Fishing from the shore has always been part of maritime culture but the history of its practices and the evolution of its various techniques have not been widely disseminated. This book aims to remedy that deficit. The author explains how man, down through the ages, has engaged in what used to be a subsistence activity and today is a leisure sport. This journey through time shows the creative genius of man and the countless methods he has devised to exploit available resources.
2050. By now you are used to seeing drones flying overhead, both in the city and the countryside: An ambulance drone rushing a defibrillator to a patient, a pollinator drone ... Science fiction? Not really. Drone specialists, coordinated by a scientist, have joined forces with a reporter to give us a glimpse of the future of civilian drone aviation. Learn how these new generation flying machines may gradually make their way into your daily life, and not necessarily in the way you might expect.
Zika, A/H1N1 influenza, Chikungunya, SARS, Ebola ... We are being hit hard by the emergence or reemergence of a great many infectious diseases. What is the cause of this phenomenon? Could our modern lifestyle have something to do with it? In the light of the major epidemics that humanity has faced to date, what should we be preparing for in the future? What weapons do we have to protect ourselves? What is research doing?
This book provides clear answers to many very specific questions, validated by renowned infectious disease specialists and written in an accessible style.
Good news: the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease is declining. But 900,000 patients are suffering from it today in France. Moreover, Parkinson's disease affects 150,000 people and multiple sclerosis 100,000. Add a few thousand more who have fallen prey to Charcot or Huntington disease. A stimulating and accessible book aimed as much at caregivers as patients... You will discover the mechanisms behind these diseases, treatment options, hope from research and also some unexpected insights.
The social life of ants has nothing to envy in that of humans: they have managed to conquer the terrestrial world through fascinating behaviour! The unique, adaptive solutions that evolution has devised for ants are revealed here in everyday language and are brought to life by over 150 pictures combining scientific facts with aesthetic charm.
This book, targeting the general public, reveals the beauty of snakes in France and their amazing habits. It illustrates the biological features and morphological diversity of 4 vipers and 9 non-venomous snakes living in metropolitan France. It includes exceptional snapshots: moulting, hunting sequences, hatching, mating combat, playing dead ... The 200 photographs in this book, taken in the wild while respecting their natural habitats, make a plea in support of these magnificent creatures that form part of our biodiversity and natural heritage.
This book, written by a scientist who specialises in cocoa and is a chocolate lover himself, takes us on a journey around the world to discover the culture of cocoa and its processing. Step by step along the way we meet small growers, merchants, traders and chocolate makers. Nutritionists and law makers reveal secrets and guidelines. We view the process through the eyes of a chemist as we explore the molecules of the aroma and follow them during the fermentation and roasting of the beans. Eventually we get to taste the chocolate and distinguish the different locations where beans are grown. Filled with the author's personal experiences, this beautiful book introduces us to the great history of chocolate, the saga of a delicacy known as the "food of the gods".
Without water there would be no life on Earth. However, between excess and shortage, droughts and floods, against a backdrop of climate change, the water issue has become a major challenge for the 20th century. Can we continue to consume water at this pace? Will we have to reduce our daily water consumption to preserve this precious resource? How will we manage the risks associated with water and the conflicts they may cause. In a style as clear as spring water, this work gives us the essentials needed to better harness this vital resource.
Insects as part of our future diet!
Just a rumour or a feasible prediction? An entomologist and a nutrition specialist have joined forces to take stock of past and emerging practices and discuss whether insects are a problem or possibly the solution to the food problems of tomorrow... Written in a humorous and easy to read style, this book gives you all the information you need to form your own opinion and, who knows, maybe you will even include insects in your next meal ... Would you care for a little more caterpillar?
This book takes us through fresh water line fishing techniques from antiquity to 1930, year marking the beginning of the new era of innovative material which gradually replaced the ancestral know-how to better adapt to the individual behavior each fish species. It brilliantly takes us on a country stroll skilfully combining ecology, biodiversity, history and literature.