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By Irene Pepperberg

ISBN-10: 0061980455

ISBN-13: 9780061980459

On September 6, 2007, an African gray parrot named Alex died in advance at age thirty-one. His final phrases to his proprietor, Irene Pepperberg, have been "You be solid. i admire you."

What would routinely be a quiet, very inner most occasion was once, in Alex's case, headline information. Over the thirty years they'd labored jointly, Alex and Irene had develop into famous-two pioneers who opened an unheard of window into the hidden but significant international of animal minds. Alex's mind was once the scale of a shelled walnut, and whilst Irene and Alex first met, birds weren't believed to own any capability for language, cognizance, or something remotely such as human intelligence. but, through the years, Alex proved many stuff. He may upload. He may perhaps sound out phrases. He understood thoughts like greater, smaller, extra, fewer, and none. He used to be able to notion and goal. jointly, Alex and Irene exposed a startling truth: we are living in a global populated by means of pondering, unsleeping creatures.

The reputation that resulted was once amazing. but there has been a facet to their courting that by no means made the papers. They have been emotionally hooked up to each other. They shared a deep bond a long way past technological know-how. Alex overlooked Irene whilst she was once away. He used to be jealous whilst she paid cognizance to different parrots, or maybe humans. He cherished to teach her who used to be boss. He enjoyed to bounce. He occasionally turned bored through the repetition of his exams, and performed jokes on her. occasionally they sniped at one another. but approximately on a daily basis, they every one acknowledged, "I love you."

Alex and Irene stayed jointly via thick and thin-despite sneers from specialists, remarkable monetary sacrifices, and a nomadic life from one univer­sity to a different. the tale in their thirty-year experience is both a landmark of medical success and of an unforgettable human-animal bond.

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23. Application of the method of Fig. 18 to the case of Fig. 22. G. HASSON ET Al. 32 to account for these discontinuities, their exact nature can only be determined by the calculation of the structures for values of T near its critical value. Moreover, it is difficult to predict whether these discontinuities will show sufficient contrast in the electron microscope to make them visible. Interpretation of the lines visible in the electron microscope. The calculation described in the preceding paragraphs has been performed for a boundary close to a (013) twin boundary.

The intensity profiles of the various beams were then calculated by carrying out successive integrations of the Howie-Whelan equations as described previously. g Case of bll;. In both crystals was taken with a strong component parallel to bx~ as in the one-crystal case described previously, and the calculated results are given in Fig. 7 (see caption for further details). Symmetric triple contrast was again obtained, as expected, since the contrast in each of the crystals is always of this general type (Fig.

HASSON ET Al. 22 If this formula were strictly followed, it would imply that the arrangements of successive dislocations were quite different, as shown in Fig. 14b. This is certainly not the case. In fact, there is little doubt that the boundary is composed of dislocations, alternately 28 band 29 b apart. However: - 28 b corresponds to a misorientation of 203' (2 02'47") - 29 b corresponds to a misorientation of 1059' (1058'34") It follows that for each value of misorientation between 1059' and 20 3' the boundary is composed of dislocations 28 b or 29 b apart.

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