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Calculations for molecular biology and biotechnology
Stephenson, Frank Harold, author
San Diego, CA : Academic Press is an imprint of Elsevier, [2016]
Scientific notation and metric prefixes -- Solutions, mixtures, and media -- Cell growth -- Working with bacteriophage -- Nucleic acid quantification -- Labeling nucleic acids with radioisotopes -- Oligonucleotide synthesis -- The polymerase chain reaction -- Real-time PCR -- Recombinant DNA -- Protein -- Centrifugation -- Forensics and paternity.
On Display at Dana QH506 .S8246 2016

Debating Darwin
Richards, Robert J. 1942- author
Chicago : The University of Chicago, 2016
Charles Darwin: great Briton / Michael Ruse. Prologue ; Britain before Darwin ; A child of his class ; Evolution and natural selection ; On the origin of species ; Humans ; Envoi -- Charles Darwin: cosmopolitan thinker / Robert J. Richards. Introduction ; Sketch of Darwin's life and works ; Literature of significance for Darwin: romanticism and natural theology ; The romantic foundations of Darwin's theory ; Darwin's scientific theology ; Darwin's construction of his theory ; Man, the moral animal ; Conclusion -- Response to Ruse. The language of metaphor ; Teleology ; Evolutionary development as progressive ; Individual versus group selection ; The evolution of morality ; Conclusion -- Reply to Richards. Levels of selection ; Embryology ; The romantic influence ; Alexander von Humboldt ; Paradise lost -- Epilogue. History of evolutionary biology since the Origin of species ; Human consciousness ; Religion and god.
Baker Berry QH366.2 .R5238 2016

A biogeoscience approach to ecosystems
edited by Edward A. Johnson, Yvonne E. Martin
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2016
Kresge QH541.15.L35 B56 2016

The ancestor's tale : a pilgrimage to the dawn of evolution
Dawkins, Richard, 1941- author
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
Baker Berry QH361 .D39 2016

Naturally curious day by day : a photographic field guide and daily visit to the forests, fields, and wetlands of Eastern North America
Holland, Mary, 1946- author
Lanham, Maryland : Stackpole Books, [2016]
Baker Berry QH104.5.N58 H65 2016

Data-centric biology : a philosophical study
Leonelli, Sabina, author
London : The University of Chicago Press, [2016]
In recent decades, there has been a major shift in the way researchers process and understand scientific data. Digital access to data has revolutionized ways of doing science in the biological and biomedical fields, leading to a data-intensive paradigm for research that uses innovative methods to produce, store, distribute, and interpret huge amounts of data. In Data-Centric Biology, Sabina Leonelli probes the implications of these advancements and confronts the questions they pose. Are we witnessing the rise of an entirely new scientific epistemology? If so, how does that alter the way we study and understand life including ourselves? Leonelli is the first scholar to use a study of contemporary data-intensive science to provide a philosophical analysis of the epistemology of data. In analyzing the rise, internal dynamics, and potential impact of data-centric biology, she draws on scholarship across diverse fields of science and the humanities as well as her own original empirical material to pinpoint the conditions under which digitally available data can further our understanding of life. What, under these new conditions, counts as scientific evidence? And how do we actually turn data into new knowledge? Bridging the divide between historians, sociologists, and philosophers of science, "Data-Centric Biology" offers a nuanced account of an issue that is of fundamental importance to our understanding of contemporary scientific practices.
Baker Berry QH331 .L5283 2016

The common good and ecological integrity : human rights and the support of life
edited by Laura Westra, Janice Gray, and Antonio D'Aloia
New York, NY : Routledge, 2016
Bioeconomy : A Challenge to Integrity? / Franz-Theo Gottwald -- Soil as a Key to Food Security : Social Perception of Soil Erosion in the Czech Republic : A Case Study / Eva Cudlinová, Jan Vávra, Miloslav Lapka -- Czech Water Footprint in the European Context / Tomás Hák, Petra Nováková, Pavel Cudlín -- Food Wars : Food, Intangible Cultural Heritage and International Trade / Valentina Vadi -- The Right to Food Between Food Security and Food Sovereignty : Different Perspectives of the Battle Against GMOs / Mery Ciacci -- Genetically Modified Crops and their Impact on the Environment : Creating a Win-Win for Science and Nature with a Deontological Legal Framework / Ngozi Stewart -- The Water-Energy Nexus : The Role of Water Law / Joseph W. Dellapenna -- Lessons Learned From Climate Change on the Need to Fix Responsibility in Governments, Scientific Environmental Organizations, and Environmental NGOs for Applied Ethical Analyses / Donald A. Brown -- Climate Change Challenges in Law and Ethics : Can Individual and Collective Rights be Protected? / Kathleen Mahoney -- David vs. Goliath : Voluntary Professional Societies of Epidemiology and the Industrial Juggernaut / Colin L. Soskolne -- Some Considerations on the Role of the Security Council in Facing the Ebola Outbreak / Sabrina Urbinati -- Human Security in Conflict and Disaster : Ukraine at War / John Quinn, Tomas Zeleny and Vladimir Bencko -- War, Militarism and Climate Change : Time to Connect the Dots / Sheila D. Collins -- The Canadian Government's Anti-Democratic Attack on Asylum Seekers / Anne Venton -- Climate Induced Migration : What Legal Protection for Climate Migrants at the International Level? / Francesca Mussi -- Democratic Capitalism for Realizing the Earth Charter Vision / Peter Venton -- Constitution and Future Generations : A New Challenge for Law's Theory / Antonio d'Aloia -- The Need for a New Regulatory Approach for the Promotion of Ecological Sustainability / Massimiliano Montini and Francesca Volpe -- Migration with Dignity for Climate Justice : The Situation of Small Island Developing States / Susana Borràs -- Weapons of Mass Distraction / Rose A. Dyson -- Conclusion : Governing the Commons : Can States Be Trustees? / Klaus Bosselmann.
Baker Berry QH541.15.E245 C66 2016

Why the wheel is round : muscles, technology, and how we make things move
Vogel, Steven, 1940-2015, author
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2016
Circling bodies -- Wheels and wagons -- Turning points-and pots -- Going in circles -- Or being encircled -- Grabbing again and again -- Turning and unturning -- The true crank -- Spinning fibers -- A few more turns -- Rolling back rotation.

There is no part of our bodies that fully rotates--be it a wrist or ankle or arm in a shoulder socket, we are made to twist only so far. And yet there is no more fundamental human invention than the wheel--a rotational mechanism that accomplishes what our physical form cannot. Throughout history, humans have developed technologies powered by human strength, complementing the physical abilities we have while overcoming our weaknesses. Providing a unique history of the wheel and other rotational devices--like cranks, cranes, carts, and capstans--Why the Wheel Is Round examines the contraptions and tricks we have devised in order to more efficiently move--and move through--the physical world. Steven Vogel combines his engineering expertise with his remarkable curiosity about how things work to explore how wheels and other mechanisms were, until very recently, powered by the push and pull of the muscles and skeletal systems of humans and other animals. Why the Wheel Is Round explores all manner of treadwheels, hand-spikes, gears, and more, as well as how these technologies diversified into such things as hand-held drills and hurdy-gurdies. Surprisingly, a number of these devices can be built out of everyday components and materials, and Vogel's accessible and expansive book includes instructions and models so that inspired readers can even attempt to make their own muscle-powered technologies, like trebuchets and ballista. Appealing to anyone fascinated by the history of mechanics and technology as well as to hobbyists with home workshops, Why the Wheel Is Round offers a captivating exploration of our common technological heritage based on the simple concept of rotation. From our leg muscles powering the gears of a bicycle to our hands manipulating a mouse on a roller ball, it will be impossible to overlook the amazing feats of innovation behind our daily devices. --
Kresge Popular Science QH513 .V65 2016

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