Experience the Amazing Unmanned Journeys to Explore the Universe In Incredible Stories from Space, veteran space journalist Nancy Atkinson shares compelling insights from over 35 NASA scientists and engineers, taking readers behind the scenes of the unmanned missions that are transforming our understanding of the solar system and beyond. Weaving together one-on-one interviews along with the extraordinary sagas of the spacecraft themselves, this book chronicles the struggles and triumphs of nine current space missions and captures the true spirit of exploration and discovery. Full color images throughout reveal scientific discoveries and the stunning, breathtaking views of our universe, sent back to Earth by our robotic emissaries to the cosmos. -Travel along with the first mission to Pluto -Explore Mars alongside the Curiosity Rover -Join the unprecedented hunt for extrasolar planets -Unlock the mysteries of the cosmos with the iconic Hubble Space Telescope -Discover the latest findings in our solar system -See the future of space exploration with a preview of upcoming missions
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Missions Changing Our View of the Cosmos
Author: Nancy Atkinson
Sexy dragon shifters, sassy mates, and a new world full of twists and turns Amos- Bodyguard to the Dragon King and from a long line of Protector Dragons who have always guarded the Royals. A trained warrior both in Dragon and human form. Lucy- Intelligent and funny but her life experiences have left her skeptical and wary of new people she meets, Beautiful, short, curvy, with mesmerizing blue eyes she is every man and indeed every Dragon's dream. The morally questionable king of the Dragon Realm is searching for a cure to a disease that affects all the offspring in his bloodline, making each generation physically weaker than the last. Desperate for an heir who will be able to protect the throne, Lucy looks to be the perfect candidate to provide the King's offspring. The Chosen One, lost in a realm of lust, evil, and a power hungry King - she needs to escape. Torn between a loyalty to all he has ever known and a growing desire for Lucy; can Amos find a way through this? Will the consequences for them be too much to risk, and what would it mean for the entire Dragon Realm? This is the first book in "The Dragon Realm" Series but can also be read as a standalone. No cliffhanger. The story contains strong sexy themes/language and is not intended for readers under the age of 18
Author: Selena Scott
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Warrior Kole McMannus has been traveling across the country in a time that is not his own, searching for his brother. Since the day a Celtic goddess banished him from his home in Ireland, he's battled wolves, wandered from state to state, and nearly lost all hope of being reunited with his kin. When he lands in Vermont and finds two of his cousins living the good life, however, he picks up new energy to continue his quest. Getting back to his old life with his brother is within his reach... if he still wants to grab it. Singer and fiddler Emma Rhodes has a dream to launch her Celtic rock band, Hendrake, to international fame. She and her three bandmates have been giving their all to this cause, including a trip to Deer Creek Inn in the quiet woods of Vermont to write new material. It will only take one song to make their fantasies a reality. Without distractions maybe they can finally find the tune to take them to the top. Or maybe Emma will find a new distraction. When Kole and Emma meet over breakfast at the inn, he can't get her scent out of his nose and she can't forget the dazzling blue of his eyes. A run in the dark woods could change everything. Making wolf vows is easy. Keeping them is harder. Warrior Wolves Series Wolf Kiss, Book One Wolf Fire, Book Two Wolf Vow, Book Three
Author: Christine DePetrillo
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Born into a prominent family of stage actors, author Compton MacKenzie was remarkably prolific and tackled a broad range of subjects and genres over the course of his lengthy literary career. The novel The Altar Steps offers an in-depth account of the internal and external struggles facing a young man who wants to follow his father into the ministry, but who is ambivalent about the political intrigue and drama that are rife in the religious world.
Author: Compton MacKenzie
Publisher: The Floating Press
"An interrupted after-hours pharmacy robbery results in the murder of a pharmacist and his wife. To catch the brutal killer a respected Dallas detective poses as a male stripper at Club Dionysus. The investigation links the destinies of their beautiful daughter, Daniela Lawson--intrepid investigative journalist, who believes she could have saved her parents--and sexy, dark-eyed Dallas special detective, Max Fabiani, who harbors an intense dislike for journalists. The underlying animosity between them can't stop their blazing attraction as Daniela and Max race to catch a killer. Out of control passions reach a flashpoint when Max and Daniela succumb to the desire neither can resist. But the killer is plotting to take Daniela's life and quench their love. A love ignited by their Dionysus Connection."--P.  of cover.
Author: Liz Cowan,Tatiana Villa
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
Following on Well Played 1.0 and 2.0, this book will also be full of in-depth close readings of video games that parse out the various meanings to be found in the experience of playing a game. Contributors will analyze sequences in a game in detail in order to illustrate and interpret how the various components of a game can come together to create fulfilling a playing experience unique to this medium. Contributors will again be looking at video games, some that were covered in Well Played 1.0 and 2.0 as well as new ones, in order to provide a variety of perspectives on more great games.
Video Games, Value and Meaning
Author: Et Al
This book provides an extensive overview of the application of neutron characterization techniques in cultural heritage to a broad audience and will be of interest to both scientists and non-scientists in the field. Archaeologists, paleontologists, restaurateurs and conservators, historians and collectors will be fascinated by the wealth of information that can be obtained using neutron techniques, while material scientists and engineers will find details of the experimental techniques and materials properties that can be determined. Neutrons, due to their weak interactions with materials, provide a penetrating, but non-invasive probe of bulk properties. They allow the characterization of the composition and mechanical properties of materials, helping to answer questions related to the dating, the manufacturing process or the state of degradation of artefacts. They allow detailed interrogation of the internal structures of objects that may be otherwise hidden from view. The first section of the book is dedicated to stories describing spectacular discoveries brought about by the use of neutron techniques in a range of applications. The second section covers the experimental techniques in appropriate detail: basic principles, limitations and fields of application.
Author: Nikolay Kardjilov,Giulia Festa
Category: Technology & Engineering
Most people would be surprised at how ceramics are used, from creating cellular phones, radio, television, and lasers to its role in medicine for cancer treatments and restoring hearing. The Magic of Ceramics introduces the nontechnical reader to the many exciting applications of ceramics, describing how ceramic material functions, while teaching key scientific concepts like atomic structure, color, and the electromagnetic spectrum. With many illustrations from corporations on the ways in which ceramics make advanced products possible, the Second Edition also addresses the newest areas in ceramics, such as nanotechnology.
Author: David W. Richerson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Technology & Engineering
In recent years, China has become a major actor in the global economy, making a remarkable switch from a planned and egalitarian socialism to a simultaneously wide-open and tightly controlled market economy. Against the establishment wisdom, Minqi Li argues in this provocative and startling book that far from strengthening capitalism, China’s full integration into the world capitalist system will, in fact and in the not too distant future, bring about its demise. The author tells us that historically the spread and growth of capitalist economies has required low wages, taxation, and environmental costs, as well as a hegemonic nation to prevent international competition from eroding these requirements. With the decline of the economic power of the United States, its current hegemonic role will deteriorate and the unprecedented growth of China will so erode the foundations of capital accumulation—by pushing wages and environmental costs up, for example—that the entire capitalist system will be shaken to its core. This is essential reading for those who still believe that there is no alternative.
Author: Minqi Li
Publisher: NYU Press
Category: Business & Economics
Fire dragon Orion Garrison is rich, eligible, and hot in more ways than one, but that hasn't been enough to find him a true life mate. And even his billions won't keep shifter matchmakers The Mating Game from showing him the door when the he arrogantly demands they find him a woman to bear his dragonlings. Cadence Bergmann has always known the chilling truth - if her ice dragon half starts to show, she'll be married off to someone from her long-estranged clan, even if she can't shift, can't fly, and her icy breath is only good for chilling margaritas. When fire meets ice, things get steamy, despite interfering in-laws, a bitter ex, and a clan rivalry stretching back centuries. But when their future young are threatened, will Cadence be able to keep her cool and access her inner dragoness?
Author: Georgette St. Clair
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
A comprehensive manual for using crystals, gems, and stones to address physical, emotional, and spiritual health conditions • Includes an extensive Materia Medica detailing the healing and spiritual properties of 200 crystals and stones based on Classical Chinese Medicine • Explores the role played by the color of each stone, its Yin and Yang qualities, crystalline structure, chemical composition, and topical and internal applications • Explains how to make stone and crystal elixirs, wear stones as healing jewelry, use them in massage and energy work, and cleanse and recharge them • Based on the oral teachings of Dr. Jeffrey C. Yuen, a Taoist priest from the ancient lineage of the Jade Purity School (88th generation) masters In addition to herbalism and acupuncture, Chinese Medicine has a rich tradition of using stones as medicine, passed from generation to generation for thousands of years. In this comprehensive guide and extensive Materia Medica, Leslie J. Franks presents the Stone Medicine teachings of Dr. Jeffrey C. Yuen, an 88th generation Taoist priest from the ancient lineage of the Jade Purity School, which dates to the Han dynasty, 206 BCE. Detailing the therapeutic properties of 200 gems, stones, minerals, and crystals, Franks begins with an extensive look at 15 different forms of quartz, followed by chapters on transformative stones, protective stones, nourishing stones, source energy stones, and alchemical stones. She explains the physical, emotional, and spiritual conditions each stone can treat and how their color, form, hardness, and energetic qualities affect us according to Chinese Medicine. She discusses how to make stone and crystal elixirs for internal and topical use, how to charge quartz with the healing properties of other stones, how to cleanse and recharge a stone after use, and how to combine stones to create healing formulas for individual conditions. She explains different techniques of wearing stones as healing jewelry and how to use them in massage and energy work. She examines the chemistry and sacred geometry of crystal structure, revealing how the minerals contained in the stones affect our physiology by supporting our Jing (Essence); by nourishing Qi (energy), blood, and fluids; and by clearing Wind, Cold, Damp, and Heat conditions that can lead to disease. Including a thorough primer on Traditional Chinese Medicine and backed by modern scientific research, this book explains how stones access our deepest layers, vibrating ever so slowly, to initiate deep lasting change.
A Chinese Medical Guide to Healing with Gems and Minerals
Author: Leslie J. Franks
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Health & Fitness
Growing up is never easy, but for Jahrra, seventeen years has brought its own unique share of hardships. She's made both friends and enemies; has felt both joy and sorrow. Yet she has persevered through it all and has finally learned to know and accept who she is. Unfortunately, her trials and tribulations are only just beginning . . . An inconceivable tragedy and the revelation of a secret kept from her since birth has turned her perfect world on its end. Jahrra isn't the poor Nesnan she thought she was, but human, one promised by Eth�es in a prophecy from long ago. Now, without her guardian, she must accept the help of the one she mistrusts the most as they flee Oescienne before the Tyrant's minions have a chance to close in. With her enemies at her heels and the terrifying truth looming before her, Jahrra will seek shelter with the dragon Raejaaxorix in the faraway city of Lidien, a place of hope and enlightenment. But when the City of Light proves to entertain its own dangers, Jahrra and Jaax find their safety threatened once again. But this time the threat may be coming from those they trust the most . . .
Author: Jenna Elizabeth Johnson
Publisher: Jenna Elizabeth Johnson
The Asia and Pacific region is home to the world’s largest concentration of coral reefs and mangroves. It accommodates two-thirds of the world’s human population and its economic activities have the highest growth rate in the world. This book gives an overview of the state-of-the-art understanding on the drivers, state, and responses to the coastal environmental changes in the Asia and Pacific region. It provides important perspectives on the subject for researchers.
States of Environment
Author: Nobuo Mimura
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media