challenges. In other stories, there is a sexy element or an unexpected insight into the human condition. And sometimes, when reporting new and future technologies, the author just can't help thinking: »cooooooool!« So here are more than 60 crazy, sexy and cool science stories for you to enjoy.

9 Millionen Fahrr Der Am Rande Des Universums Obskures Aus Forschung Und Wissenschaft

Author: Michael Gross
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 3527672699
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Ausgeforscht - so heißt eine Rubrik in den »Nachrichten aus der Chemie«, in der der Chemiker und Wissenschaftsjournalist Michael Groß alle zwei Monate einen seiner »unsachlichen« Beiträge veröffentlicht - als »Hofnarr«, wie er selbst sagt. Groß schafft in seinen ironischheiteren Kommentaren die seltene Kombination aus guter, unterhaltsamer Schreibe und der Vermittlung von Fachwissen. Gerne sucht er sich abseitige Themen, scheinbar jedenfalls. Aber was ist schon abseitig für Forscher, die aus verwesenden Fischen die Biolumineszenz herauskitzeln oder mit Rattenschwänzen experimentieren? 100 »unsachliche« Beiträge »9 Millionen Fahrräder am Rande des Universums« ist eine Sammlung seiner Glossen und Kommentare der letzten 10 Jahre. In 100 »nsachlichen« Beiträgen kommentiert Dr. Groß respektlos und für alle verständlich Forschung und Forscher und entdeckt die Komik im Normalen. Hier finden Sie Antwort auf die Frage, warum trotz guter Luft im Großraumbüro schlechtes Klima herrschen kann und es Einzelnen gehörig stinkt. Oder Sie erfahren, was es mit dem aufregenden Liebesleben der Glühwürmchen, die biologisch korrekt Leuchtkäfer heißen, auf sich hat. Sprachpirouetten statt Fachchinesisch Launig dreht Michael Groß seine sprachlichen Pirouetten, erklärt fast spielerisch wissenschaftliche Sachverhalte, stellt - für jeden leicht nachvollziehbar - neue Forschungsergebnisse vor, spießt aber genauso leidenschaftlich Themen aus der Kategorie Pleiten, Pech und Pannen auf; wie die Fehlkonstruktion der Londoner Millenniums-Fußgängerbrücke über die Themse, die im Jahr 2000 eröffnet wurde. Leider hatten die Ingenieure nicht daran gedacht, dass durchaus auch mal Fußgänger über eine Fußgängerbrücke laufen bzw. an die Schwingungen, die diese verursachen. Was aus der Riesenschaukel wurde? Lesen Sie selbst!

Birds Bees And Educated Fleas An A Z Guide To The Sexual Predilections Of Animals From Aardvarks To Zebras

Author: Bruce Montague
Publisher: John Blake Publishing
ISBN: 178418229X
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'Birds do it, bees do it, Even educated fleas do it . . . 'So wrote Cole Porter in his famous song from 1928, 'Let's Do It, Let's Fall In Love'. To which Bruce Montague, author of this enlightening and amusing collection, silently replied, 'Yes, but how do they do it?'Birds, Bees and Educated Fleas is an amusing A-Z of the courtship and mating habits of animals - including Homo sapiens sapiens. From well-hung South American drakes to shy camels arranging secret love trysts, female chameleons whose skin darkens when they're no longer in the mood to giraffes who swing their hips and swish their tails when they're feeling frisky, oysters that can change sex pretty much at will to stud rhinoceroses that can copulate three or four times a day for a week, this is a wide-ranging, light-hearted but well-researched look at the world of animal love and lust. Arranged alphabetically by species, here is the perfect handbook for any peeping Tom or Tomasina who wants to know what goes on in the animal world behind the - metaphorical - bedroom curtains.

Kant And The Platypus

Author: Umberto Eco
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448182212
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How much do our perceptions of things depend on our cognitive ability, and how much on our linguistic resources? Where, and how, do these two questions meet? Umberto Eco undertakes a series of idiosyncratic and typically brilliant explorations, starting from the perceived data of common sense, from which flow an abundance of 'stories' or fables, often with animals as protagonists, to expound a clear critique of Kant, Heidegger and Peirce. And as a beast designed specifically to throw spanners in the works of cognitive theory, the duckbilled platypus naturally takes centre stage.

Original Sinners

Author: John R. Coats
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439117590
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In this vivid, original interpretation of Genesis, former Episcopal priest John R. Coats takes readers on a journey through the ancient text, inviting them to see its characters in a new light, not as religious icons, but as people whose day-to-day concerns, triumphs, and failures are like our own. In Coats’s telling, the relationships of Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau, Rachel and Leah, and Joseph and his brothers take on stunning contemporary relevance as these characters find themselves confronted with extraordinary situations and circumstances that they’d neither asked for nor had anything to say about. Using stories from his life as well as the lives of people he’s known, Coats creates a rubric you can use to examine your own life and to discover aspects of yourself in the characters whose lives unfold in these primordial stories. How has Eve’s story shaped yours? Is your life reflected in Jacob’s evolution to wisdom? In Joseph’s youthful arrogance? Coats explores the strengths and weaknesses of the men and women in Genesis, pulling back the wrappings that have hidden their humanity to reveal the vibrant drama of these foundational narratives. "Different clothing, yes, and language, and customs, yet at the human level," he writes, "they were just as greedy and generous as we are, as gullible and crafty, as moronic and brilliant, as cowardly and brave. They are us, their stories, our stories, mirrors in which to see our best and worst selves."

Das Ei

Author: Britta Teckentrup
Publisher:
ISBN: 9783791372860
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The Ancestor S Tale

Author: Richard Dawkins
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780618619160
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A renowned biologist provides a sweeping chronicle of more than four billion years of life on Earth, shedding new light on evolutionary theory and history, sexual selection, speciation, extinction, and genetics.

Handbook Of Australian Animals

Author: Averil Moffat
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ISBN: 9780858358140
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King parrot - Australian sea-lion - Kingfisher - Skink - Barn owls - Bats - Bearded dragon - Bees - Beetles - Birds of prey - Flying fox - Carpet python - Cricket - Platypus - Koala - Kangaroo - Lorikeet - Lovebirds - Octopus.