Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History [EPUB]

Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History [EPUB]
Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt
2017 | EPUB | 5.61MB

For centuries scientists have written off cannibalism as a bizarre phenomenon with little biological significance. Its presence in nature was dismissed as a desperate response to starvation or other life-threatening circumstances, and few spent time studying it. A taboo subject in our culture, the behavior was portrayed mostly through horror movies or tabloids sensationalizing the crimes of real-life flesh-eaters. But the true nature of cannibalism--the role it plays in evolution as well as human history--is even more intriguing (and more normal) than the misconceptions we’ve come to accept as fact.

In Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History, zoologist Bill Schutt sets the record straight, debunking common myths and investigating our new understanding of cannibalism’s role in biology, anthropology, and history in the most fascinating account yet written on this complex topic. Schutt takes readers from Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains, where he wades through ponds full of tadpoles devouring their siblings, to the Sierra Nevadas, where he joins researchers who are shedding new light on what happened to the Donner Party--the most infamous episode of cannibalism in American history. He even meets with an expert on the preparation and consumption of human placenta (and, yes, it goes well with Chianti).

Bringing together the latest cutting-edge science, Schutt answers questions such as why some amphibians consume their mother’s skin; why certain insects bite the heads off their partners after sex; why, up until the end of the twentieth century, Europeans regularly ate human body parts as medical curatives; and how cannibalism might be linked to the extinction of the Neanderthals. He takes us into the future as well, investigating whether, as climate change causes famine, disease, and overcrowding, we may see more outbreaks of cannibalism in many more species--including our own.

Cannibalism places a perfectly natural occurrence into a vital new context and invites us to explore why it both enthralls and repels us.

Develop Your ESP: A Quick and Easy Way to Become Psychic [EPUB]

Develop Your ESP: A Quick and Easy Way to Become Psychic [EPUB]
Develop Your ESP: A Quick and Easy Way to Become Psychic by Nina Ashby
2017 | EPUB | 0.8MB

Have you ever heard the telephone ring and known who was calling before anyone spoke? Or had a gut feeling about someone or something that ultimately proved true? Most of us ignore experiences like these because we can see no physical basis for believing in our dormant psychic abilities. Call it intuition, a hunch, a feeling, or ESP, this elusive knowledge can provide information, motivation, or direction about various aspects of our lives. Nina Ashby, teaches readers:

  • How to listen and be receptive to the inner messages received by your intuitive senses
  • How to use techniques and exercises to develop and control your psychic abilities

This is a program that can quickly enhance anyone's ability to go beyond the 5 senses and enter another dimension of awareness. Find out which psychic talents you possess and develop those particular gifts with a mix of theory and practical exercises. Learn to understand the body's energy fields and auras and see why the spiritual plane is every bit as important as the physical world. Then get a complete psychic education, from cleansing rituals and focusing your inner energy charges to reading auras and using divination techniques such as tarot, I Ching, and psychometry to interpret signs and messages. Charts, tables, and graphs illustrate the theories.

The Simple, Healing Cleanse: The Ayurvedic Path to Energy, Clarity, Wellness, and Your Best You [EPUB]

The Simple, Healing Cleanse: The Ayurvedic Path to Energy, Clarity, Wellness, and Your Best You [EPUB]
The Simple, Healing Cleanse: The Ayurvedic Path to Energy, Clarity, Wellness, and Your Best You by Kimberly Larson, Claudia Welch
2017 | EPUB | 16.84MB

Cleanse your body while still feeling well-fed, healthy, and balanced!

Most cleanses promise everything from clear skin, to zero belly fat, to nirvana. But one thing missing from many of these empty promises is true nourishment. Derived from Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga and an ancient medicine from India, The Simple, Healing Cleanse is an informational guide to a traditional, accessible four-week cleanse that will help you build more body awareness and consciousness around food.

With 50 basic, cleansing recipes and meal-planning tips, this cleanse is easy even for the busiest bee with a minimal amount of time to spend in the kitchen. You'll learn how to incorporate the concept of your Ayurvedic type (dosha) to build a foundation for healthy, life-long dietary choices, bring balance to the body and mind, and cultivate vibrant health. The Simple, Healing Cleanse will help you find simple ways to give your digestive system a break, to simplify your diet without crazy, unhealthy restrictions, and simply find lightness, clarity, and ease in a scattered, noisy world.

The Hormone Boost: How to Power Up Your 6 Essential Hormones for Strength, Energy, and Weight Loss [EPUB]

The Hormone Boost: How to Power Up Your 6 Essential Hormones for Strength, Energy, and Weight Loss [EPUB]
The Hormone Boost: How to Power Up Your 6 Essential Hormones for Strength, Energy, and Weight Loss by Natasha Turner
2016 | EPUB | 1.14MB

New York Times bestselling author Dr. Natasha Turner returns with a simple and effective weight-loss plan that harnesses the power of the six hormones linked to strength, energy, and weight loss.

When it comes to metabolism, energy, immunity, memory, mood, and strength, who doesn’t need a boost now and then? The Hormone Boost is the first book to provide an extensive, scientific overview of the six hormones that influence weight loss. Although it is widely accepted that the thyroid hormones control weight loss efforts, Dr. Turner reveals how the impact of five other hormones―testosterone and DHEAs, adiponectin, growth hormone, adrenaline, and glucagon―are equally important when trying to lose weight.

In Dr. Turner’s previous bestselling books, she taught you how to identify and solve hormonal imbalances. In The Hormone Boost, she focuses on optimizing what’s right and includes a revolutionary plan that has been proven effective for everyone, not just those experiencing symptoms of hormone disruption. With more than 60 recipes and a simple Pick-4 guide to creating meals, smoothies, and salads, the book makes getting the right balance of carbs, fat, and protein easy.

The Hormone Boost is chock-full of tips and positive research findings and features daily progress tracking aids and a weekly workout plan that emphasizes strength training. The book also includes advice about supplements for accelerating fat loss, improving sleep, digestion, and skin appearance, as well as building strong muscles and bones. You will find inspiration in the success stories from Dr. Turner’s clinical practice and TV belly-fat makeovers.

Rather than merely targeting weight loss, The Hormone Boost offers total wellness. No more deprivation, irritability, hunger, or fatigue that so often accompany diets. Dr. Turner’s plan will have you energized from the start!

The Cellulite Myth: It's Not Fat, It's Fascia [EPUB]

The Cellulite Myth: It's Not Fat, It's Fascia [EPUB]
The Cellulite Myth: It's Not Fat, It's Fascia by Ashley Black, Joanna Hunt
2017 | EPUB | 5.56MB

The last book you’ll ever need about cellulite, and the first book you need to take control and change your health forever!

Forget everything you’ve ever been told about cellulite—it’s a myth! Ashley Black, fascia pioneer, and body guru to the stars, unveils never before known secrets to obliterating cellulite and changing your personal health paradigm. For years we’ve been conditioned to believe that cellulite is a fat problem, yet skinny girls have it, active girls have it, sedentary girls have it, curvy girls have it, older women have it and, guess what, so do younger women. In fact, 90% of women struggle with it . . . you are not alone!

The appearance of fat is affected by the sticky webbing of tissue it’s housed in called fascia—which can be manipulated. Get ready for the most radical shift in Health and Beauty of the century! Obliterate cellulite, transform your body, and revolutionize your life!

Energy Reset: Remove the Toxins, Reset Your Hormones, Restore Your Energy [EPUB]

Energy Reset: Remove the Toxins, Reset Your Hormones, Restore Your Energy [EPUB]
Energy Reset: Remove the Toxins, Reset Your Hormones, Restore Your Energy by Michelle Brown
2017 | EPUB | 0.7MB

Do you find yourself wondering why you're constantly battling fatigue, low energy and brain fog? Does your sluggish thyroid and overworked adrenals leave you wondering what's got your hormones so out of whack? Do you feel like you never have enough energy, no matter how well you eat or how much sleep you get?

In Energy Reset, you'll learn how a toxic environment has us living out of sync with the way our bodies were created to function and how you can start to ditch the toxins fast so you can rebalance your hormones and reset your energy. Whether you're struggling with brain fog, irritability and depression, or you're simply too tired to show up for your own life, Energy Reset presents the root of chronic health problems in a clear and understandable manner.

In Energy Reset you'll find out how to get to the real root of your hormonal dysfunction and fatigue so you can regain your energy and stay healthy for the long haul.

In Energy Reset, you'll learn:

  • How the health of your gut affects the health of every other part of your body-including your thyroid, your adrenals and even your brain.
  • How toxins in five key areas are derailing your health and draining your energy and what you can do to protect yourself.
  • Where to look to find the right answers to your health problems so you can start feeling better fast- instead of wasting time and money searching for answers.

Don't live another day accepting exhaustion and foggy thinking as your new normal. With Energy Reset you'll learn how to quickly and easily remove the toxins, reset your hormones and restore your energy.

Everyday Health and Fitness with Multiple Sclerosis: Achieve Your Peak Physical Wellness while Working with Limited Mobility [EPUB]

Everyday Health and Fitness with Multiple Sclerosis: Achieve Your Peak Physical Wellness while Working with Limited Mobility [EPUB]
Everyday Health and Fitness with Multiple Sclerosis: Achieve Your Peak Physical Wellness while Working with Limited Mobility by David Lyons, Jacob Sloane
2017 | EPUB | 12.74MB

Achieve real gains and remove obstacles in your path to fitness with Everyday Health and Fitness with Multiple Sclerosis.

David Lyons' program is designed to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and includes anecdotes from real people with MS, their limitations and how they followed this plan to reach their fitness goals. The customizable, high-intensity, calorie-burning workout builds lean muscle mass. Find advice and solutions for overcoming mental hurdles, nutrition fundamentals to properly fuel workouts, easily adaptable exercises, and motivation. Everyday Heath and Fitness is a road map for every person who wants to conquer a disease or disability, and just get moving.

From Slight to Might: Building Muscle for the Hardgainer [EPUB]

From Slight to Might: Building Muscle for the Hardgainer [EPUB]
From Slight to Might: Building Muscle for the Hardgainer by Hollis Lance Liebman
2016 | EPUB | 15.0MB

Are you discouraged at the gym? You see all those muscular men lifting double your weight with ease, but when you look in the mirror, all that’s looking back at you is a skinny guy longing for bulk. Well the days of thinking that you’ll never be muscular are long but over. Now you have the opportunity to bulk up with ease! How you say? Well just pick up a copy of From Slight to Might and find out!

From fitness guru Hollis Lance Liebman comes a book that not only shows you the right way to begin your workouts, but how to train for the future in both the gym and at home. Shown through Liebman’s three phases of progressive change, you’ll be able to see noticeable improvements to you physique in just a few months.

Many people waste hours in the gym doing exercises incorrectly or using too much weight. Then you have those who sweat the fat off and then go home to an unhealthy meal. Liebman touches on this and more by not only showing you the proper form for each exercise, but how to also improve your diet and personal mindset (along with your body).

With full-color photographs and step-by-step instructions, From Slight to Might will help you add the bulk you’ve been seeking and continue to gain personal confidence in your body. Your mood will improve, your clothes will fit better, and you’ll feel like a better person by getting in shape, bulking up, and learning the right way to live that you’ve always been yearning for.

TalkRx: Five Steps to Honest Conversations That Create Connection, Health, and Happiness [EPUB]

TalkRx: Five Steps to Honest Conversations That Create Connection, Health, and Happiness [EPUB]
TalkRx: Five Steps to Honest Conversations That Create Connection, Health, and Happiness by Neha Sangwan
2015 | EPUB | 1.79MB

Do you say yes when you really mean no? Do you avoid conflict at all costs? Are you waiting for someone in your life to change in order to get what you want? If so, you’re not alone. Most people will do anything to avoid the unpleasant sensations that accompany having an honest exchange—even if it’s as simple as declining an invitation. But not speaking directly in the short term results in a much bigger problem long-term: hurt feelings and passive-aggressive patterns that stress us out, keep us up at night, and literally make us sick.

You might be thinking, Communication? I know how to communicate. Don’t be fooled. Communication is simple, but it’s not always easy. Many of us learn from an early age to be guarded about what and how we share with others. Few of us know how to pay attention to our body, thoughts, emotions, and values in order to speak from the heart.

In this book, Neha Sangwan, M.D., reveals practical yet profound communication tools that will strengthen your relationships, reduce your stress, improve your health, and even save you time. Having treated thousands of patients in one of the nation’s largest hospital systems, Doctor Neha discovered a theme: her patients’ inability to communicate often played an underlying role in their illness and how well they were able to recover. Once she understood this correlation, she was inspired to create the simple five-step process you’ll learn in this book. TalkRx will lead you step-by-step to listen to your body’s signals to better manage stress, create new outcomes with even the most challenging personalities in your life, articulate your frustration and disappointment effectively, talk to people instead of about them; make agreements that stick; and more.

No Excuses Fitness: The 30-Day Plan to Tone Your Body and Supercharge Your Health [EPUB]

No Excuses Fitness: The 30-Day Plan to Tone Your Body and Supercharge Your Health [EPUB]
No Excuses Fitness: The 30-Day Plan to Tone Your Body and Supercharge Your Health by Donovan Green
2015 | EPUB | 12.25MB

Dr. Oz's personal trainer, Donovan Green, delivers a 30-day fitness program focusing on exercise, diet, and attitude, forged from his experience training thousands of clients ranging from celebrities to regular folks.

Between his positive, can-do spirit and practical, brass tacks strategies for getting in shape, it's no wonder that Donovan Green has reached 3.7 million daily viewers via his unique No Excuses platform on DrOz.com. With No Excuses Fitness, Green delivers a comprehensive month-long plan designed to help readers lose 10 pounds in 30 days. Filled with healthy recipes, workouts that can be done anywhere and with minimal equipment, and daily tips for staying focused (especially through plateaus), and featuring a foreword by Dr. Oz's wife Lisa, No Excuses Fitness will inspire and guide anyone interested in losing weight and gaining optimal health.

On the Parole Board: Reflections on Crime, Punishment, Redemption, and Justice [EPUB]

On the Parole Board: Reflections on Crime, Punishment, Redemption, and Justice [EPUB]
On the Parole Board: Reflections on Crime, Punishment, Redemption, and Justice by Frederic G Reamer
2016 | EPUB | 1.02MB

Few people experience life inside of prison. Even fewer are charged with the formidable responsibility of deciding whether inmates should be released. In his twenty-four years on the Rhode Island Parole Board, Frederic G. Reamer has judged the fates of thousands of inmates, deciding which are ready to reenter society and which are not. It is a complicated choice that balances injury to victims and their families against an offender’s capacity for transformation.

With rich retellings of criminal cases—some banal, some brutal—On the Parole Board is a singular book that explains from an insider’s perspective how a variety of factors play into the board’s decisions: the ongoing effect on victims and their loved ones, the life histories of offenders, the circumstances of the crimes, and the powerful and often extraordinary displays of forgiveness and remorse. Pulling back the curtain on a process largely shrouded in mystery, Reamer lays bare the thorny philosophical issues of crime and justice and their staggering consequences for inmates, victims, and the public at large. Reamer and his colleagues often hope, despite encountering behavior at its worst, that criminals who have made horrible mistakes have the capacity for redemption. Yet that hope must be tempered with a realistic appraisal of risk, given the potentially grave consequences of releasing an inmate who may commit a future crime.

This book will appeal to anyone interested in the complexities of the criminal justice system, the need to correct its injustices, and the challenges of those who must decide when justice has been served.

Auschwitz and Birkenau: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives [EPUB]

Auschwitz and Birkenau: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives [EPUB]
Auschwitz and Birkenau: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives by Ian Baxter
2016 | EPUB | 37.32MB

Auschwitz and Birkenau were separated from each other by about a 45-minute walk. Auschwitz was adapted to hold political prisoners in 1940 and evolved into a killing machine in 1941. Later that year a new site called Birkenau was found to extend the Auschwitz complex. Here a vast complex of buildings were constructed to hold initially Russian POWs and later Jews as a labour pool for the surrounding industries including IG Farben. Following the January 1943 Wannsee Conference, Birkenau evolved into a murder factory using makeshift houses which were adapted to kill Jews and Russian POWs. Later due to sheer volume Birkenau evolved into a mass killing machine using gas chambers and crematoria, while Auschwitz, which still held prisoners, became the administrative centre.

The images show first Auschwitz main camp and then Birkenau and are carefully chosen to illustrate specific areas, like the Women’s Camp, Gypsy Camp, SS quarters, Commandant’s House, railway disembarkation, the ‘sauna’, disinfection area and the Crematoria. Maps covering Auschwitz and Birkenau explain the layout.

This book is shocking proof of the scale of the Holocaust.

Roman Guardsman 62 BC–AD 324 [EPUB]

Roman Guardsman 62 BC–AD 324 [EPUB]
Roman Guardsman 62 BC–AD 324 by Ross Cowan
2014 | EPUB | 15.8MB

For four centuries, from the civil wars of the Late Republic to Constantine's bloody reunification of the Empire, elite corps of guardsmen were at the heart of every Roman army. Whether as bodyguards or as shock troops in battle, the fighting skills of praetorians, speculatores, singulares and protectores determined the course of Roman history.

This title details the changing nature of these units, their organization and operational successes, and failures from their origins in the late Republic through to their unsuccessful struggle against Constantine the Great.

Barns and Outbuildings: And How to Construct Them [EPUB]

Barns and Outbuildings: And How to Construct Them [EPUB]
Barns and Outbuildings: And How to Construct Them edited by Byron D Halsted
2011 | EPUB | 50.22MB

First published in 1881, this classic volume presents dozens of practical examples of barns and outbuildings—including floor plans and building instructions—and contains two hundred and fifty-seven engravings, woodcuts, and line drawings illustrating historical and practical designs. Featured designs include cattle barns, pigpens, pigeon houses, self-feeding corncribs, self-closing doors, icehouses, springhouses, granaries, horse barns, dog houses, and much more. Halsted also provides suggestions on the placement of outbuildings and on choosing the cor-rect materials for foundations, walls, and roofs.

This new release of Barns and Outbuildings—a tribute to the beauty of the farm and the ingenuity of the farmer—will engage new audiences, from builders and organic gardeners to history buffs and craft lovers.

Black & Decker The Complete Outdoor Builder: From Arbors to Walkways 150 DIY Projects, Updated Edition [EPUB]

Black & Decker The Complete Outdoor Builder: From Arbors to Walkways 150 DIY Projects, Updated Edition [EPUB]
Black & Decker The Complete Outdoor Builder: From Arbors to Walkways 150 DIY Projects, Updated Edition by Editors of Cool Springs Press
2016 | EPUB | 170.98MB

Find more than 150 projects for building custom decks, patios, fences, sheds, and more!

From building a new deck to creating a garden pathway, the great outdoors is the most popular place for homeowners to showcase their creativity and skill. With more than 150 outdoor building projects shown with step-by-step photography, Complete Outdoor Builder has a project for anyone, guaranteed to improve your yard. This updated and redesigned book with a handsome hardcover is sure to find a permanent place on the shelf of anyone who wants to create and maintain a beautiful outdoor living space.

Some of the projects covered in Complete Outdoor Builder include:

  • Attached deck
  • Fences
  • Composite railings
  • Sheds
  • Walkways
  • Playset
  • Treehouse
  • Landscape steps
  • Arbor
  • . . . and much more!

The Complete Outdoor Builder includes a wide range of projects and appeals to all skill levels. Building decks and patios are among the most popular categories for outdoor construction, and you'll find all the techniques and skills--as well as complete lists of tools and materials required--to design and build your own. Complete Outdoor Builder also offers plans and revamped photography for more than a dozen designs that you can replicate or use as inspiration for a custom project. Designed, built, and photographed by professionals, the fun projects in this book also have the stamp of approval from Black & Decker, the most trusted name in DIY tools and equipment. Roll up your sleeves; it's time to build something great.

BenBella's Best of Plant-Based Eating: Recipes and Expertise from Your Favorite Vegan Authors [EPUB]

BenBella's Best of Plant-Based Eating: Recipes and Expertise from Your Favorite Vegan Authors [EPUB]
BenBella's Best of Plant-Based Eating: Recipes and Expertise from Your Favorite Vegan Authors by BenBella Vegan
2014 | EPUB | 16.01MB

Living plant-based doesn't mean you have to resign yourself to eating salads for every meal (although we wouldn't say no to a bowl of leafy greens). BenBella's Best of Plant-Based Eating has creative and delicious recipes for a well-balanced, varied, and satisfying vegan lifestyle. Inside you'll find nearly 50 recipes from our top-selling cookbooks (and upcoming fall releases!) including:

  • Thai Tacos
  • Fig & Caramelized Onion Tart
  • Buddha Lentil Burger
  • Cinnamon Buns
  • And more!

Along with recipes, you'll also find selections exploring the global implications of a plant-based lifestyle, to feed your mind as well as your body.

The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today's America [Audiobook]

The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today's America [Audiobook]
The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today's America [Audiobook] by Mark Sundeen, read by the Author
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 10 hrs 51 mins | 298.9MB

The radical search for the simple life in today's America.

On a frigid April night, a classically trained opera singer, five months pregnant, and her husband, a former marine biologist, disembark an Amtrak train in La Plata, Missouri, assemble two bikes, and pedal off into the night, bound for a homestead they've purchased sight unseen. Meanwhile, a horticulturist, heir to the Great Migration that brought masses of African Americans to Detroit, and her husband, a product of the white flight from it, have turned to urban farming to revitalize the blighted city they both love. And near Missoula, Montana, a couple who have been at the forefront of organic farming for decades navigate what it means to live and raise a family ethically.

A work of immersive journalism steeped in a distinctively American social history and sparked by a personal quest, The Unsettlers traces the search for the simple life through the stories of these new pioneers and what inspired each of them to look for - or create - a better existence. Captivating and clear-eyed, it dares us to imagine what a sustainable, ethical, authentic future might actually look like.

The Human Advantage: A New Understanding of How Our Brain Became Remarkable [Audiobook]

The Human Advantage: A New Understanding of How Our Brain Became Remarkable [Audiobook]
The Human Advantage: A New Understanding of How Our Brain Became Remarkable [Audiobook] by Suzana Herculano-Houzel, read by Dina Pearlman
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 8 mins | 196.35MB

Humans are awesome. Our brains are gigantic, seven times larger than they should be for the size of our bodies. The human brain uses 25 percent of all the energy the body requires each day. And it became enormous in a very short amount of time in evolution, allowing us to leave our cousins, the great apes, behind.

So the human brain is special, right? Wrong, according to Suzana Herculano-Houzel. Humans have developed cognitive abilities that outstrip those of all other animals but not because we are evolutionary outliers. The human brain was not singled out to become amazing in its own exclusive way, and it never stopped being a primate brain. If we are not an exception to the rules of evolution, then what is the source of the human advantage?

Herculano-Houzel shows that it is not the size of our brain that matters but the fact that we have more neurons in the cerebral cortex than any other animal, thanks to our ancestors' invention, some 1.5 million years ago, of a more efficient way to obtain calories: cooking. Because we are primates, ingesting more calories in less time made possible the rapid acquisition of a huge number of neurons in the still fairly small cerebral cortex - the part of the brain responsible for finding patterns, reasoning, developing technology, and passing it on through culture. Herculano-Houzel shows us how she came to these conclusions - making "brain soup" to determine the number of neurons in the brain, for example, and bringing animal brains in a suitcase through customs. The Human Advantage is an engaging and original look at how we became remarkable without ever being special.

The Shark and the Albatross: Travels with a Camera to the Ends of the Earth [Audiobook]

The Shark and the Albatross: Travels with a Camera to the Ends of the Earth [Audiobook]
The Shark and the Albatross: Travels with a Camera to the Ends of the Earth [Audiobook] by John Aitchison, read by the Author
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 56 mins | 246.33MB

For 20 years John Aitchison has been travelling the world to film wildlife for the BBC and other broadcasters, taking him to faraway places on every continent.

The Shark and the Albatross is the story of these journeys of discovery, of his encounters with animals and occasional enterprising individuals in remote and sometimes dangerous places.

His destinations include the far north and the far south, expeditions to film for Frozen Planet and other natural history series, in Svalbard, Alaska, the remote Atlantic island of South Georgia, and the Antarctic. They also encompass wild places in India, China and the United States.

In all he finds and describes key moments in the lives of animals, among them polar bears and penguins, seals and whales, sharks and birds, and wolves and lynxes. He reveals what happens behind the scenes and beyond the camera. He explains the practicalities and challenges of the filming process, and the problems of survival in perilous places. He records touching moments and dramatic incidents, some ending in success, others desperately sad.

There are times when a hunted animal triumphs against the odds and others when, in spite of preparation for every outcome, disaster strikes. And, as the author shows in several incidents that combine nail-biting tension with hair-raising hilarity, disaster can strike for filmmakers too.

This is natural history writing at its absolute best, evocative, informative and gripping from first to last.

Martian Summer: My Ninety Days with Interplanetary Pioneers, Tempermental Robots, and NASA's Phoenix Mars Mission [Audiobook]

Martian Summer: My Ninety Days with Interplanetary Pioneers, Tempermental Robots, and NASA's Phoenix Mars Mission [Audiobook]
Martian Summer: My Ninety Days with Interplanetary Pioneers, Tempermental Robots, and NASA's Phoenix Mars Mission [Audiobook] by Andrew Kessler, read by Adam Schneemann
2014 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 23 mins | 310.11MB

A space enthusiast goes inside mission control with a motley crew of rocket scientists in this “fascinating journey of discovery peppered with humor” (Publishers Weekly).

The Phoenix Mars mission was the first man-made probe ever sent to the Martian arctic. Its purpose was to find out how climate change could turn a warm, wet planet (read: Earth) into a cold, barren desert (read: Mars). Along the way, Phoenix discovered a giant frozen ocean trapped beneath the north pole of Mars, exotic food for aliens, and liquid water, and laid the foundation for NASA’s current exploration of Mars using the Curiosity rover.

This is not science fiction. It’s fact. And for the luckiest fanboy in fandom, it was the best vacation ever. Andrew Kessler spent the summer of 2008 in NASA’s mission control with one hundred thirty of the world’s best planetary scientists and engineers as they carried out this ambitious operation. He came back with a story of human drama about modern-day pioneers battling NASA politics, temperamental robots, and the bizarre world of daily life in mission control.

Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind [Audiobook]

Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind [Audiobook]
Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind [Audiobook] by Sakyong Mipham, read by Neil Hellegers
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 17 mins | 145.38MB

A unique fitness program from a highly respected spiritual leader that blends physical and spiritual practice for everyone - regardless of age, spiritual background, or ability - to great benefits for both body and soul.

As a Tibetan lama and leader of Shambhala (an international community of 165 meditation centers), Sakyong Mipham has found physical activity to be essential for spiritual well-being. He's been trained in horsemanship and martial arts but has a special love for running. Here he incorporates his spiritual practice with running, presenting basic meditation instruction and fundamental principles he has developed. Even though both activities can be complicated, the lessons here are simple and designed to show how the melding of internal practice with physical movement can be used by anyone - regardless of age, spiritual background, or ability - to benefit body and soul.

Europe's Last Chance: Why the European States Must Form a More Perfect Union [EPUB]

Europe's Last Chance: Why the European States Must Form a More Perfect Union [EPUB]
Europe's Last Chance: Why the European States Must Form a More Perfect Union by Guy Verhofstadt
2017 | EPUB | 3.9MB

Europe is caught in its greatest crisis since the Second World War. The catalog of ills seems endless: an economic crisis spread through most of Europe's Mediterranean tier that has crippled Greece and driven a wedge between northern and southern Europe; terrorist attacks in Paris, Cologne, Brussels, and Nice; growing aggression from Russia in Ukraine and the Baltic states; and refugees escaping war-torn neighbors. The European Union's inability to handle any of these disasters was a driving factor in Great Britain voting to leave, and others may soon follow. The result won't just be a continent in turmoil, but also a serious threat to American and British security-the Atlantic, let alone the Channel, simply isn't big enough to keep European troubles in Europe. For everyone's sake, Europe must survive.

The question is how. In Europe's Last Chance, Guy Verhofstadt-former prime minister of Belgium and current leader of the liberal faction in the European Parliament-provides the essential framework for understanding Europe today, laying bare the absurdity of a system in which each member state can veto legislation, opt in or out of the Euro, or close borders on a whim. But Verhofstadt does not just indict the European Union, he also offers a powerful vision for how the continent can change for the better. The key, argues Verhofstadt, is to reform the European Union along the lines of America's federal government: a United States of Europe strong enough to stand with the United States of America in making a better, safer world.

A visionary book from one of today's luminaries of European leadership, Europe's Last Chance is a clarion call to save the European Union, one of the world's greatest chances for peace and prosperity.

A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism [EPUB]

A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism [EPUB]
A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism edited by Eric Hayot, Rebecca L Walkowitz
2016 | EPUB | 12.46MB

Bringing together leading critics and literary scholars, A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism argues for new ways of understanding the nature and development of twentieth-century literature and culture. Scholars have largely understood modernism as an American and European phenomenon. Those parameters have expanded in recent decades, but the incorporation of multiple origins and influences has often been tied to older conceptual frameworks that make it difficult to think of modernism globally. Providing alternative approaches, A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism introduces pathways through global archives and new frameworks that offer a richer, more representative set of concepts for the analysis of literary and cultural works.

In separate essays each inspired by a critical term, this collection explores what happens to the foundational concepts of modernism and the methods we bring to modernist studies when we approach the field as a global phenomenon. Their work transforms the intellectual paradigms we have long associated with modernism, such as tradition, antiquity, style, and translation. New paradigms, such as context, slum, copy, pantomime, and puppets emerge as the archive extends beyond its European center. In bringing together and reexamining the familiar as well as the emergent, the contributors to this volume offer an invaluable and original approach to studying the intersection of world literature and modernist studies.

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery [EPUB]

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery [EPUB]
Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery by Caren Cooper
2016 | EPUB | 1.46MB

The engaging history of the people whose contributions to scientific pursuits make us rethink the meaning of the word "scientist."

Think you need a degree in science to contribute to important scientific discoveries? Think again. All around the world, in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology, millions of everyday people are choosing to participate in the scientific process. Working in cooperation with scientists in pursuit of information, innovation, and discovery, these volunteers are following protocols, collecting and reviewing data, and sharing their observations. They are our neighbors, our in-laws, and people in the office down the hall. Their story, along with the story of the social good that can result from citizen science, has largely been untold, until now.

Citizen scientists are challenging old notions about who can conduct research, where knowledge can be acquired, and even how solutions to some of our biggest societal problems might emerge. In telling their story, Cooper will inspire readers to rethink their own assumptions about the role that individuals can play in gaining scientific understanding and putting that understanding to use as stewards of our world. Citizen Science will be a rallying call-to-arms, and will also function as an authoritative resource for those inspired by the featured stories and message.

The Evolution Underground [EPUB]

The Evolution Underground [EPUB]
The Evolution Underground: Burrows, Bunkers, and the Marvelous Subterranean World Beneath our Feet by Anthony J Martin
2017 | EPUB | 53.96MB

What is the best way to survive when the going gets tough? Hiding underground. From penguins to dinosaurs, trilobites, and humans, Anthony Martin reveals the subterranean secret of survival.

Humans have “gone underground” for survival for thousands of years, from underground cities in Turkey to Cold War–era bunkers. But our burrowing roots go back to the very beginnings of animal life on earth. Without burrowing, the planet would be very different today. Many animal lineages alive now―including our own―only survived a cataclysmic meteorite strike 65 million years ago because they went underground.

On a grander scale, the chemistry of the planet itself had already been transformed many millions of years earlier by the first animal burrows, which altered whole ecosystems. Every day we walk on an earth filled with an under-ground wilderness teeming with life. Most of this life stays hidden, yet these animals and their subterranean homes are ubiquitous, ranging from the deep sea to mountains, from the equator to the poles.

Burrows are a refuge from predators, a safe home for raising young, or a tool to ambush prey. Burrows also protect animals against all types of natural disasters: fires, droughts, storms, meteorites, global warmings―and coolings. In a book filled with spectacularly diverse fauna, acclaimed paleontologist and ichnologist Anthony Martin reveals this fascinating, hidden world that will continue to influence and transform life on this planet.

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes [Audiobook]

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes [Audiobook]
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes [Audiobook] by Adam Rutherford, read by the Author
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 26 mins | 311.45MB

This is a story about you. It is the history of who you are and how you came to be. It is unique to you, as it is for every one of the 100 billion modern humans who has ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in each of our genomes we carry the history of the whole of our species.

Since scientists first read the human genome in 2001, it has been subject to all sorts of claims, counterclaims and myths. Drawing together the latest discoveries in this rapidly changing area of science, Adam Rutherford shows that in fact our genomes should be read not like instruction manuals but more like epic poems. Genes determine less than we have been led to believe about us as individuals but vastly more about us as a species.

In this captivating journey through the expanding landscape of genetics, written with great clarity and wit, Adam Rutherford reveals what our genes now tell us about human history and what history tells us about our genes. From Neanderthal discoveries to microbiology, from redheads to dead royals, criminology to race relations, evolution to epigenetics, A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived is a demystifying and illuminating new portrait of who we are and how we came to be.

The Skinny Gut Diet: Balance Your Digestive System for Permanent Weight Loss [Audiobook]

The Skinny Gut Diet: Balance Your Digestive System for Permanent Weight Loss [Audiobook]
The Skinny Gut Diet: Balance Your Digestive System for Permanent Weight Loss [Audiobook] by Brenda Watson, Leonard Smith, Jamey Jones, read by Cassandra Campbell
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 45 mins | 185.8MB

The secret to permanent weight loss revealed. The real reason diets fail has nothing to do with calories and everything to do with the balance of bacteria in your gut. A simple guide to show you how to finally achieve your ideal weight.

The 100 trillion bacteria that live in your digestive tract - which make up 90 percent of the cells in your body - are the real reason you gain or lose weight. When those microbes are out of balance, chronic health conditions can occur, including irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue, and obesity. By balancing the good and bad bacteria, you can finally achieve your ideal weight - for good.

In The Skinny Gut Diet, New York Times best-selling author, public television icon, certified nutritional consultant, and digestive health expert Brenda Watson offers an insightful perspective on the little-known connection between weight gain and an underlying imbalance of bacteria in the gut, or what she calls the "gut factor" - the overlooked root cause of weight gain. Drawing upon the latest scientific research, Brenda illuminates the inner workings of the digestive system and provides instructions for achieving a healthy bacterial ecosystem that spurs weight loss by enabling the body to absorb fewer calories from food, experience reduced cravings, and store less fat. The premise is simple: curtail sugar consumption (and its surprising sources) and eat more healthy fats, living foods, and protein to balance the gut bacteria. The result? A skinny gut.

The Skinny Gut Diet centers around an easy-to-follow diet plan. A 14-day eating plan, dozens of delicious recipes, and sage advice help you achieve - and maintain - digestive balance and sustained weight loss. With inspiring real-life stories of 10 individuals who transformed their health on the Skinny Gut Diet, Brenda empowers you to become your own health advocate so that you can finally shed unwanted pounds and enjoy optimal health and vitality.

The Stress-Proof Brain: Master Your Emotional Response to Stress Using Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity [Audiobook]

The Stress-Proof Brain: Master Your Emotional Response to Stress Using Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity [Audiobook]
The Stress-Proof Brain: Master Your Emotional Response to Stress Using Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity [Audiobook] by Melanie Greenberg, read by Coleen Marlo
2017 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 40 mins | 181.96MB

Modern times are stressful - and it's killing us. Unfortunately, we can't avoid the things that stress us out, but we can change how we respond to them. In this breakthrough book, a clinical psychologist and neuroscience expert offers an original approach to help listeners harness the power of positive emotions and overcome stress for good.

Stress is, unfortunately, a natural part of life - especially in our busy and hectic modern times. But you don't have to let it get in the way of your health and happiness. Studies show that the key to coping with stress is simpler than you think - it's all about how you respond to the situations and things that stress you out or threaten to overwhelm you.

The Stress-Proof Brain offers powerful, comprehensive tools based in mindfulness, neuroscience, and positive psychology to help you put a stop to unhealthy responses to stress - such as avoidance, tunnel vision, negative thinking, self-criticism, fixed mindset, and fear. Instead, you'll discover unique exercises that provide a recipe for resilience, empowering you to master your emotional responses, overcome negative thinking, and create a more tolerant, stress-proof brain.

This book will help you develop an original and effective program for mastering your emotional brain's response to stress by harnessing the power of neuroplasticity. By creating a more stress tolerant, resilient brain, you'll learn to shrug off the small stuff, deal with the big stuff, and live a happier, healthier life.

The Illustrated Book of Edible Plants [EPUB]

The Illustrated Book of Edible Plants [EPUB]
The Illustrated Book of Edible Plants by Jack Staub
2017 | EPUB | 31.8MB

Histories, medicinal uses, and recipe ideas for food plants from A to Z.

Focusing on the most growable vegetables, herbs, and fruits for the greatest number of people, Jack Staub tells the stories of their origins and apprises the home gardener on ways to use them, from the table to remedies and potions. Up-to-the-minute cultivation and culinary advice are delivered with accessibility and wit.

Trees on Mars: Our Obsession with the Future [Audiobook]

Trees on Mars: Our Obsession with the Future [Audiobook]
Trees on Mars: Our Obsession with the Future [Audiobook] by Hal Niedzvieki, read by Brian Troxell
2017 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 6 mins | 275.32MB

The future is big right now—for perhaps the first time, our society is more focused on what is going to happen in the future than what is happening right now. In Trees on Mars: Our Obsession with the Future, cultural critic and indie entrepreneur Hal Niedzviecki asks how and when we started believing we could and should “create the future.” What is it like to live in a society utterly focused on what is going to happen next?

Through visits to colleges, corporations, tech conferences, factories and more, Niedzviecki traces the story of how owning the future has become irresistible to us. In deep conversation with both the beneficiaries and victims of our relentless obsession with the future, Niedzviecki asks crucial questions: Where are we actually heading? How will we get there? And whom may we be leaving behind?

The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World [Audiobook]

The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World [Audiobook]
The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World [Audiobook] by Brad Stone, read by Dean Temple
2017 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 42 mins | 291.85MB

A look deep inside the new Silicon Valley, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Everything Store

Ten years ago, the idea of getting into a stranger's car, or a walking into a stranger's home, would have seemed bizarre and dangerous, but today it's as common as ordering a book online. Uber and Airbnb have ushered in a new era: redefining neighborhoods, challenging the way governments regulate business, and changing the way we travel.

In the spirit of iconic Silicon Valley renegades like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, another generation of entrepreneurs is using technology to upend convention and disrupt entire industries. These are the upstarts, idiosyncratic founders with limitless drive and an abundance of self-confidence. Led by such visionaries as Travis Kalanick of Uber and Brian Chesky of Airbnb, they are rewriting the rules of business and often sidestepping serious ethical and legal obstacles in the process.

The Upstarts is the definitive story of two new titans of business and a dawning age of tenacity, conflict and wealth. In Brad Stone's riveting account of the most radical companies of the new Silicon Valley, we discover how it all happened and what it took to change the world.

Guitar Solos Made Easy [Video]

Guitar Solos Made Easy [Video]
Guitar Solos Made Easy [Video] by Steve Stine
MP4, AVC, 1280x720 | AAC, 96 kbps, 2 Ch | 6+ hours | + PDF, MP3 | 8.47GB

Guitar Solos Made Easy is a 7 module online course by the world’s most sought after guitar instructor, Steve Stine.

  • He’s helped millions of guitarists in over 100 countries.
  • He’s famous for his ability to quickly help guitarists overcome obstacles and rapidly advance their playing to a level they never dreamed possible.

So, if you’re ready to create awe-inspiring solos from scratch, as well as master your favorite solos in half the time, this course is for you…

Each of the 7 modules covers essential soloing skills, and they’re all connected so you have an easy roadmap to help build your soloing chops, fast.

You’ll master must-know soloing techniques like meandering, improvisation, rock and blues licks, harmonics and Steve’s absolute ninja trick, chord chasing, as well as all the essential scales.

And by the end of 6-months, you’ll be turning heads every time you play a guitar solo.

Plus, Steve’s put together 4 brand new bonuses that will help you master theory, pentatonic scales, and develop a solid practice routine that make this course the complete package…

More than random tabs and YouTube videos, Guitar Solos Made Easy is a “soloing system” that works for beginners and experienced guitarists…

Module 1

  • A quick and easy way to visualize notes on the fretboard. Which means, you’ll always know where to place your fingers when you’re soloing.
  • The secret to creating solos using static tone meandering. So you’re not stuck playing your solos in one position.
  • The three most critical techniques every serious guitarist needs to know. Bends, slides and vibrato. So your solos can truly sing.
  • How to build speed with tapping licks. So you can play mind-blowing arpeggios and runs.

Module 2

  • A secret chord chasing technique pros use. So you can play solos without hitting any “wrong” notes.
  • Why it’s critical to target the root in your solo.
  • The critical tension, release concept that makes creating vocal solos a snap.
  • How to merge chords and scales. Which means, you’ll be able to create smokin’ hot licks on-demand.

Module 3

  • How to create solos using multiple chords. So your solos don’t sound like a “boring scale.
  • A secret trick to instantly know what chords are generated from the major scale. So you can anticipate each chord and solo with confidence.
  • How to resolve your licks the “right” way. Which means, you’ll always sound like you know what you’re doing.

Module 4

  • All about melodic, single-string soloing. Which means, you’ll be able to play an awesome solo even if you break a few strings.
  • The difference between vertical and horizontal playing. So you can create out-of-the box licks on-the-fly.
  • How just one simple lick can be the starting point for a great solo. So you don’t waste time “thinking” too much and let things flow.
  • How to develop fluid phrasing. So you can play a solo that flows and makes a statement.

Module 5

  • When and why to use straight vs. shuffle rhythms. So you can effectively play both rock and blues solos.
  • How to play a simple 12-bar blues so you can start playing “authentic” blues fast!
  • Essential minor, Major and blues scales. Which means, you’ll have the chops to create effective improvisations.
  • Logical (music theory) vs. Illogical (rock-and-roll) songs and how to choose the right scale. So you can play a sweet sounding solo over any song.

Module 6

  • How the hybrid scale works and how to apply it. So you can spice up boring solos with red hot licks and endless variety.
  • How to play licks in different places across the fretboard. So you can use them in any key.
  • Easy ways to make use of music theory. So you don’t waste time on stuff that doesn’t help your playing.
  • How to improvise a melodic solo for Rock and Roll songs. Which means, you’ll be able to bust out a solo that’s the perfect compliment to the rhythm section.

Module 7

  • How to solo in the “real world” over rock, blues, country, punk and metal songs. So you can solo comfortably in a variety of styles.
  • Steve’s secret “mountain” concept that makes creating powerful phrases easy.
  • What approach and scales work best for different playing situations. Which means, you’ll know when to lay back and go with the flow, as well as when to bust out a screaming lead.

Bonus 1! Secret Tricks for Singing Guitar Solos

This HD video bonus course by Steve Stine covers….

Bending, vibrato, sliding and other nuances that will make your solos sound “authentic.” It’s not simply about how to bend effectively. Instead, Steve will show you how to apply each technique in a musical sense, using the A minor pentatonic scale.

It will help you improvise killer solos from scratch that feature your own style and personality.

Bonus 2! Mastering the Pentatonic Path

This HD video bonus course by Steve Stine covers….

All 5 positions of the pentatonic scale, how to visualize them, how to connect them, and how to practice them effectively.

Steve will guide you every step of the way, so you’ll have the freedom to play solos over nearly any song across the fretboard.

Guitar Solos Made Easy [Video]

Incurable Me: Why the Best Medical Research Does Not Make It into Clinical Practice [Audiobook]

Incurable Me: Why the Best Medical Research Does Not Make It into Clinical Practice [Audiobook]
Incurable Me: Why the Best Medical Research Does Not Make It into Clinical Practice [Audiobook] by K Paul Stoller MD, read by James Patrick Cronin
2016 | MP3@64 kbps | 8 hrs 24 mins | 231.65MB

In Incurable Me, a maverick physician brings transparency to some of medicine's most closely guarded secrets. As he establishes a link between commerce and medical research, K. P. Stoller also explains how to treat some of the most worrisome diseases and conditions afflicting humans today - including Lyme disease, brain trauma, dementia, and autism.

Dr. Stoller maintains that the best evidence in medical research is not incorporated into clinical practice unless the medical cartel has the potential to make large amounts of money promoting the results of the research. Stoller takes his provocative argument a step further, maintaining that if specific research conflicts with a powerful entity's financial interests, the likely result will be an effort to suppress or distort the results. Stoller cites numerous examples, including corporate influence on GMO labeling and public health.

Stoller also explores how "revolving-door-employment" between the Centers for Disease Control and large pharmaceutical companies can affect research results - as well as our health. Written in an accessible style that is thoroughly appropriate for a lay audience, Incurable Me is a must-listen for anyone interested in the state of modern medicine.