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To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death

To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death Lowest new price: $11.00
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Author: Mark O'Connell

“This gonzo-journalistic exploration of the Silicon Valley techno-utopians’ pursuit of escaping mortality is a breezy romp full of colorful characters.”
New York Times Book Review (editor's choice)

Transhumanism is a movement pushing the limits of our biology—of our senses, intelligence, and lifespans—with technology. Its supporters have reached a critical mass and now include some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley and beyond, among them Peter Thiel, Elon Musk, and Ray Kurzweil. In this provocative and eye-opening account, journalist Mark O’Connell explores the staggering (and terrifying) possibilities that present themselves when you think of your body as an outmoded device. He visits the world’s foremost cryonics facility to witness how some have chosen to forestall death, discovers an underground collective of biohackers boosting their senses by implanting electronics under their skin, and meets with members of a team urgently investigating how to protect mankind from rogue artificial superintelligence. In investigating what it means to be a machine, O’Connell shines a light on our ancient desire to transcend the animal condition—and offers a surprising meditation on what it means to be human.

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Introduction to Biotechnology (3rd Edition)

Introduction to Biotechnology (3rd Edition) Lowest new price: $122.18
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Author: William J. Thieman
Brand: Benjamin Cummings

Thoroughly updated for currency and with exciting new practical examples throughout, this popular text provides the tools, practice, and basic knowledge for success in the biotech workforce.

 

With its balanced coverage of basic cell and molecular biology, fundamental techniques, historical accounts, new advances and hands-on applications, the Third Edition emphasizes the future of biotechnology and your role in that future. Two new features—Forecasting the Future, and Making a Difference—along with several returning hallmark features support the new focus. 

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Principles of Regenerative Medicine, Third Edition

Principles of Regenerative Medicine, Third Edition Lowest new price: $190.00
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Principles of Regenerative Medicine, Third Edition, details the technologies and advances applied in recent years to strategies for healing and generating tissue. Contributions from a stellar cast of researchers cover the biological and molecular basis of regenerative medicine, highlighting stem cells, wound healing and cell and tissue development. Advances in cell and tissue therapy, including replacement of tissues and organs damaged by disease and previously untreatable conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, liver disease and renal failure are also incorporated to provide a view to the future and framework for additional studies.

  • Comprehensively covers the interdisciplinary field of regenerative medicine with contributions from leaders in tissue engineering, cell and developmental biology, biomaterials sciences, nanotechnology, physics, chemistry, bioengineering and surgery
  • Includes new chapters devoted to iPS cells and other alternative sources for generating stem cells as written by the scientists who made the breakthroughs
  • Edited by a world-renowned team to present a complete story of the development and promise of regenerative medicine

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Lignin, Humic Substances and Coal (Biopolymers, Vol. 1)

Lignin, Humic Substances and Coal (Biopolymers, Vol. 1) Lowest new price: $371.40
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Volume 1 of this encyclopedia focuses on polymers consisting of aromatic constituents occurring in plants and natural environments or as fossil resources. Polymers included are: lignin, melanin, sporopollenin, soil humic substances, aquatic humic substances, coal, other polyphenols and related compounds. This volume comprehensively describes and summarizes the structures and the methods for revealing them. Other topics include: biosynthesis and formation, biodegradation, biotransformations of humic acids, properties, applications, desulfurization of coal, modification of coal, biotechnological conversion of coals into products, chemical conversion of coal into products.


The Eye Book (Bright & Early Board Books(TM))

The Eye Book (Bright & Early Board Books(TM)) Lowest new price: $2.90
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Author: Theo. LeSieg
Brand: Random House Books for Young Readers

Our eyes see flies. Our eyes see ants. Sometimes they see pink underpants.
Oh, say can you see? Dr. Seuss’s hilarious ode to eyes gives little ones a whole new appreciation for all the wonderful things to be seen!

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  • Format: Board Book
  • Publication Date: 11/27/2001
  • Pages: 24
  • Reading Level: Age 2 and Up

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Vermiculture Revolution: The Technological Revival of Charles Darwin's Unheralded Soldiers of Mankind (Environmental Science, Engineering and in Agriculture, Industry ND Medicine)

Vermiculture Revolution: The Technological Revival of Charles Darwin's Unheralded Soldiers of Mankind (Environmental Science, Engineering and in Agriculture, Industry ND Medicine) Lowest new price: $141.19
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Author: Rajiv K. Sinha

A revolution is unfolding in vermiculture studies (rearing of useful earthworms species) for multiple uses in environmental protection and sustainable development. The global scientific community is searching for a technology which should be 'economically cheaper' (to be afforded by all nations), 'environmentally sustainable' (friendly to the environment) and 'socially acceptable' (beneficial to the society). Vermiculture Biotechnology with the use of earthworms combines all these virtues together. Vermiculture (rearing of earthworms) is a 'big business' today and they are also helping in 'employment generation' and 'poverty eradication programs' in several developing countries. This book reviews research on earthworms and how they promise to provide cheaper solutions to several social, economic and environmental problems of human society.


Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin

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Author: Steffen Arctander

Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, first published in 1960, is the classic, authoritative reference for a vast array of natural products used in perfumes, scents, flavorings, foods, and medicine throughout the world. Part One defines and describes processing methods used to extract or refine the products into usable form; Part Two includes more than 500 monographs on the natural raw materials used to produce perfumes, flavorings, etc. Appendices include a classification of important materials by their scent, and worldwide production figures for major products. Fully indexed, the book also includes 62 pages of photographs, making this one of the standard reference works on natural materials for perfumers, flavor chemists, and anyone wanting more information on these products.

From the book's Preface: “Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin contains practical descriptions of available materials, their origin, production and processing, appearance, odor and flavor type, evaluation, application and availability with brief notes on their main constituents, replacements and most common adulterants.”

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The Clinical Handbook of Biofeedback: A Step-by-Step Guide for Training and Practice with Mindfulness

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Author: Inna Z. Khazan
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A practical guide to the clinical use of biofeedback, integrating powerful mindfulness techniques.

  • A definitive desk reference for the use of peripheral biofeedback techniques in psychotherapeutic settings, backed by a wealth of clinical research
  • Introduces mindfulness and acceptance techniques and shows how these methods can be incorporated into biofeedback practice
  • Step-by-step instructions provide everything a clinician needs to integrate biofeedback and mindfulness including protocols, exemplar logs for tracking symptoms, and sample scripts for mindfulness exercises
  • Includes scientifically robust treatment protocols for a range of common problems including headaches, hypertension and chronic pain

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The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human

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Author: Noah Strycker
Brand: Riverhead Books

An entertaining and profound look at the lives of birds, illuminating their surprising world—and deep connection with humanity.
 
Birds are highly intelligent animals, yet their intelligence is dramatically different from our own and has been little understood. As we learn more about the secrets of bird life, we are unlocking fascinating insights into memory, relationships, game theory, and the nature of intelligence itself.

The Thing with Feathers explores the astonishing homing abilities of pigeons, the good deeds of fairy-wrens, the influential flocking abilities of starlings, the deft artistry of bowerbirds, the extraordinary memories of nutcrackers, the lifelong loves of albatrosses, and other mysteries—revealing why birds do what they do, and offering a glimpse into our own nature.

Drawing deep from personal experience, cutting-edge science, and colorful history, Noah Strycker spins captivating stories about the birds in our midst and shares the startlingly intimate coexistence of birds and humans. With humor, style, and grace, he shows how our view of the world is often, and remarkably, through the experience of birds. You’ve never read a book about birds like this one.

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Awakenings

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Author: Oliver Sacks
Brand: Vintage

Awakenings--which inspired the major motion picture--is the remarkable story of a group of patients who contracted sleeping-sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen for decades in a trance-like state, these men and women were given up as hopeless until 1969, when Dr. Oliver Sacks gave them the then-new drug L-DOPA, which had an astonishing, explosive, "awakening" effect. Dr. Sacks recounts the moving case histories of his patients, their lives, and the extraordinary transformations which went with their reintroduction to a changed world.

It hardly seems fair that so many great doctors are also great writers. Perhaps it's qualities like sensitivity, craft, and dedication that keep physicians like Oliver Sacks in hospitals all day and at writing desks all night; if nothing else, these qualities shine in books like Awakenings. This powerful set of case histories rises above its pathological foundation to find new literary territory, a medical-spiritual synthesis equally stimulating for the mind and the soul. It's no wonder Hollywood producers chose to turn it into a feature film--anyone can see the universal human struggle against bondage and despair in these pages.

The sleeping-sickness epidemic of 1918 caused hundreds of survivors to slip into a bizarre rigid paralysis with similarities to advanced Parkinson's disease. These patients, only occasionally able to communicate or move, were nearly all institutionalized for life, their ranks increasing every now and then with similarly afflicted men and women. Sacks came to work at a long-term care facility shortly before the first exciting results with L-dopa and Parkinson's in the late 1960s; his patients soon embarked on dramatic, difficult recoveries from up to 50 years of torpor. He documents their spiritual and medical obstacles with great care to portray their individual personalities, long suppressed but finally released. Though many great doctors are also great writers, few can compare with Oliver Sacks for expressing the relation of medicine to the human spirit. --Rob Lightner

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