The Coast of Coral

Author: Arthur Charles Clarke

Publisher: iBooks

ISBN: N.A

Category: Great Barrier Reef (Qld.)

Page: 264

View: 5870

Enriched with stunning underwater photography, this absorbing true adventure story chronicles the author's adventures on his expeditions to Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Original.

The Reefs of Taprobane

Underwater Adventures Around Ceylon

Author: Arthur C. Clarke

Publisher: iBooks

ISBN: 9780743445023

Category: Science

Page: 256

View: 4799

The second in the Blue Planet Trilogy features a fascinating journey through the Australia's Great Barrier Reef with the author of 2001: A Space Odyssey as the guide. Reprint.

Knowing Global Environments

New Historical Perspectives on the Field Sciences

Author: Jeremy Vetter

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813548756

Category: Nature

Page: 263

View: 2773

Collectively their essays explore the history of the field sciences, through the lens of place, practice, and the production of scientific knowledge, with a wide-ranging perspective extending outwards from the local to regional, national, imperial, and global scales. The book also shows what the history of the field sciences can contribute to environmental history--especially how knowledge in the field sciences has intersected with changing environments--and addresses key present-day problems related to sustainability, such as global climate, biodiversity, oceans, and more. --

Glide Path

Author: Arthur Charles Clarke

Publisher: iBooks

ISBN: 9780743475310

Category: Fiction

Page: 279

View: 1815

The joint efforts of a group of brilliant scientists, courageous flyers, and specially trained servicemen, working under pressure to perfect a radar talk-down system for planes, called Ground Controlled Descent.

The Dark Forest

Author: Cixin Liu

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 1466853433

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 837

This near-future trilogy is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple-award-winning phenomenon from Cixin Liu, China's most beloved science fiction author. In The Dark Forest, Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasion-in just four centuries' time. The aliens' human collaborators may have been defeated, but the presence of the sophons, the subatomic particles that allow Trisolaris instant access to all human information, means that Earth's defense plans are totally exposed to the enemy. Only the human mind remains a secret. This is the motivation for the Wallfacer Project, a daring plan that grants four men enormous resources to design secret strategies, hidden through deceit and misdirection from Earth and Trisolaris alike. Three of the Wallfacers are influential statesmen and scientists, but the fourth is a total unknown. Luo Ji, an unambitious Chinese astronomer and sociologist, is baffled by his new status. All he knows is that he's the one Wallfacer that Trisolaris wants dead. The Remembrance of Earth's Past Trilogy The Three-Body Problem The Dark Forest Death's End Other Books Ball Lightning (forthcoming) At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Mysterious Island

Author: Jules Verne

Publisher: Brighthouse

ISBN: N.A

Category: Castaways

Page: 62

View: 2306

Based on a true story, this masterpiece combines mystery, suspense, and science fiction in the breathtaking story of marooned explorers on a island full of bizarre discoveries and danger. This edition features illustrations by Jules-Descartes Ferat from the original 1875 edition.

The Edge of the Sea

Author: Rachel Carson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Marine Biology

Page: 276

View: 891

"The edge of the sea is a strange and beautiful place." A book to be read for pleasure as well as a practical identification guide, The Edge of the Sea introduces a world of teeming life where the sea meets the land. A new generation of readers is discovering why Rachel Carson's books have become cornerstones of the environmental and conservation movements. New introduction by Sue Hubbell. (A Mariner Reissue) Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

The Science of Kissing

What Our Lips Are Telling Us

Author: Sheril Kirshenbaum

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 0446575135

Category: Science

Page: 272

View: 9693

From a noted science journalist comes a wonderfully witty and fascinating exploration of how and why we kiss. When did humans begin to kiss? Why is kissing integral to some cultures and alien to others? Do good kissers make the best lovers? And is that expensive lip-plumping gloss worth it? Sheril Kirshenbaum, a biologist and science journalist, tackles these questions and more in THE SCIENCE OF KISSING. It's everything you always wanted to know about kissing but either haven't asked, couldn't find out, or didn't realize you should understand. The book is informed by the latest studies and theories, but Kirshenbaum's engaging voice gives the information a light touch. Topics range from the kind of kissing men like to do (as distinct from women) to what animals can teach us about the kiss to whether or not the true art of kissing was lost sometime in the Dark Ages. Drawing upon classical history, evolutionary biology, psychology, popular culture, and more, Kirshenbaum's winning book will appeal to romantics and armchair scientists alike.

Renewable

The World-Changing Power of Alternative Energy

Author: Jeremy Shere

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250038227

Category: Science

Page: 304

View: 2106

Where does the energy we use come from? It's absolutely vital to every single thing we do every day, but for most people, it is utterly invisible. Flick a switch and the lights go on. It might as well be magic. Science writer Jeremy Shere shows us in Renewable: The World-Changing Power of Alternative Energy that energy is anything but magical. Producing it in fossil fuel form is a dirty, expensive—but also hugely profitable— enterprise, with enormous but largely hidden costs to the entire planet. The cold, hard fact is that at some point we will have wrung the planet dry of easily accessible sources of fossil fuel. And when that time comes, humankind will have no choice but to turn—or, more accurately, return—to other, cleaner, renewable energy sources. What will those sources be? How far have we come to realizing the technologies that will make these sources available? To find the answers, Shere began his journey with a tour of a traditional coal-fueled power plant in his home state of Indiana. He then continued on, traveling from coast to coast as he spoke to scientists, scholars and innovators. He immersed himself in the green energy world: visiting a solar farm at Denver's airport, attending the Wind Power Expo and a wind farm tour in Texas, investigating turbines deep in New York City's East River, and much more. Arranged in five parts—Green Gas, Sun, Wind, Earth, and Water—Renewable tells the stories of the most interesting and promising types of renewable energy: namely, biofuel, solar, wind, geothermal, and hydropower. But unlike many books about alternative energy, Renewable is not obsessed with megawatts and tips for building home solar panels. Instead, Shere digs into the rich, surprisingly long histories of these technologies, bringing to life the pioneering scientists, inventors, and visionaries who blazed the way for solar, wind, hydro, and other forms of renewable power, and unearthing the curious involvement of great thinkers like Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and Nicola Tesla. We are at an important crossroads in the history of renewable technologies. The possibilities are endless and enticing, and it has become increasingly clear that renewable energy is the way of the future. In Renewable, Jeremy Shere's natural curiosity and serious research come together in an entertaining and informative guide to where renewable energy has been, where it is today, and where it's heading.

Skin Diver

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

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Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth

Author: Mark Hertsgaard

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1610914147

Category: Political Science

Page: 19

View: 3771

On December 7, 2011, Mark Hertsgaard participated in The National Climate Seminar, a series of webinars sponsored by Bard College’s Center for Environmental Policy. The online seminars provide a forum for leading scientists, writers, and other experts to talk about critical issues regarding climate change. The series also opens a public conversation, inviting participants to ask questions and contribute their own thoughts. Hertsgaard has spent the last two decades reporting on climate change for media outlets including The New Yorker, NPR, Time, Vanity Fair, and The Nation, where he is the environment correspondent. His lecture focused on political movements and how environmental advocates can provoke change in public attitudes and on Capitol Hill. Hertsgaard sees 2011’s Occupy movement as a sign of real hope and discussed what climate activists can learn from Occupy’s tactics. This E-ssential is an edited version of Hertsgaard’s talk and the subsequent question and answer session. While some material has been cut and some language modified for clarity, the intention was to retain the substance of the original discussion.

The Tatja Grimm's World

Author: Vernor Vinge

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 1429915137

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 715

Multiple Hugo Award winner Vernor Vinge's first full-length novel As a mud-spattered youngster, Tatja quickly realized she was different from the stone-age primitives with whom she grew up. Her insatiable curiosity and thirst for knowledge could not be quenched among them; she had to explore and learn more about the strange world she lived on. She finds the bastion of all culture, arts, entertainment and history for the entire planet, the seven-hundred-year-old science fiction magazine Fantasie, which is produced entirely aboard a gargantuan floating vessel the size of a small city. But despite the printing presses, sail-powered vessels, and mind-expanding technology, Tatja is still dissatisfied. Rising through the ranks, she finds that the people on the enormous barge are just as unintelligent as the primitives she grew up with. But others have come to the planet who not only challenge her intelligence, but offer her a tantalizing opportunity to uncover answers to mysteries that have long plagued her. But with opportunity comes risk. And if she acts unwisely, she could bring doom to the only world she knows. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Island in the Sea of Time

Author: S. M. Stirling

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101127919

Category: Fiction

Page: 608

View: 1253

“Utterly engaging...a page-turner that is certain to win the author legions of new readers and fans.”—George R. R. Martin, author of A Game of Thrones It's spring on Nantucket and everything is perfectly normal, until a sudden storm blankets the entire island. When the weather clears, the island's inhabitants find that they are no longer in the late twentieth century...but have been transported instead to the Bronze Age! Now they must learn to survive with suspicious, warlike peoples they can barely understand and deal with impending disaster, in the shape of a would-be conqueror from their own time.

Castaway Planet

Author: Eric Flint,Ryk E. Spoor

Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises

ISBN: 1625793502

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 939

NEW ENTRY IN THE BEST-SELLING BOUNDARY SERIES. Stranded humans must adapt alien technology to survive on a dangerous planet. Lost in the dark, half a year into their journey to the colony world of Tantalus, Sakura Kimei, her family, and her best friend, the alien "Bemmie" nicknamed Whips, are torn from the safety of their colony ship. In a crippled lifeboat, they had one chance to find a habitable world. But even then, they would find that their apparent salvation was a world of a thousand secrets. At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management). Praise for previous books in this series: _. . . fast-paced sci-fi espionage thriller . . . light in tone and hard on science . . .Ó ¾Publishers Weekly on Boundary _The whole crew from Flint and Spoor's Boundary are back. . . . Tensions run high throughout the Ceres mission . . . a fine choice for any collection.Ó ¾Publishers Weekly on Threshold _[P]aleontology, engineering, and space flight, puzzles in linguistics, biology, physics, and evolution further the story, as well as wacky humor, academic rivalries, and even some sweet romances.Ó ¾School Library Journal on Boundary

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2014

Author: National Geographic Society (U. S.),National Geographic Kids

Publisher: National Geographic Soc Childrens books

ISBN: 1426311192

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 351

View: 4449

Provides the latest information on a wide range of topics, including animals, culture, geography, the environment, history, and science.

By Nightfall

A Novel

Author: Michael Cunningham

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429978095

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 4994

Peter and Rebecca Harris: mid-forties denizens of Manhattan's SoHo, nearing the apogee of committed careers in the arts—he a dealer, she an editor. With a spacious loft, a college-age daughter in Boston, and lively friends, they are admirable, enviable contemporary urbanites with every reason, it seems, to be happy. Then Rebecca's much younger look-alike brother, Ethan (known in thefamily as Mizzy, "the mistake"), shows up for a visit. A beautiful, beguiling twenty-three-year-old with a history of drug problems, Mizzy is wayward, at loose ends, looking for direction. And in his presence, Peter finds himself questioning his artists, their work, his career—the entire world he has so carefully constructed. Like his legendary, Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, The Hours, Michael Cunningham's masterly new novel is a heartbreaking look at the way we live now. Full of shocks and aftershocks, it makes us think and feel deeply about the uses and meaning of beauty and the place of love in our lives.