Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts

By Emily Anthes

Winner of 2014 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for top younger grownup technology Book
Long-listed for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary technological know-how Writing Award
One of Nature's summer season booklet Picks
One of Publishers Weekly's most sensible Ten Spring 2013 technology Books

For centuries, we have now toyed with our creature partners, breeding canines that herd and hunt, housecats that seem like tigers, and teacup pigs that healthy snugly in our purses. yet what occurs after we take animal alteration a step extra, engineering a cat that glows eco-friendly less than ultraviolet gentle or cloning the cherished relatives Labrador? technology has given us a complete new toolbox for tinkering with lifestyles. How are we utilizing it?

In Frankenstein's Cat, the journalist Emily Anthes takes us from petri dish to puppy shop as she explores how biotechnology is shaping the way forward for our hairy and feathered pals. As she ventures from bucolic barnyards to a "frozen zoo" the place scientists are storing DNA from the planet's such a lot unique creatures, she discovers how we will use cloning to guard endangered species, craft prosthetics to avoid wasting injured animals, and hire genetic engineering to provide farms with disease-resistant cattle. alongside the best way, we meet many of the animals which are ushering during this superb age of enhancement, together with sensor-wearing seals, cyborg beetles, a bionic bulldog, and the world's first cloned cat.

Through her encounters with scientists, conservationists, ethicists, and marketers, Anthes finds that whereas a few of our interventions will be trivial (behold: the GloFish), others may perhaps increase the lives of many species-including our personal. So what does biotechnology really mean for the world's wild issues? And what do our courageous new beasts let us know approximately ourselves?

With prepared perception and her trademark spunk, Anthes highlights either the peril and the promise of our clinical superpowers, taking us on an experience right into a global the place our grandest technological know-how fiction fantasies are speedy turning into reality.

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Big History and the Future of Humanity

Featuring a number of updates and revisions, Big historical past and the way forward for Humanity, Second Edition, offers an obtainable and unique review of the complete sweep of heritage from the origins of the universe and origins of existence on the earth as much as the current day.

  • Provides an obtainable and unique evaluate of the complete sweep of heritage that areas human background in the context of the heritage of lifestyles, the Earth, and the universe
  • Offers new insights into the way forward for humanity by means of supplying a greater figuring out of the past
  • Features a number of updates and revisions that come with elevated assurance of key innovations akin to the emergence of human behaviour, the improvement of worth structures, and styles of complexity in giant History
  • Incorporates a number of 'little giant histories' that relief readers in spotting how monstrous heritage recommendations can relate to their day-by-day lives
  • Instructor assets from the writer might be to be had on-line upon publication

locate extra assets from the writer on-line at www.bighistory.info

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Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis

By Lisa Sanders

A riveting exploration of the main tricky and critical a part of what medical professionals do, via Yale tuition of drugs doctor Dr. Lisa Sanders, writer of the per month New York occasions journal column "Diagnosis," the foundation for the hit Fox television sequence House, M.D.

"The adventure of being ailing may be like waking up in another country. existence, as you previously knew it, is on carry if you commute via this different global as unknown because it is unforeseen. while I see sufferers within the clinic or in my place of work who're without warning, strangely in poor health, what they honestly need to know is, ‘What is incorrect with me?’ they need a street map that may aid them deal with their new atmosphere. the facility to offer this unnerving and unexpected position a reputation, to grasp it–on a few level–restores a degree of keep an eye on, self sustaining of even if that prognosis comes hooked up to a therapy. simply because, even at the present time, a analysis is usually all a superb health professional has to offer."

A fit younger guy without warning loses his memory–making him not able to recollect the occasions of every passing hour. sufferers clinically determined with Lyme sickness increase after antibiotic treatment–only to have their signs mysteriously go back. a tender girl lies loss of life within the ICU–bleeding, jaundiced, incoherent–and none of her medical professionals comprehend what's killing her. In Every sufferer Tells a Story, Dr. Lisa Sanders takes us bedside to witness the method of fixing those and different diagnostic dilemmas, offering a firsthand account of the services and instinct that lead a physician to make the proper diagnosis.

Never in human historical past have medical professionals had the data, the instruments, and the abilities that they've at the present time to diagnose disease and ailment. And but blunders are made, diagnoses overlooked, indicators or checks misunderstood. during this high-tech international of recent drugs, Sanders exhibits us that wisdom, whereas crucial, isn't really enough to solve the complexities of affliction. She offers an unflinching glance contained in the detective tale that marks approximately each illness–the diagnosis–revealing the combo of uncertainty and intrigue that medical professionals face whilst confronting sufferers who're in poor health or death. via dramatic tales of sufferers with baffling signs, Sanders portrays absolutely the necessity and staggering problems of having the patient’s tale, the demanding situations of the actual examination, the pitfalls of doctor-to-doctor verbal exchange, the vagaries of checks, and the close to calamity of diagnostic error. In Every sufferer Tells a Story, Dr. Sanders chronicles the real-life drama of medical professionals fixing those tricky scientific mysteries that not just illustrate the paintings and technology of analysis, yet frequently retailer the sufferers’ lives.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Plant Life of Kentucky: An Illustrated Guide to the Vascular Flora

By Ronald L. Jones

Plant lifetime of Kentucky is the 1st complete advisor to all of the ferns, flowering herbs, and woody crops of the nation. This long-awaited paintings presents identity keys for Kentucky's 2,600 local and naturalized vascular vegetation, with notes on wildlife/human makes use of, toxic crops, and medicinal herbs. the typical identify, flowering interval, habitat, distribution, rarity, and wetland prestige are given for every species, and approximately eighty percentage are illustrated with line drawings. The inclusion of 250 extra species from open air the kingdom (these species are "to be anticipated" in Kentucky) broadens the neighborhood insurance, and so much crops happening from northern Alabama to southern Ohio to the Mississippi River (an quarter of huge similarity in vegetation) are tested, together with approximately the entire vegetation of western and crucial Tennessee. the writer additionally describes prehistoric and old alterations within the vegetation, normal areas and plant groups, major botanists, present threats to flora, and a plan for destiny reports. plants of Kentucky is meant as a learn device for pros in biology and similar fields, and as a source for college students, beginner naturalists, and others attracted to knowing and keeping our wealthy botanical heritage.

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A obra de Sartre: Busca da liberdade e desafio da história (Coleção Mundo do Trabalho) (Portuguese Edition)

Publicado originalmente em 1979, o livro A obra de Sartre: busca da liberdade deveria ter tido um segundo quantity intitulado O desafio da história, o qual analisaria a concepção sartriana de história. Devido a outros projetos, entre os quais a obra-prima Para além do capital, István Mészáros pôde retomar essa análise somente na presente edição, ampliada e atualizada, que a Boitempo disponibiliza ao leitor de língua portuguesa antes mesmo de seu lançamento em inglês. O livro tem o mérito de situar Jean-Paul Sartre em relação ao pensamento do século XX e abordar sua trajetória em todas as suas manifestações - como romancista, dramaturgo, filósofo e militante político.

Escritor algum foi alvo de tantos ataques, de origens as mais variadas e poderosas, quanto Sartre: "Em 1948, nada menos do que o governo soviético de Stalin imagine posição oficial contra o filósofo e, no mesmo ano, um decreto especial do Santo Ofício coloca no Index a totalidade de suas obras", lembra Mészáros. Quais as razões disso? E como é possível que um indivíduo sozinho, tendo a caneta como única arma, seja tão eficiente como Sartre numa época que tende a tornar o indivíduo completamente impotente? Os escritos do filósofo marxista buscam não apenas as respostas, como também formulam novos questionamentos sobre a vida e a obra de Sartre, elucidando sua contribuição para o mundo.

Quando interrogado recentemente sobre o motivo que o levou a escrever sobre Sartre, Mészáros respondeu: "Sempre senti que os marxistas deviam muito a ele, pois vivemos numa period em que o poder do capital é dominador, uma period em que, significantemente, a ressonante platitude dos políticos é que 'não há alternativa'. [...] Sartre foi um homem que sempre pregou exatamente o oposto: há uma alternativa, deve haver uma alternativa; como indivíduos, devemos nos rebelar contra esse poder. Os marxistas, de modo geral, não conseguiram dar voz a isso".

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Nothing: Surprising Insights Everywhere from Zero to Oblivion

By New Scientist

Incredible discoveries from the fringes of the universe to the internal workings of our minds—all from nothing!

It seems that nearly not anything is as curious—or as enlightening—as, good, not anything. what's nothingness? the place can it's chanced on? The writers of the world's top-selling technological know-how journal investigate—from the large bang, darkish strength, and the void to superconductors, vestigial organs, hypnosis, and the placebo effect—and detect that figuring out not anything could be the key to knowing everything:

What got here ahead of the massive bang, and may our universe end?
How may perhaps cooling topic down virtually to absolute 0 aid clear up our power crisis?
How can somebody be afflicted by a fake prognosis as if it have been true?
Does nothingness even exist? fresh experiments recommend that squeezing an ideal vacuum by some means creates light.
Why is it unfair to accuse sloths—animals who do nothing—of being lazy? And more!

participants Paul Davies, Jo Marchant, and Ian Stewart, besides former editors of Nature and sixteen different top writers and scientists, marshal up to date study to make some of the most confusing nation-states in technological know-how dazzlingly transparent. arrange to be surprised at how a lot more there's to not anything than you ever realized.

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Surviving Armageddon: Solutions for a Threatened Planet

By Bill McGuire

What do earthquakes, magma, asteroid 1950DA, and worldwide warming have in universal? All are very genuine normal failures, already below manner; all also are the point of interest of in depth paintings through scientists, geared toward fighting, predicting, or a minimum of proscribing their effect on civilization.

Using the newest chilling facts and taking care to attract a transparent line among medical truth and fiction, McGuire discusses a number of the ways in which scientists have already began to arrange for survival.
Solutions on the earth variety from 'space reflectors' to avoid international warming, to pressure-relieving 'robot excavators' to prevent volcanic eruptions. In area, NASA is constructing rocket automobiles to softly nudge asteroids out of Earth's course, and plans to have all threatening asteroids greater than 1km detected by means of 2008, thereby allowing us to foretell attainable collisions as much as 2880.

The e-book presents the techniques to the issues we are facing, and concludes with a bit of luck with ways that we will use expertise to guard our society and planet from international disaster.

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Medieval and Early Renaissance Medicine: An Introduction to Knowledge and Practice

Western Europe supported a hugely constructed and various scientific group within the overdue medieval and early Renaissance classes. In her soaking up background of this complicated period in drugs, Siraisi explores the internal workings of the scientific neighborhood and illustrates the connections of drugs to either typical philosophy and technical skills.

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Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction: Where Real Science Ends...and Pseudoscience Begins

Get the immediately, clinical tale on such things as astrology, ghosts, spontaneous human combustion, psychic surgical procedure, and ESP. You pay attention approximately those fabulous happenings on a daily basis on tv and within the grocery store tabloids. Is any of this real or are they making all of it up? whereas many of us music in exactly for laughs, lots of readers think their outrageous claims - actually because they only should not have a transparent inspiration of what technological know-how relatively is. So how do you determine what constitutes actual technology and what's nonsense? "Quantum Leaps within the improper course" conscientiously deconstructs 5 examples of pseudoscience - UFOs, out-of-body reports, astrology, creationism, and ESP - and provides effortless recipes to check different doubtful notions that you can inform what lies within the realm of genuine technological know-how and what extra thoroughly merits the tag of pseudoscience.

This moment variation of "Quantum Leaps within the mistaken course" will comprise a new bankruptcy on substitute medication, updated hyperlinks for trustworthy skeptical web pages, organisations and conferences, and a completely up to date extra interpreting section.

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SuperCooperators: Evolution, Altruism and Human Behaviour (Or, Why We Need Each Other to Succeed)

By Martin Nowak, Roger Highfield

everyone seems to be acquainted with Darwin's principles concerning the survival of the fittest yet Darwin's thought has one significant chink: if basically the fittest live to tell the tale, then why may we threat our personal existence to save lots of a stranger?

a few humans argue that concerns reminiscent of charity, equity, forgiveness and cooperation are evolutionary free ends. yet as Harvard's celebrated evolutionary biologist Martin Nowak explains during this groundbreaking and arguable publication, cooperation is vital to the four-billion-year-old puzzle of life.

Cooperation is key to how molecules within the primordial soup crossed the watershed that separates lifeless chemistry from biochemistry.

With wit and readability, Martin Nowak and the bestselling technology author Roger Highfield make the case that cooperation, no longer festival, is the defining human trait. SuperCooperators will clarify our realizing of evolution and human behaviour, and galvanize debate for years to come.

'Groundbreaking...SuperCooperators is an element autobiography, half textbook, and reads like a best-selling novel.' Nature

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