- Hack the Planet: Science′s Best Hope - or Worst Nightmare - for Averting Climate Catastrophe
An inside tour of the incredible and probably dangerous plans to counteract the effects of climate change through experiments that range from the plausible to the fantastic
David Battisti had arrived in Cambridge expecting a bloodbath. So had many of the other scientists who had joined him for an invitation-only workshop on climate science in 2007, with geoengineering at the top of the agenda. We can?t take deliberately altering the atmosphere seriously, he thought, because there s no way we?ll ever know enough to control it. But by the second day, with bad climate news piling on bad climate news, he was having second thoughts. When the scientists voted in a straw poll on whether to support geoengineering research, Battisti, filled with fear about the future, voted in favor.
While the pernicious effects of global warming are clear, efforts to reduce the carbon emissions that cause it have fallen far short of what s needed. Some scientists have started exploring more direct and radical ways to cool the planet, such as:
- Pouring reflective pollution into the upper atmosphere
- Making clouds brighter
- Growing enormous blooms of algae in the ocean
Schemes that were science fiction just a few years ago have become earnest plans being studied by alarmed scientists, determined to avoid a climate catastrophe. In Hack the Planet, Science magazine reporter Eli Kintisch looks more closely at this array of ideas and characters, asking if these risky schemes will work, and just how geoengineering is changing the world.
Scientists are developing geoengineering techniques for worst-case scenarios. But what would those desperate times look like? Kintisch outlines four circumstances: collapsing ice sheets, megadroughts, a catastrophic methane release, and slowing of the global ocean conveyor belt.
As incredible and outlandish as many of these plans may seem, could they soon become our only hope for avoiding calamity? Or will the plans of brilliant and well-intentioned scientists cause unforeseeable disasters as they play out in the real world? And does the advent of geoengineering mean that humanity has failed in its role as steward of the planet or taken on a new responsibility? Kintisch lays out the possibilities and dangers of geoengineering in a time of planetary tipping points. His investigation is required reading as the debate over global warming shifts to whether humanity should Hack the Planet.
- Safari® and WebKit Development for iPhone® OS 3.0
The must-have reference for building and optimizing Web applications for Safari on iPhone 3.0
The iPhone offers a compelling Web-based application development platform revolving around its built-in browser, Safari, which is built upon the open source WebKit framework. This must-have book serves as a hands-on guide to developing iPhone and iPod touch Web applications.
Beginning with an introduction to Web application development for iPhone, this unique book then covers invaluable information on working with mobile and touch technologies, utilizing iPhone UI frameworks, and designing, styling, and programming the interface. You?ll discover how to move Web apps to native apps and much, much more.
- Walks you through the process of developing Web applications for iPhone and iPod touch
- Covers how to design and develop applications that emulate the look and feel of native iPhone apps.
- Instructs on how your Web app can respond to finger touch events that are a core part of the iPhone event model.
- Shows you how to create Web-based offline applications using the latest HTML 5 cache technologies
- Explains the unique process of moving Web apps to native apps
- Features a bonus chapter on optimizing and developing for third-party browsers
Completely compliant with the new iPhone OS 3.0, as well as latest enhancements to Safari on iPhone, this indispensable book is a must-have resource.
Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
- How to Bake Everything: Simple Recipes for The Best Baking
In the most comprehensive book of its kind, Mark Bittman offers the ultimate baker’s resource. Finally, here is the simplest way to bake everything, from American favorites (Crunchy Toffee Cookies, Baked Alaska) to of-the-moment updates (Gingerbread Whoopie Pies). It explores global baking, too: Nordic ruis, New Orleans beignets, Afghan snowshoe naan. The recipes satisfy every flavor craving thanks to more than 2,000 recipes and variations: a pound cake can incorporate polenta, yogurt, ricotta, citrus, hazelnuts, ginger, and more. New bakers will appreciate Bittman’s opinionated advice on essential equipment and ingredient substitutions, plus extensive technique illustrations. The pros will find their creativity unleashed with guidance on how to adapt recipes to become vegan, incorporate new grains, improvise tarts, or create customized icebox cakes using a mix-and-match chart. Demystified, deconstructed, and debunked—baking is simpler and more flexible than you ever imagined.
- Fundamentals of Database Management Systems
Gillenson?s new edition of Fundamentals of Database Management Systems provides concise coverage of the fundamental topics necessary for a deep understanding of the basics. In this issue, there is more emphasis on a practical approach, with new "your turn" boxes and much more coverage in a separate supplement on how to implement databases with Access.
In every chapter, the author covers concepts first, then show how they?re implemented in continuing case(s.) "Your Turn" boxes appear several times throughout the chapter to apply concepts to projects. And "Concepts in Action" boxes contain examples of concepts used in practice. This pedagogy is easily demonstrable and the text also includes more hands-on exercises and projects and a standard diagramming style for the data modeling diagrams. Furthermore, revised and updated content and organization includes more coverage on database control issues, earlier coverage of SQL, and new coverage on data quality issues.
- A Visual Dictionary of Architecture
The classic, bestselling reference on architecture now revised and expanded!
An essential one-volume reference of architectural topics using Francis D.K. Ching?s signature presentation. It is the only dictionary that provides concise, accurate definitions illustrated with finely detailed, hand-rendered drawings. From Arch to Wood, every concept, technology, material and detail important to architects and designers are presented in Ching?s unique style.
- Combining text and drawing, each term is given a minimum double-page spread on large format trim size, so that the term can be comprehensively explored, graphically showing relations between concepts and sub-terms
- A comprehensive index permits the reader to locate any important word in the text.
- This long-awaited revision brings the latest concepts and technology of 21st century architecture, design and construction to this classic reference work
It is sure to be by the side of and used by any serious architect or designer, students of architecture, interior designers, and those in construction.