By James Owen
By James Owen
The potential of humans to invent, build and use technical artifacts is a highly consequential think about the evolution of society, and within the entangled kin among people, different creatures and their typical environments. relocating from a serious attention of theories, to narratives approximately expertise, after which to specific and particular practices, Technofutures, Nature and the Sacred seeks to reach at a surely transdisciplinary point of view focusing realization at the intersection among know-how, faith and society and utilizing insights from the environmental humanities. it really works from either theoretical and functional contexts by utilizing newly rising case reports, together with geo-engineering and soil carbon applied sciences, and breaks open new flooring by means of attractive theological, clinical, philosophical and cultural facets of the technology/religion/nature nexus. Encouraging us to mirror at the value and position of spiritual ideals in facing new applied sciences, and fascinating serious conception universal in sociological, political and literary discourses, the authors discover the implicit non secular claims embedded in know-how.
By Clare Walker Leslie, Charles E. Roth
When you consider that 1973, Storey's state knowledge announcements have provided useful, hands-on directions designed to aid readers grasp dozens of state dwelling talents quick and simply. There are actually greater than one hundred seventy titles during this sequence, and their striking acceptance displays the typical hope of kingdom and town dwellers alike to domesticate own independence in way of life.
By Jim Meuninck
BASIC ILLUSTRATED toxic and Psychoactive vegetation identifies wild and cultivated vegetation that are:
• poisonous and dangerous
By Andy Sharpless, Suzannah Evans
The planet may be domestic to greater than nine billion humans by means of 2050, and we are already seeing severe degrees of famine all over the world reflected by means of transforming into weight problems in constructed international locations. In The ideal Protein, Andy Sharpless continues that keeping wild seafood will help wrestle either matters, simply because seafood is the healthiest, most cost-effective, such a lot environmentally pleasant resource of protein in the world. whereas the conservation group has taken a simplistic, save-the-whales method in terms of oceans, Sharpless contends that we needs to keep the world's seafood not only to guard marine existence and biodiversity yet to stave off the arrival humanitarian crisis.
With excessive call for for predator species like tuna and salmon, filthy rich international locations just like the U.S. convert "reduction" species akin to anchovies, mackerel, and sardines into feed for salmon and different farmed animals--even although those missed fish are pakcked with health-boosting Omega-3 fatty acids and will feed hundreds of thousands. through setting up science-based quotos, maintaining wild habitats, and decreasing bycatch (and treating anchovies and their like as foodstuff, no longer feed), Sharpless believes that potent ocean stewardship can placed fit, sustainable seafood at the desk ceaselessly. consequently, Oceana has tapped 20-plus cooks, together with Mario Batali, Eric Ripert, and Jose Andres for recipes that provide us all a job to play during this progressive project: to save lots of the fish in order that we will devour extra fish.
A comprehensive research of the bee's position in human society from prehistoric cave work and inscribed clay pills, via to our modern world
Covering every little thing about the relationships among human society and bees, this publication is filled with nuggets of bee technology and useful beekeeping, fable, faith, politics, philosophy, and folklore, plus a range of verse and a wealthy number of illustrations starting from clinical etchings to trendy pictures. It additionally bargains an in-depth examine bees' complicated society and their current plight. the continuing political and scientific controversies concerning insecticides and different threats also are mentioned, given the bee's value as plant pollinator in agriculture and the wild.
There's no dearth of books on telescope optics and, certainly, optics is obviously a keyelementinthedesignandconstructionoftelescopes.Butitisbynomeans the one vital point. As telescopes develop into greater and extra high priced, different features corresponding to constructions, pointing, wavefront keep watch over, enclosures, and venture administration turn into simply as severe. even if many of the technical wisdom required for some of these ?elds comes in a variety of really good books, magazine articles, and technical reviews, they aren't inevitably written with program to telescopes in brain. This bookisa?rstattemptatassemblinginasingletextthebasicastronomicaland engineering rules utilized in the layout and building of enormous telescopes. Itsaimistobroadlycoverallmajoraspectsofthe?eld,fromthefundamentals ofastronomicalobservationto optics, controlsystems,structural,mechanical, andthermalengineering,aswellasspecializedtopicssuchassiteselectionand application administration. This topic is so titanic that an in-depth remedy is clearly imprac- cal. Our rationale is accordingly in basic terms to supply a accomplished advent to the fundamental facets of telescope layout and development. This booklet won't change really good scienti?c and technical texts. yet we are hoping that it'll be worthwhile for astronomers, managers, and platforms engineers who search a simple knowing of the underlying rules of telescope making, and for s- cialists who desire to acquaint themselves with the elemental standards and ways in their colleagues in different disciplines.
By Dianna Hutts Aston
This stunningly appealing and fantastically informative booklet from award-winning artist Sylvia lengthy and writer Dianna Hutts Aston makes for a desirable advent to the large and impressive international of eggs. that includes poetic textual content and a chic layout, this acclaimed publication teaches little ones numerous fascinating evidence approximately eggs. jam-packed with wit and style, An Egg Is Quiet will immediately spark the mind's eye and domesticate a love of technological know-how.
Perhaps it's not attainable to adventure all of the mysterious sounds, the unusual smells, and the outstanding attractions of a tropical rainforest with no ever traveling one. yet this exhilarating and sincere booklet comes wondrously on the subject of taking the reader on any such trip. Bruce M. Beehler, a commonly traveled professional on birds and tropical ecology, recounts attention-grabbing information from twelve box journeys he has taken to the tropics over the last 3 many years. As a researcher, he brings to existence the unique rainforests and the folk who inhabit them; as a conservationist, he makes a plea for higher methods of coping with rainforests—“a source that the area can't do without.”
Drawing on his studies in Papua New Guinea, India, Madagascar, Indonesia, the Philippines, Panama, and the Ivory Coast, Beehler describes the surprises—both friendly and unpleasant—of doing technology and conservation within the box. He explains the position that rainforests play within the lives of indigenous peoples and the the most important significance of knowing neighborhood cultures, customs, and politics. the writer concludes with easy yet tricky ideas for protecting rainforest wellbeing and fitness, expressing fervent desire that his great-grandchildren and others may possibly someday additionally listen the rainforest whisper its secrets.
By David Quammen
In this "frightening and interesting masterpiece" (Walter Isaacson), David Quammen explores the genuine origins of HIV/AIDS.
The actual tale of AIDS―how it originated with a plague in a chimpanzee, jumped to 1 human, after which contaminated greater than 60 million people―is very various from what so much folks imagine we all know. contemporary learn has published darkish surprises and yielded a significantly new state of affairs of the way AIDS begun and unfold. Excerpted and tailored from the ebook Spillover, with a brand new creation via the writer, Quammen's hair-raising research tracks the virus from chimp populations within the jungles of southeastern Cameroon to laboratories around the globe, as he unravels the mysteries of whilst, the place, and below what conditions this type of consequential "spillover" can occur. An audacious look for solutions amid greater than a century of information, The Chimp and the River tells the haunting story of 1 of the main devastating pandemics of our time.