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Life At The Speed Of Light

Author : J. Craig Venter
ISBN : 9781408705261
Genre : Science
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In 2010, scientists led by J. Craig Venter became the first to successfully create 'synthetic life' -- putting humankind at the threshold of the most important and exciting phase of biological research, one that will enable us to actually write the genetic code for designing new species to help us adapt and evolve for long-term survival. The science of synthetic genomics will have a profound impact on human existence, including chemical and energy generation, health, clean water and food production, environmental control, and possibly even our evolution. In Life at the Speed of Light, Venter presents a fascinating and authoritative study of this emerging field from the inside -- detailing its origins, current challenges and controversies, and projected effects on our lives. This scientific frontier provides an opportunity to ponder anew the age-old question 'What is life?' and examine what we really mean by 'playing God'. Life at the Speed of Light is a landmark work, written by a visionary at the dawn of a new era of biological engineering.

Approaching The Speed Of Light

Author : Victoria Lustbader
ISBN : 9781466818965
Genre : Fiction
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It's said that the flapping of a butterfly's wing can start a chain reaction that leads to an unstoppable storm. In the same way, random twists of fate and transitory acts of kindness and cruelty can shape our destinies, just as we affect the people around us . . . sometimes in ways we can't possibly imagine. Jody is a likable young man getting by in New York City at the turn of the millennium. On the surface, he seems to have it together, with friends, family, a decent job, and a steady string of girlfriends. But a secret history has left Jody scarred and broken inside, lacking faith in the future or himself. Like the ceaseless pull of a black hole, his buried secrets hold him back, defining him, until his trajectory crosses the path of three very different women, who, in their own ways, hold out the tantalizing possibility of healing, connection . . . or self-destruction. VICTORIA LUSTBADER's Approaching the Speed of Light is a thoughtful, deeply moving tale about the things we cannot leave behind—and how, sometimes, we have to go through the black hole to come out the other side. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Speed Of Light

Author : Elizabeth Rosner
ISBN : 0307417417
Genre : Fiction
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Every family has a story. Every story, eventually, must be told. For most of their lives, Julian Perel and his sister, Paula, lived in a house cast in silence, witnesses to a father struggling with a devastating secret too painful to share. Though their father took his demons to the grave, his past refuses to rest. As adults, brother and sister struggle to find their voices. A scientist governed by numbers and logic, Julian now lives an ordered life of routine and seclusion. My father gave up his language and his homeland. But he carried his sadness with him, under his skin. It was mine now. In contrast, Paula has entered the world as eagerly as Julian retracts from it. An aspiring opera singer, she is always moving, buoyant with sound. Singing was the only gift I could offer to my father. I filled the house with music. I tried to give him joy. . . . Yet both their lives begin to change on a Wednesday, miercoles, the day that sounds like miracles. Before embarking on a European opera tour, Paula asks her housekeeper, Sola, to stay at her place--and to look after Julian in the apartment above. Yet Sola, too, has a story. I want to clean myself like the window of a house, make myself clear for things to pass through. Flat and quiet. As Paula uncovers pieces of her father's early life in Budapest and the horrifying truth of his past, Julian bears witness to Sola's story--revelations that help all three learn how to both surrender and revere the shadows that have followed them for so long. The Speed of Light is a powerful debut about three unforgettable souls who overcome the tragedies of the past to reconnect with one another and the world around them. In an extraordinary accomplishment, Elizabeth Rosner has created a novel of love and redemption that proves the pain of the untold story is far greater than even the most difficult truth. From the Hardcover edition.

Transcending The Speed Of Light

Author : Marc Seifer
ISBN : 9781594772290
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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The space-time continuum of physics ignores the realm of the mind. But consciousness is unconfined by space or time and represents a higher organizing principle, a fifth dimension, that transcends the speed of light. Marc Seifer examines relativity, ether theory, precognition, telepathy, and synchronicity, all from the perspective of the conscious universe.

Living At The Speed Of Light

Author : William Gray Olsson
ISBN : 9781587213229
Genre : Psychology
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Life was not easy in the twelfth century for the latter sons of even the wealthiest of men. As King John put it, "For the fourth sons, even of a king, are among the most insignificant of God's creatures." In those days, the first born inherited everything. A late-arrival had a choice of becoming a hearth son, dependent upon the largesse of his family, or of seeking his fortune through his own abilities and talents. "The Fourth Son" is the dramatic saga of a man who chose the latter path. William Marshall suceeded so well, in fact, that he far surpassed his own family standing and left his mark on history, serving eventually as regent of England. This imaginative version is based on the life of a real flesh and blood man. The feats of the great Knight William are recorded in history throughout the tumultuous reign of the fiery Plantagenets, including the lusty Henry II and his sons, the dashing Couer de Lion and the treacherous John. Maintaining his position (and his head) in the fickle court of kings was a constant struggle what with the sibling rivalry of the king's sons and the constant friction between the English and the French, who wanted nothing less than to shove the Angevins back across the channel. But the besieged Knight William found his greatest challenge in his arranged marriage, sight unseen, to a beautiful Irish princess some twenty years his junior. To his dismay, he found his knightly prowess of no use in his relationship with the head-strong Isabel de Clare, for beneath his fierce warrior's breast there beat a tender heart with a conscience--a distinct disadvantage in those days.

The Speed Of Light

Author : Joy Cowley
ISBN : 9781927271230
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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A strange old woman is literally blown in to an affluent but dysfunctional family, and when things go very wrong, her influence is suspect.

The Speed Of Light

Author : Javier Cercas
ISBN : 9781408807187
Genre : Fiction
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The young hero of The Speed of Light is an aspiring writer in provincial Spain in the 1980s, dreaming of burning success, searching for a real story to tell. Out of the blue he is offered the chance to work in a in a Midwestern university and soon he is in the United States, living a happy, carefree life, working and writing. Little does he know that his burgeoning friendship with the Vietnam Vet Rodney Falk, a man of few friends and strange ways, will influence the course of his entire life, or that he will become obsessed with unravelling the mystery at the heart of Rodney's life. Why do people sometimes ridicule and sometimes fear Rodney? Why does he shun the world? Why does he accept and befriend the narrator? What really happened at My Khe? When the young writer's own life takes a terrible twist many years later, Rodney may be the only person in the world who can save him.

The Passion Driven Life

Author : Louis F. Vargas
ISBN : 9781614481973
Genre : Business & Economics
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The Secrets of Going to the Next Level in Love, Life & Business! The Passion-Driven Life depicts amazing stories, including that of the author's Horatio Alger-like story, which will uplift and "wow" your soul. It reveals lessons, principles and secrets learned about life, money, death, love, financial success, balance, friendship and what is important in life. An immigrant, street-smart kid from a rough family upbringing, an elite college graduate, and making his first fortune on Wall Street, then losing it all, to an amazing come-back as a Chairman of an Inc. 500 company, the authors story conveys a powerful message of hope, Godly faith, possibility and having a fighting spirit. If you are an individual, employee or business executive looking to transform your life, excel further, and have balance. Some of the many things this book reveals are: How to empower thoughts and re-focus on purpose, passion and success, The 7 Secrets of Business Success, How to harness the power of the mind and find out what holds you back, Why lifes really not all about you, sorry to disappoint you, The source of unshakeable faith and hope in life, How to overcome setbacks and obstacles, and Unleash balance and enjoyment in your life and live life at the pace of passion.

Speed Of Light

Author : Sybil Rosen
ISBN : 9780689841514
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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An eleven-year-old Jewish girl living in the South during the 1950s struggles with the antisemitism and racism which pervade her small community.

Barriers To Bioweapons

Author : Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley
ISBN : 9780801471926
Genre : Political Science
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In both the popular imagination and among lawmakers and national security experts, there exists the belief that with sufficient motivation and material resources, states or terrorist groups can produce bioweapons easily, cheaply, and successfully. In Barriers to Bioweapons, Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley challenges this perception by showing that bioweapons development is a difficult, protracted, and expensive endeavor, rarely achieving the expected results whatever the magnitude of investment. Her findings are based on extensive interviews she conducted with former U.S. and Soviet-era bioweapons scientists and on careful analysis of archival data and other historical documents related to various state and terrorist bioweapons programs. Bioweapons development relies on living organisms that are sensitive to their environment and handling conditions, and therefore behave unpredictably. These features place a greater premium on specialized knowledge. Ben Ouagrham-Gormley posits that lack of access to such intellectual capital constitutes the greatest barrier to the making of bioweapons. She integrates theories drawn from economics, the sociology of science, organization, and management with her empirical research. The resulting theoretical framework rests on the idea that the pace and success of a bioweapons development program can be measured by its ability to ensure the creation and transfer of scientific and technical knowledge. The specific organizational, managerial, social, political, and economic conditions necessary for success are difficult to achieve, particularly in covert programs where the need to prevent detection imposes managerial and organizational conditions that conflict with knowledge production.

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