If Leonardo da Vinci were alive today, he would not just be on the cutting-edge of the art scene; he would also be at the forefront of the technological revolution, the internet, as well as scientific and medical advancements. Yet, even with this great mix, there was something else he offered-he was a great geologist. So now, he's going to be our guide to Italy, revealing many of the secrets this land has held for millennia. Many ancient scientists, historians and writers tried to understand this fascinating place, but whatever progress they made was eliminated either by time or by scientific positions which held that the ideas were folklore. Interestingly, it is now the advances in science and scientific testing instruments which are proving that which the ancients knew.
You'll learn about:
Radioactive waters that are good for our health, found on an island thought to have a fountain of youth
The secret of living in areas with positive and negative magnetic fields, and how they influence our health and well being
A visit to the real Underworld, with scorching steam and noxious vapors
How amber has healing properties to reduce body pain and cure throat ailments
Mysterious roads carved 30 meters into volcanic rock which crisscross necropolises
Ancient votive offerings in the form of body parts which can be found today as religious candles
Sacred cave drip waters used by women to insure fertility and abundant breast milk
The stairway to Heaven as noted in the Bible and the Led Zeppelin song
Unexplained "earthquake lights" that are thought to be UFOs
The ominous or auspicious meaning of thunder occurring on certain days
The oracles who forecasted the future while in a trance induced by inhaling gases emitted from the earth
You'll see how the dramatic geological landscape of Italy has provided abundant Earthly inspiration for some of the greatest cultural, literary and artistic achievements of mankind.
A wild elk and her calf, behind the fences of a Canadian game ranch. Endangered parrots taken from the wild and sold as pets. African elephants butchered for the ivory in their tusks. In FUZZY FORENSICS: DNA Fingerprinting Gets Wild by LE Carmichael, PhD, you’ll discover how witnesses, conservation officers , veterinarians, and scientists join forces to solve countless crimes against wildlife, all around the world.
Explore real cases that take you from the crime scene to the laboratory to the courtroom. See how DNA fingerprints are used to identify endangered species, match animal parents with their wild babies, and trace a furry victim’s country of origin. Become a wildlife detective by tackling four crime-busting experiments.
Containing vivid photos, interviews with experts, and hair-raising facts, FUZZY FORENSICS will convince you that, scientifically, the only difference between solving human crimes and animal ones is the fur.
Explore Earth's closest neighbor, the Moon, in this fascinating and timely book and discover what we should expect from this seemingly familiar but strange, new frontier. What startling discoveries are being uncovered on the Moon? What will these tell us about our place in the Universe? How can exploring the Moon benefit development on Earth? Discover the role of the Moon in Earth's past and present; read about the lunar environment and how it could be made more habitable for humans; consider whether continued exploration of the Moon is justified; and view rare Apollo-era photos and film stills. This is a complete story of the human lunar experience, presenting many interesting but little-known and significant events in lunar science for the first time. It will appeal to anyone wanting to know more about the stunning discoveries being uncovered on the Moon.
Star Trek was right — there is only one final frontier, and that is space...
Human beings are natural explorers, and nowhere is this frontier spirit stronger than in the United States of America. It almost defines the character of the US. But the Earth is running out of frontiers fast.
In Brian Clegg's The Final Frontier we discover the massive challenges that face explorers, both human and robotic, to uncover the current and future technologies that could take us out into the galaxy and take a voyage of discovery where no one has gone before… but one day someone will. In 2003, General Wesley Clark set the nation a challenge to produce the technology that would enable new pioneers to explore the galaxy. That challenge is tough — the greatest we’ve ever faced. But taking on the final frontier does not have to be a fantasy.
In a time of recession, escapism is always popular — and what greater escape from the everyday can there be than the chance of leaving Earth’s bounds and exploring the universe? With a rich popular culture heritage in science fiction movies, books and TV shows, this is a subject that entertains and informs in equal measure.
The Hubble Space Telescope is now at the apex of its imaging capabilities yet until the publication of Hubble's Universe, no other popular book had presented the latest pictures taken by the new Wide Field Camera 3. For his most recent book, Terence Dickinson selected a breathtaking portfolio of Hubble pictures from a library of more than 700,000 images.
Thanks to Dickinson's familiarity with Hubble's history and discoveries and his access to top Hubble scientists for insight and accuracy, the text includes facts and tidbits not found in any other book. Combined with more than 300 brilliant images, the clear, succinct and illuminating narrative brings to life the fascinating forces at work in the universe.
"This work is a serious challenge to atheists like Richard Dawkins who seek meaning without God. The universe and life have a story to tell, and this book makes that story accessible to the lay person. With fresh insight into the mystery of the origin of life, the essential point of the book is that all life is based on information. Just as a computer program infers the existence of a programmer, so the elegance and mind-boggling complexity of DNA, and the biochemical machinery it creates, point to a creative intelligence. Who is this creator? The book suggests he is the one known in the Bible as "I AM who I AM". The author seeks to lead the reader, assisted by scientific evidence and a series of logical propositions, down a pathway to a deeper faith. How far that pathway is traveled is up to each reader to decide. ... a thoughtful and refreshingly unbiased work which uses scientific principle to confirm faith-based explanation. ... This really is the most welcoming, comprehensive and comprehendible book on the subject I've ever read." -Jack Walton, Editorial Consultant, Xulon Press
Winner of the "SCIENCE" category in the 2013 USA Best Book Awards
A fascinating exploration of the history of memory and human civilization
Memory makes us human. No other animal carries in its brain so many memories of such complexity nor so regularly revisits those memories for happiness, safety, and the accomplishment of complex tasks. Human civilization continues because we are able to pass along memories from one person to another, from one generation to the next.
The Guardian of All Things is a sweeping scientific history that takes us on a 10,000-year-old journey replete with incredible ideas, inventions, and transformations. From cave drawings to oral histories to libraries to the internet, The Guardian of All Things is the history of how humans have relentlessly pursued new ways to preserve and manage memory, both within the human brain and as a series of inventions external to it. Michael S. Malone looks at the story of memory, both human and mechanical, and the historic turning points in that story that have not only changed our relationship to memory, but have also changed our human fabric. Full of anecdotes, history, and advances of civilization and technology, The Guardian of All Things is a lively, epic journey along a trajectory of history no other book has ever described, one that will appeal to the curious as well as the specialist.
This is a large print volume that provides the general public with an overview of our knowledge of the Universe today. It provides an historical perspective on the progression of our acquisition of evidence about the Universe within which we reside. There are no photographs, but there is an abstract illustration for each chapter. The contents include chapters on: observations of the sky; Newton's Laws of Motion; gravity; light; optics; telescopes; matter and radiation; stars; structure of stars; birth of stars; interstellar medium; life cycle of stars; death of stars; Theory of Relativity; black holes; Milky Way Galaxy; galaxies; active galaxies; clusters of galaxies; large scale structure; cosmology; Big Bang Theory; fate of the Universe; and the search for life in the universe.
What if we could create life from chemicals? What if we could reduce love to molecules, regrow new hearts from skin cells, or regrow new humans from cuttings, like plants? What if we could resurrect our ancestors, make ourselves immortal, or even grow younger? If these science fiction scenarios give you pause, you are a little behind the news. It’s already happening, in labs all over the world. The meaning of life used to be simpler. But it turns out we were wrong about a lot of the details. Some of the things biology has discovered recently still fit the original contours, allowing us to understand how once mysterious life processes actually work, often in surprising and ingenious ways that are more awe inspiring than the miracles they replace. Some of these discoveries render old meanings of life completely incoherent. And some will require us to re-imagine the meaning of life in yet to be determined ways.