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From Kingfishers to . . . Bullet Trains


Series
Innovations from Nature

by
Wil Mara

Edition
Library edition
Publisher
Cherry Lake Publishing
Imprint
Cherry Lake
ISBN
9781610804981
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Can biology teach us how to improve rail travel? This book covers an interesting episode in the bullet trains’ development for Japan’s Shinkansen line. In their earlier stages, these trains’ electrical contacts were too noisy, and the trains produced sonic booms when they went through tunnels. To solve the problem, engineer Eiji Nakatsu turned to a surprising source of inspiration: birds! An opening chapter on the history of rail travel provides context, and the final chapter, about other train-improving innovators, provides a starting point for further exploration. The back matter includes a glossary, additional resources, and an index.

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

7 1/2" x 9 1/2"

Dewey

625.2'3

AR

7: points 1

Lexile

NC1110L

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jun 2013

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Series Review

Each of these titles shows how a particular technological innovation was based on a natural source and concludes with a chapter about important people in the field. Some of the information repeats from book to book. The texts are constructed with short chapters, accompanied by sidebars with related content. Stock color photos and reproductions generally support the main paragraphs; however there is no close-up photo of shark skin in Sharks. Sometimes the link between the technology and its natural source is stronger than others, especially in the titles about bullet trains, anti-collision systems, and Velcro. The helmet technology discussed in Woodpeckers is still under development. These should be particularly useful for students researching inventions. Although a stand-alone title such as Dora Lee’s Biomimicry: Inventions Inspired by Nature (Kids Can, 2011) may cover a greater number of inventions, this series has more detail.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Series Review

Each of these titles shows how a particular technological innovation was based on a natural source and concludes with a chapter about important people in the field. Some of the information repeats from book to book. The texts are constructed with short chapters, accompanied by sidebars with related content. Stock color photos and reproductions generally support the main paragraphs; however there is no close-up photo of shark skin in Sharks. Sometimes the link between the technology and its natural source is stronger than others, especially in the titles about bullet trains, anti-collision systems, and Velcro. The helmet technology discussed in Woodpeckers is still under development. These should be particularly useful for students researching inventions. Although a stand-alone title such as Dora Lee’s Biomimicry: Inventions Inspired by Nature (Kids Can, 2011) may cover a greater number of inventions, this series has more detail.

Grades 3-5
Series Nonfiction
Science Grades 3-5
For Grades 3-5

These 12 engrossing, fact-filled works build upon science fundamentals, allowing young students to grasp physical and life science basics while being entertained. They are the best titles from the best science series handpicked by experienced School Library Journal editors.

12 books per Year
$258.00 per Year
Interests
Nonfiction,Science/STEAM
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