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      Eclipse Chaser: Science in the Moon's Shadow

      by Ilima Loomis

      Feb 2020

      Nonfiction Middle

      On August 21, 2017, much of America stood still and looked up as a wide swath of the country experienced totality—a full solar eclipse. Even in areas outside the path of totality, people watched in awe as the moon cast its shadow on the sun. For most, this was simply a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

      Not so for Shadia Habbal, who travels the world in search of solar eclipses in order to study the sun’s corona. Solar wind and storms originating in the corona can have big effects on our planet. They can disrupt technology, expose aircraft to radiation, and even influence global climate change. In the months leading up to the 2017 eclipse, Shadia assembles a team of scientists to set up camp with her in Mitchell, Oregon. Years earlier, a long, expensive trip to Indonesia to study an eclipse failed when the skies remained too cloudy to see it. Shadia is determined to have the 2017 eclipse be a success. Will the computers fail? Will smoke from nearby fires change direction? Will the cloudy skies clear in time?

      Glossary. Selected sources. Index. Full-color photographs, maps, and diagrams.

      Saving the Tasmanian Devil: How Science Is Helping the World's Largest Marsupial Carnivore Survive

      by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

      Oct 2019

      Nonfiction Middle

      In the late 1990s, a fatal disease called Devil facial tumor disease began wiping out the Tasmanian devil population, killing nearly 90% of the devils over the past 20 years. Why was the entire population getting the same disease? Was it contagious? Then geneticist Jenny Graves made a discovery that was hard to believe, but true: the tumors were cloning and multiplying between animals. If researchers cannot get to the bottom of this mystery, this fascinating mammal will soon be gone. Dorothy Hinshaw Patent takes readers on an unforgettable tour of the Tasmania to meet the scientists working to save the devil before it's too late.

      Glossary. Suggestions for further information. Sources. Index. Full-color photographs and illustrations.

      The Orca Scientists

      by Kim Perez Valice

      Sep 2018

      Nonfiction Middle Plus

      Follow the scientists working in the Pacific Northwest to learn about the orca whale population there, as they race to save these remarkable mammals from extinction.

      How to get involved. Glossary. Selected bibliography and sources. Author’s note. Index. Black-and-white and full-color photographs and digital illustrations.

      The Hyena Scientist

      by Sy Montgomery

      Jun 2018

      Nonfiction Middle Plus

      Zoologist Kay Holecamp has made it her life's work to understand hyenas: fascinating, complex creatures that are playful, social, and highly intelligent—almost nothing like the mangy monsters of pop culture lore.

      Impact!: Asteroids and the Science of Saving the World

      by Elizabeth Rusch

      Feb 2018

      Nonfiction Middle

      Follow scientists as they search for dangerous asteroids in space, study asteroids that have smashed into the ground, and make plans to prevent an asteroid strike if one ever threatens our planet.

      Mission to Pluto: The First Visit to an Ice Dwarf and the Kuiper Belt

      by Mary Kay Carson

      Mar 2017

      Nonfiction Middle

      Follow along with scientists as they build the first spacecraft to explore Pluto, fly it across the solar system, and make new discoveries three billion miles away. Time line. Glossary. List of resources for more information. Author's note. Sources and selected bibliography. Index. Full-color and black-and-white photographs, reproductions, diagrams, and digital illustrations.

      The Tapir Scientist: Saving South America’s Largest Mammal

      by Sy Montgomery

      Science Nonfiction Elementary

      $18.99 Special Order
      Some of nature’s shyest animals, tapirs are hard to find, thus hard to study. Lowland tapirs are rapidly disappearing from their home in Brazil—but scientist Pati Medici hopes to change that. Selected bibliography. Internet resources. Full-color map, photographs, and illustrations.
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      Stronger Than Steel: Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope

      by Bridget Heos

      Nonfiction Middle

      $18.99 Special Order
      To create super-strong materials, scientists are trying to make large amounts of spider silk—by placing spider DNA in alfalfa, silkworms, and goats. Glossary. Additional sources. Index. Black-and-white and full-color photographs.
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      The Elephant Scientist

      by Donna Jackson

      Science Nonfiction Elementary

      $18.99 Special Order
      Caitlin O’Connell recognized the behavior from studying insects. Was it possible that elephants “were talking—and listening—to one another with their feet?” Information about adopting an elephant. Further reading and information. Glossary. Selected source notes. Index. Map. Full-color photographs.
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      The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe

      by Loree Griffin Burns

      Science Nonfiction Elementary

      $18.99 Special Order
      Bees don't just produce honey. "Your food supply depends on them," says apiarist Dave Hackenberg. His bees have a busy travel schedule, pollinating around the United States from February to July. So when Dave inspected four hundred of his hives and found that the bees had simply vanished, "a dream team of bee scientists" got to work. Appendix. Glossary. Suggestions for further information. Select references. Index. Full-color photographs.

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