Paleontology meets pop culture in a talented young author’s journey into the lives of dinosaurs. Dinosaurs, with their awe-inspiring size, terrifying claws and teeth, and otherworldly abilities, occupy a sacred place in our childhoods. They loom over museum halls, thunder through movies, and are a fundamental part of our collective imagination. In My Beloved Brontosaurus, the dinosaur fanatic Brian Switek enriches the childlike sense of wonder these amazing creatures instill in us. Investigating the latest discoveries in paleontology, he breathes new life into old bones. Switek reunites us with these mysterious creatures as he visits desolate excavation sites and hallowed museum vaults, exploring everything from the sex life of Apatosaurus and T. rex’s feather-laden body to just why dinosaurs vanished. (And of course, on his journey, he celebrates the book’s titular hero, ´´Brontosaurus” - who suffered a second extinction when we learned he never existed at all - as a symbol of scientific progress.) With infectious enthusiasm, Switek questions what we’ve long held to be true about these beasts, weaving in stories from his obsession with dinosaurs, which started when he was just knee-high to a Stegosaurus. Endearing, surprising, and essential to our understanding of our own evolution and our place on Earth, My Beloved Brontosaurus is an audiobook that dinosaur fans and anyone interested in scientific progress will cherish for years to come. Includes a bonus interview between Brian Switek and Amanda Moon, managing editor of the Scientific American imprint at Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Switek. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/001583/bk_aren_001583_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What forces molded the universe? Are those forces still at work, removing, changing, or adding heavenly bodies even as we gaze upward? Will humanity, and Earth itself, one day be gone? Are we alone? In an era when science journalism is perhaps more thorough and ambitious than ever before, fascinating explorations of questions like these seem available to us almost every day - provided we have a working understanding of the scientific theories on which they´re based. Discover the answers to these and other startling questions about the cosmos with My Favorite Universe, a spirited and intellectually engaging journey through the cosmos and its history, from before the big bang to the likely ways in which Earth, and perhaps the entire universe, might end. In this lecture series, Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist who directs the nation´s most famous planetarium, makes that understanding available to anyone. Explore how black holes are formed, how asteroids move through space, why the odds seem overwhelmingly in favor of extraterrestrial life, and much more. With the foundation provided by this magnificent course, the realities of the universe will be revealed in stark - and often violent - beauty. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Neil deGrasse Tyson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000437/bk_tcco_000437_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This collection of irreverent and surprising essays about the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer includes pieces by leading science fiction and fantasy authors. Contributors include best-selling legend David Brin, critically acclaimed novelist Scott Westerfeld, cult-favorite vampire author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and award-winner Sarah Zettel. The show and its cast are the topics of such critical pieces as Lawrence Watt-Evans´s ´´Matchmaking in Hellmouth´´ and Sherrilyn Kenyon´s ´´The Search for Spike´s Balls´´. An informed introduction for those not well acquainted with the show and a source of further research for Buffy buffs, this book raises interesting questions concerning a much-loved program and future cult classic. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colby Elliott. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/last/000018/bk_last_000018_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Get up close and personal with an amazing creature that has invaded our lexicon as well as our restaurants. It breathes with tubes, it has no head or brain, it feeds through a filter, and it is the source of dozens of familiar proverbs (´´happy as a clam!´´). Clams, it turns out, have been worshipped (by the Moche people of ancient Peru), used as money (by the Algonquin Indians), and consumed by people for thousands of years. Yet The Secret Life of Clams is the first adult trade book to deal exclusively with this gastronomic treat that is more complex than its simple two shells might reveal. The Secret Life of Clams features compelling insights, captivating biology, wry observations, and up-to-the-minute natural history that will keep listeners engaged and enthralled. Written by award-winning science author Anthony D. Fredericks, The Secret Life of Clams includes a comfortable infusion of humor, up-to-date research, fascinating individuals (scientists and laypeople alike), and the awe of a fellow explorer as he guides listeners on a journey of wonder and adventure. Along with an appreciation for oceanic creatures, this is a guidebook for armchair marine biologists everywhere who seek amazing discoveries in concert with compelling narration.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jason Culp. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021084/bk_adbl_021084_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Willkommen zu einer 1970er-Jahre-Version der Zukunft, in der Hosen noch Schlag haben, alles groovt und die neue Grenze interplanetar ist. Als ein neuer Vize-Captain (Liv Tyler) auf die Omega 76 kommt, fliegen die Fetzen und kollidieren mehr als nur Asteroide. Dieser kluge und skurrile Filmfestival-Favorit zeigt Patrick Wilson, Jerry O´Connell und Matt Bomer in den Hauptrollen. Erleben Sie ein galaktisches Abenteuer. Darsteller:Liv Tyler, Marisa Coughlan, Matt Bomer, Patrick Wilson, Jerry OConnell, Kali Rocha, Kylie Rogers, Sam Pancake, Victor Togunde
Who better to narrate today´s best science-fiction stories than today´s favorite science-fiction stars? This exciting collection features Roger Zelazny´s ´´Permafrost´´ read by Siddig El Fadil ( Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Orson Scott Card´s ´´Fat Farm´´ read by Roddy McDowall ( Planet of the Apes), and John Varley´s ´´Options´´ read by Claudia Christian ( Babylon 5). Robin Curtis ( Star Trek III and Star Trek IV), Terry Farrell ( Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Nana Visitor ( Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), and Wil Wheaton ( Star Trek: The Next Generation) also perform, reading works by Karen Joy Fowler, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Robert Silverberg, Arthur C. Clarke, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Joe Haldeman. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Roddy McDowall, Terry Farrell, Wil Wheaton, other stars of. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/dove/000153/bk_dove_000153_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Invisible Man is a favorite science-fiction novel by H. G. Wells. The Invisible Man of the title is Griffin, a scientist who has devoted himself to research into optics and invents a way to change a body´s refractive index to that of air so that it neither absorbs nor reflects light and thus becomes invisible. He successfully carries out this procedure on himself, but fails in his attempt to reverse it. Herbert George Wells (1866-1946), known as H. G. Wells, was a prolific English writer in many genres, including the novel, history, politics, and social commentary, and textbooks and rules for war games. Wells is now best remembered for his science-fiction novels, and is called the father of science fiction, along with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback. His most notable science fiction works include The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eric Bruenner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/081899/bk_acx0_081899_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
We live in a world awash in manmade chemicals, from the pesticides on our front lawns to the diesel exhaust in the air we breathe. Although experts are beginning to understand the potential dangers of these substances, there are still more than 80,000 synthetic compounds that have not been sufficiently tested to interpret their effects on human health. Yale University professor John Wargo has spent much of his career researching the impact of chemical exposures on women and children. In this book, he explains the origins of society´s profound misunderstanding of everyday chemical hazards and offers a practical path toward developing greater ´´green intelligence´´. Despite the rising trend in environmental awareness, information about synthetic substances is often unavailable, distorted, kept secret, or presented in a way that prevents citizens from acting to reduce threats to their health and the environment. By examining the histories of five hazardous technologies and practices, Wargo finds remarkable patterns in the delayed discovery of dangers and explains the governments´ failures to manage them effectively. Sobering yet eminently readable, Wargo´s book ultimately offers a clear vision for a safer future through prevention, transparency, and awareness. Named a favorite Science Book of 2009 by Scientific American 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Lenz. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/001525/bk_acx0_001525_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In an engaging tour of the science and history of cheese, Michael Tunick explores the art of cheese making, the science that lies underneath the deliciousness, and the history behind how humanity came up with one of its most varied and versatile of foods. Dr. Tunick spends his everyday deep within the halls of the science of cheese, as a researcher who creates new dairy products, primarily, cheeses. He takes us from the very beginning, some 8000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent, and shows us the accidental discovery of cheese when milk separated into curds and whey. This stroke of luck would lead to a very mild, and something akin to cottage, cheese-deemed delicious enough by our traveling cheese maker that he or she did it again another day. Today we know of more than 2,000 varieties of cheese from Gorgonzola, first noted in year 879, to Roquefort in 1070 to Cheddar in 1500. But Tunick delves deeper into the subject to provide a wide-ranging overview that begins with cows and milk and then covers the technical science behind creating a new cheese, milk allergies and lactose intolerance, nutrition and why cheese is a vital part of a balanced diet. The Science of Cheese is an entertaining journey through one of America´s favorite foods. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dennis Holland. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/017973/bk_adbl_017973_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.