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From the creator of the worldwide bestsellers Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest a beautiful new coloring book that takes you on a magical journey beneath the waves With Lost Ocean Johanna Basford invites color-inners of all ages to discover an enchanting underwater world hidden in the depths of the sea Through intricate pen and ink illustrations to complete color and embellish readers will meet shoals of exotic fish curious octopuses and delicately penned seahorses Visit coral reefs and barnacle-studded shipwrecks discover intricate shells and pirate treasure Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest fans and newcomers alike will welcome this creative journey into an inky new world For Lost Ocean Johanna picked a crisp ivory paper that accentuates and compliments your chosen color palette The smooth untextured pages allow for beautiful blending or gradient techniques with colored pencils or are perfect for pens allowing the nib to glide evenly over the surface without feathering
New York Times Bestseller A grand tour of the science of cooking explored through popular American dishes illustrated in full color Ever wondered how to pan-fry a steak with a charred crust and an interior that s perfectly medium-rare from edge to edge when you cut into it How to make homemade mac n cheese that is as satisfyingly gooey and velvety-smooth as the blue box stuff but far tastier How to roast a succulent moist turkey forget about brining and use a foolproof method that works every time As Serious Eats s culinary nerd-in-residence J Kenji L pez-Alt has pondered all these questions and more In The Food Lab Kenji focuses on the science behind beloved American dishes delving into the interactions between heat energy and molecules that create great food Kenji shows that often conventional methods don t work that well and home cooks can achieve far better results using new but simple techniques In hundreds of easy-to-make recipes with over 1 000 full-color images you will find out how to make foolproof Hollandaise sauce in just two minutes how to transform one simple tomato sauce into a half dozen dishes how to make the crispiest creamiest potato casserole ever conceived and much more Over 1000 color photographs
In this New York Times bestselling investigation Ted Koppel reveals that a major cyberattack on America s power grid is not only possible but likely that it would be devastating and that the United States is shockingly unprepared Imagine a blackout lasting not days but weeks or months Tens of millions of people over several states are affected For those without access to a generator there is no running water no sewage no refrigeration or light Food and medical supplies are dwindling Devices we rely on have gone dark Banks no longer function looting is widespread and law and order are being tested as never before It isn t just a scenario A well-designed attack on just one of the nation s three electric power grids could cripple much of our infrastructure and in the age of cyberwarfare a laptop has become the only necessary weapon Several nations hostile to the United States could launch such an assault at any time In fact as a former chief scientist of the NSA reveals China and Russia have already penetrated the grid And a cybersecurity advisor to President Obama believes that independent actors from hacktivists to terrorists have the capability as well It s not a question of if says Centcom Commander General Lloyd Austin it s a... question of when And yet as Koppel makes clear the federal government while well prepared for natural disasters has no plan for the aftermath of an attack on the power grid The current Secretary of Homeland Security suggests keeping a battery-powered radio In the absence of a government plan some individuals and communities have taken matters into their own hands Among the nation s estimated three million preppers we meet one whose doomsday retreat includes a newly excavated three-acre lake stocked with fish and a Wyoming homesteader so self-sufficient that he crafted the thousands of adobe bricks in his house by hand We also see the unrivaled disaster preparedness of the Mormon church with its enormous storehouses high-tech dairies orchards and proprietary trucking company the fruits of a long tradition of anticipating the worst But how Koppel asks will ordinary civilians survive With urgency and authority one of our most renowned journalists examines a threat unique to our time and evaluates potential ways to prepare for a catastrophe that is all but inevitable more
Have you ever tried to learn more about some incredible thing only to be frustrated by incomprehensible jargon Randall Munroe is here to help In Thing Explainer he uses line drawings and only the thousand or rather ten hundred most common words to provide simple explanations for some of the most interesting stuff there is including food-heating radio boxes microwaves tall roads bridges computer buildings datacenters the shared space house the International Space Station the other worlds around the sun the solar system the big flat rocks we live on tectonic plates the pieces everything is made of the periodic table planes with turning wings helicopters boxes that make clothes smell better washers and dryers the bags of stuff inside you cells How do these things work Where do they come from What would life be like without them And what would happen if we opened them up heated them up cooled them down pointed them in a different direction or pressed this button In Thing Explainer Munroe gives us the answers to these questions and so many more Funny interesting and always understandable this book is for anyone age 5 to 105 who has ever wondered how things work and why
1 New York Times bestseller Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly Wilbur and Orville Wright On a winter day in 1903 in the Outer Banks of North Carolina two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened the age of flight had begun with the first heavier-than-air powered machine carrying a pilot Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did David McCullough two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize tells the surprising profoundly American story of Wilbur and Orville Wright Far more than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened to hit on success they were men of exceptional courage and determination and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity much of which they attributed to their upbringing The house they lived in had no electricity or indoor plumbing but there were books aplenty supplied mainly by their preacher father and they never stopped reading When they worked together no problem seemed to be insurmountable Wilbur was unquestionably a genius Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as... few had ever seen That they had no more than a public high school education little money and no contacts in high places never stopped them in their mission to take to the air Nothing did not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off in one of their contrivances they risked being killed In this thrilling book master historian David McCullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers including private diaries notebooks scrapbooks and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers story including the little-known contributions of their sister Katharine without whom things might well have gone differently for them more
From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask Millions of people visit xkcd com each week to read Randall Munroe s iconic webcomic His stick-figure drawings about science technology language and love have a large and passionate following Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live If there was a robot apocalypse how long would humanity last In pursuit of answers Munroe runs computer simulations pores over stacks of declassified military research memos solves differential equations and consults with nuclear reactor operators His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity complemented by signature xkcd comics They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind or at least a really big explosion The book features new and never-before-answered questions along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website What If will be required reading for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical
Graham Hancock s multi-million bestseller Fingerprints of the Gods remains an astonishing deeply controversial wide-ranging investigation of the mysteries of our past and the evidence for Earth s lost civilization Twenty years on Hancock returns with the sequel to his seminal work filled with completely new scientific and archaeological evidence which has only recently come to light Near the end of the last Ice Age 12 800 years ago a giant comet that had entered the solar system from deep space thousands of years earlier broke into multiple fragments Some of these struck the Earth causing a global cataclysm on a scale unseen since the extinction of the dinosaurs At least eight of the fragments hit the North American ice cap while further fragments hit the northern European ice cap The impacts from comet fragments a mile wide approaching at more than 60 000 miles an hour generated huge amounts of heat which instantly liquidized millions of square kilometers of ice destabilizing the Earth s crust and causing the global Deluge that is remembered in myths all around the world A second series of impacts equally devastating causing further cataclysmic flooding occurred 11 600 years ago the exact date that Plato gives for the... destruction and submergence of Atlantis The evidence revealed in this book shows beyond reasonable doubt that an advanced civilization that flourished during the Ice Age was destroyed in the global cataclysms between 12 800 and 11 600 years ago But there were survivors - known to later cultures by names such as the Sages the Magicians the Shining Ones and the Mystery Teachers of Heaven They travelled the world in their great ships doing all in their power to keep the spark of civilization burning They settled at key locations - Gobekli Tepe in Turkey Baalbek in the Lebanon Giza in Egypt ancient Sumer Mexico Peru and across the Pacific where a huge pyramid has recently been discovered in Indonesia Everywhere they went these Magicians of the Gods brought with them the memory of a time when mankind had fallen out of harmony with the universe and paid a heavy price A memory and a warning to the future For the comet that wrought such destruction between 12 800 and 11 600 years may not be done with us yet Astronomers believe that a 20-mile wide dark fragment of the original giant comet remains hidden within its debris stream and threatens the Earth An astronomical message encoded at Gobekli Tepe and in the Sphinx and the pyramids of Egypt warns that the Great Return will occur in our time more
Major New York Times bestsellerWinner of the National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award in 2012Selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the best books of 2011A Globe and Mail Best Books of the Year 2011 TitleOne of The Economist s 2011 Books of the Year One of The Wall Street Journal s Best Nonfiction Books of the Year 20112013 Presidential Medal of Freedom RecipientIn the international bestseller Thinking Fast and Slow Daniel Kahneman the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think System 1 is fast intuitive and emotional System 2 is slower more deliberative and more logical The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacation each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking He offers... practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble Winner of the National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and selected by The New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best books of 2011 Thinking Fast and Slow is destined to be a classic more
1 New York Times bestseller and USA Today bestseller The more we know about the animals in our world and the better we care for them the better our lives will be Former veterinary technician and animal advocate Tracey Stewart understands this better than most and she s on a mission to change how we interact with animals Through hundreds of charming illustrations a few homemade projects and her humorous knowledgeable voice Stewart provides insight into the secret lives of animals and the kindest ways to live with and alongside them At home she shows readers how to speak dog-ese and cat-ese and how to virtually adopt an animal In the backyard we learn about building bee houses dealing nicely with pesky moles and creative ways to bird-watch And on the farm Stewart teaches us what we can do to help all farm animals lead a better life and reveals pigs superpowers Part practical guide part memoir of her life with animals and part testament to the power of giving back Do Unto Animals is a gift for animal lovers of all stripes
In this brilliant exploration of our cosmic environment the renowned particle physicist and New York Times bestselling author of Warped Passages and Knocking on Heaven s Door uses her research into dark matter to illuminate the startling connections between the furthest reaches of space and life here on Earth Sixty-six million years ago an object the size of a city descended from space to crash into Earth creating a devastating cataclysm that killed off the dinosaurs along with three-quarters of the other species on the planet What was its origin In Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs Lisa Randall proposes it was a comet that was dislodged from its orbit as the Solar System passed through a disk of dark matter embedded in the Milky Way In a sense it might have been dark matter that killed the dinosaurs Working through the background and consequences of this proposal Randall shares with us the latest findings established and speculative regarding the nature and role of dark matter and the origin of the Universe our galaxy our Solar System and life along with the process by which scientists explore new concepts In Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs Randall tells a breathtaking story that weaves together the cosmos history and our own... illuminating the deep relationships that are critical to our world and the astonishing beauty inherent in the most familiar things more