Comm Check...: The Final Flight of Shuttle Columbia

By Michael Cabbage

On February 1, 2003, the unthinkable occurred. the distance go back and forth Columbia disintegrated 37 miles above Texas, seven courageous astronauts have been killed and America's area software, constantly an eyeblink from catastrophe, suffered its moment catastrophic in-flight failure. not like the Challenger catastrophe 17 years past, Columbia's destruction left the state one failure clear of the capability abandonment of human area exploration. Media assurance within the rapid aftermath occupied with the potential explanation for the catastrophe, and at the nation's grief. however the complete human tale, and the stunning information of NASA's an important error, have by no means been informed -- in the past.

in response to dozens of unique interviews, never-before-published records and recordings of key conferences received by way of the authors, Comm Check takes the reader contained in the convention rooms and workplaces the place NASA's most sensible and brightest controlled the nation's multi-billion-dollar trip software -- and the place they did not realize the indicators of an coming near near catastrophe. it's the tale of an area application driven to the threshold of failure via relentless political strain, shrinking budgets and incorrect choice making. The self sufficient research into the catastrophe exposed why Columbia broke aside within the sky above Texas. Comm Check brings that tale to lifestyles with the human drama in the back of the tragedy.

Michael Cabbage and William Harwood, of America's most valuable area newshounds, are veterans of all yet a handful of NASA's 113 commute missions. Tapping a community of resources and bringing a mixed 3 many years of expertise to endure, the authors supply an extraordinary glimpse into NASA's internal circles, chronicling the agency's so much devastating failure and the demanding situations that face NASA because it struggles to come back the USA to space.

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Danforth's Obstetrics and Gynecology

A middle reference for citizens and practitioners for over forty years, Danforth's Obstetrics and Gynecology is now in its 10th Edition—thoroughly revised and reorganized to supply whole, authoritative insurance of the trendy scientific perform of obstetrics and gynecology. This version has a brand new co-editor, Ingrid Nygaard, MD, a urogynecologist. a brand new urogynecology part comprises chapters on urinary and fecal incontinence and overactive bladder. different new chapters conceal stillbirth and mental problems of being pregnant and the postpartum. This version additionally encompasses a smooth two-color layout, challenge circumstances, boxed pearls and pitfalls, key issues at the start of every bankruptcy, and extra algorithms, tables, and bulleted lists.

A significant other web site bargains the totally searchable textual content and a picture financial institution which now permits any clinician, both in education or perform, to have in a single position what they should know.

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Germs Gone Wild: How the Unchecked Development of Domestic Bio-Defense Threatens America

By Kenneth King

A stunning exposé of the reckless proliferation of bio-weapon learn and the hazard this poses to daily Americans.

struggling with a brand new iteration of company giants and uncovering threats correct in our personal yard, Kenneth King’s Germs long gone Wild finds the large enlargement of America's bio-defense study labs and the tradition of deception surrounding 1000's of amenities that experience opened considering 9/11.

King skilled the threat of bio-defense learn firsthand while neighborhood executive and company leaders attempted to trap a brand new facility to his native land in Kentucky. learning the protection claims, he not just came upon a lot of them to be thoroughly fake, yet used to be additionally horrified via the inability of oversight and the recklessness with which those labs genetically changed pathogens like smallpox, Ebola, and influenza with out a deal with what occurred to the general public if there has been ever a “leak.”

And but the greed that drove the improvement of those labs has successfully counteracted any cautionary assessments via the govt. and universities. All were seduced by means of the industrial earnings and company stipends that include compliance and turning a blind eye. yet now, the truth of those labs and the germs they control will ultimately be dropped at gentle, as King examines the controversies surrounding vegetation from Maryland to Boston and Utah, to the dep. of native land Security’s doubtful nationwide Bio-and-Agro-Facility (NBAF) undertaking, and the precautions―or lack thereof―being taken to guard us all from a perilous pandemic.

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Critical Path

R. Buckminster Fuller is thought of as some of the most vital figures of the 20 th century, popular for his achievements as an inventor, fashion designer, architect, thinker, mathematician, and dogged individualist. might be most sensible remembered for the Geodesic Dome and the time period "Spaceship Earth," his paintings and his writings have had a profound effect on glossy lifestyles and thought.

Critical Path is Fuller's grasp work--the summing up of a lifetime's concept and concern--as pressing and correct because it was once upon its first ebook in 1981. Critical Path info how humanity discovered itself in its present situation--at the boundaries of the planet's typical assets and dealing with political, monetary, environmental, and moral crises.

The crowning success of a rare occupation, Critical Path deals the reader the buzz of figuring out the basic dilemmas of our time and the way dependable electorate can upward push to fulfill this final problem to our future.

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Thinking about Life: The history and philosophy of biology and other sciences

By Paul S. Agutter

Our earlier booklet, approximately existence, involved smooth biology. We used our present-day knowing of cells to ‘define’ the dwelling nation, delivering a foundation for exploring numerous general-interest themes: the foundation of existence, extraterrestrial existence, intelligence, and the chance that people are particular. the guidelines we proposed in approximately existence have been meant as starting-points for debate – we didn't declare them as ‘truth’ – however the details on which they have been dependent is at present accredited as ‘scientific fact’. What does that suggest? what's ‘scientific truth’ and why is it authorised? what's technological know-how – and is biology like different sciences resembling physics (except in topic m- ter)? The e-book you're now interpreting investigates those questions – and a few similar ones. Like approximately existence, it may well relatively curiosity a reader who needs to alter occupation to biology and its comparable subdisciplines. based on a suggestion via the British organization for the development of technology – that the general public can be given fuller information regarding the character of technology – we current the suggestions underpinning biology and a survey of its historic and philosophical foundation.

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La Naissance de la science, tome 1 : Mésopotamie - Égypte

By André Pichot

Les sciences de los angeles Mésopotamie, de l'Égypte et de l. a. 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 los angeles 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 los angeles rationalité). Cet ensemble cohérent forme l. a. resource principale de l. a. technology 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 los angeles voie de l'esprit scientifique.
La voie des objets consiste en l. a. 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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Tales of the Ex-Apes: How We Think about Human Evolution

By Jonathan Marks

 What can we take into consideration after we take into consideration human evolution? together with his attribute wit and knowledge, anthropologist Jonathan Marks explores our clinical narrative of human origins—the examine of evolution—and examines its cultural components and theoretical foundations. within the technique, he situates human evolution inside a common anthropological framework and provides it as a different case of kinship and mythology.
Tales of the Ex-Apes argues that human evolution has integrated the emergence of social kin and cultural histories which are remarkable within the apes and hence can't be lowered to only organic homes and tactics. Marks indicates that human evolution has concerned the transformation from organic to biocultural evolution. Over tens of hundreds of thousands of years, new social roles—notably wife, father, in-laws, and grandparents—have co-evolved with new applied sciences and symbolic meanings to supply the human species, within the absence of important organic evolution. we're biocultural creatures, Marks argues, totally understandable via recourse to neither our actual ape ancestry nor our imaginary cultureless biology.

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Defending Science - within Reason: Between Scientism And Cynicism

By Susan Haack

Sweeping in scope, penetrating in research, and generously illustrated with examples from the heritage of technology, this new and unique method of primary questions about clinical facts and strategy tackles important questions about technological know-how and its position in society. heading off the dual pitfalls of scientism and cynicism, famous thinker Susan Haack argues that, fallible and improper as they're, the typical sciences were one of the so much winning of human enterprises-valuable not just for the giant, interlocking physique of data they've got found, and never just for the technological advances that experience more suitable our lives, yet as a manifestation of the human expertise for inquiry at its imperfect yet occasionally awesome best.
This wide-ranging, trenchant, and illuminating booklet explores the complexities of medical facts, and the multifarious ways that the sciences have subtle and amplified the equipment of daily empirical inquiry; articulates the ways that the social sciences are just like the normal sciences, and the ways that they're diverse; disentangles the confusions of radical rhetoricians and cynical sociologists of technology; exposes the evasions of apologists for spiritual resistance to clinical advances; weighs the advantages and the risks of know-how; tracks the efforts of the criminal method to make the simplest use of medical testimony; and tackles predictions of the eventual end result, or annihilation, of the clinical enterprise.
Writing with verve and wry humor, in a witty, direct, and available type, Haack takes readers past the "Science Wars" to a balanced realizing of the worth, and the restrictions, of the clinical firm.

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Selfless Insight: Zen and the Meditative Transformations of Consciousness (MIT Press)

When neurology researcher James Austin all started Zen education, he discovered that his clinical schooling used to be insufficient. up to now 3 many years, he has been on the innovative of either Zen and neuroscience, consistently studying new examples of the way those huge fields every one light up the opposite. Now, in Selfless Insight, Austin arrives at a clean synthesis, person who invokes the most recent mind learn to provide an explanation for the foundation for meditative states and clarifies what Zen awakening implies for our figuring out of recognition. Austin, writer of the generally learn Zen and the Brain, reminds us why Zen meditation isn't just mindfully attentive yet evolves to turn into more and more selfless and intuitive. Meditators are progressively studying tips on how to substitute over-emotionality with calm, transparent target comprehension. during this new booklet, Austin discusses how meditation trains our cognizance, reprogramming it towards refined different types of knowledge which are extra overtly conscious. He explains how our maladaptive notions of self are rooted in interactive mind capabilities. And he describes how, after the extreme, deep states of kensho-satori strike off the roots of the self, a flash of reworking insight-wisdom leads towards methods of dwelling extra harmoniously and selflessly. Selfless Insight is the capstone to Austin's trip either as an inventive neuroscientist and as a Zen practitioner. His quest has spanned an period of exceptional development in mind learn and has helped outline the fascinating new box of contemplative neuroscience.

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Flatterland: Like Flatland, Only More So

By Ian Stewart

First there has been Edwin A. Abbott's notable Flatland, released in 1884, and one of many all-time classics of renowned arithmetic. Now, from mathematician and comprehensive technology author Ian Stewart, comes what Nature calls "a extraordinary sequel." via larger-than-life characters and an encouraged tale line, Flatterland explores our current realizing of the form and origins of the universe, the character of house, time, and subject, in addition to smooth geometries and their purposes. the adventure starts whilst our heroine, Victoria Line, comes upon her great-great-grandfather A. Square's diary, hidden within the attic. The writings aid her to touch the gap Hopper, who tempts her clear of her domestic and kin in Flatland and turns into her advisor and mentor via ten dimensions. within the culture of Alice in Wonderland and The Phantom Toll sales space, this very good research into the character of fact is destined to develop into a contemporary classic.

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