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              The Bird Way

              The Bird Way (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Ackerman, Jennifer

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              From the New York Times bestselling author of The Genius of Birds, a radical investigation into the bird way of being, and the recent scientific research that is dramatically shifting our understanding of birds - how they live and how they think. 'There is the mammal way and ther...e is the bird way.' This is one scientist's pithy distinction between mammal brains and bird brains- two ways to make a highly intelligent mind. But the bird way is much more than a unique pattern of brain wiring, and lately, scientists have taken a new look at bird behaviours they have, for years, dismissed as anomalies or mysteries. What they are finding is upending the traditional view of how birds conduct their lives, how they communicate, forage, court, breed, survive. They're also revealing the remarkable intelligence underlying these activities, abilities we once considered uniquely our own - deception, manipulation, cheating, kidnapping, infanticide, but also, ingenious communication between species, cooperation, collaboration, altruism, culture, and play. Some of these extraordinary behaviours are biological conundrums that seem to push the edges of- well - birdness- A mother bird that kills her own infant sons, and another that selflessly tends to the young of other birds as if they were her own. Young birds that devote themselves to feeding their siblings and others so competitive they'll stab their nestmates to death. Birds that give gifts and birds that steal, birds that dance or drum, that paint their creations or paint themselves, birds that build walls of sound to keep out intruders and birds that summon playmates with a special call - and may hold the secret to our own penchant for playfulness and the evolution of laughter. Drawing on personal observations, the latest science, and her bird-related travel around the world, from the tropical rainforests of eastern Australia and the remote woodlands of northern Japan, to the rolling hills of lower Austria and the islands of Ala
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              ISBN 9781925713763
              Published AU 2 Jul 2020
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              The Genius of Birds

              The Genius of Birds (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Ackerman, Jennifer

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              For decades, people have written off birds as largely witless, driven by instinct and capable of only the simplest mental processes. But this just isn't true. In The Genius of Birds, popular science writer Jennifer Ackerman presents the latest research on bird intelligence and re...veals that birds are much, much smarter than we ever supposed. Bird brains, it turns out, are mostly made of sophisticated information processing systems that work in much the same way as our own cerebral cortices. Whether it's making complex navigations, singing in regional accents, or joking around with humans, birds are capable of high-level abstract thinking, problem-solving, remembering, learning by example, recognising faces, and even conversing in a meaningful way - all with brains so tiny each would fit inside a walnut. In this entertaining book, Ackerman explores the view of birds as 'thinkers', capable of being cunning, playful, witty, greedy, cranky, joyful, and competitive. Bringing together the latest science from lab and field, she reveals the intelligent bird behaviour that we can see in our own backyards, at birdfeeders, in parks, in city streets, and in country skies, if only we care to look. And in doing so, she reveals what a bird's intelligence may have to say about our own. Lyrical and informative, The Genius of Birds is written in the spirit of Peter Matthiessen - and is packed with fascinating science that will appeal to bird lovers, nature enthusiasts, and anyone interested in the brain and animal behaviour.
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              ISBN 9781925106879
              Published AU 2 May 2016
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              Ah-choo!: The Uncommon Life of the Common Cold

              Ah-choo!: The Uncommon Life of the Common Cold (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Ackerman, Jennifer

              Some colds are like mice, timid and annoying; others like dragons, accompanied by fever and deep misery. In Ah-Choo!, Jennifer Ackerman explains what, exactly, a cold is, how it works, and whether it is really possible to 'fight one off'. Ackerman sifts through the chatter about ...treatments - what works, what doesn't, and what can't hurt.
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              ISBN 9781921640681
              Published AU 25 Oct 2010
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              Chance in the House of Fate

              Chance in the House of Fate (Paperback, New edition)

              By Ackerman, Jennifer

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              Scientists have discovered that at the most fundamental level humans are genetically linked to every part of the natural world. A dog is 85 per cent genetically identical to a human and humans have only twice as many genes as a worm or a fly. This work brings together these aston...ishing discoveries, and offers a vision of the impact these findings.
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              ISBN 9780747558200
              Released AU 1 Sep 2002
              Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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              Chance in the House of Fate: A Natural History of Heredity
               

              Chance in the House of Fate: A Natural History of Heredity (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Ackerman, Jennifer

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              Award-winning science writer Jennifer Ackerman investigates the endless mysteries of genetics, offering an elegant natural history of humanity as seen through the lens of our genes and cells. Combining the gifts of vision and language with in-depth knowledge, Ackerman explores th...e ways in which, at the most fundamental level, humans are genetically linked to every part of the natural world. CHANCE IN THE HOUSE OF FATE is a rich and often personal tour through the surprising turns of heredity, informed by the ways genetic inheritance has affected Ackerman's own life. From a younger sister's profound retardation and her mother's illness to the births of her own healthy daughters, Ackerman reveals her own experiences as telling touchpoints, ultimately illuminating the the hidden biological connections among all forms of life.
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              ISBN 9780618219094
              Released AU 17 Apr 2002
              Publisher Mariner Books
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              Ah-Choo!: The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold
               

              Ah-Choo!: The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold (Hardback)

              By Ackerman, Jennifer

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              Ackerman explains what, exactly, a cold is, how it works, and whether it's really possible to fight one off. Scientists call this the Golden Age of the Common Cold because Americans suffer up to a billion colds each year, resulting in 40 million days of missed work and school and... 100 million doctor visits.
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              ISBN 9780446541152
              Released AU 2 Sep 2010
              Publisher Time Warner Trade Publishing
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              The Genius of Birds
               

              The Genius of Birds (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Ackerman, Jennifer

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              Illustrations by John Burgoyne --Title page verso.

              ISBN 9780399563126
              Released AU 11 Apr 2017
              Publisher Penguin
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              The Genius of Birds
                

              The Genius of Birds (Hardback)

              By Ackerman, Jennifer

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              Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. In fact, according to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence. Like humans, many birds have enormous brains relative to their size. Although small, bird brains a...re packed with neurons that allow them to punch well above their weight. In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman explores the newly discovered brilliance of birds and how it came about. As she travels around the world to the most cutting-edge frontiers of research the distant laboratories of Barbados and New Caledonia, the great tit communities of the United Kingdom and the bowerbird habitats of Australia, the ravaged mid-Atlantic coast after Hurricane Sandy and the warming mountains of central Virginia and the western states Ackerman not only tells the story of the recently uncovered genius of birds but also delves deeply into the latest findings about the bird brain itself that are revolutionizing our view of what it means to be intelligent. Consider, as Ackerman does, the Clark s nutcracker, a bird that can hide as many as 30,000 seeds over dozens of square miles and remember where it put them several months later; the mockingbirds and thrashers, species that can store 200 to 2,000 different songs in a brain a thousand times smaller than ours; the well-known pigeon, which knows where it s going, even thousands of miles from familiar territory; and the New Caledonian crow, an impressive bird that makes its own tools. But beyond highlighting how birds use their unique genius in technical ways, Ackerman points out the impressive social smarts of birds. They deceive and manipulate. They eavesdrop. They display a strong sense of fairness. They give gifts. They play keep-away and tug-of-war. They tease. They share. They cultivate social networks. They vie for status. They kiss to console one another. They teach their young. They blackmail their parents. They alert one another
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              ISBN 9781594205217
              Released AU 12 Apr 2016
              Publisher Penguin
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              Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body
               

              Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Ackerman, Jennifer

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              Acclaimed science writer Ackerman lends her keen eye and lively voice to this marvelous exploration of the human body, and reveals the body as it's never been seen--as an amazing, rhythmic creature.

              ISBN 9780547085609
              Released AU 1 Oct 2008
              Publisher Mariner Books
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              The Genius of Birds
               

              The Genius of Birds (Paperback)

              By Ackerman, Jennifer

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              Incredibly informative and beautifully written, The Genius of Birds richly celebrates the triumphs of these surprising and fiercely intelligent creatures.

              ISBN 9781472114365
              Released AU 4 May 2017
              Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
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