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Clés pour comprendre

Clés pour comprendre

"Clés pour comprendre" (Keys to understanding) is a collection intended for the general public based on a dynamic Q&A game. Simple, cheeky or amusing questions are finally given clear, well-reasoned answers. The authors, recognised specialists, do not hesitate to mix science, humour and anecdotes.

Topical and in-depth subjects are explored in a series of questions designed to incite our curiosity about our surroundings and help us understand the world better.



Les tortues marines

Sea Turtles

70 clés pour comprendre


J. Bourjea, H. Sauvignet, S. Ciccione

Edition 2017

Marine turtles, these emblematic and mysterious reptiles. What is known about them? How many species are there around the world? How do they live? How do they reproduce? Why do they come back to lay their eggs on the very beach where they were born? How do they manage to get back there?

Through 100 richly illustrated questions, interspersed with a variety of historical and literary anecdotes, this guidebook invites you to learn a little more about the mysterious lives of these tireless wanderers!


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Les plantes

Plants

70 keys to understanding plants


F. Couplan

Edition 2017

Why does a plant root grow downwards and the stem upwards? How can sap rise to the top of a tree? Is the daisy a flower? Can you make clothes with plants? Why do we no longer eat wild plants? Is global warming going to make plants disappear? This book proposes seventy questions through which we can rediscover plants with delight.


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Les huîtres

Oysters

60 keys to understanding


M. Lescroart

Edition 2017

Flat or cupped, oysters are a prominent feature in French gastronomy and coastal trade. From farming methods to the various French “crus” and classifications, from its natural history to its history plain and simple, this book explores the oyster in just 60 questions. How are oysters farmed? How is the quality monitored? How do you eat them?

Between science and technique, nature and culture, there’s a wealth of information here for foodies and sea enthusiasts!


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Les oeufs

Eggs

60 keys to understanding


F. Baron, C. Guérin-Dubiard, F. Nau

Edition 2017

How do hens make their eggs? How can you tell if an egg is fresh? Are eggs a fatty food? Is powdered egg still really egg? What do the codes mean on shop-bought eggs? This book covers everything egg-related, from raising hens to what’s on our plate. Learn about egg biology and physiology, their nutritional properties, industrial egg production and processing eggs into other products or for non-food use. The book also gives storage and consumption advice along with tips on rearing your own hens for those that dream of having their own henhouse. Some myths about eggs are busted too.


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La chaîne du froid

The Cold Chain

60 keys to understanding


E. Derens-Bertheau, A. Delahaye , L. Fournaison , D. Leducq , F. Ndoye , V. Osswald

Edition 2017

This widely-accessible book gives in-depth knowledge on refrigeration, its daily uses and its impact on the environment. Learn about the science behind artificial refrigeration and the cold chain from the product producer to the end-user. This book also features invaluable tips for preserving the organoleptic quality of food in our refrigerators.


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Les etoiles de mer et leurs cousins

Starfish and their cousins

80 keys to gaining a deeper understanding


M. Taquet, C. Taquet

Edition 2016

Concombres de mer, oursins, ophiures et lys de mer forment avec les étoiles de mer, le groupe zoologique des échinodermes, une composante importante de la biodiversité marine, avec un rôle écologique de tout premier ordre. Mais que savez-vous d’eux ? Des réponses claires et complètes pour aller à la rencontre de ces intrigantes créatures marines.


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Quel est le meilleur chocolat ?

Which Chocolate is Best?

90 keys to Understanding Chocolate


M. Barel

Edition 2015

A book to find out everything about chocolate, from growing the cocoa tree through all the cocoa processing stages. Discover the secrets of its smell, the art of chocolate-making, its tasting pleasures and its virtues. A fascinating work written by a scientist specialising in cocoa and a huge lover of chocolate.


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Do Soils Have Memories?

Do Soils Have Memories?

Eighty Key Questions to Understand Soils


J. Balesdent, E. Dambrine, J. Fardeau

Edition 2015

Soils are at the heart of major global issues. Nourish the planet implies keeping them fertile without exhausting them. The soils can also contribute to reducing CO2emissions by forming "carbon sinks". In addition, they are currently threatened by several major risks, mainly erosion, salinisation, loss of organic matter and pollution. Far from the current tendency to see everything in black and white, the authors of this book wished to extend elements of knowledge on soil physics, biology and ecology.


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With or Without Sugar?

With or Without Sugar?

90 Keys to Understanding Sugar


P. Reiser

Edition 2015

We have an innate taste for sugar, which is now found in all our kitchens and in numerous foods. Was it always like this? Why does sugar taste so good? Does sugar addiction exist? Which sugars are most consumed worldwide? How is a sugar crystal or candy floss formed? What are the sweeteners of the future? The book is chance to explore in ninety questions the long and short history of sugar and sweeteners, the mechanisms of the sugary taste, the roles of sugar in food and its effects on health.


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Faut-il sentir bon pour seduire ?

Is Seduction Reliant on Smelling Good?

120 Keys to Understanding Smells


R. Salesse

Edition 2015

Good or bad, smells give us information constantly on our environment, move us or bring back memories. This little book proposes following what becomes of the olfactory message, from the nose to the brain, to discover how our sense of smell, the olfactory memory, works and how the odorants trigger or modulate our behaviour. 


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