The Wandering Gene and the Indian Princess: Race, Religion, and DNA [EPUB]
15 January 2016, 18:03
2012 | EPUB | 1.93MB
A brilliant and emotionally resonant exploration of science and family history.
A vibrant young Hispano woman, Shonnie Medina, inherits a breast-cancer mutation known as BRCA1.185delAG. It is a genetic variant characteristic of Jews. The Medinas knew they were descended from Native Americans and Spanish Catholics, but they did not know that they had Jewish ancestry as well. The mutation most likely sprang from Sephardic Jews hounded by the Spanish Inquisition. The discovery of the gene leads to a fascinating investigation of cultural history and modern genetics by Dr. Harry Ostrer and other experts on the DNA of Jewish populations.
Set in the isolated San Luis Valley of Colorado, this beautiful and harrowing book tells of the Medina family’s five-hundred-year passage from medieval Spain to the American Southwest and of their surprising conversion from Catholicism to the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the 1980s. Rejecting conventional therapies in her struggle against cancer, Shonnie Medina died in 1999. Her life embodies a story that could change the way we think about race and faith.
Making Space Happen: Private Space Ventures and the Visionaries Behind Them [EPUB]
15 January 2016, 12:03
2002 | EPUB | 1.49MB
Most Americans equate space exploration with NASA, but the general public is largely unaware that hundreds of passionate individuals and private organizations are working to allow ordinary people the opportunity to tour near space and to create permanent human settlements on Mars and other celestial bodies. Through a series of fascinating interviews, this book introduces the scientists, astronauts, engineers, and entrepreneurs behind the private space movement and offers a clear-eyed assessment of their prospects for success. The legal, ethical, and political challenges facing the exploitation of space resources are also explored, and issues such as environmental responsibility, safety, law enforcement, property rights, patents, and government policy are discussed.
From the Big Bang to Your Cells: The Remarkable Story of Minerals [EPUB]
15 January 2016, 09:18
2015 | EPUB | 2.07MB
In this exciting new book, Ryan Kane takes the reader on an incredible journey that breaks new ground into our understanding of minerals. From the creation of the universe to the cells of all living organisms, minerals have been around for billions of years and are responsible for almost every aspect of life's existence.
In this fascinating account, From the Big Bang to your Cells: The Remarkable Story of Minerals describes in striking detail how the minerals that were present during the original nebula that collected to form the planets are the same minerals that are found today scattered throughout our soils and are present in our cells.Regardless if you subscribe to the theory of evolution or creation, minerals were involved in the physical development of our bodies.
Whether we evolved from lower forms of life or God put forth his hand into clay, minerals are the building blocks of all living organisms.This book explains how minerals not only dominate the landscape of the universe, but more importantly how plant and human cells rely upon them for their continuation and survival.
While the 20th Century was spent identifying which minerals are essential to plants and humans, undoubtedly the 21st Century should be spent identifying the optimal form the minerals must be in that will provide the most benefit. Kane breaks new ground when he suggests how minerals can only reach their full potential in the human body if they are in the same form as that found in plants: ions.
From astronomy to nutrition, just about every branch of science studies some aspect of minerals. Here, they all converge into a powerful, pioneering new book that expands our current understanding, shatters old myths, raises controversy, and revolutionizes the way we look at ourselves and our universe. It is time to look at minerals from an entirely new perspective.