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50 Best Kept Secrets Of The Istana: Flora And Fauna50 Best Kept Secrets Of The Istana: Flora And Fauna by Cheah, Sharon

Discover 50 little-known facts about Istana, the place previously known as Government House, from its building completion in 1869 to when Singapore achieved self-government in 1959. In Flora and Fauna, you'll discover 50 little-known facts about the curious creatures to be found within its gardens, the great heritage trees that dot its landscape and conservation programmes that help keep the Istana domain well maintained into the future.

Nature Trails Of Seberang Perai: Nature, Ecology And EnvironmentNature Trails Of Seberang Perai: Nature, Ecology And Environment by Chacko, Rexy Prakash

Explore a range of trails with this trekker's companion written by avid hiker, Rexy Prakash Chacko. From coastal and riverbank walks for beginners to challenging hill climbs for the fit, these trails are spread across the three districts of mainland Penang, Malaysia. The book is vividly illustrated with maps and photographs, bringing the wonders of Seberang Perai's natural assets to the fore.

Panorama 02/2018: Insights Into Asian And European Affairs - Digital AsiaPanorama 02/2018: Insights Into Asian And European Affairs - Digital Asia by

The papers in this issue discuss the implications of digital policies and the impact of digital technologies on economies and societies in Asia. The respective expert authors map out the size of China's AI ecosystem so far, analyse the factors behind BAT's success and point towards an underlying motivation for the social credit system: lack of trustworthiness at all levels of society. This issue also presents Singapore's Smart Nation Initiative, Japan's Concept of "Society 5.0", and Australia's Cyber Engagement Strategy, discusses trends in employment relations driven by technology adoption in India and digital economy transformation in ASEAN.

Great Firewall Of China, The: How To Build And Control An Alternative Version Of The InternetGreat Firewall Of China, The: How To Build And Control An Alternative Version Of The Internet by Griffiths, James

China's `Great Firewall' has evolved into the most sophisticated system of online censorship in the world. As the Chinese internet grows and online businesses thrive, speech is controlled, dissent quashed, and attempts to organise outside the official Communist Party are quickly stamped out. But the effects of the Great Firewall are not confined to China itself. Through years of investigation James Griffiths gained unprecedented access to the Great Firewall and the politicians, tech leaders, dissidents and hackers whose lives revolve around it. As distortion, post-truth and fake news become old news James Griffiths shows just how far the Great Firewall has spread.

Birds Of Our Wetlands - A Journey Through Sungei Buloh Wetland ReserveBirds Of Our Wetlands - A Journey Through Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve by National Parks Board

Birds of Our Wetlands brings you on an journey to the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, features full-colour photographs and information of the migratory birds at the Reserve, including identification features and population status.

Smart Residential Communities: Principles, Practices, & Practical GuidebookSmart Residential Communities: Principles, Practices, & Practical Guidebook by Teh Hon Seng; Koo Voon Chet; Edwin Lai (Eds.)

It is known that the world is evolving, and society has become increasingly digital, mobile, and connected. Smart communities in short, are the places that recognize the trend and willing to adopt the intelligence infrastructure effectively. Smart Residential Communities is a collaborative discussion written to serve as a useful reference for housing developers, property managers, management committees, interested parties and readers.

Globotics Upheaval, The: Globalisation, Robotics, And The Future Of WorkGlobotics Upheaval, The: Globalisation, Robotics, And The Future Of Work by Baldwin, Richard

Automation, AI and robotics are changing our lives quickly - but digital disruption goes much further than we realise. In this book, Richard Baldwin, one of the world's leading globalisation experts, explains that exponential growth in computing, transmission and storage capacities is also creating a new form of 'virtual' globalisation that could undermine the foundations of middle-class prosperity in the West.

Naturalist's Guide To The Trees Of Southeast AsiaNaturalist's Guide To The Trees Of Southeast Asia by Saw Leng Guan

A photographic identification guide to 286 native and introduced species of tree, shrub and palm most commonly seen in Southeast Asia. High quality images from the region's top nature photographers including bark, flower and fruit details are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include nomenclature, identifying features, distribution and ecology, as well as uses, where relevant.

Naturalist's Guide To The Birds Of Fraser's Hill And The Highlands Of Peninsular MalaysiaNaturalist's Guide To The Birds Of Fraser's Hill And The Highlands Of Peninsular Malaysia by Davison, Geoffrey; Con Foley & Adam Hogg

A photographic identification guide to the 280 bird species most commonly seen at Fraser's Hill, a former British hill station and one of the premier birdwatching sites in Peninsular Malaysia, as well as the Cameron Highlands and Genting Highlands. High quality photographs from the region's top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include nomenclature, length, plumage, distribution, habits and habitat.

Future Of Philippine Agriculture Under A Changing Climate: Policies, Investments And ScenariosFuture Of Philippine Agriculture Under A Changing Climate: Policies, Investments And Scenarios by Rosegrant, Mark W.; Mercedita A. Sombilla (Eds.)

The Philippine economy has grown rapidly since 2010, but despite this growth, poverty and inequality remain high. Two-thirds of the poor live in rural areas, and the weak performance of the agriculture sector has contributed to the slow improvement in livelihoods. The challenge for agriculture will further increase, with climate change posing a growing threat to the sector. But agricultural transformation to spur sustained growth and reduce poverty is still possible under climate change with aggressive institutional reforms and implementation of the right mix of policies and programmes. This book addresses these big issues, focusing on enhancing the adaptation capacity of the Philippine agriculture sector. It is designed to provide a much-needed base of knowledge and menu of policy options to support decision- and policymaking on agriculture, climate change, and food security.

Taxonomic Guide To The Stick Insects Of Sumatra Volume 1, ATaxonomic Guide To The Stick Insects Of Sumatra Volume 1, A by Seow-Choen, Francis

This volume is the fourth in a series of Taxonomic Guides to the Stick Insects of South East Asia. This book lists 170 species, from 64 genera or subgenera, with 60 new species or subspecies and 4 new genera from Sumatra. It also lists 1 replacement name, 25 new synonyms, 19 new name combinations, 8 revised statuses, and 22 lectotype designations. This is the first book to list all the species of stick insects known from Sumatra.

Slipper Orchids Of The Tropical AmericasSlipper Orchids Of The Tropical Americas by Cribb, Phillip; Christopher Purver

Slipper orchids are amongst the most popular of all cultivated orchids. They are widely grown and have been hybridized for almost a century and a half. This present book covers the tropical American species of three genera of slipper orchids, Selenipedium, Mexipedium and Phragmipedium, until fairly recently the poor relations amongst the slipper orchid scene that has been dominated by the tropical Asian species of the genus Paphiopedilum. The detailed systematic treatment of the genera and species includes history, taxonomy, descriptions, keys, distribution, cytology and ecology. A history of the breeding of Phragmipedium byrids since the second half of the 19th century deals with the revolution brought about by the discovery of the amazing scarlet-flowered P. besseae and the spectacular royal purple P. kovachii. Future breeding trends are also covered. The cultivation of these desirable plants is also discussed.

Guide To Orchids Of Laos, AGuide To Orchids Of Laos, A by Gale, Stephan; Pankaj Kumar & T Phaxaysombath

Laos is a landlocked country that lies at the heart of the Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot, one of the world's most biodiverse and most threatened eco-regions. To date, 683 orchid species have been recorded in Laos, accounting for more than 13% of its known flora, and this list will undoubtedly grow. This handy guide book to these amazing plants provides succinct descriptions and full colour photographs to a selection of 125 native species, introducing the reader to the key morphological and ecological features that distinguish them.

Darwin's Most Wonderful Plants: Darwin's Botany TodayDarwin's Most Wonderful Plants: Darwin's Botany Today by Thompson, Ken

Most of us think of Darwin at work on The Beagle, taking inspiration for his theory of evolution from his travels in the Galapagos. But Darwin published his Origin of Species nearly thirty years after his voyages and most of his labours in that time were focused on experimenting with and observing plants at his house in Kent. He was particularly interested in carnivorous and climbing plants, and in pollination and the evolution of flowers. Ken Thompson sees Darwin as a brilliant and revolutionary botanist, whose observations and theories were far ahead of his time - and are often only now being confirmed and extended by high-tech modern research. This is a much needed book that re-establishes Darwin as a pioneering botanist, whose close observations of plants were crucial to his theories of evolution.

Real Planet Of The Apes, The: A New Story Of Human OriginsReal Planet Of The Apes, The: A New Story Of Human Origins by Begun, David R.

Was Darwin wrong when he traced our origins to Africa? The Real Planet of the Apes makes the explosive claim that it was in Europe, not Africa, where apes evolved the most important hallmarks of our human lineage-such as dexterous hands and larger brains. In this compelling and accessible book, David Begun, one of the world's leading paleoanthropologists, transports readers to an epoch in the remote past when the Earth was home to many migratory populations of ape species.

Power Of Networks, The: Six Principles That Connect Our LivesPower Of Networks, The: Six Principles That Connect Our Lives by Brinton, Christopher G.; Mung Chiang

What makes WiFi faster at home than at a coffee shop? How does Google order search results? Why do Amazon, Netflix, and YouTube use fundamentally different rating and recommendation methods-and why does it matter? The Power of Networks answers questions like these for the first time in a way that all of us can understand and use, whether at home, the office, or school. Using simple language, analogies, stories, hundreds of illustrations, and no more math than simple addition and multiplication, Christopher Brinton and Mung Chiang provide a smart but accessible introduction to the handful of big ideas that drive the technical and social networks we use every day-from cellular phone networks and cloud computing to the Internet and social media platforms.

How To Walk On Water And Climb Up Walls: Animal Movement And The Robots Of The FutureHow To Walk On Water And Climb Up Walls: Animal Movement And The Robots Of The Future by Hu, David L.

Insects walk on water, snakes slither, and fish swim. Animals move with astounding grace, speed, and versatility: how do they do it, and what can we learn from them? David Hu takes readers on an accessible, wondrous journey into the world of animal motion. From basement labs at MIT to the rain forests of Panama, Hu shows how animals have adapted and evolved to traverse their environments, taking advantage of physical laws with results that are startling and ingenious. In turn, the latest discoveries about animal mechanics are inspiring scientists to invent robots and devices that move with similar elegance and efficiency. Integrating biology, engineering, physics, and robotics, this book demystifies the remarkable mechanics behind animal locomotion.

Genome Factor, The: What The Social Genomics Revolution Reveals About Ourselves Our History, And The FutureGenome Factor, The: What The Social Genomics Revolution Reveals About Ourselves Our History, And The Future by Conley, Dalton; Jason Fletcher

The Genome Factor reveals that there are real genetic differences by racial ancestry-but ones that don't conform to what we call black, white, or Latino. Genes explain a significant share of who gets ahead in society and who does not, but instead of giving rise to a genotocracy, genes often act as engines of mobility that counter social disadvantage. The Genome Factor shows how genomics is transforming the social sciences-and how social scientists are integrating both nature and nurture into a unified, comprehensive understanding of human behavior at both the individual and society-wide levels.

Dark Commerce: How A New Illicit Economy Is Threatening Our FutureDark Commerce: How A New Illicit Economy Is Threatening Our Future by Shelley, Louise I.

Though mankind has traded tangible goods for millennia, recent technology has changed the fundamentals of trade, in both legitimate and illegal economies. Louise Shelley examines how new technology, communications, and globalization fuel the exponential growth of dangerous forms of illegal trade-the markets for narcotics and child pornography online, the escalation of sex trafficking through web advertisements, and the sale of endangered species for which revenues total in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Shelley explores illicit trade in tangible goods-drugs, human beings, arms, wildlife and timber, fish, antiquities, and ubiquitous counterfeits-and contrasts this with the damaging trade in cyberspace, where intangible commodities cost consumers and organizations billions as they lose identities, bank accounts, access to computer data, and intellectual property.

Calculus Gallery, The: Masterpieces From Newton To LebesgueCalculus Gallery, The: Masterpieces From Newton To Lebesgue by Dunham, William

More than three centuries after its creation, calculus remains a dazzling intellectual achievement and the gateway to higher mathematics. This book charts its growth and development by sampling from the work of some of its foremost practitioners, beginning with Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in the late seventeenth century and continuing to Henri Lebesgue at the dawn of the twentieth.