Every day we are surrounded by chemicals that are potentially harmful. Some of these we take intentionally in the form of drugs; some we take unknowingly through the food we eat, and the environment around us. John Timbrell explores what makes particular chemicals harmful, what their effects are, and how we can test for them. He examines drugs such as Paracetamol and what it does to the body; Ricin, the most toxic substance known to man; Paraquat, a widely available weedkiller; and how the puffer fish, eaten as a delicacy in Japan, can kill. Using case studies from all around the world, such as the Spanish Oil syndrome which made over 20,000 people ill in Madrid, Timbrell uncovers the facts behind chemical scares. He shows how, with a rational, scientific, and balanced approach, risks can be assessed and managed safely.
Chemicals as Friends and Foes
Author: John Timbrell
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Der Feind in meinem Beet: ein Baum, der Sie mit Giftpfeilen befeuert, ein glänzender roter Samen, der Ihren Herzschlag stoppt, ein Strauch, der Lähmungen verursacht, eine Kletterpflanze, die Sie erdrosselt, und ein Blatt, das einst einen Krieg auslöste. Dieses Buch hält alle wichtigen Informationen zu den fiesesten Pflanzen, den bösesten Blumen und gemeinsten Gewächsen bereit; sie lauern nicht nur in fernen Ländern, sondern direkt in unseren Vorgärten und Wohnzimmern. Amy Stewart erzählt uns von diesen botanischen Teufeleien und gleichzeitig aus Geschichte, Literatur, Politik und Sage. Ein Buch wie aus Harry Potters Handbibliothek, eine Chronik des Skurrilen und des alltäglichen Zaubers, die in den USA zum Überraschungsbestseller avancierte. Gemeine Gewächse ist ein verschlagenes Lesevergnügen voller wunderbarer Zeichnungen.
Das A bis Z der Pflanzen, die morden, verstümmeln, berauschen und uns anderweitig ärgern
Author: Amy Stewart
Publisher: ebook Berlin Verlag
Oxidants, like other aspects of life, involves tradeoffs. Oxidants, whether intentionally produced or by-products of normal metabolism can either mediate a variety of critical biological processes but when present inappropriately cause extensive damage to biological molecules (DNA, proteins, and lipids). These effects can lead to either damage that is a major contributor to aging and degenerative diseases (or to other diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, immune-system decline, brain dysfunction, and cataracts) or normal physiological function- tissue repair, defense against pathogens and cellular proliferation. On the other hand the body is equipped with a complex antioxidant/oxidant handling system which includes both enzymatic and nonenzymatic (i.e. small molecules such as flavonoids, ascorbate, tocopherol, and carotenoids) produced endogenously or derived from the diet. This book focuses on how the same molecules can have favorable or noxious effects depending on location, level and timing. Each chapter focuses on one particular molecule or oxidant/antioxidant system and provides a state of the art review of the current understanding regarding both positive and negative actions of the system under review.
A Question of Balance
Author: Giuseppe Valacchi
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Molecules of Murder is about infamous murderers and famous victims; about people like Harold Shipman, Alexander Litvinenko, Adelaide Bartlett, and Georgi Markov. Few books on poisons analyse these crimes from the viewpoint of the poison itself, doing so throws a new light on how the murders or attempted murders were carried out and ultimately how the perpetrators were uncovered and brought to justice. Part I includes molecules which occur naturally and were originally used by doctors before becoming notorious as murder weapons. Part II deals with unnatural molecules, mainly man-made, and they too have been dangerously misused in famous crimes. The book ends with the most famous poisoning case in recent years, that of Alexander Litvinenko and his death from polonium chloride. The first half of each chapter starts by looking at the target molecule itself, its discovery, its history, its chemistry, its use in medicine, its toxicology, and its effects on the human body. The second half then investigates a famous murder case and reveals the modus operandi of the poisoner and how some were caught, some are still at large, and some literally got away with murder. Molecules of Murder will explain how forensic chemists have developed cunning ways to detect minute traces of dangerous substances, and explain why some of these poisons, which appear so life-threatening, are now being researched as possible life-savers. Award winning science writer John Emsley has assembled another group of true crime and chemistry stories to rival those of his highly acclaimed Elements of Murder.
Criminal Molecules and Classic Cases
Author: John Emsley
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
This study characterizes and interprets the fluvial systems responsible for deposition of the Poison Strip sandstone through analysis of extensive field data and comparison to ancient fluvial systems. Conclusions on fluvial style are related to depositional controls and to regional Lower Cretaceous rocks.
Author: Mathew W. Stikes
Publisher: Utah Geological Survey
Category: Cedar Mountain Formation (Utah).
As this book richly and entertainingly demonstrates, philosophy is as much the search for the right questions as it is the search for the right answers. Robert M. Martin’s popular collection of philosophical puzzles, paradoxes, jokes, and anecdotes is updated and expanded in this third edition, with dozens of new entries.
A Sourcebook of Philosophical Puzzles, Problems, and Paradoxes
Author: Robert M. Martin
Publisher: Broadview Press
a second home adventure
Author: Richard A. Geudtner
Publisher: Palmer Pubns
This volume is written as a reaction to the worldwide decreasing interest in the natural sciences. It addresses many intriguing questions. How is the changing image of the distinct sciences experienced by the general public, by the scientists themselves, or in disciplines in which natural sciences are applied? How can it be connected to the phenomenon of the low number of women in science? It is of interest to researchers, teachers, and students of natural sciences, the history of science, and philosophy.
Author: Ida H. Stamhuis,Teun Koetsier,Cornelis De Pater,Albert Van Helden
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
This work challenges many of the humanist assumptions of Western philosophy, science and art. It proposes a view of the human condition building on the findings of quantum theory, chaos theory, catastrophe theory, cybernetics, cyberpunk and New Ageism, taking into account current scientific and technological developments.
Author: Robert Pepperell
Publisher: Intellect Books
Category: Technology & Engineering
Author: Rudolf Haller
Category: Analysis (Philosophy)
One of the last representatives of a brand of serious, high-art cinema, Alexander Sokurov has produced a massive oeuvre exploring issues such as history, power, memory, kinship, death, the human soul, and the responsibility of the artist. Through contextualization and close readings of each of his feature fiction films (broaching many of his documentaries in the process), this volume unearths a vision of Sokurov's films as equally mournful and passionate, intellectual, and sensual, and also identifies in them a powerful, if discursively repressed, queer sensitivity, alongside a pattern of tensions and paradoxes. This book thus offers new keys to understand the lasting and ever-renewed appeal of the Russian director's Janus-like and surprisingly dynamic cinema – a deeply original and complex body of work in dialogue with the past, the present and the future.
Figures of Paradox
Author: Jeremi Szaniawski
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Category: Performing Arts
(1) Beliefs are involuntary, and not nonnally subject to direct voluntary control. For instance I cannot believe at will that my trousers are on fire, or that the Dalai Lama is a living God, even if you pay me a large amount of money for believing such things. (2) Beliefs are nonnally shaped by evidence for what is believed, unless they are, in some sense, irrational. In general a belief is rational if it is proportioned to the degree of evidence that one has for its truth. In this sense, one often says that "beliefs aim at truth" . This is why it is, on the face of it, irrational to believe against the evidence that one has. A subject whose beliefs are not shaped by a concern for their truth, but by what she wants to be the case, is more or less a wishful thinker or a self-deceiver. (3) Beliefs are context independent, in the sense that at one time a subject believes something or does not believe it; she does not believe it relative to one context and not relative to another. For instance if I believe that Paris is a polluted city, I cannot believe that on Monday and not on Tuesday; that would be a change of belief, or a change of mind, but not a case of believing one thing in one context and another thing in another context. If I believe something, the belief is more or 4 less pennanent across various contexts.
Author: P. Engel
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Considered one of the most balanced and up-to-date books in its field, Environmental Politics captures the major issues and stakeholders in the shaping of environmental policy. The author provides both comprehensive and in-depth coverage in a readable, concise format for readers interested in finding out how environmental problems are identified and how solutions are formulated and implemented. The book addresses the historical roots of environmentalism, milestones in the development of key policies, and current problems and conflicts. It also offers a perspective on international environmental law and issues that require a global response, Each chapter includes a profile of an organization or a leader in the field, along with suggestions for further research.
Domestic and Global Dimensions
Author: Jacqueline Vaughn,Jacqueline Vaughn Switzer
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company
Category: Political Science
Ninth Annual Field Conference, 1958
Author: Intermountain Association of Petroleum Geologists (U.S.)
Category: Canadian poetry