Category: Science/Nature
Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters: From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima – $1.99 0 comments

From the moment radiation was discovered in the late nineteenth century, nuclear science has had a rich history of innovative scientific exploration and discovery, coupled with mistakes, accidents, and downright disasters.
Mahaffey, a long-time advocate of continued nuclear research and nuclear energy, looks at each incident in turn and analyzes what happened and why, often discovering where scientists went wrong when analyzing past meltdowns.
Every incident has lead to new facets in understanding about the mighty atom—and Mahaffey puts forth what the future should be for this final frontier of science that still holds so much promise.
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Housekeeping: Canceled orders; No Surprise Headlines and Cheap Reads 4 comments

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Canceled Order Puzzle
Recently I received three e-mails that stated this:

Hello from Amazon.com.
We’re writing because an unexpected delay prevents us from delivering your pre-ordered Kindle version for the order listed below:
D01-9xxxxxx-3xxxxxx
We are unable to provide an estimated release date at this time and have canceled your order. We will continue pursuing this Kindle book and hope to be able to offer it to customers in the future.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
Sincerely, Customer Service Department Amazon.com

I was able to find two of the orders through YOUR DIGITAL ORDERS under YOUR ACCOUNT. They were pre-ordered free books that were scheduled to deliver in November 2012 and November 2013. I could not find the third order number on Amazon. Including the title in the cancellation notice would have been a helpful gesture.
 
File these Headlines under No Surprises Here
Print Output Dipped in 2013
HarperCollins Tries Direct Sales to sell print books, e-books and physical audiobooks directly to consumers.
Apple $450 million e-book settlement wins court approval, but Apple continues its appeal
Amazon’s gutsy phone fails to ignite per CNET.com review.
 
Cheap Reads – Space Non-Fiction
Buy these space books for only $1.99, $1.99 and $2.51 today.
Moon Shot ($1.99) The epic story of the golden years of American space exploration, told by the men who rode the rockets. Collaborating with NBC’s veteran space reporter Jay Barbree, Shepard and Slayton narrate in gripping detail the story of America’s space exploration from the time of Shepard’s first flight until he and eleven others had walked on the moon.
Challenger: An American Tragedy ($1.99) With over fifty years of experience with NASA’s missions, Harris presents the story of the Challenger tragedy as only an insider can. With by-the-second accounts of the spacecraft’s launch and a comprehensive overview of the ensuing investigation, Harris gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the devastating accident that grounded the shuttle fleet for over two years. Note: Shorter read.
Thirteen: The Apollo Flight That Failed ($2.51) Thirteen is the shocking, miraculous, and entirely true story of how the astronauts and ground crew guided Apollo 13 to a safe landing on earth. Expanding on dispatches written for the New Yorker, Henry S. F. Cooper Jr. brings readers unparalleled detail on the moment-by-moment developments of one of NASA’s most dramatic missions. Note: Shorter read.

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Mommy IQ: The Complete Guide to Pregnancy – $1.99 0 comments

Mommy IQ is the ultimate girlfriend’s guide to pregnancy. Rosie Pope—maternity fashion designer, pregnancy guru, and star of the hit TV show Pregnant in Heels on Bravo—leads expectant mothers through the ups and downs of pregnancy with her trademark humor and down-to-earth charm, tackling difficult issues with refreshing candor while offering useful information about medical support.
The founder of MomPrep—a prenatal and postpartum education center—Rosie makes the journey to motherhood even more memorable with friendly advice, laugh-out-loud stories, and heartfelt, “been-there” insights. Mommy IQ is a must-own handbook for moms-to-be, young moms, and the families of expectant moms.
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Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Huma – Only 99 cents 0 comments

Could an adorable chimpanzee raised from infancy by a human family bridge the gap between species—and change the way we think about the boundaries between the animal and human worlds? Here is the strange and moving account of an experiment intended to answer just those questions, and the astonishing biography of the chimp who was chosen to see it through.
Dubbed Project Nim, the experiment was the brainchild of Herbert S. Terrace, a psychologist at Columbia University. His goal was to teach a chimpanzee American Sign Language in order to refute Noam Chomsky’s assertion that language is an exclusively human trait. Nim Chimpsky, the baby chimp at the center of this ambitious, potentially groundbreaking study, was “adopted” by one of Dr. Terrace’s graduate students and brought home to live with her and her large family in their elegant brownstone on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Drawing on interviews with the people who lived with Nim, diapered him, dressed him, taught him, and loved him, Elizabeth Hess weaves an unforgettable tale of an extraordinary and charismatic creature. His story will move and entertain at the same time that it challenges us to ask what it means to be human, and what we owe to the animals who so enrich our lives. Buy it today for only 99 cents.
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First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong – A portrait of a great but reluctant hero – $1.99 0 comments

On July 20, 1969, the world stood still to watch thirty-eight-year-old American astronaut Neil A. Armstrong become the first person ever to step on the surface of another heavenly body. Perhaps no words in human history became better known than those few he uttered at that historic moment.
Upon his return to Earth, Armstrong was honored and celebrated for his monumental achievement. He was also — as James R. Hansen reveals in this fascinating and important authorized biography — misunderstood.
In a riveting narrative filled with revelations, Hansen vividly re-creates Armstrong’s career in flying. These milestones made it seem, as Armstrong’s mother, Viola, memorably put it, “as if from the very moment he was born — farther back still — that our son was somehow destined for the Apollo 11 mission.”
In First Man, the personal, technological, epic, and iconic blend to form the portrait of a great but reluctant hero who will forever be known as history’s most famous space traveler. Buy the book today for only $1.99.
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Everest – The First Ascent: How a Champion of Science Helped to Conquer the Mountain – $1.99 0 comments

For the first time, drawing upon previously unseen diaries and letters, rare archive material and interviews, Everest — The First Ascent tells the remarkable story of Griffith Pugh, the forgotten team member whose scientific breakthroughs ensured the world’s highest mountain could be climbed. A doctor and physiologist, Griffith Pugh revolutionised almost every aspect of British high-altitude mountaineering, transforming the climbers’ attitude to oxygen, the clothes they wore, their equipment, fluid intake and acclimatisation.
Yet, far from receiving the acclaim he was due, he was met with suspicion and ridicule. His scientific contributions were, quite simply, at odds with old-fashioned notions of derring-do and the gentlemanly amateurism that dogged the sport.
This insightful biography shows Pugh to be troubled, abrasive, yet brilliant. Buy it today for $1.99.
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Five-Plant Gardens: 52 Ways to Grow a Perennial Garden with Just Five Plants – $2.51 0 comments

Selecting perennial plants can be overwhelming – there are hundreds of choices, and it’s difficult to know when your plants will bloom, whether they’ll thrive in sunny or shady spots, and which ones will look well together.
In Five-Plant Gardens, Nancy Ondra eliminates the guesswork and the stress, offering 52 garden plans that each use only five plants! These plans are simple, inexpensive, and sure to look beautiful all season long. They are grouped according to whether they grow best in sun, partial shade, or full shade, and each one includes an illustrated planting plan, a shopping list with brief plant descriptions, information on what to expect as the planting matures, and tips on customizing the plan for different sites and climates.
Buy this helpful garden planner for only $2.51 today.
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The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality – $2.99 0 comments

The epic, behind-the-scenes story of an astounding gap in our scientific knowledge of the cosmos.
In the past few years, a handful of scientists have been in a race to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only 4 percent of it consists of the matter that makes up you, me, our books, and every planet, star, and galaxy. The rest—96 percent of the universe—is completely unknown.
Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of how scientists reached this conclusion, and what they’re doing to find this “dark” matter and an even more bizarre substance called dark energy. Based on in-depth, on-site reporting and hundreds of interviews—with everyone from Berkeley’s feisty Saul Perlmutter and Johns Hopkins’s meticulous Adam Riess to the quietly revolutionary Vera Rubin—the book offers an intimate portrait of the bitter rivalries and fruitful collaborations, the eureka moments and blind alleys, that have fueled their search, redefined science, and reinvented the universe. Buy the book today for $2.99. Audiobook: $4.95
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Falconer on the Edge: A Man, His Birds, and the Vanishing Landscape of the American West – $1.99 0 comments

Rachel Dickinson profiles falconer Steve Chindgren, a man willing to make extreme sacrifices to continue practicing the sport that has ruled his life. Dickinson arrives at a sense of falconry’s allure: the unpredictable nature of the hunt and the soaring exhilaration of success.
Further exploration unveils the enormous emotional cost to a falconer who establishes an extraordinary tie to his birds. When, in the space of two days, Chindgren loses two birds that he’d been training for years, he is plunged into a profound depression that is only deepened when Jomo, his best bird, slows down because of old age.
In addition to this challenge, Chindgren faces the danger to falconry that the modern world presents. Grouse habitat is being degraded by mining, agriculture, and gas industry interests. And the number of falconers is dwindling—the corps is graying and has few acolytes.
Falconry is a sport that requires persistence, stoicism, and sacrifice; in this captivating account, Dickinson illuminates a fascinating subculture and one of its most hard core personalities. Buy this book today for only $1.99.
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Bones of Contention: A Creationist Assessment of Human Fossils – $3.99 0 comments

While evolutionists point to every new discovery of humanlike fossils as further evidence to support the theory that people evolved from apelike creatures, Marvin L. Lubenow contends that the fossils do more to disprove evolutionary theory than otherwise.
In Bones of Contention, Lubenow offers readers of all backgrounds a readable argument for the creationist view of the origins of humankind that addresses all angles of the issue.In this new edition, Lubenow has thoroughly updated and revised his original material to reflect a dozen years of evolutionist theory and modern paleoanthropology. Scholars and laypeople alike will find solid answers, grounded in research, to all of their tough questions.
This book is available for the Kindle for $3.99 today.
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