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The Mummy Congress, The Human Face, and An Intimate Look at the Night Sky
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Amateur astronomy
Author: Chet_Raymo

How I Became Intimate with the Night
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About the nature of Time: Is it Real?

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What We're Reading
The Mummy Congress:
Science, Obsession, and the Everlasting Dead

by Heather Pringle
When journalist Heather Pringle headed to Chile to cover a professional meeting, she walked into the middle of one of the strangest gatherings of scientists ever--the Third World Congress on Mummy Studies. In The Mummy Congress, Pringle unwraps the fascinating secrets of the anthropologists, archaeologists, forensic pathologists, and just-plain-eccentrics who make a living studying the preserved dead. Pringle doesn't shy away from the difficult issues inherent in mummy science--she deals with racism, grave-robbing souvenir hunters, and religious beliefs, as well as DNA sequencing, embalming methods, and the chemistry of decomposition.



The Human Face  
by Brian Bates, John Cleese (Contributor)

Two eyes, a nose, and a mouth. The basic ingredients for the human face don't seem to add up to much, but put them all together and they add up to such odd--and evolutionarily important -- notions as beauty, personality, trustworthiness, and other qualities we think we see. In The Human Face, the profusely illustrated companion volume to the Learning Channel television series, British funnyman John Cleese and biologist Brian Bates team up to examine how our faces reveal our primate nature.From facial expressions to the function of tears, markings and makeup to the essence of beauty, this big, fun book faces the facts...




Who Owns the Moon?

 Extraterrestrial Aspects of Land and Mineral Resources Ownership (Space Regulations Library Series)

by Virgiliu Pop

This work investigates the permissibility and viability of property rights on the celestial bodies, particularly the extraterrestrial aspects of land and mineral resources ownership. In lay terms, it aims to find an answer to the question "Who owns the Moon?"

The sources of law are examined in their dual dimension – that is, the facts that have caused and shaped the law of extraterrestrial real estate, and the norms which express this law. It is found that the norms and rules regarding property rights in the celestial realms are rather limited, failing to define basic concepts such as celestial body ...


By Martin Rees (Britain's Astronomer Royal)

     Just six numbers govern the shape, size, and texture of our universe. If their values were only fractionally different, we would not exist: nor, in many cases, would matter have had a chance to form. If the numbers that govern our universe were elegant--1, say, or pi, or the Golden Mean--we would simply shrug and say that the universe was an elegant mathematical puzzle. But the numbers Martin Rees discusses are far from tidy. Was the universe "tweaked" or is it one of many universes, all run by slightly different, but equally messy, rules?

Highly recommended     ~ Pick one up for a friend ~


by Eric Drexler

This brilliant work heralds the new age of nanotechnology, which will give us thorough and inexpensive control of the structure of matter. Drexler examines the enormous implications of these developments for medicine, the economy, and the environment, and makes astounding yet well-founded projections for the future.

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Grand Jury Prize at 2004 Sundance Film Festival An unexpected result in a process for traveling back several hours in time. The men initially use these rewind sessions to succeed in the stock market. But a dark consequence of their daily journeys eventually complicates matters. If this sounds like a very commercial, science fiction thriller, Primer is anything but that. The film has a tantalizing, sealed-in logic, akin to Memento, that forces viewers to see the fantastic with a certain dispassion. One may be tempted to sit through Primer again to more fully understand its paradoxes and ethical quandaries. --Tom Keogh

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Science Editor's Choice
    It's summer, and unless you live in a cloudy place like Seattle, it's stargazing time. Astronomy is one of those hobbies that let you set your own gear-intensity level--if you get away from city lights, you can see quite a lot without any equipment at all. From a naked-eye viewing guide and binocular star maps to basic astrophotography, you'll find 10 of the best amateur astronomy books in this month's Science Editor's Choice.

Featured Author: Chet Raymo - How I Became Intimate with the Night
       Chet Raymo, author of An Intimate Look at the Night Sky, reflects on his Tennessee childhood and how fireflies, Flash Gordon, and his grandmother's porch acquainted him with the pleasures of stargazing.

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Guns, Germs, and Steel:
The Fates of Human Societies

by Jared Diamond

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The Life of the Cosmos

by Lee Smolin

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Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters, by Matt Ridley
Longitude: The
True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time, by Dava Sobel
Moon Lander: How We Developed the Apollo Lunar Module, by Thomas J. Kelly
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate
Theory, by Brian Greene
The Triumph of Evolution and the Failure of Creationism, by Niles Eldredge

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Supersymmetry: Unveiling the Ultimate Laws of Nature
by Gordon Kane, Edward Witten
Are we on the brink of a revolution in subatomic physics? Proof of the theory of supersymmetry may be close, bringing about a Grand Unifying Theory--the Holy Grail of physics--and tying together electromagnetism, gravity, and the strong and weak nuclear forces. Physicist Gordon Kane offers an introduction to the esoteric difficulties of solving the biggest mysteries in the cosmos.

The Monk in the Garden: The Lost and Found Genius of Gregor Mendel, the Father of Genetics
by Robin Marantz Henig
We all studied Gregor Mendel's pioneering pea patch in high school biology class. Now find out more about the man called the father of genetics. Award-winning science author Robin Marantz Heinig brings humanity to the mythic story of Mendel
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Swampwalker's Journal: A Wetlands Year
by David M. Carroll
Wetlands, the underdogs of ecosystems, are crucial to life on Earth--they shelter an astonishing variety of plants and animals, clean and filter water, and absorb storm runoff. Yet we are actively destroying our remaining wetlands, thereby ensuring difficult times ahead. David M. Carroll's lyrical Swampwalker's Journal is a love song to what may soon be lost. 
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Angles of Reflection: A Memoir of Logic and a Mother's Love
by Joan L. Richards
Mathematician Joan L. Richards was researching the life of Augustus De Morgan when her son was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She wrote Angles of Reflection as a memoir of this difficult time, when she found parallels between the very male worlds of math and medicine and discovered ways to add humanity to her chosen profession while drawing strength from its rigors. 
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StudyWorks Science Deluxe 5.0
Designed to help students master up to nine science topics, StudyWorks Science Deluxe 5.0 offers easy-to-follow, interactive lesson plans for curious students and timid scientists alike. Features like the interactive periodic table, as well as dozens of reference tables related to the properties of metals, liquids, gases, and solids, act as quick reference guides and engaging comprehension tools. Budding scientists will love the Science in Your Career section, which details job descriptions as diverse as a planetarium producer and a dinosaur wrangler. There's even a StudyWorks! online forum to support the software.

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