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A portable guidebook for enjoying the night sky in 2021. 2021 Night Sky Almanac is the ideal resource for both novice and experienced sky watchers in... [Read More]
A portable guidebook for enjoying the night sky in 2021. 2021 Night Sky Almanac is the ideal resource for both novice and experienced sky watchers in the United States and Canada, with all of the advice, information and data that enthusiasts need to understand and enjoy the wonders of the night sky. This in-depth guide first introduces readers to the objects in the sky -- from stars, to comets, to globular clusters -- and then takes them through the cosmic events to look out for each month in 2021, with sky maps, moon phase charts and info about the planets. The book also features: Methods for using your hands to measure angles in the sky; Information about binoculars and telescopes; History of constellations, including Indigenous history; A glossary of terms; And much, much more! 2021 Night Sky Almanac is both a comprehensive introduction to astronomy and a quick reference book for more experienced sky watchers who don't want to miss a thing. Its compact size means it's perfect for taking on an "astro-vacation" or simply sky viewing in the backyard. The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) was founded ad hoc in 1868 and incorporated in 1890 with a dual membership of professionals and amateurs. It has 29 Canadian chapters and over 5,000 members. The Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada is entering its 114th year of publication, and the RASC also produces a number of other publications and guidebooks.
By the author of the number one bestseller The Weather Makers comes a groundbreaking new book of vital importance for the future of... [Read More]
By the author of the number one bestseller The Weather Makers comes a groundbreaking new book of vital importance for the future of humankind. Earth’s climate system is fast approaching a crisis. Public understanding has not kept up with the debate, and there is an absence of political leadership. Many people are less engaged with the issue of climate change than they were a decade ago, and opinion is divided between technological optimists and pessimists who feel that catastrophe is inevitable. Tim Flannery, bestselling author and one of the most influential scientists on the planet, is here to tell us that catastrophe is not inevitable, but time is running out. Around the world people are already living with the consequences of an altered climate—with intensified or more frequent storms, heat waves, droughts and floods. For some it’s already a question of survival. Atmosphere of Hope is timed for publication in the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Change Summit to be held in Paris in December 2015. There will be enormous coverage of the Paris conference, which is widely acknowledged as our last chance to take decisive action on a global treaty to limit warming to 2C. This book will influence the debate generated by the Paris conference and will spark a new wave of conversations around this most important of subjects. Atmosphere of Hope is both a snapshot of the trouble we are in, and an up-to-the-minute analysis of some of the new possibilities for mitigating climate change. In his inimitable style, Tim Flannery makes this urgent issue completely accessible, a decade after the publication of his groundbreaking book The Weather Makers.
Theme: Environmental Issues
Shortlisted for the Donner Prize and the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award Droughts, floods, and contamination of fresh water in the American... [Read More]
Shortlisted for the Donner Prize and the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award Droughts, floods, and contamination of fresh water in the American Southwest, in the Great Lakes region, in Australia, in northern China, in the Middle East, and in India have broguht the critical issue of water supply to the forefront of public consciousness. In dozens of countries, ordinary citizens have cause to worry about what (or how much) will come out of their taps — if they even have taps — and who will make sure it is available, affordable, and safe. In this refreshing examination of the fate and future of water, Marq de Villiers takes on some of the biggest questions and shibboleths of the century. Who owns water? Is access to water a human right? Who is responsible for keeping water clean and ensuring it gets to the people who need it most? Is privatization of ownership and supply networks evil or an extension of the public trust? Fifteen years after the publication of Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource, his influential Governor General's Award-winning book on the water crisis, de Villiers returns with a clear-eyed assessment of the politics of water — from the personal and commercial uses of water to the impact of climate change and global conflicts. Examining how political ideologies often obscure the underlying issues, de Villiers makes the controversial suggestion that there is no global water crisis, but that water problems are fundamentally local and regional and can most effectively be addressed through local, rather than global, action.
100 scientific truths and principles clearly explained using the power of analogy. The well-known "a bee in a cathedral" analogy... [Read More]
100 scientific truths and principles clearly explained using the power of analogy. The well-known "a bee in a cathedral" analogy describes the size of an atom and its nucleus in understandable terms. The analogy goes that if an atom were expanded to the size of a cathedral, the nucleus would be only about the size of a bee. A Bee in a Cathedral uses analogies to demonstrate 100 basic scientific truths and principles in new and exciting ways, describing the unbelievably massive, the inconceivably tiny and the unfathomably complex in everyday terms. Readers will be drawn to the book by its combination of intuitive reasoning and a highly visual presentation style. Each analogy is explained in direct terms and clearly illustrated. A range of facts and figures -- presented in uniquely accessible "infographics" -- complements the analogies. The book covers a wide array of scientific topics: physics, chemistry, astronomy, biology, earth sciences, anatomy and technology. The analogies include: If an atomic nucleus expanded to the size of a marble, it would weigh about 100 million tons, or roughly the equivalent of 16 Great Pyramids of Egypt. It would take a human heart less than 18 days to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool. The volcanic blast of Mount St. Helens released thermal energy 1,600 times the size of Hiroshima. Krakatoa's 1883 eruption was roughly 13,000 times as powerful as that same bomb. Informative and engaging, A Bee in a Cathedral gives readers a deeper appreciation of the forces and facts that govern the universe and everything in it.
A Beginner's Guide to Circuits is the perfect first step for anyone ready to jump into the world of electronics and circuit design. After finishing... [Read More]
A Beginner's Guide to Circuits is the perfect first step for anyone ready to jump into the world of electronics and circuit design. After finishing the book's nine graded projects, readers will understand core electronics concepts which they can use to make their own electrifying creations! First, you'll learn to read circuit diagrams and use a breadboard, which allows you to connect electrical components without using a hot soldering iron! Next, you'll build nine simple projects using just a handful of readily available components, like resistors, transistors, capacitors, and other parts. As you build, you'll learn what each component does, how it works, and how to combine components to achieve new and interesting effects. By the end of the book, you'll be able to build your own electronic creations. With easy-to-follow directions, anyone can become an inventor with the help of A Beginner's Guide to Circuits! Build These 9 Simple Circuits! • Steady-Hand Game: Test your nerves using a wire and a buzzer to create an Operation-style game! • Touch-Enabled Light: Turn on a light with your finger! • Cookie Jar Alarm: Catch cookie thieves red-handed with this contraption. • Night-Light: Automatically turn on a light when it gets dark. • Blinking LED: This classic circuit blinks an LED. • Railroad Crossing Light: Danger! Don't cross the tracks if this circuit's pair of lights is flashing. • Party Lights: Throw a party with these charming string lights. • Digital Piano: Play a tune with this simple synthesizer and learn how speakers work. • LED Marquee: Put on a light show and impress your friends with this flashy finale.<
An illustrated history of a single atom of carbon, tracing its many manifestations from the Big Bang to the present. Carbon: One Atom's Odyssey is an... [Read More]
An illustrated history of a single atom of carbon, tracing its many manifestations from the Big Bang to the present. Carbon: One Atom's Odyssey is an illustrated adaptation of 'Carbon,' a short story from Italian chemist, writer, and Auschwitz survivor Primo Levi. It traces the life story and many molecular manifestations of a single atom of this life-essential element. You'll follow one atom from its spectacular birth 14 billion years ago through its harrowing journey on planet earth where it has become a basic building block of nearly 10 million known compounds in living things. Along the way, you'll learn that it is breathed in by the Peregrine Falcon; it is dissolved in the ocean before making its way back into the atmosphere; it is found in your pencil as well as in your liver; it helps trees grow strong and tall; and it even lets a moth's eye make sense of light.
Andrew Westoll spent months at Fauna Sanctuary, a refuge for thirteen chimps rescued from a research lab, as a volunteer caregiver. In The Chimps of... [Read More]
Andrew Westoll spent months at Fauna Sanctuary, a refuge for thirteen chimps rescued from a research lab, as a volunteer caregiver. In The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, Westoll vividly recounts his adventures in the chimp house and the heart-wrenching histories of its residents. He arrives with dreams of striking up an immediate friendship with the legendary Tom, a father figure to the rest of the chimps. Tom proves the greatest teacher to the indomitable Gloria Grow, who presides over the sanctuary. Through Westoll's eyes, we witness the chimps' remarkable recovery first-hand. Simple things like establishing friendships, nurturing alliances, grooming one another and playing games of tickle-chase are all poignant testament to the capacity of these animals to heal--and to learn how to be chimps again.
With climate change at the forefront of current discussion, Words of Change: CLIMATE offers a curated collection of thought-provoking quotes and... [Read More]
With climate change at the forefront of current discussion, Words of Change: CLIMATE offers a curated collection of thought-provoking quotes and passages from the writings and speeches of activists in the environmental community, with a focus on diverse and previously unheard voices. Compiled by social scientist and researcher Tina Limpert, this collection of stirring words is intended to enlighten, to prompt change, to provide encouragement, and to deepen readers' conviction. Celebrating activism, focusing on solutions, and avoiding apathy and pessimism, this book is call to action. The back matter includes a brief bio for each person quoted to provide context for their life and work.
Theme: Environmental Issues
Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled American... [Read More]
Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled American cultural imperialism abroad. That's a lengthy list of charges, but here Eric Schlosser makes them stick with an artful mix of first-rate reportage, wry wit, and careful reasoning. Schlosser's myth-shattering survey stretches from California's subdivisions where the business was born to the industrial corridor along the New Jersey Turnpike where many fast food's flavors are concocted. Along the way, he unearths a trove of fascinating, unsettling truths -- from the unholy alliance between fast food and Hollywood to the seismic changes the industry has wrought in food production, popular culture, and even real estate. (back cover)
Celebrity forester: Peter Wohlleben has presented alongside Jane Goodall, been endorsed by Hollywood celebrities, profiled in the New Yorker andthe... [Read More]
Celebrity forester: Peter Wohlleben has presented alongside Jane Goodall, been endorsed by Hollywood celebrities, profiled in the New Yorker andthe New York Times, and topped international bestseller lists. Author credited for changing the conversation about trees: In his instant NYT bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees,Wohlleben drew on scientific studies to explain how trees communicate and live in social networks, sparking an online conversation about tree sentience that continues today. More than 3 million copies of The Hidden Life of Trees have sold worldwide in all formats. Unique co-author partnership: For the first time, Peter and his longtime translator and editor, Jane Billinghurst, are teaming up to write an original book together--like a conversation between two old friends who love trees. Forest bathing is a recognized way to rejuvenate, reconnect, and restore our energy: The Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku (forest bathing) has exploded in popularity in recent years due to the proven physical and mental health benefits of reconnecting with nature.
A captain's tell-all about the biggest-ever Arctic expedition--an account filled with adventure, suspense, and new groundbreaking research on the... [Read More]
A captain's tell-all about the biggest-ever Arctic expedition--an account filled with adventure, suspense, and new groundbreaking research on the climate crisis. In this gripping book, atmospheric scientist Markus Rex recounts the monumental Arctic expedition he captained for one year. The MOSAiC expedition--spearheaded by the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research--sought crucial data on how the climate crisis is impacting and changing Arctic environments. Beginning in 2019, hundreds of scientists from over 80 institutes around the world set out to live and work in the North Pole year round--a feat that had never been done before due to dangerous, near-unlivable conditions on the ice. Rex begins with life aboard the Polarstern, a powerful icebreaker ship that is frozen into the ice and carried across the Arctic by the Transpolar Drift. Away from the rest of the world, the team must live under brutal conditions on the ice, setting up "cities" and "towns" to perform their research on the Arctic ecosystem, its atmosphere, ocean, sea ice, and more. The team must work through terrifying storms, cracking ice floes, frost-bite, and even quarantines as Covid-19 sweeps the globe. But Markus Rex captures heartwarming moments, too, like Christmas parties on the ice and polar bears playing with scientific equipment like puppies. He muses on expeditions past, such as the ill-fated Franklin Expedition, and Fridtjof Nansen's Fram expedition, which he follows as a guide. And he explores answers to the pressing questions facing the Arctic today: How will climate change impact this precious ecosystem--and the rest of the world? What is the best way to protect the Arctic from invaders? Interweaving history, science, and memoir, The Greatest Polar Expedition of All Time is a page-turner about the teamwork it takes to complete a risky goal, all in the name of understanding--and responding to--the climate crisis.
An amusing and informative illustrated guide to life beyond our own planet that covers everything from training for and living in space to the future... [Read More]
An amusing and informative illustrated guide to life beyond our own planet that covers everything from training for and living in space to the future of space travel and tourism Now that suborbital space tourism is predicted to become a billion-dollar industry in the next ten years and NASA has announced its plans for landing humans on Mars in the 2030s, the dream of traveling and living in space is taking on new reality. But given that life on Earth can be complicated enough, how can we survive and thrive in the zero-gravity, absolute-zero far reaches of space? Look no further: How to Live in Space is chock-full of all the essential information you need to equip yourself for life beyond our blue planet. Grounded in space science, planetary biology, and rocket science, this accessible guide propels readers through takeoff, life in orbit, terraforming, and the long-term effects of space on the human body. Infographics and full-color illustrations help How to Live in Space to answer your burning questions, including: How do you sleep in microgravity? How do you grow food without water? Will your muscles waste away out there? How do you protect yourself from radiation? This is a light-hearted yet informative guide to a life far from terra firma.
Renowned environmentalist Albert Bates provides children with an educational and engaging look at the interdependent relationship between the oceans... [Read More]
Renowned environmentalist Albert Bates provides children with an educational and engaging look at the interdependent relationship between the oceans and ourselves and what is needed to protect the ocean?s ecosystems. They gain an understanding of the ocean?s biodiversity and learn how human activities have resulted in significant changes in ocean temperature, oxygen levels, acidity, ice, sea levels, and sea life populations. Clear explanations show how this will have a consequential effect not just on the oceans themselves but humans on land as well. On an encouraging note, Bates explains that these dangerous trends can be stopped if the right measures are taken, such as blue carbon initiatives to prohibit deep-sea mining, replanting mangroves, protecting salt marshes and seagrasses, curtailing cruise ships and trawlers, and restoring coral reefs. The benefits from these actions often have a multiplier effect, and kids are shown that it is more cost-effective and financially rewarding to do them soon rather than later.