The Poison Paradox : Chemicals as Friends and Foes

Chemicals as Friends and Foes

Author: John Timbrell

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191623210

Category: Science

Page: 368

View: 6023

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.

Gemeine Gewächse

Das A bis Z der Pflanzen, die morden, verstümmeln, berauschen und uns anderweitig ärgern

Author: Amy Stewart

Publisher: ebook Berlin Verlag

ISBN: 382707441X

Category: Gardening

Page: 236

View: 3411

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.

Paradox Lost

Author: Alfred Ward


ISBN: 1411622979

Category: Poetry

Page: 64

View: 359

PARADOX LOST speaks for itself. .

Oxidants in Biology

A Question of Balance

Author: Giuseppe Valacchi

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1402083998

Category: Medical

Page: 328

View: 7749

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.

Molecules of Murder

Criminal Molecules and Classic Cases

Author: John Emsley

Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry

ISBN: 1782627995

Category: Science

Page: 252

View: 8107

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.

Fluvial Facies and Architecture of the Poison Strip Sandstone Lower Cretaceous Cedar Mountain Formation, Grand County, Utah

Author: Mathew W. Stikes

Publisher: Utah Geological Survey

ISBN: 1557917515

Category: Cedar Mountain Formation (Utah).

Page: 111

View: 3368

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.

The Lancet

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Medicine

Page: N.A

View: 8886

Trouble in Paradox

A Creative Memoir

Author: A. P. Eberhart

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 9781456734992

Category: Nature

Page: 304

View: 1337

Trouble in Paradox is the shocking and poetic confession of a young man tiptoeing along the elastic borders of sanity, the shadow of suicide chasing his every thought. Fed up with the tragic chaos of the civilized world, I packed my dog, the necessary survival supplies, a small arsenal of guns, and enough booze to stay drunk for a month, and escaped to the wild and beautiful Paradox Valley in western Colorado. The book that has emerged from this sojourn is a gritty and irreverent comedy with tragic undertones, full of paradoxes and philosophical horseplay, a healthy dose of humor and polemic, history, politics and social critique, all wrapped up in a pretty package of high-octane wilderness adventure. After six weeks alone in the desert, heartsick and angry but still laughing, I fled that lunatic wilderness homeward to begin writing.

There Are Two Errors in the the Title of This Book, Revised and Expanded (Again)

A Sourcebook of Philosophical Puzzles, Problems, and Paradoxes

Author: Robert M. Martin

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 1460402049

Category: Philosophy

Page: 350

View: 2250

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.

The Changing Image of the Sciences

Author: Ida H. Stamhuis,Teun Koetsier,Cornelis De Pater,Albert Van Helden

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401005877

Category: History

Page: 226

View: 7792

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.

The Post-human Condition

Author: Robert Pepperell

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 9781871516456

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 206

View: 2532

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.

The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov

Figures of Paradox

Author: Jeremi Szaniawski

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231850522

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

View: 6703

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.

Believing and Accepting

Author: P. Engel

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401140421

Category: Philosophy

Page: 302

View: 4577

(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.

The Self-Aware Universe

Author: Amit Goswami

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440674273

Category: Science

Page: 336

View: 4666

Consciousness, not matter, is the ground of all existence, declares University of Oregon physicist Goswami, echoing the mystic sages of his native India. He holds that the universe is self-aware, and that consciousness creates the physical world.

Environmental Politics

Domestic and Global Dimensions

Author: Jacqueline Vaughn,Jacqueline Vaughn Switzer

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company


Category: Political Science

Page: 398

View: 3473

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.