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Journey to Planet Earth: PLAN B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization DVD

PLAN B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization features Lester Brown, environmental visionary and author of “Plan B.” This documentary delivers a clear and unflinching message – either confront the realities of climate change or suffer the consequences of lost civilizations and failed political states. Brown, together with other notable scholars and scientists, including Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, former Governor and Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, provides a glimpse into a new and emerging economy based upon renewable resources as well as strategies to avoid the growing threat of global warming. (From PBS)

Cracking the Code of Life DVD

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Call number: QH445.2 .C73 2004

This two-hour special, hosted by ABC “Nightline” correspondent Robert Krulwich, chronicles the fiercely competitive race to capture one of the biggest scientific prizes ever: the complete letter-by-letter sequence of genetic information that defines human life—the human genome. NOVA tells the story of the genome triumph and its profound implications for medicine and human health.

Nuclear energy : what everyone needs to know / Charles D. Ferguson

Call number: TK9145 .F47 2011

Originally perceived as a cheap and plentiful source of power, the commercial use of nuclear energy has been controversial for decades. Worries about the dangers that nuclear plants and their radioactive waste posed to nearby communities grew over time, and plant construction in the United States virtually died after the early 1980s. The 1986 disaster at Chernobyl only reinforced nuclear power’s negative image. Yet in the decade prior to the Japanese nuclear crisis of 2011, sentiment about nuclear power underwent a marked change. The alarming acceleration of global warming due to the burning of fossil fuels and concern about dependence on foreign fuel has led policymakers, climate scientists, and energy experts to look once again at nuclear power as a source of energy. In this overview, the author provides an account of the key facts about nuclear energy. What is the origin of nuclear energy? What countries use commercial nuclear power, and how much electricity do they obtain from it? How can future nuclear power plants be made safer? What can countries do to protect their nuclear facilities from military attacks? How hazardous is radioactive waste? Is nuclear energy a renewable energy source? Featuring a discussion of the recent nuclear crisis in Japan and its ramifications, he addresses these questions and more.

The brain : big bangs, behaviors, and beliefs / Rob DeSalle

Call number: BF311 .D466 2012

After several million years of jostling for ecological space, only one survivor from a host of hominid species remains standing: us. Human beings are extraordinary creatures, and it is the unprecedented human brain that makes them so. In this delightfully accessible book, the authors present the first full, step-by-step account of the evolution of the brain and nervous system.
Tapping the very latest findings in evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and molecular biology, Rob DeSalle and Ian Tattersall explain how the cognitive gulf that separates us from all other living creatures could have occurred. They discuss the development and uniqueness of human consciousness, how human and nonhuman brains work, the roles of different nerve cells, the importance of memory and language in brain functions, and much more. Our brains, they conclude, are the product of a lengthy and supremely untidy history—an evolutionary process of many zigs and zags—that has accidentally resulted in a splendidly eccentric and creative product. (From Google Books)

The end of country : dispatches from the frack zone / Seamus McGraw

Call number: HD9502 .U53 P4533 2012

“Susquehanna County, in the remote northeastern corner of Pennsylvania, is a community of stoic, low-income dairy farmers and homesteaders seeking haven from suburban sprawl–and the site of the Marcellus Shale, a natural gas deposit worth more than one trillion dollars. In The End of Country, journalist and area native Seamus McGraw opens a window on the battle for control of this land, revealing a conflict that pits petrodollar billionaires and the forces of corporate America against a band of locals determined to extract their fair share of the windfall–but not at the cost of their values or their way of life. Rich with a sense of place and populated by unforgettable personalities, McGraw tells a tale of greed, hubris, and envy, but also of hope, family, and the land that binds them all together.”–Publisher description.

Bioactive food as dietary interventions for the aging population / Ronald Ross Watson

Call number: RC953.5 .B56 2013

Bioactive Food as Dietary Interventions for the Aging Population presents scientific evidence of the impact bioactive foods can have in the prevention and mediation of age related diseases. Documents foods that can affect metabolic syndrome and ways the associated information could be used to understand other diseases, which share common etiological pathways.

The world according to Monsanto : pollution, corruption, and the control of the world’s food supply / Marie-Monique Robin

Call Number: HD9482.U64 M6613 2010

The result of a remarkable three-year investigation that took award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin across four continents (North and South America, Europe, and Asia). The World According to Monsanto tells the little-known yet shocking story of this agribusiness giant-the world’s leading producer of GMOs (genetically modified organisms)-and how its new “green” face is no less troubling than its PCB- and Agent Orange-soaked past.

Robin reports that, following its long history of manufacturing hazardous chemicals and lethal herbicides, Monsanto is now marketing itself as a “life sciences” company, seemingly conviced about the virtues of sustainable development. However, Monsanto now controls the majority of the yield of the world’s genetically modified corn and soy-ingredients found in more than 95 percent of American households-and its alarming legal and political tactics to maintain this monopoly are the subject of worldwide concern.

Released to great acclaim and controversy in France, throughout Europe, and in Latin America, The World According to Monsanto is sure to change the way we think about food safety and the corporate control of our food supply.

(From Google Books)

New everyday science explained : from the big bang to the human genome … and everything in between / by Curt Suplee.

Call Number: Q162 .S943 2003

On a quiet afternoon, you settle in for some long-awaited reading. All is restful, still, serene. And yet, almost imperceptibly, your surroundings seethe with activity. Light beams produced 93 million miles away stream through your window and slam onto the page at 186,000 miles per second. The air in your home writhes with constant changes in temperature. A bird sings, and atoms in the air collide with your eardrums at hundreds of miles per hour. All the while, Earth’s rotation is whipping you around the sun at 18 miles per second. Frenetic though they seem, these activities happen according to natural laws that make our world predictable. And now, in this newly-updated bestseller from National Geographic, the hows and whys of science become engagingly clear.

(From Google Books)

RSMeans electrical cost data 2012, 35th annual ed.

Call Number: TK435 .M42 2012 Reference (Does Not Circulate)

This is an invaluable resource for anyone involved with the installation, planning and maintenance of electrical equipment and systems. The RSMeans 2012 Electrical Cost data book will reflect the volatility of material and labor costs in the coming year. It contains the latest electrical components and materials, Up-to-date unit prices, Electrical systems prices as well as Extensive estimating reference tables.

(From Google Books)

How the government got in your backyard : superweeds, frankenfoods, lawn wars, and the (nonpartisan) truth about environmental policies / Jeff Gillman and Eric Heberlig

Call number: GE180 .G54 2011

Biotechnology–the future or a genetic time bomb? Renewable fuels–the key to cleaner air or just corporate welfare? Greenhouse gasses–baking the earth to death or just a needless worry? Plant patents improving gardens and farms or just profiteering? When you stop to think about it, the government has its hand in every important environmental issue. And with the left and the right raucously disagreeing about whether the government’s policies are for good or for evil, it’s impossible for a concerned citizen to know what to think. How the Government Got in Your Backyard distills the science, the politics, and the unbiased, nonpartisan truth behind hot-button environmental issues from pesticides to global warming.
By clearly representing what the left says, what the right says, what the science is, and what the facts are, Gillman and Heberlig don’t set out to provide the answer they light the path so concerned citizens can uncover their own true and informed opinion. In this season of political discontent, the unbiased truth about environmental policies free of political agendas is as refreshing as it is fascinating. How the Government Got in Your Backyard is not for Republicans or Democrats, liberals or conservatives. It’s for anyone who is ready to get to the bottom line. (From Google Books)