Light from the Void: Twenty Years of Discovery with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory [EPUB]

Light from the Void: Twenty Years of Discovery with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory [EPUB]
Light from the Void: Twenty Years of Discovery with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory by Kimberly K Arcand, Grant Tremblay, Megan Watzke, Belinda J Wilkes, Martin C Weisskopf
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781588346698 | 284.99MB

A lavish coffee-table book featuring spectacular images from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, the most powerful X-Ray telescope ever built

Take a journey through the cosmos with Light from the Void, a stunning collection of photographs from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory's two decades of operation. The book showcases rarely-seen celestial phenomena such as black holes, planetary nebulae, galaxy clusters, gravitational waves, stellar birth and death, and more. Accompanying these images of incredible natural phenomena are captions explaining how they occur. The images start close to home and move outward: beginning with images of the Chandra launch, then moving into the solar system, through the nearby universe, and finally to the most distant galaxies Chandra has observed, the book brings readers on a far-out visual voyage.

Developer, Advocate!: Conversations on turning a passion for talking about tech into a career [EPUB]

Developer, Advocate!: Conversations on turning a passion for talking about tech into a career [EPUB]
Developer, Advocate: Conversations on turning a passion for talking about tech into a career by Geertjan Wielenga
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 978-1789138740 | 28.67MB

A collection of in-depth conversations with leading developer advocates that reveal the world of developer relations today

Key Features

  • Top developer advocates reveal the work they're doing at the center of their tech communities and the impact their advocacy is having on the tech industry as a whole
  • Discover the best practices of developer advocacy and get the inside story on working at some of the world's largest tech companies
  • Features contributions from noted developer advocates, including Scott Hanselman, Sally Eaves, Venkat Subramaniam, Jono Bacon, Ted Neward, and more

Book Description

What exactly is a developer advocate, and how do they connect developers and companies around the world? Why is the area of developer relations set to explode? Can anybody with a passion for tech become a developer advocate? What are the keys to success on a global scale? How does a developer advocate maintain authenticity when balancing the needs of their company and their tech community? What are the hot topics in areas including Java, JavaScript, "tech for good," artificial intelligence, blockchain, the cloud, and open source?

These are just a few of the questions addressed by developer advocate and author Geertjan Wielenga in Developer, Advocate!. 32 of the industry's most prominent developer advocates, from companies including Oracle, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon, open up about what it's like to turn a lifelong passion for knowledge sharing about tech into a rewarding career. These advocates run the gamut from working at large software vendors to small start-ups, along with independent developer advocates who work within organizations or for themselves.

In Developer, Advocate!, readers will see how developer advocates are actively changing the world, not only for developers, but for individuals and companies navigating the fast-changing tech landscape. More importantly, Developer, Advocate! serves as a rallying cry to inspire and motivate tech enthusiasts and burgeoning developer advocates to get started and take their first steps within their tech community.

What you will learn

  • Discover how developer advocates are putting developer interests at the heart of the software industry in companies including Microsoft and Google
  • Gain the confidence to use your voice in the tech community
  • Immerse yourself in developer advocacy techniques
  • Understand and overcome the challenges and obstacles facing developer advocates today
  • Hear predictions from the people at the cutting edge of tech
  • Explore your career options in developer advocacy

Who this book is for

Anybody interested in developer advocacy, the impact it is having, and how to build developer advocacy capabilities

Practical Deep Learning for Cloud, Mobile, and Edge [EPUB]

Practical Deep Learning for Cloud, Mobile, and Edge [EPUB]
Practical Deep Learning for Cloud, Mobile, and Edge: Real-World AI & Computer-Vision Projects Using Python, Keras & TensorFlow by Anirudh Koul, Siddha Ganju, Meher Kasam
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781492034865 | 132.36MB

Whether you’re a software engineer aspiring to enter the world of deep learning, a veteran data scientist, or a hobbyist with a simple dream of making the next viral AI app, you might have wondered where to begin. This step-by-step guide teaches you how to build practical deep learning applications for the cloud, mobile, browsers, and edge devices using a hands-on approach.

Relying on years of industry experience transforming deep learning research into award-winning applications, Anirudh Koul, Siddha Ganju, and Meher Kasam guide you through the process of converting an idea into something that people in the real world can use.

  • Train, tune, and deploy computer vision models with Keras, TensorFlow, Core ML, and TensorFlow Lite
  • Develop AI for a range of devices including Raspberry Pi, Jetson Nano, and Google Coral
  • Explore fun projects, from Silicon Valley’s Not Hotdog app to 40+ industry case studies
  • Simulate an autonomous car in a video game environment and build a miniature version with reinforcement learning
  • Use transfer learning to train models in minutes
  • Discover 50+ practical tips for maximizing model accuracy and speed, debugging, and scaling to millions of users

Raspberry Pi Cookbook: Software and Hardware Problems and Solutions, 3rd Edition [EPUB]

Raspberry Pi Cookbook: Software and Hardware Problems and Solutions, 3rd Edition [EPUB]
Raspberry Pi Cookbook: Software and Hardware Problems and Solutions, 3rd Edition by Simon Monk
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781492043225 | 47.89MB

With millions of new users and several new models, the Raspberry Pi ecosystem continues to expand—along with many new questions about the Pi’s capabilities. The third edition of this popular cookbook provides more than 200 hands-on recipes that show you how to run this tiny low-cost computer with Linux; program it with Python; hook it up to sensors, motors, and Arduino boards; and even use it with the internet of things (IoT).

Prolific hacker and author Simon Monk also teaches basic principles to help you use new technologies with the Raspberry Pi. This cookbook is ideal for programmers and hobbyists familiar with the Pi through resources such as Getting Started with Raspberry Pi (O’Reilly). Code examples from the book are available on GitHub.

  • Set up your Raspberry Pi and connect to a network
  • Work with its Linux-based operating system
  • Program your Raspberry Pi with Python
  • Give your Pi "eyes" with computer vision
  • Control hardware through the GPIO connector
  • Use your Raspberry Pi to run different types of motors
  • Work with switches, keypads, and other digital inputs
  • Use sensors to measure temperature, light, and distance
  • Connect to IoT devices in various ways and automate your home

Solar Electricity Basics: Powering Your Home or Office with Solar Energy, 2nd Edition[EPUB]

Solar Electricity Basics: Powering Your Home or Office with Solar Energy, 2nd Edition[EPUB]
Solar Electricity Basics: Powering Your Home or Office with Solar Energy, 2nd Edition by Dan Chiras
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780865719255 | 14.98MB

The indispensable guide to solar electricity systems for homeowners, business owners, builders, and students

Climate change and limits to fossil fuels compel us to find safer, more economical, and more sustainable ways to meet our needs for electricity. And, as more and more electric cars hit the road, we'll need to find a way to provide fuel that is clean, environmentally sustainable, and affordable.

With Solar Electricity Basics , author Dan Chiras offers a concise and up-to-date guide covering all the essentials. It explores:

  • How to size, cost, and choose the right system, including off-grid vs. grid-tied vs grid-tied with battery backup
  • Where to mount a system for maximum performance
  • What type of modules and inverters to buy
  • How to install and maintain batteries
  • Cost vs benefit for solar electric systems
  • How to connect to the grid, and what type of net metering your area offers.

Solar Electricity Basics is an indispensable guide for homeowners, business owners, builders, and students for figuring out solar electricity quickly and easily.

Houseplants (mini): A Guide to Choosing and Caring for Indoor Plants [EPUB]

Houseplants (mini): A Guide to Choosing and Caring for Indoor Plants [EPUB]
Houseplants (mini): A Guide to Choosing and Caring for Indoor Plants by Lisa Eldred Steinkopf
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780760365922 | 24.55MB

What's the best way to nurture your green thumb when you don't have a yard or space? Houseplants! This is the guide to raising the best, healthiest, and happiest potted plants nature has ever seen.

When you want to raise plants but just don’t have the space, then it’s time to turn to houseplants! Offers complete information on the most popular varieties of houseplants along with details on maintenance, care and know-how so you can easily select the best plants for your lifestyle and space.

Join the millions of house-plant-loving enthusiasts in this no-yard-required hobby without the questions of which potting mix to try, what the right level of light you’ll need, or how to shift your plants as seasons change. Houseplants profiles more than 150 different plants, and gives you the best techniques to raise them to be happy, green, and healthy. And as you watch them grow, you can stimulate your inner botanist with the included information on each plant’s Latin family, varieties, bloom period, mature height, all illustrated in beautiful color photos.

The Art of Fine Enameling, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

The Art of Fine Enameling, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
The Art of Fine Enameling, 2nd Edition by Karen L Cohen
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780811737920 | 50.45MB

The most comprehensive book of enameling and enameling techniques has been completely revised to bring you this essential new reference.

The wonderful world of enameling—fusing glass to metal under high-temperature conditions-- is diverse! Practically anything made from enamel-friendly metal can be enameled, from vases to jewelry to buttons to metal mesh and solid forms. In the first edition, published in 2002, Cohen explored this world as it was then, but so much knowledge has been gained in the last 17 years that it was definitely time for an update!

Every chapter and project has been completely reviewed, revised, and updated; it’s a whole new book, and one you will want in your reference library. The look and organization is updated, 15 years of experience has been added, about half the projects have changed, and two types of mini-projects to expand your learning experience are included. In addition, each project has a gallery of the work of other artists working in the same technique, to give a view of other ways a technique can look and be used. Classic techniques such as champlevé, cloisonné, and plique-à-jour each have projects, as do newer approaches such as the use of graphite pencil and enameling on steel—21 project lessons in all. And you will find the extensive troubleshooting chapter indispensable.

Tantalizing Table Toppers: Sew 20+ Runners, Place Mats & Napkins [EPUB]

Tantalizing Table Toppers: Sew 20+ Runners, Place Mats & Napkins [EPUB]
Tantalizing Table Toppers: Sew 20+ Runners, Place Mats & Napkins by Judy Gauthier
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 978-1617458668 | 48.57MB

A well-dressed table is just stitches away! Showcase your creativity with a handmade table runner that's equal parts functional and fun. Best-selling author Judy Gauthier shares twenty unique table quilts you can display year round. Step-by-step instructions are included for each project, with basics on piecing, pressing, and understanding color values. Use the coordinating fast2cut Simple Square Templates for easy blocks that fit together like magic! Try out new patchwork, appliqué, and quilting designs before making a commitment to a full quilt. Makers of all skill levels will love the satisfaction of a quick finish.

The Economist Audio Edition [November 16, 2019]

The Economist Audio Edition [November 16, 2019]
The Economist Audio Edition [November 16, 2019]
MP3@56 kbps + EPUB + AZW3 + PDF | 8h 53m | 216.32MB

The $650bn binge: Fear and greed in the entertainment industry

  • Bolivia: a coup or not a coup?
  • Aircraft-carriers, mighty big targets
  • Italy's ancient oligarchs
  • Public pensions: State of denial
  • Additive manufacturing: Could you print a printing press?
  • Public radio: Extreme broadcasting
  • The Ukraine scandal: Teflon Don
  • Bushfires in Australia: Spring flames
  • Unrest in Hong Kong: Towards the brink
  • Bullion and bombs: Jihad and the gold rush
  • Spain's election: An electio-shock
  • OPEC's waning power: Under pressure
  • Forging rhinoceros horn: Fooled you

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Secrets of Sleep Science: From Dreams to Disorders [TTC Video]

Secrets of Sleep Science: From Dreams to Disorders [TTC Video]
Secrets of Sleep Science: From Dreams to Disorders [TTC Video] by H Craig Heller, PhD
Course No 1942 | MP4, AVC, 1500 kbps, 1280x720 | AAC, 192 kbps, 2 Ch | 24x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 8.82GB

For many of us, sleep is one of life’s greatest pleasures. For others, sleep represents a nightly struggle to fall asleep, stay asleep, rest comfortably, and even remain safe until morning. But what is sleep exactly, and why must we do it every night?

Despite the fact that we spend about one-third of our lives in slumber, scientists still aren’t completely certain. Finding the function of sleep is one of the biggest—and most intriguing—challenges facing biologists today.

What is clear: Sleep is as essential to life as food and water. It impacts virtually every aspect of our lives, from our mood to the functioning of our organs, and it contributes to learning and memory, better performance at work, and a more healthy and productive wakeful life overall.

A lack of sleep impairs your cognitive abilities, exacerbates or leads to psychological problems, and leaves you vulnerable to a long list of chronic medical issues. And the consequences of too little sleep extend beyond the personal. From causing auto accidents to factoring into major disasters such as the Exxon Valdez oil spill, sleep deprivation imposes a heavy toll on society.

Clearly, there’s tremendous value in studying sleep that goes far beyond mere fascination. Educating yourself on the subject may, without exaggeration, save your life or the life of someone you love. The frightening reality is that dire consequences can develop after only a few days of inadequate sleep.

Secrets of Sleep Science: From Dreams to Disorders is your opportunity to access groundbreaking research on the complex and enigmatic phenomenon of sleep, straight from a scientist at the forefront of the field. In these 24 engrossing lectures, award-winning Stanford University professor and researcher H. Craig Heller reveals how far neuroscientists and biologists have come on their quest to pinpoint the principal functions of sleep—which remain a matter of intense debate.

Understand Why Sleep Debts Must Be Paid

Early on in this course, you’ll learn that your brain forces you to fall asleep to repay an accumulated sleep deficit—no matter how dangerous the circumstances. You’ll also learn the myriad ways sleep loss is associated with increased risk for serious health problems such as

  • obesity,
  • diabetes,
  • depression, and
  • reduced resistance to infectious disease.

Backed by compelling scientific evidence, Professor Heller illuminates what happens in the sleeping brain all the way down to the cellular and molecular level. You’ll investigate what biological changes may be produced by wakefulness and reversed during sleep, in addition to

  • the catastrophic ways our circadian clocks can fail;
  • coping mechanisms for jet lag, shift work, and insomnia;
  • disorders such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and restless leg syndrome;
  • parasomnias such as sleepwalking, night terrors, and sleep-related eating disorder; and
  • how proper “sleep hygiene” can help you improve your own quality of sleep.

You’ll also examine the critical role sleep plays in our capacity to form memories, and you’ll encounter astounding animal research that ranges from studies of aquatic mammals that sleep with half of their brains at a time to the deep sleep of hibernation in squirrels and bears.

Discover the Architecture of Sleep

Widespread interest in sleep goes back to ancient times, yet the study of sleep is relatively new. In fact, the first insights into the physiology of sleep didn’t occur until 1929, when the electroencephalograph was developed to monitor patterns of electrical activity in the brain.

As Professor Heller explains, these EEG recordings allowed scientists to identify REM (rapid eye movement) and non-REM states that are the defining features of sleep. You’ll explore both REM and non-REM sleep in depth, including how they cycle throughout the night.

Non-REM sleep EEG recordings show a high-amplitude, slow-wave pattern indicating that large populations of neurons are firing in synchrony. REM sleep, frequently called “dreaming sleep,” creates a low-amplitude, fast pattern similar to a waking EEG.

Then, using basic concepts of electricity, you’ll look at the cellular and molecular mechanisms of falling asleep, the many discrete brain structures involved in the control of sleep and wakefulness, and the homeostatic regulation that matches sleep intensity to need.

You’ll trace how your all-important circadian rhythms emerge shortly after birth but continue to change over the course of your lifetime, and you’ll get an introduction to the neuroanatomy and neurochemistry of sleep, including how medications and other factors influence sleep.

Secrets of Sleep Science also features a thought-provoking lecture on the physiology of what may be the least-understood aspect of sleep: dreaming. Taking into consideration the Freudian and Jungian theories on the topic as well as the latest research, you’ll sift through

  • the possible functions of dreams;
  • the notion that dreams hold meaning;
  • anecdotal evidence suggesting dreams inspire creativity;
  • why you only sometimes remember your dreams; and
  • why dream amnesia may be crucial to maintaining mental health.

Why Sleep Goes Awry

From sleepy sickness to the rare fatal familial insomnia, sleep pathologies and disorders are among the most fascinating—and often heartbreaking—topics you’ll cover in Secrets of Sleep Science. You may find the information on identifying and treating sleep apnea of particular value, as you or your partner may snore and repeatedly struggle to breathe during sleep without even realizing it.

Professor Heller also offers simple behavioral methods to conquer bouts of insomnia and outlines possible treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder, which frequently involves incessant, extreme nightmares that feel all too real.

In the latter half of the course, you’ll get the opportunity to learn about the professor’s own research, which suggests a promising link between sleep-related systems and the cognitive impairment associated with Down syndrome.

A Remarkable Learning Experience

Professor Heller’s first-hand experiments, astute analysis, and obvious passion for the study of sleep make him the ideal guide for this riveting subject. Not only does he elucidate the most up-to-date findings and ideas this field has to offer, but, as a researcher and veteran educator, he possesses the experience and authority to offer his own expert interpretations.

Both seasoned students of biology and those with a casual appreciation for science will find Secrets of Sleep Science filled with astonishing insights. If you’ve ever wondered why we say “sleep like a baby”; why adolescents find it so hard to get up for school; or why your grandfather dozes in his chair during the day but complains of being unable to sleep at night; this is the course for you.

Secrets of Sleep Science: From Dreams to Disorders [TTC Video]