Gravity's Kiss

The Detection of Gravitational Waves

Author: Harry Collins

Publisher: MIT Press

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Category: Science

Page: 416

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A fascinating account, written in real time, of the unfolding of a scientific discovery: the first detection of gravitational waves.

They Also Serve

Author: Mike Moscoe

Publisher: Penguin

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Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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A WAR WITHIN Colonel Ray Longknife and Marine Captain Mary Rodrigo were once enemies in an interstellar war. Now they’re working together to keep the peace. But can they protect themselves from an enemy they can’t even see? When a bad space jump flings their starship thousands of light-years away from home, Longknife and Rodrigo make an amazing discovery: a planet inhabited by the descendants of a ship’s crew—lost three hundred years earlier. As acting ambassador, Longknife is eager to welcome the planet’s population back into the fold of humanity. But Rodrigo is suspicious. She senses that something is wrong under the planet’s veneer of peace and prosperity. And she’s right....

The Third Wave in Science and Technology Studies

Future Research Directions on Expertise and Experience

Author: David S. Caudill

Publisher: Springer

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Category: Social Science

Page: 318

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This book analyzes future directions in the study of expertise and experience with the aim of engendering more critical discourse on the general discipline of science and technology studies. In 2002, Collins and Evans published an article entitled “The Third Wave of Science Studies,” suggesting that the future of science and technology studies would be to engage in “Studies in Expertise and Experience.” In their view, scientific expertise in legal and policy settings should reflect a consensus of formally-trained scientists and citizens with experience in the relevant field (but not “ordinary” citizens). The Third Wave has garnered attention in journals and in international workshops, where scholars delivered papers explicating the theoretical foundations and practical applications of the Third Wave. This book arose out of those workshops, and is the next step in the popularization of the Third Wave. The chapters address the novel concept of interactional experts, the use of imitation games, appropriating scientific expertise in law and policy settings, and recent theoretical developments in the Third Wave.

What a Plant Knows

Author: Daniel Chamovitz

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

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Category: Gardening

Page: 224

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How does a Venus flytrap know when to snap shut? Can an orchid get jet lag? Does a tomato plant feel pain when you pluck a fruit from its vines? And does your favourite fern care whether you play Bach or the Beatles? Combining cutting-edge research with lively storytelling, biologist Daniel Chamovitz explores how plants experience our shared Earth – through sight, smell, touch, hearing, memory, and even awareness. Whether you are a green thumb, a science buff, a vegetarian, or simply a nature lover, this rare inside look at the life of plants will surprise and delight.

Plant Behaviour and Intelligence

Author: Anthony Trewavas

Publisher: OUP Oxford

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Category: Science

Page: 320

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This novel book is the first to properly address the controversial issue of plant intelligence, arguing convincingly that cells and whole plants growing in competitive wild conditions exhibit aspects of plant behaviour that can be accurately described as 'intelligent'. The author expands on three main insights drawn by the Nobel Prize winning botanist Barbara McClintock: firstly that plant cells may have knowledge of themselves; secondly that they receive challenges which lead to behavioural changes; finally, that they do so in a manner which implies assessment and intelligent behaviour. By equating the concept of intelligent behaviour with that of adaptively variable behaviour, the book provides a novel integration of signalling, behaviour, and behavioural ecology, all set within the context of plant studies. Plant Behaviour and Intelligence begins with chapters on the origins and multicellular nature of plant life, before going on to discuss novel behaviours such as branch initiation and growth, unusual behaviour of leaves, and how roots reconstruct their sensing systems and are capable of self-recognition. An entire chapter is devoted to the nature of intelligence and another to the vexed question of 'consciousness', as applied to plant life. This advanced textbook will be suitable for senior undergraduate and graduate level students taking related courses in plant ecology and evolution. It will also be of relevance and use to a broader audience of professional plant ecologists seeking an authoritative reference text to help them navigate the complexity and controversy of plant behaviour.

Red Carpet Arrangement

Author: Vicki Essex

Publisher: Harlequin

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Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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From celebrity bachelor to…doting dad? Movie star Riley Lee Jackson never forgot Kat Schwinn or their beautiful night together, but he's shocked to see her on his red carpet. Pregnant. With his baby. Suspicious of her motives, Riley promises to take care of her and their child, but nothing more. Yet Kat believes there's something real between them. So she tries to make the best of this new life that she never asked for, filled with movie premieres and paparazzi. Because she knows Riley will do right by their baby girl. And because what she wants more than anything is a Hollywood ending in Riley's arms forever.

Life Sciences : Microgravity Research II

Proceedings of the F1.4, F1.5 and F1.6 Symposia of COSPAR Scientific Commission E which was Held During the Thirty-Second COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Nagoya, Japan, 12-19 July, 1998

Author: Karl H. Hasenstein

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Reduced gravity environments

Page: 210

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