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Meteorites and asteroids classification, geology, and exploration / Akilina Dementieva and Danilo Ostrogorsky, editors.

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In this book, the authors present current research in the study of the classification, geology and exploration of asteroids and meteorites. Topics discussed include meteorites and their asteroidal parent bodies; the diversion and exploitation of ice-rich NEOs using the solar collector; radar characteristics of asteroid 33342 (1998 WT24); asteroid dimensions and the truncated pareto distribution; Hilda asteroids in the Jupiter neighborhood; and asteroid Apophis and 1950 DA. (From B&N)

The day we walked on the moon : a photo history of space exploration / by George Sullivan

Call number: TL793 .S925 1990

A fascinating look at outer space exploration filled with dramatic color photographs and bold newspaper headlines. From the first flights into space to the momentous day Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, from Skylab to the Shuttle, plus an exciting look at what lies ahead, this book will intrigue readers of all ages. (From Amazon)

America in space : NASA’s first fifty years / foreword by Neil Armstrong

Call number: TL521.312 .A628 2007

The most memorable photographs from America’s recent explorations of space have been taken by the Hubble space telescope and the Huygens mission to Saturn. But as the editors of this lavishly illustrated coffee-table volume demonstrate, in the early years of the space program, the camera’s blinking eye captured human beings. Dick, NASA’s chief historian, and his NASA colleagues offer images of the crew-cut young hot rods of the Mercury and Gemini programs before they became household names, along with a young test pilot named Neil Armstrong in 1956 operating a simulator of the X-15 hypersonic aircraft. Photographs capture the grandeur of the mammoth Saturn rockets blasting off, as well as the tragedy of the fire-charred Apollo 1capsule. NASA’s engineers and technicians receive their due, shown putting equipment and astronauts through their paces. In the post-Apollo years, the almost forgotten Skylab is memorialized, as well as missions to build the International Space Station and the space shuttle program. The book concludes with pictures of the outer reaches of the solar system and stunning vistas light-years away. NASA staff have annotated the photographs with informative mini essays documenting the history of the agency and its mission. Space buffs and their children will thrill to these photos. (From B&N)

Hubble’s universe : greatest discoveries and latest images / Terence Dickinson

Call number: QB500.268 D53 2012

In addition to being one of the greatest scientific instruments of all time, the Hubble Space Telescope has given humanity a spectacular legacy of beautiful images of the universe. The best of these are displayed–and explained–in this book.The book’s precise descriptions and captions brilliantly complement the nearly 300 full-color Hubble images. (From B&N)

The periodic table : a visual guide to the elements / by Paul Parsons

Call number: QD467 .P27 2014

 As one of the most recognizable images in science, the periodic table is ingrained in our culture. First drawn up in 1869 by Dmitri Mendeleev, its 118 elements make up not only everything on our planet but also everything in the entire universe.

The Periodic Table looks at the fascinating story and surprising uses of each of those elements, whether solid, liquid or gas. From the little-known uses of gold in medicine to the development of the hydrogen bomb, each entry is accompanied by technical data (category, atomic number, weight, boiling point) presented in easy-to-read headers, and a colour coding system that helps the reader to navigate through the different groups of elements.
A remarkable display of thought-provoking science and beautiful photography, this guide will allow the reader to discover the world afresh. (From B&N)

The skull in the rock : how a scientist, a boy, and Google Earth opened a new window on human origins / by Lee Berger and Marc Aronson

Call number: GN282 .A695 2012


In 2008, Professor Lee Berger–with the help of his curious 9-year-old son–discovered two remarkably well preserved, two-million-year-old fossils of an adult female and young male, known as Australopithecus sediba; a previously unknown species of ape-like creatures that may have been a direct ancestor of modern humans. This discovery of has been hailed as one of the most important archaeological discoveries in history. The fossils reveal what may be one of humankind’s oldest ancestors.Berger believes the skeletons they found on the Malapa site in South Africa could be the “Rosetta stone that unlocks our understanding of the genus Homo” and may just redesign the human family tree.

Berger, an Eagle Scout and National Geographic Grantee, is the Reader in Human Evolution and the Public Understanding of Science in the Institute for Human Evolution at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

The focus of the book will be on the way in which we can apply new thinking to familiar material and come up with a breakthrough. Marc Aronson is particularly interested in framing these issues for young people and has had enormous success with this approach in his previous books: Ain’t Nothing But a Man and If Stones Could Speak.

Berger’s discovery in one of the most excavated and studied areas on Earth revealed a treasure trove of human fossils–and an entirely new human species–where people thought no more field work might ever be necessary. Technology and revelation combined, plus a good does of luck, to broaden by ten times the number of early human fossils known, rejuvenating this field of study and posing countless more questions to be answered in years and decades to come. (From Google Books)

What do peanuts, alcohol, and sugar cane have in common?


Did you know…following the arrival of the automobile, scientists immediately turned to biofuels? The German inventor Rudolf Diesel fueled his engine with peanut oil, while Henry Ford predicted that the fuel of choice would be alcohol-based. Now, all these years later, this interest in biofuels has been reawakened among the scientific community. Learn more about the options and our progress toward making them a reality in Achieving Sustainability, available on GVRL.Check it out!

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The trivia lover’s guide to the world : geography for the lost and found / Gary Fuller

Call number: G131 .F87 2012

Gary Fuller’s entertaining and engaging guide enhances geographic know-how with good, old-fashioned fun, using trivia to open up new worlds of knowledge for all readers. Often dismissed as unimportant, trivia here highlights issues that are far from trivial, pondering, for example, what peaceful country requires citizens to keep guns in their homes? what continent contains at least 75 percent of the world’s fresh water? and why aren’t New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia the capitals of their respective states? – Publisher.

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AccessScience is the first place for students to turn to for engaging, trustworthy explanations of scientific concepts and processes. With more than 8,000 contributing scientists – including 38 Nobel Prize winners – this award-winning site guides undergraduates to find what they need quickly and easily, while encouraging a passion for scientific knowledge and discovery.

Journey to Planet Earth: “State of the Planet’s Oceans” DVD

Call number: GC 1018 .J68 2009


Once considered an inexhaustible source of food, the oceans are now in danger of being significantly depleted. Matt Damon hosts “The State of the Planet’s Oceans” as award-winning filmmakers Hal and Marilyn Weiner investigate the health and sustainability of the world’s oceans and the issues affecting marine preserves, fisheries, and coastal ecosystems in the United States and worldwide. (From YouTube)