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Lives of a Cell

Lives of a Cell Author Lewis Thomas
ISBN-10 9781101667057
Release 1978-02-23
Pages 160
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Elegant, suggestive, and clarifying, Lewis Thomas's profoundly humane vision explores the world around us and examines the complex interdependence of all things. Extending beyond the usual limitations of biological science and into a vast and wondrous world of hidden relationships, this provocative book explores in personal, poetic essays to topics such as computers, germs, language, music, death, insects, and medicine. Lewis Thomas writes, "Once you have become permanently startled, as I am, by the realization that we are a social species, you tend to keep an eye out for the pieces of evidence that this is, by and large, good for us."

Thematic Guide to Popular Nonfiction

Thematic Guide to Popular Nonfiction Author Lynda G. Adamson
ISBN-10 0313328552
Release 2006-01
Pages 352
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Alphabetically arranged entries on 50 themes discuss 155 popular works of nonfiction widely read by students.

Human Embryonic Stem Cells

Human Embryonic Stem Cells Author Ann A. Kiessling
ISBN-10 076372341X
Release 2003
Pages 222
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Provides core information, in technical language, on the science and potential clinical applications of stem cells.

Changing Life

Changing Life Author Peter J. Taylor
ISBN-10 0816630135
Release 1997
Pages 230
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In laboratories all over the world, life -- even the idea of life -- is changing. And with these changes, whether they result in square tomatoes or cyborgs, come transformations in our social order -- sometimes welcome, sometimes troubling. Changing Life offers a close look at how the mutable forms and concepts of life link the processes of science to those of information, finance, and commodities. These essays -- about planetary management and genome sequencing, ecologies and cyborgs -- address actual and imagined transformations at the center and at the margins of transnational relations, during the post-Cold War era and in times to come.

Living in a Dangerous Climate

Living in a Dangerous Climate Author Renée Hetherington
ISBN-10 9781107379336
Release 2012-04-30
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Living in a Dangerous Climate provides a journey through human and Earth history, showing how a changing climate has affected human evolution and society. Is it possible for humanity to evolve quickly, or is slow, gradual, genetic evolution the only way we change? Why did all other Homo species go extinct while Homo sapiens became dominant? How did agriculture, domestication and the use of fossil fuels affect humanity's growing dominance? Do today's dominant societies – devoted as they are to Darwinism and 'survival of the fittest' – contribute to our current failure to meet the hazards of a dangerous climate? Unique and thought provoking, the book links scientific knowledge and perspectives of evolution, climate change and economics in a way that is accessible and exciting for the general reader. The book is also valuable for courses on climate change, human evolution and environmental science.

The Moon in the Nautilus Shell

The Moon in the Nautilus Shell Author Daniel B. Botkin
ISBN-10 9780199976973
Release 2012-09-14
Pages 448
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Why do we keep talking about so many environmental problems and rarely solve any? If these are scientific issues, then why can't scientists solve them or at least agree on what to do? In his new book, The Moon in the Nautilus Shell, ecologist Daniel Botkin explains why. For one thing, although we live in a world of constantly changing environments and talk a lot about climate change, most of our environmental laws, policies, and scientific premises are based on the idea that the environment is constant, never changing, except when people affect it. For another, we have lost contact with nature in personal ways. Disconnected from our surroundings, we lack the deep understanding and feelings about the environment to make meaningful judgments. The environment has become just another one of those special interests that interferes with our lives. Poised to be a core text of the twenty-first century environmental movement, The Moon in the Nautilus Shell challenges us to think critically about our role in nature.

Get Seen

Get Seen Author Steve Garfield
ISBN-10 0470606428
Release 2010-01-14
Pages 256
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The era of online video has arrived—now make it work for your business In the last year, the world of online video exploded. Hollywood got into the game, professional actors and writers joined in, and independent producers looked to find their niche. Now, companies are wide awake to the opportunities for product and brand promotion as well as customer engagement. So how do you want to fit into the new online video universe? The must-have guide, Get Seen by Steve Garfield, the "Paul Revere of video blogging," offers a quick and complete toolkit to get you up to speed on the latest that online video and related media have to offer. Examines success stories of how companies have used online video Presents a series of plans and tools that businesses can follow as they expand onto the social web Provides clear step by step directions on how to record, edit, and export videos, where to post them, how to build a community around their content, and what to do to increase views by making it go viral If you're ready to take full advantage of online video's many benefits, Get Seen is the one resource you need.

The Parable of the Tribes

The Parable of the Tribes Author Andrew Bard Schmookler
ISBN-10 0791424200
Release 1995
Pages 413
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This is a new view of the role of power in social evolution. It shows how, as human societies evolved, intersocietal conflicts necessarily developed, and how humanity can choose peace over war.

Fragile Species

Fragile Species Author Lewis Thomas
ISBN-10 9780684843025
Release 1996-11-01
Pages 208
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The physician explores such major contemporary medical issues as AIDS, drug abuse, aging, and the environment in the contexts of both evolutionary biology and modern science

Life as We Do Not Know It

Life as We Do Not Know It Author Peter Ward
ISBN-10 9781440628566
Release 2007-02-27
Pages 320
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An engrossing and revelatory first look at the search for alien life—on Earth and beyond For the past twenty years, Peter Ward has been at the forefront of popular science writing, with books such as the influential and controversial Rare Earth. In Life as We Do Not Know It, Ward, with his signature blend of eloquence, humor, and learned insight, vividly details the latest scientific findings, cutting-edge research, and intrepid new theories on the subject of alien life and the possible extraterrestrial origins of life on Earth. In lucid, entertaining, and bold prose, Peter Ward once again challenges our notions of life on earth (and beyond).

How We Live and Why We Die

How We Live and Why We Die Author Lewis Wolpert
ISBN-10 9780571250851
Release 2009-04-02
Pages 256
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How do we move, think and remember? Why do we get ill, age and die? Distinguished biologist Lewis Wolpert explains how cells provide the answers to the fundamental questions about our lives. Cells are the basis of all life in the universe. Our bodies are made up of billions of them: an incredibly complex society that governs everything, from movement to memory and imagination. When we age, it is because our cells slow down; when we get ill, it is because our cells mutate or stop working. In How We Live and Why We Die, Wolpert provides a clear explanation of the science that underpins our lives. He explains how our bodies function and how we derive from a single cell - the egg. He examines the science behind the topics that are much discussed but rarely understood - stem-cell research, cloning, DNA - and explains how all life evolved from just one cell. Lively and passionate, How We Live and Why We Die is an accessible guide to understanding the human body and, essentially, life itself.


Apoptosis Author Christopher Potten
ISBN-10 052162679X
Release 2004-08-16
Pages 202
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Looks at programmed cell death in the context of the normal life and death cycle of cells and multicelluar organisms and summarizes the latest techniques for the study of cells.

The biochemistry of the Nucleic Acids

The biochemistry of the Nucleic Acids Author J.N. Davidson
ISBN-10 9780323151597
Release 2012-12-02
Pages 410
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The Biochemistry of the Nucleic Acids provides an elementary outline of the main biochemical features of nucleic acids and nucleoproteins. The book describes the occurrence and biological functions of nucleic acids, their chemical constituents, and catabolism. This text is organized into 14 chapters and begins with a historical overview, from the discovery of the nucleic acids to their isolation and characterization. The discussion then shifts to bacterial transforming factors and transduction phenomena, along with the genetic function and metabolic stability of DNA, the chemical composition of the cell nucleus, and the Feulgen nucleal reaction. The reader is methodically introduced to the structure and biosynthesis of RNA and DNA; nucleic acids found in viruses; and biosynthesis of mononucleotides. An account of nucleases and related enzymes is also given. A chapter on the precise mechanism by which nucleic acids are broken down in the cell concludes the book. This book is intended for students of biochemistry, chemists, and biologists.

Prisoners as Citizens

Prisoners as Citizens Author David Brown
ISBN-10 1862874247
Release 2002
Pages 368
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Edited by David Brown (Professor of Law, University of NSW) and Meredith Wilkie (Director, Race Discrimination Unit, Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission) As prison populations continue to expand across the western world the question of the rights of prisoners has become an increasingly pressing issue, particularly in the light of new human rights discourses. This important new book gives voice to a diverse range of viewpoints arising out of this debate in the Australian context, while the issues raised will have powerful echoes elsewhere. The contributors to this book include the prisoners themselves, human rights activists, academics, criminal justice policy makers and practitioners. Overall the book presents a powerful argument that prisoners do and should have rights in any society that professes to be a democracy, bringing to the fore a debate that society would often prefer to forget.

Decision Modelling for Health Economic Evaluation

Decision Modelling for Health Economic Evaluation Author Andrew Briggs
ISBN-10 9780191004957
Release 2006-08-17
Pages 256
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In financially constrained health systems across the world, increasing emphasis is being placed on the ability to demonstrate that health care interventions are not only effective, but also cost-effective. This book deals with decision modelling techniques that can be used to estimate the value for money of various interventions including medical devices, surgical procedures, diagnostic technologies, and pharmaceuticals. Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of the appropriate representation of uncertainty in the evaluative process and the implication this uncertainty has for decision making and the need for future research. This highly practical guide takes the reader through the key principles and approaches of modelling techniques. It begins with the basics of constructing different forms of the model, the population of the model with input parameter estimates, analysis of the results, and progression to the holistic view of models as a valuable tool for informing future research exercises. Case studies and exercises are supported with online templates and solutions. This book will help analysts understand the contribution of decision-analytic modelling to the evaluation of health care programmes. ABOUT THE SERIES: Economic evaluation of health interventions is a growing specialist field, and this series of practical handbooks will tackle, in-depth, topics superficially addressed in more general health economics books. Each volume will include illustrative material, case histories and worked examples to encourage the reader to apply the methods discussed, with supporting material provided online. This series is aimed at health economists in academia, the pharmaceutical industry and the health sector, those on advanced health economics courses, and health researchers in associated fields.

The Truth About Diseases

The Truth About Diseases Author Tihomir Petrov
ISBN-10 9781496984869
Release 2014-06-27
Pages 110
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Usually, a man creates his diseases. In this book are explained the true causes for the diseases, principles of natural hygiene—which must be kept to prevent diseases—and the way of treatment, if they have occurred. Natural hygiene uses holistic/general way for treatment and maintenance of health. They say that health is the greatest wealth. Usually, we realize the value of something when we lose it. Health is not everything, but everything without health is nothing! Any theory is confirmed or rejected by practice. Think well what is true—theories that are taught in medical universities, which are not based on natural laws, or the theories based on natural laws and obvious facts? If the wrong/false theories, which are taught in the medical universities, that the causes for some diseases are “autoimmune”, and other diseases are caused by viruses or bacteria, were true, most wild, free animals in nature would also be suffering from the same diseases, from which suffer people. The truth is that very few of these animals get sick, and it is usually due to disposal of poisons in nature by people. The things are not so complicated as the “doctors” of the official medicine want to convince us. Otherwise, if there were at all live wild animals, most of them would also be ill, even if they had (veterinary) “doctors”, “dentists”, and “doctors” of pharmacy and their poisons called medicines and vaccines. We are creators of our tomorrow, and there is no need to pay to a “diviner”—whether he is a doctor, a lawyer, a priest, or a banker—to tell us what will happen to us tomorrow. Nothing special will happen. The inevitable will occur—we will reap what we have sown.

The Life of Plants

The Life of Plants Author E. J. H. Corner
ISBN-10 0226116158
Release 2002-06-01
Pages 314
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Traces the development of several types of plant life, from drifting cells of the oceans to trees of the forests.