The Dorito Effect [Audiobook]

The Dorito Effect [Audiobook]
The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor [Audiobook] by Mark Schatzker, read by Chris Patton
2015 | MP3@48 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 17 mins | 178.73MB

A lively and important argument from an award-winning journalist proving that the key to reversing America’s health crisis lies in the overlooked link between nutrition and flavor.

In The Dorito Effect, Mark Schatzker shows us how our approach to the nation’s number one public health crisis has gotten it wrong. The epidemics of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes are not tied to the overabundance of fat or carbs or any other specific nutrient. Instead, we have been led astray by the growing divide between flavor—the tastes we crave—and the underlying nutrition.

Since the late 1940s, we have been slowly leeching flavor out of the food we grow. Those perfectly round, red tomatoes that grace our supermarket aisles today are mostly water, and the big breasted chickens on our dinner plates grow three times faster than they used to, leaving them dry and tasteless. Simultaneously, we have taken great leaps forward in technology, allowing us to produce in the lab the very flavors that are being lost on the farm. Thanks to this largely invisible epidemic, seemingly healthy food is becoming more like junk food: highly craveable but nutritionally empty. We have unknowingly interfered with an ancient chemical language—flavor—that evolved to guide our nutrition, not destroy it.

With in-depth historical and scientific research, The Dorito Effect casts the food crisis in a fascinating new light, weaving an enthralling tale of how we got to this point and where we are headed. We’ve been telling ourselves that our addiction to flavor is the problem, but it is actually the solution. We are on the cusp of a new revolution in agriculture that will allow us to eat healthier and live longer by enjoying flavor the way nature intended.

The Go-Go Years [Audiobook]

The Go-Go Years [Audiobook]
The Go-Go Years: The Drama and Crashing Finale of Wall Street's Bullish 60s [Audiobook] by John Brooks, read by Johnny Heller
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 41 mins | 363.29MB

"The Go-Go Years is not to be read in the usual manner of Wall Street classics. You do not read this book to see our present situation reenacted in the past, with only the names changed. You read it because it is a wonderful description of the way things were in a different time and place."
—From the Foreword by Michael Lewis

The Go-Go Years is the harrowing and humorous story of the growth stocks of the 1960s and how their meteoric rise caused a multitude of small investors to thrive until the devastating market crashes in the 1970s. It was a time when greed drove the market and fast money was being made and lost as the "go-go" stocks surged and plunged. Included are the stories of such high-profile personalities as H. Ross Perot, who lost $450 million in one day; Saul Steinberg's attempt to take over Chemical Bank; and the fall of America's "Last Gatsby", Eddie Gilbert.

Once in Golconda: A True Drama of Wall Street 1920-1928 [Audiobook]

Once in Golconda: A True Drama of Wall Street 1920-1928 [Audiobook]
Once in Golconda: A True Drama of Wall Street 1920-1928 [Audiobook] by John Brooks, read by Johnny Heller
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 4 mins | 318.56MB

"In this book, John Brooks - who was one of the most elegant of all business writers - perfectly catches the flavor of one of history's best-known financial dramas: the 1929 crash and its aftershocks. It's packed with parallels and parables for the modern reader." - From the Foreword by Richard Lambert Editor-in-Chief, The Financial Times

Once in Golconda is a dramatic chronicle of the breathtaking rise, devastating fall, and painstaking rebirth of Wall Street in the years between the wars. Focusing on the lives and fortunes of some of the era's most memorable traders, bankers, boosters, and frauds, John Brooks brings to vivid life all the ruthlessness, greed, and reckless euphoria of the '20s bull market, the desperation of the days leading up to the crash of '29, and the bitterness of the years that followed.

Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes [Audiobook]

Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes [Audiobook]
Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes: The Tangshan Earthquake and the Death of Mao's China [Audiobook] by James Palmer, read by George Backman
2012 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 13 mins | 289.84MB

When an earthquake of historic magnitude leveled the industrial city of Tangshan in the summer of 1976, killing more than a half-million people, China was already gripped by widespread social unrest. As Mao lay on his deathbed, the public mourned the death of popular premier Zhou Enlai. Anger toward the powerful Communist Party officials in the Gang of Four, which had tried to suppress grieving for Zhou, was already potent; when the government failed to respond swiftly to the Tangshan disaster, popular resistance to the Cultural Revolution reached a boiling point.

In Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes, acclaimed historian James Palmer tells the startling story of the most tumultuous year in modern Chinese history, when Mao perished, a city crumbled, and a new China was born.

The Nature of Matter: Understanding the Physical World [TTC Video]

The Nature of Matter: Understanding the Physical World [TTC Video]
The Nature of Matter: Understanding the Physical World [TTC Video] by Professor David W Ball
Course No 1227 | M4V, AVC, 2000 kbps, 640x360 | English, AAC, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 24x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 11.01GB

Matter is the raw material of the universe. Stars, planets, mountains, oceans, and atmospheres are all made of matter. So are plants and animals—including humans and every material thing we have ever produced. Amazingly, this immense variety is generated by a limited number of chemical elements that combine in simple, well-defined ways.

Consider carbon, a relatively common atom with many faces:

  • Diamond: When one carbon atom bonds to four others in a cubic structure, repeated many times, the result is diamond, a form of pure carbon that is the hardest known mineral.
  • Graphite: In a different geometric arrangement, carbon atoms bond in a flat lattice that is among the softest known substances, graphite, which is used in pencil leads and lubricants.
  • Nanotubes: Loop a sheet of graphite, one atom thick, into a cylindrical shape and you get a carbon nanotube, a material 300 times stronger than steel with remarkable electrical properties.
  • Life: You would not be reading this if carbon were not an atom of surprising versatility, able to combine with other elements to create the complex chemicals that are the basis of life.

And carbon is just one element among roughly 100 that are the basic, indivisible constituents of all normal matter. They are the ingredients of our universe, and the science of chemistry tells us how elements combine and why the resulting compounds have the properties they do.

This physical picture of the world has taken centuries to assemble, but its insights are now available to anyone. No scientific background is needed to appreciate such miracles of everyday life as the bounce of a rubber ball or water’s astonishing power to dissolve. Moreover, the study of matter has led directly to such inventions as semiconductor circuits for computers, new fabrics for clothes, and powerful adhesives for medicine and industry. These discoveries were hard-won by scientific sleuths, but we can all sit back and enjoy the details—just as we delight in the solution to a good detective story.

The Nature of Matter: Understanding the Physical World deciphers the mystery of matter in 24 engaging and enlightening half-hour lectures that are geared toward anyone with a curious mind; there are no other prerequisites. Your guide is Professor David W. Ball of Cleveland State University, a noted researcher, textbook author, and award-winning teacher, who has a gift for making chemistry beautifully accessible and engaging.

How the World Works

Starting with the fundamental components of the universe—matter, energy, and entropy—you quickly build your conceptual toolkit to include atoms and the different ways they bond to each other, forming molecules and other compounds. Plentiful graphics and animations help make these ideas crystal clear, launching you into the crucial mission of chemistry: explaining how matter behaves. In The Nature of Matter, you investigate the principles behind a fascinating array of substances, including some very familiar products:

  • Teflon: Discovered by accident, this long chain of molecules, called a polymer, is chemically unreactive and very slippery, giving it a multitude of uses—from non-stick coatings to leak-proof tape for pipe fittings.
  • Cotton textiles: Cotton towels and clothes are absorbent and comfortable because cotton fibers act as tiny capillaries, wicking away moisture by a phenomenon known as adhesion.
  • Soap: If oil and water don’t mix, then why does soapy water remove oil? The reason is the long hydrocarbon chain of a soap molecule, which is attracted to water at one end and oil at the other.
  • Gasoline: Liquid gasoline doesn’t burn easily, contrary to many movie explosions—but gasoline vapor does. It evaporates at a relatively low temperature, making it an ideal fuel for internal combustion engines.

You’ll discover that chemistry is a truly practical science, for after hearing the many examples that Professor Ball presents, you’ll be able to make informed decisions in such areas as nutrition, dental care, and recycling. This knowledge is even relevant to issues in the news like environmental pollution and climate change.

Delve Deep into Matter

Professor Ball takes you deep into the details of his field, explaining how to read the periodic table of the elements (which he calls “the most important, one-page tool in all of science”), why the electron shells in an atom are like a house, and the differences between a compound, a solution, a composite, and other arrangements of matter. Armed with this background, you’ll find that a number of life’s ordinary enigmas suddenly make sense:

  • Why does salt melt ice? In the lecture on solutions, you learn how particles of salt (the solute) interfere with the formation of crystals in water ice, giving it a lower freezing point and causing it to melt.
  • How do you tell a vitamin from a mineral? Vitamin and mineral nutrients illustrate an important division in chemistry: vitamins are typically covalent compounds, while minerals are usually ionic compounds.
  • Is car wax necessary? Water beads rather than pools on a waxed car, inhibiting the formation of rust. In chemical terms, the adhesion between water and wax is much lower than the cohesion within bulk water.
  • How do lizards climb up walls? Solved only recently, this mystery involves tiny hairs on the lizard’s toes, which stick to the wall through intermolecular forces, a phenomenon that has inspired new adhesives.

You’ll also study some extraordinary enigmas, such as superconductivity, which is the flow of electricity with zero resistance. Long thought to be achievable only at temperatures close to absolute zero, this phenomenon has been observed at higher temperatures in certain ceramics and other materials, raising the possibility of power transmission with perfect efficiency.

Why Matter Matters

Since prehistoric times, knowledge of materials has driven the development of civilization. The Stone Age was succeeded by the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, the industrial age, and now the age of silicon—the element that is the basis of the semiconductor revolution.

What’s next? Professor Ball devotes his final lecture to future trends in the science of matter. Speculation about the future often feels unreal. But after absorbing the previous 23 lectures of The Nature of Matter, you will know enough to form your own opinions. Is nanotechnology around the corner? Will 3-D printing take off in spectacular new directions? Can we adapt the secrets of spider silk, barnacle glue, and other remarkable biomaterials for our own uses?

It all depends on how we manipulate the raw materials of the world. Professor Ball notes that the “fun part about being a chemist is that we still have lots of combinations of these raw materials to explore.” And the joy of this course is learning from an outstanding teacher who is part of this exciting quest.

Lectures:

  1. Matter, Energy, and Entropy
  2. The Nature of Light and Matter
  3. A New Theory of Matter
  4. The Structure of Atoms and Molecules
  5. The Stellar Atom-Building Machine
  6. The Amazing Periodic Table
  7. Ionic versus Covalent Matter
  8. The Versatile Element: Carbon
  9. The Strange Behavior of Water
  10. Matter in Solution
  11. Interactions: Adhesion and Cohesion
  12. Surface Energy: The Interfaces among Us
  13. The Eloquent Chemistry of Carbon Compounds
  14. Materials for Body Implants
  15. The Chemistry of Food and Drink
  16. Fuels and Explosives
  17. The Air We Breathe
  18. Materials: The Stone, Bronze, and Iron Ages
  19. Again and Again: Polymers
  20. Recycling Materials
  21. Resistance Is Futile: Superconductors
  22. Resistance Is Useful: Semiconductors
  23. Out of Many, One: Composites
  24. The Future of Materials

Gandhi & Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age [Audiobook]

Gandhi & Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age [Audiobook]
Gandhi & Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age [Audiobook] by Arthur Herman, read by John Curless
2008 | MP3 VBR V4 + EPUB | 29 hrs 22 mins | 974.71MB

In this fascinating and meticulously researched book, bestselling historian Arthur Herman sheds new light on two of the most universally recognizable icons of the twentieth century, and reveals how their forty-year rivalry sealed the fate of India and the British Empire.

They were born worlds apart: Winston Churchill to Britain’s most glamorous aristocratic family, Mohandas Gandhi to a pious middle-class household in a provincial town in India. Yet Arthur Herman reveals how their lives and careers became intertwined as the twentieth century unfolded. Both men would go on to lead their nations through harrowing trials and two world wars—and become locked in a fierce contest of wills that would decide the fate of countries, continents, and ultimately an empire.

Gandhi & Churchill reveals how both men were more alike than different, and yet became bitter enemies over the future of India, a land of 250 million people with 147 languages and dialects and 15 distinct religions—the jewel in the crown of Britain’s overseas empire for 200 years.

Over the course of a long career, Churchill would do whatever was necessary to ensure that India remain British—including a fateful redrawing of the entire map of the Middle East and even risking his alliance with the United States during World War Two.

Mohandas Gandhi, by contrast, would dedicate his life to India’s liberation, defy death and imprisonment, and create an entirely new kind of political movement: satyagraha, or civil disobedience. His campaigns of nonviolence in defiance of Churchill and the British, including his famous Salt March, would become the blueprint not only for the independence of India but for the civil rights movement in the U.S. and struggles for freedom across the world.

Now master storyteller Arthur Herman cuts through the legends and myths about these two powerful, charismatic figures and reveals their flaws as well as their strengths. The result is a sweeping epic of empire and insurrection, war and political intrigue, with a fascinating supporting cast, including General Kitchener, Rabindranath Tagore, Franklin Roosevelt, Lord Mountbatten, and Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. It is also a brilliant narrative parable of two men whose great successes were always haunted by personal failure, and whose final moments of triumph were overshadowed by the loss of what they held most dear.

FDR [Audiobook]

FDR [Audiobook]
FDR [Audiobook] by Jean Edward Smith, read by Marc Cashman
2007 | MP3 VBR V4 | 32 hrs 52 mins | 1.08GB

One of today's premier biographers has written a modern, comprehensive, indeed ultimate book on the epic life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

This is a portrait painted in broad strokes and fine details. We see how Roosevelt's restless energy, fierce intellect, personal magnetism, and ability to project effortless grace permitted him to master countless challenges throughout his life. Smith recounts FDR's personal battles and also tackles head-on and in depth the numerous failures and miscues of Roosevelt's political career.

Summing up Roosevelt's legacy, Smith gives us the clearest picture yet of how this quintessential Knickerbocker aristocrat became the common man's president. The result is a powerful account that adds fresh perspectives and draws profound conclusions about a man whose story is widely known but not well understood. Written for the general reader and scholars alike, FDR is a stunning biography in every way worthy of its subject.

Digging through History: Archaeology and Religion from Atlantis to the Holocaust [EPUB]

Digging through History: Archaeology and Religion from Atlantis to the Holocaust [EPUB]
Digging through History: Archaeology and Religion from Atlantis to the Holocaust by Richard A Freund
2012 | EPUB | 20.79MB

Digging through History follows rabbi and archaeologist Richard Freund's journey through some of the most fascinating archaeological sites of human history―including the mysterious Atlantis, Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the long-buried Holocaust camp Sobibor. Each chapter takes readers through a different archaeological site, showing what we can learn about past religious life and religious faith through the artifacts found there, as well as what has given each site such strong "staying power" over time.

The Invisible History of the Rosicrucians [EPUB]

The Invisible History of the Rosicrucians [EPUB]
The Invisible History of the Rosicrucians: The World's Most Mysterious Secret Society by Tobias Churton
2009 | EPUB | 4.83MB

For nearly 400 years, incredible myths and stories have been woven around the “invisible” Brothers of the Rose Cross, the Rosicrucians. It is said that they possessed the secret of man and God, that they could turn lead into gold, that they governed Europe in secret, that theirs was the true philosophy of Freemasonry, and that they could save--or destroy--the world. In The Invisible History of the Rosicrucians, Tobias Churton, a “perfected” Knight of the Rose Croix and the Pelican (18th degree, Ancient and Accepted Rite), presents the first definitive historical and philosophical view of this mysterious brotherhood.

Starting at its beginnings in Germany in 1603, Churton unveils the truth behind the complex story that underlies the Rosicrucian movement. He explains its purpose, the motives of its earliest creators, and the manifestos “accidentally” published in the 17th century that emerged at precisely the time when modern science was emerging. He details the people who influenced its development--including Johannes Kepler, Robert Fludd, and Sir Francis Bacon--and the ties between the Rosicrucians, Freemasons, and Templars. He also shows how Rosicrucianism shaped the mythology and spiritual consciousness of both North and South America and reveals that there are many Rosicrucian fraternities still active throughout the world today.

Advanced Abacus: Theory and Practice [EPUB]

Advanced Abacus: Theory and Practice [EPUB]
Advanced Abacus: Theory and Practice by Takashi Kojima
1991 | EPUB | 5.14MB

Though the Japanese abacus may appear mysterious or even primitive, this intriguing tool is capable of amazing speed and accuracy. it is still widely used throughout the shop and markets of Asia and its popularity shows no sign of decline.

This volume is designed for the student desiring a greater understanding of the abacus and its calculative functions. The text provides thorough explanations of the advanced operations involving negative numbers, decimals, different units of measurement, and square roots. Diagrams illustrate bead manipulation, and numerous exercises provide ample practice.

Concise and easy-to-follow, this book will improve your abacus skills and help you perform calculations with greater efficiency and precision.

Learning Personalized: The Evolution of the Contemporary Classroom [EPUB]

Learning Personalized: The Evolution of the Contemporary Classroom [EPUB]
Learning Personalized: The Evolution of the Contemporary Classroom by Allison Zmuda, Greg Curtis, Diane Ullman
2015 | EPUB + PDF | 8.95/3.13MB

A real-world action plan for educators to create personalized learning experiences

Learning Personalized: The Evolution of the Contemporary Classroom provides teachers, administrators, and educational leaders with a clear and practical guide to personalized learning. Written by respected teachers and leading educational consultants Allison Zmuda, Greg Curtis, and Diane Ullman, this comprehensive resource explores what personalized learning looks like, how it changes the roles and responsibilities of every stakeholder, and why it inspires innovation. The authors explain that, in order to create highly effective personalized learning experiences, a new instructional design is required that is based loosely on the traditional model of apprenticeship: learning by doing.

Learning Personalized challenges educators to rethink the fundamental principles of schooling that honors students' natural willingness to play, problem solve, fail, re-imagine, and share. This groundbreaking resource:

  • Explores the elements of personalized learning and offers a framework to achieve it
  • Provides a roadmap for enrolling relevant stakeholders to create a personalized learning vision and reimagine new roles and responsibilities
  • Addresses needs and provides guidance specific to the job descriptions of various types of educators, administrators, and other staff
  • This invaluable educational resource explores a simple framework for personalized learning: co-creation, feedback, sharing, and learning that is as powerful for a teacher to re-examine classroom practice as it is for a curriculum director to reexamine the structure of courses.

Edvard Munch: Chronology of Paintings 1880-1905 [EPUB]

Edvard Munch: Chronology of Paintings 1880-1905 [EPUB]
Edvard Munch: Chronology of Paintings 1880-1905 by Daniel Ankele
2015 | EPUB | 60.69MB

EDVARD MUNCH: CHRONOLOGY OF PAINTINGS 1880-1905 Art Book contains 630+ HD Reproductions of Landscapes and Portraits, Nudes, Still Lifes and Genre Scenes with annotations and biography.

Book includes Chronological Table of Contents, Top 50 Museums of the World, and is formatted for all Kindle devices, Kindle for iOS and Android Tablets (use rotate and/or zoom feature on landscape/horizontal images for optimal viewing).

Inner Hero Creative Art Journal [EPUB]

Inner Hero Creative Art Journal [EPUB]
Inner Hero Creative Art Journal: Mixed Media Messages to Silence Your Inner Critic by Quinn McDonald
2014 | EPUB | 17.53MB

Dear Inner Critic, meet your inner heroes!

As a creative person, you are familiar with the critic--that nagging presence in your head that is always trying to point out your shortcomings. But there is hope: Your inner heroes are also always with you at your worktable. Through the creation of your personal Inner Hero Creative Art Journal (a series of loose-leaf cards, each with a new mixed-media technique), you will invite an inner conversation that will illuminate your best self. Your inner Scribe, Tarot Reader, Alchemist, Gardener and Wise Woman each long to be introduced to your inner critic and to show you a positive and more supportive perspective.

Those who wish to step up to their inner critic will soon hear a gentler voice.

  • Overcome negative self-talk--Each chapter introduces a variety of ideas and exercises to release your inner heroes.
  • Discover a new format--Loose-leaf watercolor pages become art-journaled cards you will use over and over again to make meaning of your journey.
  • Mixed media techniques--Discover art-making techniques using inks, photos, watercolors, fabric, eggshells and more to use in your own art journaling.
  • Additional online content--Links to downloadable worksheets and inspiring variations are sprinkled throughout the book.

Step out of the critic's shade and into the warmth and comfort of your own creative light.

Painting Flowers on Rocks [EPUB]

Painting Flowers on Rocks [EPUB]
Painting Flowers on Rocks by Lin Wellford
1999 | EPUB | 6.52MB

Anyone can be a rock artist! Just paint along with the easy-to-follow, step-by-step photographs.

You don't need a green thumb to grow these bloomin' beauties - just some ordinary rocks and acrylic paint. Step-by-step instructions (with lots of pictures) make it fun and easy to paint your own rock tulips, daisies, petunias, daffodils and other flowers. They'll brighten any corner of your home, they make great gifts - and they're guaranteed not to wilt!

Quick & Clever Watercolor Pencils [EPUB]

Quick & Clever Watercolor Pencils [EPUB]
Quick & Clever Watercolor Pencils by Charles Evans
2006 | EPUB | 5.95MB

Charles Evans shows you how to get the very best results from watercolor pencils in next to no time!

Watercolor pencils are versatile, fun and easy-to-use no matter where you are. In Quick & Clever Watercolor Pencils, Charles leads you through the entire process of learning how to use these invaluable tools effectively, revealing his ingenious tips and tricks along the way.

  • Packed with information on tools, materials and techniques
  • Varied projects for outdoors and indoors, ranging from simple landscapes to more complex compositions, and from pets to buildings
  • Inspirational pages from Charles' own sketchbooks that clearly demonstrate the immediacy of this medium

Color Harmony in Your Paintings [EPUB]

Color Harmony in Your Paintings [EPUB]
Color Harmony in your Paintings by Margaret Kessler
2012 | EPUB | 7.44MB

Instill more emotion in your paintings through Color Harmony Color is one of the most powerful tools an artist can use to capture a mood or express an emotion. However, it can also be intimidating. In Color Harmony in Your Paintings, artist and teacher Margaret Kessler takes a friendly approach to help you understand and apply the principles of color to greatly improve your work.

Through clear, instructive illustrations and painting examples, you'll learn how to use color to create expressive moods, unity, rhythm and eye-catching designs as well as heighten the impact of your paintings. No matter what your skill level, you'll find encouraging guidance for using color in any medium.

Kessler also provides many finished works and four oil demos making specific points about color usage. Once you understand color principles and when, where, why and how to apply these ideas, you will have the tools for building color harmony.