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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.

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.

From Flabby To Fitty In 23 Days: Over 50 Easy Recipes To Detox And Nourish Your BodyFrom Flabby To Fitty In 23 Days: Over 50 Easy Recipes To Detox And Nourish Your Body by Leong, Mark

Achieve weight loss fast and reset your health in 23 days naturally through drinking juices. Discover the formula to drinking juices without affecting your sugar levels and waistlines. Proven DIY Detox recipes and programmes to remove toxins from your body without the need to buy expensive and ineffective Detox programmes.

Philippine Herbs: For Healthy Cooking, Common Cures, And Concoctions by Madulid, Domingo; M.Fenix; J. Tan; J. Reyes

Philippine Herbs: For Healthy Cooking, Common Cures and Concoctions brings a fresh focus on 80 indigenous Philippine herbs and plants popularly used for home cooking, medicinal remedies, and for staying healthy. The book hopes to promote a better understanding and appreciation of indigenous Philippine herbs and how these have been used throughout the country as natural ingredients for healthy living.

Genus Schefflera In Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, TheGenus Schefflera In Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, The by Aida Shafreena Ahmad Puad, D. G. Frodin Et Al

This beautiful book describes 32 Schefflera taxa, including 29 species, from the Malaysian state of Sabah on the island of Bomeo. Prior to this work, only seven species of Schef?era in Sabah had published names and none had been described from the state in the last 100 years. Thus this treatment provides a long overdue contribution to our understanding of the genus, in particular, and the Sabah flora, in general. Beyond including an enumeration of the species of Schefflera in Sabah, introductory material on both the history and systematics of the genus and natural history of Sabah is provided. Numerous photographic images and line drawings are provided to illustrate the taxa and their distinguishing characteristics. In addition, distribution maps document the occurrence of each species and variety. This account will be an invaluable addition to botanical libraries and aid to herbarium curators worldwide with an interest in Schefflera from Bomeo.

Phillipps' Field Guide To The Mammals Of Borneo Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei And KalimantanPhillipps' Field Guide To The Mammals Of Borneo Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei And Kalimantan by Phillipps, Quentin; Karen Phillipps (Illus.)

A fully updated second edition of this user-friendly field guide to the mammals of Borneo, covering Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan. The book gives descriptions of all 247 land mammals and 30 marine species. These are superbly illustrated in 141 colour plates. Each plate is accompanied by species descriptions covering taxonomy, size, range, distribution, habits and status. Distribution is shown by detailed thumbnail maps. There are 7 habitat plates, 12 regional maps, fast-find graphic indexes and a full overview of vegetation, climate and ecology.

Malesian Orchid Journal Vol. 21 (2018)Malesian Orchid Journal Vol. 21 (2018) by Schuiteman, Andre (Ed.)

Malay Peninsula, Greater Sunda Islands (Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Sulawesi), Lesser Sunda Islands (e.g. Bali, Lombok, Komodo, Sumbawa, Flores, Timor), and Papuasia (Maluku, New Guinea and the Bismarck Archipelago, but excluding Bougainville). Many of the world's biodiversity hotspots are located in Malesia. The flora may be represented by as many as 30,000 flowering plants, including 6000 native orchid species in 200 genera. Approximately 3000 species are recorded from the island of New Guinea alone, while Mount Kinabalu on Borneo, an area of only about 1200 km2, has 850 taxa of orchids in 137 general.

Twilight Of The Angonoka: Biology And Conservation Of The World's Rarest TortoiseTwilight Of The Angonoka: Biology And Conservation Of The World's Rarest Tortoise by Pedrono, Miguel; Alison Clausen

The fascinating wildlife of Madagascar is the result of millions of years of isolation of that continental island from the rest of the world. It has a unique and rich flora and fauna, the latter including the extraordinary tortoise species locally called the Angonoka. This is the most striking and best-studied of the Madagascan tortoises but, unfortunately, also has the dubious distinction of being the world's rarest and most endangered tortoise, with fewer than 220 individuals living exclusively in isolated pockets of shrub-bamboo thicket in the north-western corner of the island. This timely book provides a complete summary of the biology and conservation of the Angonoka by two knowledgeable experts in biodiversity conservation and the biology of this species. While this meticulously researched book will fulfil scientists' needs for accuracy and detail, Miguel Pedrono and Alison Clausen have maintained a personal touch that provides even the lay-reader with a realistic understanding of the ecology and conservation exigencies of this species.