Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors: A Search for Who We Are

By Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan

"Dazzling...A dinner party. soaking up and skillfully written, it tells of theorigins of existence on the earth, describes its style and charaacter, and culminates in a dialogue of human nature and teh advanced lines ofhumankind's evolutionary past...It is an grand tale masterfully told."
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World popular scientist Carl Sagan and acclaimed writer Ann Druyan have written a ROOTS for the human species, a lucid and riveting account of the way people obtained to be the way in which we're. It exhibits with humor and drama that lots of our key traits--self-awareness, expertise, kin ties, submission to authority, hatred for these a bit diversified from ourselves, cause, and ethics--are rooted within the deep prior, and illuminated via our kinship with different animals. incredible in its scope, exceptional in its insights, and a fully compelling learn, SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS is a triumph of well known science.

From the exchange Paperback edition.

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Bioinformatics For Dummies

By Jean-Michel Claverie

Have been you usually fascinated about biology yet have been afraid to sit down via lengthy hours of dense analyzing? Did you love the topic in the event you have been in highschool yet had different plans once you graduated? you can now discover the human genome and learn DNA with out ever leaving your machine!

Bioinformatics For Dummies is filled with beneficial info that introduces you to this intriguing new self-discipline. This easy-to-follow advisor leads you step-by-step via each bioinformatics activity that may be performed over the net. overlook lengthy equations, computer-geek gibberish, and fitting cumbersome courses that decelerate your desktop. You’ll be surprised in any respect the stuff you can accomplish simply by going surfing and following those trusty instructions. You get the instruments you would like to:

  • Analyze all kinds of sequences
  • Use every kind of databases
  • Work with DNA and protein sequences
  • Conduct similarity searches
  • Build a a number of series alignment
  • Edit and post alignments
  • Visualize protein three-D structures
  • Construct phylogenetic trees

This updated moment version contains newly created and well known databases and net courses in addition to a number of new genomes. It presents assistance for utilizing servers and areas to hunt assets to determine approximately what’s happening within the bioinformatics global. Bioinformatics For Dummies will assist you get the main from your laptop and the correct net instruments so you’ll be looking databases and reading sequences like a pro!

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Big Disconnect: The Story of Technology and Loneliness

By Giles Slade

Shrewdpermanent telephones and social media websites can be modern fixations, yet utilizing know-how to switch face-to-face interactions isn't really a brand new cultural phenomenon. all through our background, intimacy with machines has frequently supplanted mutual human connection. This booklet unearths how shopper applied sciences replaced from analgesic units that soothed the loneliness of a newly city new release to prosthetic interfaces that act as substitutes for companionship in sleek the USA. The historical past of this modification is helping clarify why we use expertise to mediate our connections with different humans rather than looking for face-to-face touch. Do digital interfaces obtain such a lot of our realization to the detriment of genuine interpersonal conversation? Why do sixty million americans document that isolation and loneliness are significant resources of disappointment? the writer presents many insights into our more and more man made relationships and a imaginative and prescient for the way we will be able to rediscover real neighborhood and human empathy.

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El perfil emocional de tu cerebro

Del mismo modo que cada uno de nosotros tiene una huella dactilar única, también cada
persona posee una forma personal y exclusiva de sentir y reaccionar a cuanto le ocurre, un
perfil emocional individualizado que forma parte de lo que somos y nos diferencia de los demás. Un perfil constituido por el modo en que nos enfrentamos a la adversidad, l. a. actitud frente a los angeles que encaramos los angeles vida, la intuición social, la autoconciencia, l. a. sensibilidad al contexto y l. a. atención hacia lo que realizamos. Un perfi l que nos hace quienes somos.

Cuando sufres un revés, ¿eres capaz de superarlo con naturalidad? Si las cosas no salen como quieres, ¿mantienes pese a ello l. a. energía y el optimismo? ¿Sabes interpretar el lenguaje no
verbal de las personas que te rodean? ¿Eres consciente de por qué actúas de los angeles manera en que lo haces en cada momento? ¿Te comportas en normal como se espera que lo hagas? ¿Te concentras con facilidad o te resulta difícil mantener la atención? En l. a. respuesta a esas preguntas están los ingredientes del perfi l emocional de nuestro cerebro.

Richard J. Davidson pone de manifiesto en este libro, único en su género, l. a. química cerebral
que hay tras cada una de las dimensiones que constituyen el estilo emocional y analiza la forma en que cada una de ellas influye en l. a. salud del ser humano. Propone, además,
ejercicios basados en la meditación que pueden ayudarnos a transformar aquellos patrones del cerebro que perjudican nuestro desarrollo como personas, lo que convierte este libro en una auténtica guía para fortalecer l. a. empatía, el optimismo y l. a. sensación de bienestar.

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Robotics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

By Alan Winfield

Robotics is a key know-how within the smooth global, a well-established a part of production and warehouse automation, assembling autos or washing machines, or relocating items to and from garage racks for web mail order. Robots have taken their first steps into houses and hospitals, and feature visible fabulous luck in planetary exploration. but regardless of those successes, robots have didn't stay as much as the predictions of the Fifties and 60s, while it used to be greatly thought--by scientists in addition to the public--that we'd have, through now, clever robots as butlers, partners, or co-workers. This Very brief Introduction explains the way it is that robotics should be either successful tale and a unhappiness, and the way robots will be either traditional and memorable. Alan Winfield introduces the topic by means of taking a look at the elements that jointly make a robotic. now not strangely, those elements each one have a organic identical: a robot's digital camera is like an animal's eyes, a robot's microcomputer is resembling an animal's mind, etc. by way of introducing robots during this manner this ebook builds a conceptual, non-technical photo of what a robotic is, the way it works, and the way "intelligent" it is.

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Jacob's Ladder: The History of the Human Genome

By Henry Gee

What makes us as people all alike and but as contributors so different?

Jacob's Ladder supplies a remarkably lucid clarification of what the sequencing of the human genome quite tells us. interpreting the series, evolutionary biologist Henry Gee indicates, is simply the start: seeing the letters and phrases. the subsequent frontier is in knowing snatches of dialog among genes—how they have interaction to direct the expansion of an organism. Gee takes us into the guts of that dialog, illuminating how genes govern a unmarried egg cell's brilliant transformation right into a person, and the way they proceed to direct that person's daily improvement all through a lifetime.

Gee tells the tale of what we all know concerning the genome this present day and what we're prone to realize the following day. As our wisdom advances, we can direct with expanding authority the conversations among genes: not just appearing clinical interventions but in addition developing entire scripts directing start, ancestry, and variety in a courageous new global.

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Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution

By Francis Fukuyama

A decade after his now-famous pronouncement of "the finish of history," Francis Fukuyama argues that because of biomedical advances, we face the potential of a destiny during which our humanity itself can be altered past acceptance. Fukuyama sketches a quick background of man's altering realizing of human nature: from Plato and Aristotle to the modernity's utopians and dictators who sought to remake mankind for ideological ends. Fukuyama argues that the facility to govern the DNA of all of 1 person's descendants can have profound, and in all likelihood bad, outcomes for our political order, whether undertaken with the easiest of intentions. In Our Posthuman Future, one in all our best social philosophers starts to explain the aptitude results of genetic exploration at the starting place of liberal democracy: the idea that people are equivalent via nature.

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The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

By Carl Sagan

"A wonderful e-book . . . A lively protection of technological know-how . . . From the 1st web page to the final, this publication is a manifesto for transparent thought."

*Los Angeles Times

"POWERFUL . . . A stirring safety of expert rationality. . . wealthy in astonishing info and lovely writing."

*The Washington publish ebook World

How do we make clever judgements approximately our more and more technology-driven lives if we do not comprehend the variation among the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of technological know-how? Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and unusual astronomer Carl Sagan argues that medical considering is necessary not just to the pursuit of fact yet to the very overall healthiness of our democratic institutions.

Casting a large web via historical past and tradition, Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the earlier as witchcraft, religion therapeutic, demons, and UFOs. And but, disturbingly, in present day so-called info age, pseudoscience is burgeoning with tales of alien abduction, channeling earlier lives, and communal hallucinations commanding starting to be recognition and appreciate. As Sagan demonstrates with lucid eloquence, the siren music of unreason isn't just a cultural flawed flip yet a deadly plunge into darkness that threatens our most simple freedoms.

"COMPELLING."

*USA Today

"A transparent imaginative and prescient of what sturdy technological know-how ability and why it makes a distinction. . . . A testimonial to the facility of technological know-how and a caution of the risks of unrestrained credulity."

*The Sciences

"PASSIONATE."

*San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle

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Questioning the Millennium: A Rationalist's Guide to a Precisely Arbitrary Countdown (Revised Edition)

By Stephen Jay Gould

During this re-creation of Questioning the Millennium, best-selling writer Stephen Jay Gould applies his wit and erudition to at least one of cutting-edge such a lot urgent matters: the importance of the millennium.

In 1950 at age 8, caused by way of a subject matter of existence journal marking the century's midpoint, Stephen Jay Gould began brooding about the upcoming flip of the millennium. during this appealing inquiry into time and its milestones, he stocks his curiosity and insights along with his readers. Refreshingly reasoned and soaking up, the e-book asks and solutions the 3 significant questions that outline the upcoming calendrical occasion. First, what precisely is that this suggestion of a millennium and the way has its that means shifted? How did the identify for a destiny thousand-year reign of Jesus Christ in the world get transferred to the passage of an earthly interval of 1000 years in present human background? whilst does the recent millennium rather commence: January 1, 2000, or January 1, 2001? (Although probably trivial, the talk over this factor tells an interesting tale concerning the cultural heritage of the 20th century.) And why needs to our calendars be so complicated, resulting in our look for arbitrary regularity, together with a fascination with millennia? This revised version starts with a brand new and huge preface on a key topic now not taken care of within the unique version.

As regularly, Gould brings into his essays a variety of compelling historic and clinical truth, together with a quick historical past of millennial fevers, calendrical traditions, and idiosyncrasies from worldwide; the tale of a sixth-century monk whose mistakes in chronology plague us even at the present time; and the heroism of a tender autistic guy who has constructed the intense skill to calculate dates deep into the previous and the future.

Ranging over a large terrain of phenomena--from the arbitrary regularities of human calendars to the unpredictability of nature, from the vagaries of popular culture to the delivery of Christ--Stephen Jay Gould holds up the replicate to our millennial passions to bare our foibles, absurdities, and uniqueness--in different phrases, our humanity.

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The Emperor of Scent: A Story of Perfume, Obsession, and the Last Mystery of the Senses

By Chandler Burr

For so long as somebody can keep in mind, a guy named Luca Turin has had an uncanny dating with smells. He has been in comparison to the hero of Patrick Süskind’s novel Perfume, yet his tale is actually stranger, since it is correct. It matters how he made use of his strong presents to unravel one of many final nice mysteries of the human physique: how our noses work.

Luca Turin can distinguish the parts of almost any scent, from the world’s such a lot subtle perfumes to the air in a subway motor vehicle at the Paris metro. A uncommon scientist, he as soon as labored in an unrelated box, even though he made a pastime of amassing fragrances. but if, as a lark, he released a set of his experiences of the world’s perfumes, the publication hit the small, insular company of fragrance makers like a thunderclap. who's this guy Luca Turin, they demanded, and the way does he be aware of quite a bit? The closed neighborhood of odor production unfolded to Luca Turin, and he came across a indisputable fact that astonished him: nobody during this international knew how odor labored. Billions and billions of greenbacks have been spent growing scents in a fashion amounting to glorified trial and error.

The technique to the secret of each different human experience has ended in the Nobel Prize, if now not titanic riches. Why, Luca Turin proposal, may still scent be any varied? So he gave his lifestyles to this nice puzzle. And in any case, highly, it's going to appear that he solved it. but if drastically robust pursuits are threatened and nice reputations are at stake, Luca Turin discovered, not anything is sort of what it seems.

Acclaimed author Chandler Burr has spent 4 years chronicling Luca Turin’s quest to solve the secret of ways our feel of odor works. What has emerged is a captivating, magical publication that adjustments the way in which we expect approximately that region among our mouth and our eyes, and its profound, mystery carry on our lives.

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