Grunt The Curious Science of Humans at War

Grunt  The Curious Science of Humans at War
Author: Mary Roach
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2016-06-07
ISBN: 0393245454
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Grunt The Curious Science of Humans at War Book Excerpt:

A New York Times / National Bestseller "America's funniest science writer" (Washington Post) Mary Roach explores the science of keeping human beings intact, awake, sane, uninfected, and uninfested in the bizarre and extreme circumstances of war. Grunt tackles the science behind some of a soldier's most challenging adversaries—panic, exhaustion, heat, noise—and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them. Mary Roach dodges hostile fire with the U.S. Marine Corps Paintball Team as part of a study on hearing loss and survivability in combat. She visits the fashion design studio of U.S. Army Natick Labs and learns why a zipper is a problem for a sniper. She visits a repurposed movie studio where amputee actors help prepare Marine Corps medics for the shock and gore of combat wounds. At Camp Lemmonier, Djibouti, in east Africa, we learn how diarrhea can be a threat to national security. Roach samples caffeinated meat, sniffs an archival sample of a World War II stink bomb, and stays up all night with the crew tending the missiles on the nuclear submarine USS Tennessee. She answers questions not found in any other book on the military: Why is DARPA interested in ducks? How is a wedding gown like a bomb suit? Why are shrimp more dangerous to sailors than sharks? Take a tour of duty with Roach, and you’ll never see our nation’s defenders in the same way again.

Grunt

Grunt
Author: Instaread
Publsiher: Instaread
Total Pages: 38
Release: 2016-07-04
ISBN: 1683783794
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Grunt Book Excerpt:

Grunt by Mary Roach | Summary & Analysis Preview: Mary Roach’s Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans At War examines technological and medical research in the military. Each chapter focuses on a different topic—for example, diarrhea among soldiers—and then presents historical background, interviews with scientists and affected military personnel, and possible solutions to the problem. Military research in both news accounts and films is usually presented as a matter of technology and combat equipment, such as faster airplanes, better bombs, and deadlier weapons. Much military research, however, is devoted to finding ways to protect soldiers or to help them cope in the aftermath of injury. For instance, researchers work constantly to develop clothing fabrics that will keep soldiers cool while still providing camouflage—a difficult task because the black in camouflage absorbs heat. Doctors and surgeons constantly develop new ways to address injuries from bombs and gunshots. They have made advances in reconstructive genital surgery and even some strides towards successful penis transplants… PLEASE NOTE: This is key takeaways and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread Summary of Grunt: · Overview of the Book · Important People · Key Takeaways · Analysis of Key Takeaways About the Author With Instaread, you can get the key takeaways, summary and analysis of a book in 15 minutes. We read every chapter, identify the key takeaways and analyze them for your convenience.

Nuking the Moon

Nuking the Moon
Author: Vince Houghton
Publsiher: Profile Books
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2019-11-07
ISBN: 1782835911
Category: True Crime
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Nuking the Moon Book Excerpt:

"Compulsively readable laugh out loud history." Mary Roach Bomb-carrying bats. Poisoned flower arrangements. Cigars laced with mind-altering drugs. Listening devices implanted into specially-trained cats. A torpedo-proof aircraft carrier made out of ice and sawdust. And a CIA plan to detonate a nuclear bomb on the moon ... just because. In Nuking the Moon, Vince Houghton, Historian and Curator at the International Spy Museum, collects the most inspired, implausible and downright bizarre military intelligence schemes that never quite made it off the drawing board. From the grandly ambitious to the truly devious, they illuminate a new side of warfare, revealing how a combination of desperation and innovation led not only to daring missions and brilliant technological advances, but to countless plans and experiments that failed spectacularly. Alternatively terrifying and hilarious, and combining archival research with newly-conducted interviews, these twenty-six chapters reveal not only what might have happened, but also what each one tells us about the history and people around it. If 'military intelligence' makes you think of James Bond and ingenious exploding gadgets ... get ready for the true story.

Killer Apps

Killer Apps
Author: Jeremy Packer,Joshua Reeves
Publsiher: Duke University Press
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2020-02-28
ISBN: 1478007273
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Killer Apps Book Excerpt:

In Killer Apps Jeremy Packer and Joshua Reeves provide a detailed account of the rise of automation in warfare, showing how media systems are central to building weapons systems with artificial intelligence in order to more efficiently select and eliminate military targets. Drawing on the insights of a wide range of political and media theorists, Packer and Reeves develop a new theory for understanding how the intersection of media and military strategy drives today's AI arms race. They address the use of media to search for enemies in their analyses of the history of automated radar systems, the search for extraterrestrial life, and the development of military climate science, which treats the changing earth as an enemy. As the authors demonstrate, contemporary military strategy demands perfect communication in an evolving battlespace that is increasingly inhospitable to human frailties, necessitating humans' replacement by advanced robotics, machine intelligence, and media systems.

In Defense of Processed Food

In Defense of Processed Food
Author: Robert L. Shewfelt
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 273
Release: 2016-11-23
ISBN: 3319453947
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

In Defense of Processed Food Book Excerpt:

It has become popular to blame the American obesity epidemic and many other health-related problems on processed food. Many of these criticisms are valid for some processed-food items, but many statements are overgeneralizations that unfairly target a wide range products that contribute to our health and well-being. In addition, many of the proposed dangers allegedly posed by eating processed food are exaggerations based on highly selective views of experimental studies. We crave simple answers to our questions about food, but the science behind the proclamations of food pundits is not nearly as clear as they would have you believe. This book presents a more nuanced view of the benefits and limitations of food processing and exposes some of the tricks both Big Food and its critics use to manipulate us to adopt their point of view. Food is a source of enjoyment, a part of our cultural heritage, a vital ingredient in maintaining health, and an expression of personal choice. We need to make those choices based on credible information and not be beguiled by the sophisticated marketing tools of Big Food nor the ideological appeals and gut feelings of self-appointed food gurus who have little or no background in nutrition.

Fragments of a Mortal Mind

Fragments of a Mortal Mind
Author: Donald Anderson
Publsiher: University of Nevada Press
Total Pages: 220
Release: 2021-04-06
ISBN: 1948908794
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fragments of a Mortal Mind Book Excerpt:

We are where we’ve been and what we’ve read, aren’t we? Where else do we get the experience we need to evocatively live? At once a memoir, a reading journal, and a novel, Fragments of a Mortal Mind is a daring, contemporary commonplace book. Donald Anderson, critically acclaimed author of Gathering Noise from My Life and Below Freezing, shows us how the disparate elements of our lives collect to construct our deepest selves and help us to make sense of it all. Anderson layers his personal experiences and reflections with those of others who have wrestled with inner and outer social, cultural, and political memories that are not as accurate as history might suggest but that each of us believe nonetheless. He challenges the reader’s sense of memory and fact, downplaying the latter in explaining how each of us crafts our own personal histories. As Anderson weaves his voice among numerous other voices and ideas that rest upon other ideas, we are faced with larger issues of human existence: war, memory, trauma, mortality, religion, fear, joy, ugliness, and occasional beauty. What we have here is a meditation on living in America. We are shown how the world we consume becomes us as we metabolize it. How we, as humans, through our own fragments of memories, influences, and experiences become our true selves. By charting fragments of thoughts over a lifetime, Anderson exposes a way of thinking and perceiving the world that is refreshingly intuitive and desperately needed. Fragments of a Mortal Mind is a powerful masterpiece that closely resembles our lived experiences and is a vivid reflection of our time.

Olfactory Art and the Political in an Age of Resistance

Olfactory Art and the Political in an Age of Resistance
Author: Gwenn-Aël Lynn,Debra Riley Parr
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 268
Release: 2021-06-14
ISBN: 1000399648
Category: Art
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Olfactory Art and the Political in an Age of Resistance Book Excerpt:

This book claims a political value for olfactory artworks by situating them squarely in the contemporary moment of various forms of political resistance. Each chapter presents the current research and art practices of an international group of artists and writers from the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Thailand, Sweden, and the Netherlands. The book brings together new thinking on the potential for olfactory art to critique and produce modes of engagement that challenge the still-powerful hegemonic realities of the twenty-first century, particularly the dominance of vision as opposed to other sensory modalities. The book will be of interest to scholars working in contemporary art, art history, visual culture, olfactory studies, performance studies, and politics of activism.

Stiff

Stiff
Author: Mary Roach
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 310
Release: 2003
ISBN: 9780393050936
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Stiff Book Excerpt:

A look inside the world of forensics examines the use of human cadavers in a wide range of endeavors, including research into new surgical procedures, space exploration, and a Tennessee human decay research facility.

Stiff

Stiff
Author: Mary Roach
Publsiher: W. W. Norton
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2021-08-03
ISBN: 9780393881721
Category: Medical
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Stiff Book Excerpt:

"One of the funniest and most unusual books of the year....Gross, educational, and unexpectedly sidesplitting."--Entertainment Weekly Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers--some willingly, some unwittingly--have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way. In this fascinating, ennobling account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries--from the anatomy labs and human-sourced pharmacies of medieval and nineteenth-century Europe to a human decay research facility in Tennessee, to a plastic surgery practice lab, to a Scandinavian funeral directors' conference on human composting. In her droll, inimitable voice, Roach tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.

Spook

Spook
Author: Mary Roach
Publsiher: W. W. Norton
Total Pages: 311
Release: 2005
ISBN: 9780393059625
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Spook Book Excerpt:

Draws on the achievements of scientists, engineers, and mediums to consider the feasibility of life after death, from a reincarnation researcher's experimentation with out-of-body experiences to laboratory investigations into ghosts.

Conflict

Conflict
Author: Neil D. Shortland,Laurence J. Alison,Joseph M. Moran
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2019-01-02
ISBN: 0190623454
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Conflict Book Excerpt:

Conflict: How Soldiers Make Impossible Decisions is about making hard choices--where all outcomes are potentially negative. The authors draw on interviews conducted with soldiers about the situations they faced and the decisions they made at war. These are vivid and sometimes distressing stories. They form the data from which the authors explore the cognitive processes associated with choice, commitment to action and (sometimes) error, as well as goal directed thinking, innovation and courage. By referring to real cases, Conflict invites readers to consider their own responses under extreme circumstances and ask themselves how they would choose between difficult options. In doing so this book will go some way to helping readers understand what it feels like when choosing between least-worst decisions.

Scientific American

Scientific American
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1867
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Athenaeum

   The    Athenaeum
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 710
Release: 1847
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Harper s Weekly

Harper s Weekly
Author: John Bonner,George William Curtis,Henry Mills Alden,Samuel Stillman Conant,Montgomery Schuyler,John Foord,Richard Harding Davis,Carl Schurz,Henry Loomis Nelson,John Kendrick Bangs,George Brinton McClellan Harvey,Norman Hapgood
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1860
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: American periodicals
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Athenaeum

The Athenaeum
Author: James Silk Buckingham,John Sterling,Frederick Denison Maurice,Henry Stebbing,Charles Wentworth Dilke,Thomas Kibble Hervey,William Hepworth Dixon,Norman Maccoll,Vernon Horace Rendall,John Middleton Murry
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1864
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Portland Transcript

Portland Transcript
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1861
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The New World

The New World
Author: Park Benjamin,James Aldrich,Henry Champion Deming,James Mackay
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1842
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Spectator

The Spectator
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1839
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: English literature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Spectator Book Excerpt:

A weekly review of politics, literature, theology, and art.

Waverley Magazine

Waverley Magazine
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1852
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: American literature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Illustrated London News

The Illustrated London News
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1856
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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