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Seattle Picks: Science

Mission to Mars
Mission to Mars My Vision for Space Exploration By Aldrin, Buzz (Book - 2013 ) 629.4553 AL249M 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Uniquely qualified to write about space exploration, the second astronaut to set foot on the moon promotes his vision of a human landing on Mars by the year 2035.

Frankenstein's Cat
Frankenstein's Cat Cuddling up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts By Anthes, Emily (Book - 2013 ) 616.0273 An863F 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:A journalist explores the brave new world of animal biotechnology, in which scientists have produced glow-in-the-dark beagles and remote-controlled rats, and examines the controversial implications of such genetic manipulations.

The End of Night
The End of Night Searching for Natural Darkness in An Age of Artificial Light By Bogard, Paul (Book - 2013 ) 551.566 B6337E 2013 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 5 on 6 copies

Annotation:With light pollution so pervasive, the author bemoans the fact that much of the planet no longer experiences the grandeur of starry nights.

Chasing Ice
Chasing Ice (DVD - 2013 ) DVD 551.5253 C3869 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 13 on 43 copies

Annotation:This stunning, award-winning documentary chronicles the effects of global warming on the progressive shrinking of an Icelandic glacier.

A Piece of the Sun
A Piece of the Sun The Quest for Fusion Energy By Clery, Daniel (Book - 2013 ) 621.484 C597P 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:In this thoroughly-researched work, the author promotes nuclear fusion as the environmentally-friendly answer to the world’s energy crisis.

Stung!
Stung! On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean By Gershwin, Lisa-Ann (Book - 2013 ) 593.53 G323S 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:A jellyfish expert explains how these ethereal creatures manage to thrive in conditions hostile to most other marine organisms and what the rise of the jellyfish portends for the future of the earth's oceans.

Fabricated
Fabricated The New World of 3D Printing By Lipson, Hod (Book - 2013 ) 686.233 L6693F 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Cornell University researchers explore the amazing technology that enables the on-demand creation of three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional plans.

The Great Extinctions
The Great Extinctions What Causes Them and How They Shape Life By MacLeod, Norman (Book - 2013 ) 576.84 M2256G 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Scientists have documented at least five great extinctions in the Earth's history, and some believe we may be in the middle of the sixth. This book summarizes the history of the research into past extinctions and outlines the possible implications of a future mass extinction.

Elwha
Elwha A River Reborn By Mapes, Lynda (Book - 2013 ) 639.90979 M321E 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 11 copies

Annotation:Seattle Times journalist Lynda Mapes and photographer Steve Ringman document the environmental triumph of dam removal from the Elwha River and the subsequent rejuvenation of the surrounding ecosystem.

Wolves in the Land of Salmon
Wolves in the Land of Salmon By Moskowitz, David (Book - 2013 ) 599.773 M8538W 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 12 copies

Annotation:A wildlife tracker and photographer provides a thorough and beautifully-photographed account of the biology and survival of this iconic Pacific Northwest carnivore.

Are We Being Watched?
Are We Being Watched? The Search for Life in the Cosmos By Murdin, Paul (Book - 2013 ) 520 M94A 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Examining scientific findings, the author investigates the age-old question of whether or not there is life elsewhere in the universe.

Growing Food in A Hotter, Drier Land
Growing Food in A Hotter, Drier Land Lessons From Desert Farmers on Adapting to Climate Uncertainty By Nabhan, Gary Paul (Book - 2013 ) 631 N112G 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:A prominent ethnobotanist from America’s southwestern region shares his knowledge of agricultural practices in arid conditions.

Weird Life
Weird Life The Search for Life That Is Very, Very Different From Our Own By Twomey, David P. (Book - 2013 ) 571 T618W 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:The author conducts a fascinating survey of extremophiles, organisms that thrive in inhospitable conditions such as hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor.

Red Rover
Red Rover Inside the Story of Robotic Space Exploration, From Genesis to the Mars Rover Curiosity By Wiens, Roger (Book - 2013 ) 629.89209 W6367R 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:A scientist presents an account of the 15-year history of unmanned space exploration, including a robot aptly named Curiosity that is now traversing Mars.

Letters to A Young Scientist
Letters to A Young Scientist By Wilson, Edward O. (Book - 2013 ) 570.92 W6928L 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 7 copies

Annotation:Budding scientists will be inspired by the formative experiences that led this author to become a preeminent Harvard University biologist.

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This list of recently published works captures science in its many facets. The thought-provoking topics include space exploration, robotics, 3D printing, global warming, genetic engineering, ecology, extinctions and the future of agriculture. This list was created by a librarian at The Seattle Public Library for readers in Seattle and beyond.


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