Category: Science

By Richard J. King

Behold the cormorant: silent, nonetheless, cruciform, and brooding; flashing, hovering, quickly as a snake. Evolution has crafted the one creature on the earth which may migrate the size of a continent, dive and hunt deep underwater, perch with ease on a department or a cord, stroll on land, climb up cliff faces, feed on hundreds of thousands of alternative species, and reside beside either clean and salt water in an enormous worldwide variety of temperatures and altitudes, frequently in shut proximity to guy. lengthy a logo of gluttony, greed, undesirable good fortune, and evil, the cormorant has led a afflicted life in human historical past, fantasy, and literature. The birds were prized as a resource of mineral wealth in Peru, hunted to extinction within the Arctic, educated through the japanese to seize fish, demonized through Milton in Paradise misplaced, and reviled, despised, and exterminated via game and advertisement fishermen from Israel to Indianapolis, Toronto to Tierra del Fuego. within the Devil’s Cormorant, Richard King takes us again in time and world wide to teach us the heritage, nature, ecology, and economic system of the world’s so much misunderstood waterfowl.

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By William F. Young Jr.

Endocrine approach, 2d version presents a concise and hugely visible advisor to the anatomy, body structure, and pathophysiology of the endocrine glands. This quantity within the Netter number of clinical Illustrations (the CIBA "Green Books") has been increased and revised through Dr. William F. younger, Jr. to mirror the various interesting advances which were made within the box. vintage Netter paintings, up to date illustrations, and glossy imaging make this undying paintings necessary to your library.
• Access infrequent illustrations in a single handy resource from the one Netter paintings committed particularly to the endocrine system.
• Get a whole assessment of the endocrine process via multidisciplinary insurance of endocrinology as a whole.
• Gain a short figuring out of complicated subject matters from a concise text-atlas structure that gives a context bridge among basic and really good medicine.
• Apply a visible approach-with the vintage Netter paintings, up to date illustrations, new paintings and sleek imaging-to common and irregular endocrine gland functionality and the medical presentation sufferers with endocrine disorders.
• Clearly see the relationship among uncomplicated and medical sciences with an built-in evaluate of standard constitution and serve as because it pertains to pathologic conditions.
• Delve into up to date textual content of recent writer and editor, William F. younger, Jr., MD., that illuminates and expands at the illustrated concepts.
• Benefit from the views of a global advisory board for content material that displays the present worldwide consensus.
A trustworthy and powerful reference at the endocrine approach with the visible aid of Netter

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A Discover journal most sensible technology Book

Thomas Edison surprised the US in 1879 by means of unveiling a world-changing invention--the mild bulb--and then launching the electrification of America's towns. A decade later, regardless of having been an avowed opponent of the loss of life penalty, Edison threw his laboratory assets and acceptance in the back of the construction of a really diversified type of device--the electrical chair. Deftly exploring this startling bankruptcy in American background, Edison & the electrical Chair grants either a vibrant portrait of a state at the cusp of modernity and a provocative new exam of Edison himself.

Edison championed the electrical chair for purposes that stay arguable to at the present time. was once Edison certainly fascinated with the affliction of the condemned? used to be he waging a crusade to smear his rival George Westinghouse's alternating present and strengthen his personal approach? Or was once he caution the general public of genuine risks posed by means of the high-voltage alternating wires that looped above enormous quantities of America's streets? Plumbing the attention-grabbing background of electrical energy, Mark Essig explores America's love of know-how and its fascination with violent loss of life, shooting an period whilst the general public used to be mesmerized and terrified via an invisible strength that produced blazing gentle, powered streetcars, carried mobilephone conversations--and killed.

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With the realm wanting to locate power resources that don't emit carbon gases--a wish compounded through the sky-rocketing expense of fossil fuels--nuclear strength is again at the schedule and within the information. but nuclear strength sparks anxiousness in lots of people who find themselves doubtful in regards to the nature and volume of the linked dangers. during this Very brief advent, Maxwell Irvine offers an informative and balanced evaluation of the full topic. He provides a concise heritage of the advance of nuclear physics prime as much as the emergence of the nuclear strength and discusses the character of nuclear power and many of the points of public predicament, together with the dangers of nuclear defense, the price of its improvement, and the issues of waste disposal. The e-book seems to be in particular at safeguard files, together with bills of the Windscale hearth, the 3 Mile Island incident, and the Chernobyl catastrophe. As he dispels a lot of the frequent confusion approximately nuclear strength, Irvine argues for the relevance of nuclear strength to the continuing strength obstacle and encourages proficient debate approximately its potential.

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By Roy Scranton

Coming domestic from the battle in Iraq, US military inner most Roy Scranton concept he'd left the area of strife in the back of. Then he watched as new calamities struck the USA, heralding a possibility way more risky than ISIS or Al Qaeda: typhoon Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, megadrought--the surprise and awe of world warming.

Our global is altering. emerging seas, spiking temperatures, and severe climate imperil international infrastructure, vegetation, and water offers. clash, famine, plagues, and riots threat from each sector. From war-stricken Baghdad to the melting Arctic, human-caused weather switch poses a hazard not just to political and financial balance, yet to civilization itself . . . and to what it capacity to be human. our best enemy, it seems, is ourselves. the hotter, wetter, extra chaotic international we now reside in--the Anthropocene--demands an intensive new imaginative and prescient of human life.

In this bracing reaction to weather swap, Roy Scranton combines memoir, reportage, philosophy, and Zen knowledge to discover what it potential to be human in a quickly evolving international, taking readers on a trip via road protests, the newest findings of earth scientists, a ancient UN summit, millennia of geological heritage, and the continual energy of historic literature. increasing on his influential New York Times essay (the no 1 most-emailed article the day it seemed, and chosen for Best American technology and Nature Writing 2014), Scranton responds to the existential challenge of world warming through arguing that during order to outlive, we needs to come to phrases with death.

Plato argued that to philosophize is to benefit to die. If that’s real, says Scranton, then we've entered humanity’s such a lot philosophical age—or this is often exactly the challenge of the Anthropocene. the difficulty now could be that we needs to learn how to die no longer as contributors, yet as a civilization.

A war veteran, journalist, writer, and Princeton PhD candidate, Roy Scranton has released within the New York Times, Wall road Journal, Rolling Stone, Boston Review, and Theory and Event, and has been interviewed on NPR's Fresh Air, between different media.

"Roy Scranton lucidly articulates the intensity of the weather hindrance with an honesty that's all too infrequent, then demands a reimagined humanism that would support us meet our stormy destiny with as a lot decency as we will be able to muster. whereas I don't proportion his conclusions in regards to the power for social routine to force formidable mitigation, this can be a clever and demanding problem from a sublime author and unique philosopher. A serious intervention." --Naomi Klein, writer of This alterations every little thing: Capitalism vs. the Climate

"Perhaps reason why he's a soldier, possibly the reason for this is that he's a literate man or woman, however the truth is--Roy Scranton will get it. He is aware in his bones that this civilization is over. He is aware it really is excessive time to begin back the human dance of constructing another technique to stay. In his targeted and unique means he works even though a typical cultural inheritance, making it anything clean and new for those all too fascinating instances. This compressed, crucial textual content bargains either uncomfortable truths and unforeseen joy." --McKenzie Wark, writer of Molecular crimson: concept for the Anthropocene

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By N. V. Bhagavan

Specialist biochemist N.V. Bhagavan’s new paintings condenses his profitable clinical Biochemistry texts besides a variety of case reviews, to behave as an in depth overview and reference consultant for either scholars and specialists alike. The research-driven content material contains four-color illustrations all through to boost an figuring out of the occasions and strategies which are happening at either the molecular and macrolecular degrees of physiologic rules, scientific results, and interactions. utilizing thorough introductions, finish of bankruptcy experiences, fact-filled tables, and similar multiple-choice questions, Bhagavan offers the reader with the main condensed but special biochemistry evaluation on hand. greater than a brief survey, this complete textual content contains USMLE pattern checks from Bhagavan himself, a prior coauthor.

* scientific concentration emphasizing suitable physiologic and pathophysiologic biochemical concepts
* Interactive multiple-choice inquiries to prep for USMLE exams
* scientific case reviews for knowing simple technological know-how, analysis, and remedy of human illnesses
* tutorial evaluate figures, flowcharts, and tables to reinforce figuring out

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Eat this and reside to a hundred. Don’t, and die. this present day, hyperboles dominate the media, which makes parsing technological know-how from fiction an hard job while determining what to consume, what chemical compounds to prevent, and what’s most sensible for the surroundings. In Is Fact?, bestselling writer Dr. Joe Schwarcz rigorously navigates during the hurricane of incorrect information to assist us separate truth from folly and shrewdness from foolishness.

Are GMOs fairly damaging? Or may possibly they assist constructing international locations? Which “miracle weightloss meals” received reputation via exuberant info dredging? Is BPA risky or simply a sufferer of unforgiving media hype? Is natural larger? Dr. Joe questions the reliability and explanations of “experts” during this lighthearted yet severe examine what’s truth and what’s undeniable nonsense.

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This wonderful, good written story starts long ago in time to the traditional Greeks while mankind questioned what on the planet is that this international made from. the writer, Leon Lederman, tells the story via all the nice moments of discovery that resulted in what we all know at the present time. the tale takes us during the background of discovery that, for now, ends up in the particle accelerator.

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By Rupert Sheldrake

The bestselling writer of Dogs That understand while Their proprietors Are Coming Home bargains an interesting new evaluate of recent day technological know-how that might seriously change the best way we view what's possible.

In Science Set Free (originally released to acclaim in the united kingdom as The technological know-how Delusion), Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, one of many world's such a lot leading edge scientists, indicates the ways that technological know-how is being constricted by means of assumptions that experience, through the years, hardened into dogmas. Such dogmas will not be in simple terms proscribing, but dangerous for the way forward for humanity.
 
According to those rules, all of truth is fabric or actual; the area is a computer, made of inanimate topic; nature is purposeless; recognition is not anything however the actual task of the mind; unfastened will is an phantasm; God exists merely as an concept in human minds, imprisoned inside our skulls.
 
But should still technological know-how be a belief-system, or a mode of enquiry? Sheldrake exhibits that the materialist ideology is moribund; below its sway, more and more dear study is reaping diminishing returns whereas societies world wide are paying the cost.
 
In the skeptical spirit of real technology, Sheldrake turns the 10 basic dogmas of materialism into fascinating questions, and exhibits how them all open up startling new probabilities for discovery.
 
Science Set Free will seriously change your view of what's genuine and what's possible.

From the Hardcover edition.

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By André Pichot

Les sciences de l. a. Mésopotamie, de l'Égypte et de los angeles Grèce présocratique forment un ensemble cohérent, où les connaissances mésopotamiennes et égyptiennes (acquises sans véritable méthode) ont été reprises dans un esprit tout différent par l. a. Grèce. À l. a. Mésopotamie dont les plus grandes réussites scientifiques sont liées aux mystiques mumérique et astrologique, à l'Égypte plus soucieuse d'esprit pratique, succède une technological know-how grecque qui se préoccupe moins d'accumuler les résultats 'positifs' que de trouver des principes généraux et une explication rationnelle (ou tendant vers l. a. rationalité). Cet ensemble cohérent forme l. a. resource principale de l. a. technological know-how occidentale. Celle-ci ne négligera pas d'autres apports (indiens, chinois, arabes...), mais ils se grefferont sur un corpus dont les grands principes et l'orientation générale auront déjà été établis.

La technological know-how, en ses origines, a suivi deux voies distinctes : los angeles voie des objets et l. a. voie de l'esprit scientifique.
La voie des objets consiste en los angeles première différenciation d'études qui se structurent autour d'objets propres (les nombres, les astres, les êtres vivants...), mêlant empirisme, rationalité, magie et mystique.
La voie de l'esprit scientifique est d'abord celle, philosophique, par laquelle l. a. rationalité est élevée au rang de critère de vérité. C'est ensuite los angeles voie par laquelle les disciplines préscientifiques sont reprises et transformées dans cet esprit nouveau, propre à los angeles démocratie grecque.

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