Category Archives: Biology

Curvology: The Origins and Power of Female Body Shape

Anatomy professor David Bainbridge applies the technological know-how of evolutionary biology and psychology to examine women's our bodies in our ancestral previous, our self-image-obsessed current, and our surgically superior future.

Few issues are as tantalizing as a woman’s curves…and but, people are the one mammals on the earth whose ladies have curvy our bodies. Why? And what does this distinct physique form suggest for us? In Curvology, researcher David Bainbridge makes use of his medical knowledge to resolve this anatomical secret and to discover the social and mental results of our cultural fixation with curves and fat.

Bainbridge brings thorough and clear-headed clinical examine to this subject, in addition to an admirable knowing of the real-life ramifications of the attention-grabbing records and provocative experiences he cites. mixing evolutionary biology, cultural statement, and state of the art psychology, Bainbridge seriously synthesize the technology and heritage of women’s physique form, from historical homonids to the age of the selfie, supplying insights into how women’s our bodies grew to become gadgets of fascination and elevating wisdom approximately what this scrutiny does to our brains.

Packed with arguable and compelling findings that force us to consider the importance of our curves and what they suggest for destiny generations, Curvology deals not only a compelling selection of evidence and reviews, yet an eternally interesting tackle evolution and its consequences.

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The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures

By Christine Kenneally

• A New York Times Notable booklet

“The richest, most up to date, most exciting publication on genetics in a few time.” —The manhattan occasions publication Review

we're doomed to copy heritage if we fail to profit from it, yet how are we stricken by the forces which are invisible to us? In The Invisible historical past of the Human Race Christine Kenneally attracts on state-of-the-art learn to bare how either old artifacts and DNA let us know the place we come from and the place we could be going. whereas some books discover our genetic inheritance and renowned tv indicates have fun ancestry, this can be the 1st booklet to discover how every thing from DNA to feelings to names and the tales that shape our lives are all a part of our human legacy. Kenneally exhibits how belief is inherited in Africa, silence is handed down in Tasmania, and the way the history of countries is written in our DNA. From fateful, historical encounters to fashionable mass migrations and scientific diagnoses, Kenneally explains how the forces that shaped the background of the area eventually form every one human who inhabits it.

The Invisible background of the Human Race is a deeply researched, conscientiously crafted and provocative point of view on how our tales, psychology, and genetics impact our
prior and our destiny.

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Problem Solving Handbook in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics is turning out to be by way of leaps and boundaries; theories/algorithms/statistical thoughts are regularly evolving. however, a center physique of algorithmic rules have emerged and researchers are commencing to undertake a "problem fixing" method of bioinformatics, in which they use strategies to well-abstracted difficulties as construction blocks to unravel better scope problems.

Problem fixing guide for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics is an edited quantity contributed by means of international popular leaders during this box. This complete guide with challenge fixing emphasis, covers all suitable components of computational biology and bioinformatics. net assets and comparable topics are highlighted at each chance during this significant easy-to-read reference.

Designed for advanced-level scholars, researchers and professors in desktop technology and bioengineering as a reference or secondary textual content, this guide is usually appropriate for pros operating during this industry.

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Introduction to Modern Optics (Dover Books on Physics)

By Grant R. Fowles

This incisive textual content offers a simple undergraduate-level direction in sleek optics for college kids in physics, expertise and engineering. the 1st 1/2 the publication bargains with classical actual optics; the second one largely with the quantum nature of sunshine. Chapters 1 and a pair of deal with the propagation of sunshine waves, together with the strategies of section and crew velocities, and the vectorial nature of sunshine. bankruptcy three applies the strategies of partial coherence and coherence size to the examine of interference, and bankruptcy four takes up multiple-beam interference and comprises Fabry-Perot interferometry and multilayer-film concept. Diffraction and holography are the themes of bankruptcy five, and the propagation of sunshine in fabric media (including crystal and nonlinear optics) are valuable to bankruptcy 6. Chapters 7 and eight introduce the quantum concept of sunshine and basic optical spectra, and bankruptcy nine explores the idea of sunshine amplification and lasers. bankruptcy 10 in brief outlines ray optics for you to introduce scholars to the matrix technique for treating optical structures and to use the ray matrix to the examine of laser resonators.
Many functions of the laser to the learn of optics are built-in in the course of the textual content. the writer assumes scholars have had an intermediate direction in electrical energy and magnetism and a few complex arithmetic past calculus. For school room use, an inventory of difficulties is integrated on the finish of every bankruptcy, with chosen solutions on the finish of the book.

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The Logic of Chance: The Nature and Origin of Biological Evolution (paperback)

By Eugene V. Koonin

The good judgment of Chance bargains a reappraisal and a brand new synthesis of theories, ideas, and hypotheses at the key elements of the evolution of lifestyles on the earth in gentle of comparative genomics and platforms biology. the writer provides many particular examples from platforms and comparative genomic research to start to construct a brand new, even more special, complicated, and sensible photograph of evolution. The publication examines a huge diversity of issues in evolutionary biology together with  the inadequacy of traditional choice and variation because the basically or perhaps the most mode of evolution; the main position of horizontal gene move in evolution and the resultant overhaul of the Tree of existence concept;  the critical, underappreciated evolutionary value of viruses; the foundation of eukaryotes due to endosymbiosis; the concomitant beginning of cells and viruses at the primordial earth; common dependences among genomic and molecular-phenomic variables; and the evolving panorama of constraints that form the evolution of genomes and molecular phenomes.

 

"Koonin's account of viral and pre-eukaryotic evolution is absolutely up to date. His "mega perspectives" of evolution (given what used to be acknowledged above) and his cosmological musings, nonetheless, are fascinating reading." Summing Up: Recommended

Reprinted with permission from selection, copyright via the yankee Library organization.

 

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The Cannabinoid Receptors (The Receptors)

As examine has advanced, the cannabinoid CB 1 and CB 2 receptors have accelerated considerably in significance in the neuroscience mainstream. In The Cannabinoid Receptors, prime specialists introduce rookies to the cannabinoid box with chapters overlaying cannabinoid ligand synthesis and constitution task relationships, the molecular pharmacology of the cannabinoid receptors and the endocannabinoid procedure, and eventually, the full animal pharmacology and healing functions for cannabinoid medicinal drugs. including to these key themes, the publication additionally examines the present course of the sphere with chapters on new putative cannabinoid receptors and demanding situations for destiny examine. As part of The Receptors ™ sequence, this quantity highlights its receptor with the main thorough, centred and crucial details available.

Comprehensive and state-of-the-art, The Cannabinoid Receptors serves as a fantastic guidebook to what is still a desirable and very important field.

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The Devil's Cormorant: A Natural History

By Richard J. King

Behold the cormorant: silent, nonetheless, cruciform, and brooding; flashing, hovering, quickly as a snake. Evolution has crafted the single creature in the world which may migrate the size of a continent, dive and hunt deep underwater, perch with ease on a department or a cord, stroll on land, climb up cliff faces, feed on hundreds of thousands of alternative species, and dwell beside either clean and salt water in an unlimited international variety of temperatures and altitudes, frequently in shut proximity to guy. lengthy an emblem of gluttony, greed, undesirable success, and evil, the cormorant has led a bothered lifestyles in human heritage, delusion, and literature. The birds were prized as a resource of mineral wealth in Peru, hunted to extinction within the Arctic, educated by way of the japanese to capture fish, demonized by means of Milton in Paradise misplaced, and reviled, despised, and exterminated by means of game and advertisement fishermen from Israel to Indianapolis, Toronto to Tierra del Fuego. within the Devil’s Cormorant, Richard King takes us again in time and all over the world to teach us the background, nature, ecology, and financial system of the world’s so much misunderstood waterfowl.

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Applied Statistical Genetics with R: For Population-based Association Studies (Use R!)

By Andrea S. Foulkes

Statistical genetics has develop into a middle path in lots of graduate courses in public well-being and medication. This booklet provides basic suggestions and rules during this rising box at a degree that's obtainable to scholars and researchers with a primary direction in biostatistics. wide examples are supplied utilizing publicly on hand facts and the open resource, statistical computing setting, R.

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Who's in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain

By Michael S. Gazzaniga

“Big questions are Gazzaniga’s inventory in trade.”
New York Times

“Gazzaniga is among the such a lot fantastic experimental neuroscientists within the world.”
—Tom Wolfe

“Gazzaniga stands as a massive between neuroscientists, for either the standard of his learn and his skill to speak it to a basic public with infectious enthusiasm.”
—Robert Bazell, leader technological know-how Correspondent, NBC information

The writer of Human, Michael S. Gazzaniga has been referred to as the “father of cognitive neuroscience.” In his extraordinary publication, Who’s in Charge?, he makes a robust and provocative argument that counters the typical knowledge that our lives are utterly made up our minds through actual tactics we can't keep watch over. His well-reasoned case opposed to the concept we are living in a “determined” global is attention-grabbing and releasing, solidifying his position one of the likes of Oliver Sacks, Antonio Damasio, V.S. Ramachandran, and different bestselling technology authors exploring the mysteries of the human brain.

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10% Human: How Your Body's Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness

By Alanna Collen

You are only 10% human. for each one of many cells that make up the vessel that you simply name your physique, there are 9 impostor cells hitching a trip. you're not simply flesh and blood, muscle and bone, mind and pores and skin, but additionally micro organism and fungi. Over your lifetime, you are going to hold the identical weight of 5 African elephants in microbes. you're not somebody yet a colony.

Until lately, we had proposal our microbes rarely mattered, yet technological know-how is revealing a unique tale, one during which microbes run bodies and turning into a fit human is most unlikely with out them.

In this riveting, surprising, and fantastically written booklet, biologist Alanna Collen attracts at the most recent clinical examine to teach how our own colony of microbes impacts our weight, our immune method, our psychological health and wellbeing, or even our collection of accomplice. She argues that such a lot of of our smooth diseases-obesity, autism, psychological affliction, digestive issues, asthma, autoimmunity afflictions, or even cancer-have their root in our failure to cherish our so much basic and enduring courting: that with our own colony of microbes.

Many of the questions on smooth illnesses left unanswered by way of the Human Genome undertaking are illuminated by way of this new technology. And the good news is that not like our human cells, we will switch our microbes for the higher. Collen's booklet is a revelatory and vital consultant. it's technological know-how writing at its such a lot appropriate: life-and your body-will by no means appear a similar again.

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