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De er berygtede for deres flid og erobringstrang. De har husdyr, kemiske våben og avanceret landbrug. Menneskene? Nej, myrerne! Joachim Offenberg, forsker ved Aarhus Universitet, beretter om det småkryb, som end ikke hans barske onkel Preben - der forsøgte at brænde dem i helvedes flammer - kan få bugt med. Ifølge Preben fortjener de ilden! Især når de kannibaliserer, tager slaver og undergraver vores terrasser. Men vi burde dog i stedet domesticere dem og dermed samarbejde med 1/4 af verdens animalske biomasse. Så bered dig på at blive myrmekofil!
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Beautiful Cure by Daniel M Davis, read by Jot Davies.The immune system holds the key to human health. In The Beautiful Cure, leading immunologist Professor Daniel Davis describes the scientific quest to understand how it works - and how it is affected by stress, sleep, age and our state of mind - and explains how this knowledge is now unlocking a revolutionary new approach to medicine and well-being. The body's ability to fight disease and heal itself is one of the great mysteries and marvels of nature. But within the last few years painstaking research has resulted in major advances in our understanding of this breathtakingly beautiful inner world: a vast and intricate network of specialist cells, regulatory proteins and dedicated genes that are continually protecting our bodies. Far more powerful than any medicine ever invented, it also plays a crucial role in our daily lives. Already we have found ways to harness these natural defences to create breakthrough drugs and so-called immunotherapies that help us fight cancer, diabetes, arthritis and many age-related diseases, and we are starting to understand whether or not activities such as mindfulness might play a role in enhancing our physical resilience. Written by an expert at the forefront of this adventure, The Beautiful Cure tells a dramatic story of detective work and discovery, of puzzles solved and of the mysteries that remain, of lives sacrificed and saved, introducing the reader to this revelatory new understanding of the human body and what it takes to be healthy.'One of those books that makes you look at everything human in a new, challenging and thrilling way' Stephen Fry'Brilliantly conveys the excitement of scientific discovery' Bill Bryson
Universet udvider sig, og dets indhold udvikler sig. Fra en oprindelig tilstand af ensartethed er verden gennem femten milliarder år blevet til et overflødighedshorn af forskellighed. Ligger der et storslået design bag denne udvikling, eller skyldes den et sammenfald af tilfældigheder? Med udgangspunkt i moderne teorier om begreberne tilfældighed og orden tegner Tor Nørretranders et billede af universets, livets og bevidsthedens udvikling, hvor fraværet af design er dominerende. VERDEN VOKSER handler om hele verden og giver et overblik over det moderne naturvidenskabelige verdensbillede. Men det er samtidig en bog om vigtigheden af åbenhed og af at bruge sine egne øjne.
From evolutionary biologist Rowan Hooper, an awe-inspiring look into the extremes of human abilityand what they tell us about our own potential';an intriguinglook at some of the things that make us humanand more' (Kirkus Reviews).In 1997, an endurance runner named Yiannis Kouros ran 188 miles in twenty-four hours. Akira Haraguchi can recite pi to the 100,000th decimal point. John Nunn was accepted to Oxford University at age fifteen. After a horrific attack by her estranged husband, Carmen Tarleton was left with burns to more than eighty percent of her body. After a three-month coma, multiple skin grafts, and successful face transplant, Tarleton is now a motivational speaker. What does it feel like to be exceptional? And what does it take to get there? Why can some people achieve greatness when others can't, no matter how hard they try? Just how much potential does our species have? Evolutionary biologist Rowan Hooper has the answers. In Superhuman he takes us on a breathtaking tour of the peaks of human achievement that shows us what it feels like to be extraordinaryand what it takes to get there. Drawing on interviews with these ';superhumans' and those who have studied them, Hooper assesses the science and genetics of peak potential. His case studies are as inspirational as they are varied, highlighting feats of endurance, strength, intelligence, and memory. Superhuman is ';terrifically entertaining. Hooper is that precious thing; an easy, fluent, and funny scientist. The message from this upbeat, clever, feel good book is that we all have greater capacity than we realize. Spectacularly enjoyable' (The London Times), this is a fascinating, eye-opening, and inspiring celebration for anyone who ever felt that they might be able to do something extraordinary in life, for those who simply want to succeed, and for anyone interested in the sublime possibilities of humankind.
Astrophysicist and author Mario Livio investigates perhaps the most human of all our characteristicscuriosityin this ';lively, expert, and definitely not dumbed-down account' (Kirkus Reviews) as he explores our innate desire to know why.Experiments demonstrate that people are more distracted when they overhear a phone conversationwhere they can know only one side of the dialoguethan when they overhear two people talking and know both sides. Why does half a conversation make us more curious than a whole conversation? ';Have you ever wondered why we wonder why? Mario Livio has, and he takes you on a fascinating quest to understand the origin and mechanisms of our curiosity. I thoroughly recommend it.' (Adam Riess, Nobel Prize Winner in Physics, 2011). Curiosity is not only at the heart of mystery and suspense novels, it is also essential to other creative endeavors, from painting to sculpture to music. It is the principal driver of basic scientific research. Even so, there is still no definitive scientific consensus about why we humans are so curious, or about the mechanisms in our brain that are responsible for curiosity. In the ever-fascinating Why? Livio interviewed scientists in several fields to explore the nature of curiosity. He examined the lives of two of history's most curious geniuses, Leonardo da Vinci and Richard Feynman. He also talked to people with boundless curiosity: a superstar rock guitarist who is also an astrophysicist; an astronaut with degrees in computer science, biology, literature, and medicine. What drives these people to be curious about so many subjects? An astrophysicist who has written about mathematics, biology, and now psychology and neuroscience, Livio has firsthand knowledge of his subject which he explores in a lucid, entertaining way that will captivate anyone who is curious about curiosity.
Penguin Audio presents The Plant Messiah by Carlos Magdalena, read by Roy McMillan. Carlos Magdalena of Kew Gardens is not your average botanical horticulturist. Hes a man on a mission to save the worlds most endangered plants from ecological destruction and thieves hunting for wealthy collectors. He is a plant messiah. From the planets tiniest waterlily - the Nymphaea thermarum - to Huarango trees with roots over 50 metres long, Carlos has a miraculous ability to bring breathtakingly beautiful plants back from the brink of extinction. He has travelled to the most remote and dangerous parts of the world - from the mountains of Peru to isolated Indian Ocean islands to the deepest Australian outback - in search of the rarest exotic species. Then, back in the Tropical Nursery at Kew, he uses pioneering, left-field techniques to help them propagate and prosper. Now hes here to spread the gospel. The Plant Messiah is the inspirational story of a man who has devoted - and risked - his life to save incredible species, all in the name of making this Earth a greener and happier place. Amen to that.
EIN BUCH, DAS UNSEREN BLICK AUF AUTISTEN VERÄNDERN WIRDAls Henry Markram ein autistisches Kind bekam, zählte er zu den berühmtesten Hirnforschern der Welt. Er arbeitete am Weizmann-Institut und am Max-Planck-Institut, gewann zahlreiche Forschungspreise und hielt Vorträge auf der ganzen Welt. Seine Methode, die misst, wie Zellen sich vernetzen, wurde internationaler Standard. Doch dann kam Kai. Und Fragen und Sorgen lagen auf einmal im Kinderzimmer, zwischen Teddybär und Mondlampe. Markrams geachtete Aufsätze vermochten seinem Sohn weniger zu helfen als das Liederbuch, aus dem er ihm abends vorsang. Und so stürzte sich der Hirnforscher auf die Frage, was Autismus wirklich ist. Nach Jahren gelang ihm der Durchbruch. Und seine Antworten stellten alles auf den Kopf, was man über Autismus zu wissen glaubte.Autisten fehle es an Empathie, sie hätten kaum Gefühle, hieß es in Expertenkreisen. Nach jahrelanger Beschäftigung mit der Störung seines Sohnes ist Markram vom Gegenteil überzeugt: Kai fühlt nicht zu wenig, er fühlt zu viel. Seine Sinne, sein Hören, Fühlen und Sehen sind zu fein für diese Welt. Er muss sich zurückziehen, um sich vor dem Übermaß an Eindrücken zu schützen. Eine Theorie, die immer mehr Anhänger findet. Über Monate hinweg hat Journalist Lorenz Wagner die Familie Markram begleitet und erzählt in `Der Junge, der zu viel fühlte´ eine berührende Vater-Sohn-Geschichte. Zugleich taucht er ein in die Forschung des Vaters und vermittelt anschaulich dessen bahnbrechende Erkenntnisse über Autismus und bisher unbekannte Seiten des menschlichen Gehirns. Ein faszinierendes Buch, das uns Autisten mit völlig anderen Augen sehen lässt.LORENZ WAGNER gehört zu den angesehensten Journalisten Deutschlands. Bekannt wurde er mit einem Langzeitporträt der BMW-Erbin Susanne Klatten, deren Leben zuvor ein großes Geheimnis war. Er schrieb aufwändige Nahaufnahmen von Persönlichkeiten wie Dieter Zetsche, Melinda Gates oder Jeff Bezos, dem reichsten Mann der Welt. Seine Arbeiten als Reporter des Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazins und Chefreporter der Financial Times Deutschland wurden vielfach ausgezeichnet, 2018 mit dem Theodor-Wolff-Preis, Herbert-Quandt-Medienpreis und Deutschen Journalistenpreis. Keine seiner preisgekrönten Geschichten hat die Leser so bewegt wie die von Henry und Kai Markram. In kurzer Zeit stieg sie zu den meistgelesenen Artikeln des SZ-Magazins auf und wurde viele Tausende Male geteilt und empfohlen. Wagner begleitete die Familie Markram nochmals über Monate. Daraus entstand dieses ungewöhnliche Buch.
A groundbreaking book about how ancient DNA has profoundly changed our understanding of human historyGeneticists like David Reich have made astounding advances in the field of genomics, which is proving to be as important as archaeology, linguistics, and written records as a means to understand our ancestry. In Who We Are and How We Got Here, Reich allows listeners to discover how the human genome provides not only all the information a human embryo needs to develop but also the hidden story of our species. Reich delves into how the genomic revolution is transforming our understanding of modern humans and how DNA studies reveal deep inequalities among different populations, between the sexes, and among individuals. Provocatively, Reich's book suggests that there might very well be biological differences among human populations but that these differences are unlikely to conform to common stereotypes.Drawing upon revolutionary findings and unparalleled scientific studies, Who We Are and How We Got Here is a captivating glimpse into humankind-where we came from and what that says about our lives today.
100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, palaeontology and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities.
What makes a penguin a bird? Is a camel more closely related to a horse than to a giraffe? Why is a whale not a fish? Similar puzzles preoccupied Charles Darwin throughout his life. Whimsy, in the playfulness of stories for children, is a way to appreciate Darwinian histories.In Do Elephants Have Knees? Charles R. Ault Jr. uses the fanciful imagery of story to explain Darwinian thought. At the same time, he launches careful consideration of Darwin's humanity, the origins of his curiosity, and the reach of his ideas.Ault's approach illustrates the value of story form in learning science and provides a wealth of resources for enriching courses that focus on Darwin's ideas. "e;Good storytelling mines curiosity,"e; Ault writes, "e;and exuberant playfulness enriches a disciplined study of science."e;
In Origins, Frank H. T. Rhodes explores the origin and evolution of living things, the changing environments in which they have developed, and the challenges we now face on an increasingly crowded and polluted planet. Rhodes argues that the future well-being of our burgeoning population depends in no small part on our understanding of life's past, its long and slow development, and its intricate interdependencies.The book describes the nature of the search for prehistoric life, the significance of geologic time, the origin of life, the emergence and spread of flora and fauna, the evolution of primates, and the emergence of modern humans.Origins is accessible enough for the layperson but also can be used as an entry-level text for students of evolution, paleontology, and geology.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 ROYAL SOCIETY SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE What if intelligent life on Earth evolved not once, but twice? The octopus is the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien. What can we learn from the encounter? In Other Minds, Peter Godfrey-Smith, a distinguished philosopher of science and a skilled scuba diver, tells a bold new story of how nature became aware of itself - a story that largely occurs in the ocean, where animals first appeared. Tracking the mind's fitful development from unruly clumps of seaborne cells to the first evolved nervous systems in ancient relatives of jellyfish, he explores the incredible evolutionary journey of the cephalopods, which began as inconspicuous molluscs who would later abandon their shells to rise above the ocean floor, searching for prey and acquiring the greater intelligence needed to do so - a journey completely independent from the route that mammals and birds would later take. But what kind of intelligence do cephalopods possess? How did the octopus, a solitary creature with little social life, become so smart? What is it like to have eight tentacles that are so packed with neurons that they virtually 'think for themselves'? By tracing the question of inner life back to its roots and comparing human beings with our most remarkable animal relatives, Godfrey-Smith casts crucial new light on the octopus mind - and on our own.
Runtime: 20 minutesWhich do you think is greater: the combined weight of all the insects in the world, or all the humans? How many flowers does it take to provide the pollen for a pound of honey? What is the most venomous insect in the world? And how many dust mites are there inside your mattress right now? In this fascinating audiobook, narrator Jason Zenobia answers all of these questions and more as he talks us through over one hundred amazing facts about insects and arthropods, looking in detail into their incredible world.
The Pulitzer Prize WinnerDr. Carl Sagan takes us on a great reading adventure, offering his vivid and startling insight into the brain of man and beast, the origin of human intelligence, the function of our most haunting legends--and their amazing links to recent discoveries."e;A history of the human brain from the big bang, fifteen billion years ago, to the day before yesterday...It's a delight."e; -The New York TimesIntroductory music from the original score for COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey composed by Alan Silvestri, used with permission from Cosmos Studios, Inc. and Chappers Music. All rights reserved. Special thanks to Fuzzy Planets, Inc.
World renowned scientist Carl Sagan and acclaimed author Ann Druyan have written a Roots for the human species, a lucid and riveting account of how humans got to be the way we are. It shows with humor and drama that many of our key traits--self-awareness, technology, family ties, submission to authority, hatred for those a little different from ourselves, reason, and ethics--are rooted in the deep past, and illuminated by our kinship with other animals. Astonishing in its scope, brilliant in its insights, and an absolutely compelling read, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors is a triumph of popular science.Introductory music from the original score for COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey composed by Alan Silvestri, used with permission from Cosmos Studios, Inc. and Chappers Music. All rights reserved. Special thanks to Fuzzy Planets, Inc.
Bestselling author Mary Roach explores the science of keeping human beings intact, awake, sane, uninfected, and uninfested in the bizarre and extreme circumstances of war.Grunt tackles the science behind some of a soldiers most challenging adversariespanic, exhaustion, heat, noiseand introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them. Mary Roach dodges hostile fire with the U.S. Marine Corps Paintball Team as part of a study on hearing loss and survivability in combat. She visits the fashion design studio of U.S. Army Natick Labs and learns why a zipper is a problem for a sniper. She visits a repurposed movie studio where amputee actors help prepare Marine Corps medics for the shock and gore of combat wounds. At Camp Lemmonier, Djibouti, in east Africa, we learn how diarrhea can be a threat to national security. Roach samples caffeinated meat, sniffs an archival sample of a World War II stink bomb, and stays up all night with the crew tending the missiles on the nuclear submarine USS Tennessee. She answers questions not found in any other book on the military: Why is DARPA interested in ducks? How is a wedding gown like a bomb suit? Why are shrimp more dangerous to sailors than sharks? Take a tour of duty with Roach, and youll never see our nations defenders in the same way again.
A frightening and fascinating masterpiece of science reporting that reads like a detective story. Walter IsaacsonIn 1976 a deadly virus emerged from the Congo forest. As swiftly as it came, it disappeared, leaving no trace. Over the four decades since, Ebola has emerged sporadically, each time to devastating effect. It can kill up to 90 percent of its victims. In between these outbreaks, it is untraceable, hiding deep in the jungle. The search is on to find Ebolas elusive host animal. And until we find it, Ebola will continue to strike. Acclaimed science writer and explorer David Quammen first came near the virus while he was traveling in the jungles of Gabon, accompanied by local men whose village had been devastated by a recent outbreak. Here he tells the story of Ebolaits past, present, and its unknowable future.Extracted from Spillover by David Quammen, updated and with additional material.
Vores kroppe rummer et righoldigt liv. Hver og en af os er en verden, en koloni fuld af liv, en vrimmel af milliarder bakterier. Derfor er vi alle hver især, ikke blot os, men mange. Vores mikroskopiske følgesvende former vore organer, beskytter os mod sygdomme, styrer vores adfærd og bombarderer os med deres gener. De rummer også nøglen til vores og alt andet liv på jorden. Vi hører om, hvordan koraller skaber mægtige rev, og hvordan blæksprutter kan skabe deres eget lysshow på bunden af oceaner. Vi hører om, hvordan bakterier kan ændre effekten af cancerbehandling, justere vores immunforsvar, påvirke vores evolution og tilmed ændre vores genetiske kode. Og vi møder de videnskabsmænd, som arbejder på modifikation af vores usynlig følgesvende for at de skal arbejde for vores sundhed.I Jeg er mange inviterer Ed Yong os ind i bakteriernes fantastisk verden, og viser os, hvorfor vi skal betragte os selv og andre dyr ikke så meget som individualiteter, men snarere som levende og myldrende økosystemer.
Fully revised and updated content matching the new Cambridge International Examinations Biology 9700 syllabus for first teaching in 2014 and first examination in 2016.
Resources tailored to the Cambridge International AS and A Level Marine Science syllabus (9693), for first examination in 2017.