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Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure

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By Paul A. Offit

A London researcher was once the 1st to claim that the mix measles-mumps-rubella vaccine often called MMR brought on autism in little ones. Following this "discovery," a handful of folks declared mercury-containing preservative in different vaccines used to be chargeable for the sickness. If mercury brought on autism, they reasoned, disposing of it from a kid's process may still deal with the affliction. hence, a few untested substitute treatments arose, and, so much tragically, in a single such therapy, a physician injected a five-year-old autistic boy with a chemical on the way to cleanse him of mercury, which stopped his middle as a substitute.

Children with autism were put on stringent diets, subjected to high-temperature saunas, bathed in magnetic clay, requested to swallow digestive enzymes and activated charcoal, and injected with quite a few mixtures of supplements, minerals, and acids. rather than supporting, those treatments can damage people who find themselves so much susceptible, and especially in terms of autism, they undermine adolescence vaccination courses that experience stored thousands of lives. an overpowering physique of medical facts essentially exhibits that early life vaccines are secure and doesn't reason autism. but common worry of vaccines at the a part of mom and dad persists.

In this ebook, Paul A. Offit, a countrywide specialist on vaccines, demanding situations the modern day fake prophets who've so egregiously misled the general public and exposes the opportunism of the attorneys, reporters, celebrities, and politicians who aid them. Offit recounts the background of autism examine and the exploitation of this tragic by means of advocates and zealots. He considers the manipulation of technology within the renowned media and the court, and he explores why society is at risk of the undesirable technology and dicy cures recommend via many antivaccination activists.

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The Laboratory of the Mind: Thought Experiments in the Natural Sciences

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By James Robert Brown

Newton's bucket, Einstein's elevator, Schrödinger's cat – those are many of the best-known examples of suggestion experiments within the normal sciences. yet what functionality do those experiments practice? Are they truly experiments in any respect? Can they assist us achieve a better figuring out of the ordinary world?  How is it attainable that we will research new issues simply by thinking?  

In this revised and up-to-date new version of his vintage textual content The Laboratory of the Mind, James Robert Brown maintains to protect apriorism within the actual global. This version good points new chapters, one on “counter idea experiments” and one other at the improvement of inertial motion.  With lots of illustrations and up-to-date insurance of the talk among Platonic rationalism and vintage empiricism, it is a vigorous and interesting contribution to the sphere of philosophy of science.

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Stem Cell Dialogues: A Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry Into Medical Frontiers

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Stem cells and the rising box of regenerative drugs are on the frontiers of recent medication. those components of clinical inquiry recommend that during the long run, broken tissue and organs should be repaired via custom-made mobilephone treatment as simply because the physique maintenance itself, revolutionizing the therapy of various illnesses. but using stem cells is fraught with moral and public coverage dilemmas that problem scientists, clinicians, the general public healthiness neighborhood, and folks of fine will in all places. How we could care for those outstanding biomedical advances, and the way will we speak about strength breakthroughs with either ethical and medical intelligence?

This e-book presents an cutting edge examine those vexing matters via a chain of cutting edge Socratic dialogues that elucidate key clinical and moral issues in an approachable demeanour. Addressing the cultural and price matters underlying stem mobile study whereas additionally instructing readers approximately stem cells' organic functionality and clinical functions, Stem cellphone Dialogues gains fictional characters conducting compelling inquiry and debate. contributors examine the clinical, political, and socioethical dimensions of stem phone technological know-how utilizing real language, research, and arguments taken from clinical, philosophical, and renowned literature. every one discussion facilities on a selected, recognizable subject, comparable to the rules applied through the George W. Bush management proscribing using embryonic stem cells; the aptitude function of stem cells in custom-made drugs; the ethics of cloning; and the sale of eggs and embryos. also, audio system debate using stem cells to regard paralysis, diabetes, stroke results, macular degeneration, and melanoma. academic, exciting, and carefully researched (with three hundred references to clinical literature), Stem mobilephone Dialogues can be incorporated in any attempt to aid the general public comprehend the technological know-how, ethics, and coverage matters of this promising field.

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Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body

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By Neil Shubin

Details on an important New Discovery incorporated in a brand new AfterwordWhy will we glance the best way we do? Neil Shubin, the paleontologist and professor of anatomy who co-discovered Tiktaalik, the “fish with hands,” tells the tale of bodies as you've got by no means heard it sooner than. via studying fossils and DNA, he indicates us that our fingers truly resemble fish fins, our heads are prepared like long-extinct jawless fish, and significant elements of our genomes glance and serve as like these of worms and bacteria. Your internal Fish makes us examine ourselves and our international in an illuminating new gentle. this is often technology writing at its finest—enlightening, available and informed with impossible to resist enthusiasm.

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The Asteroid Threat: Defending Our Planet from Deadly Near-Earth Objects

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By William E. Burrows

Presents a pragmatic, viable plan for defusing a very likely deadly danger from a rogue asteroid or comet. 

The explosion of a big meteor over Chelyabinsk, Siberia, in February 2013 is simply the most recent reminder that planet Earth is prone to harmful and in all probability catastrophic collisions with area particles of assorted varieties. during this informative and forward-looking e-book, veteran aerospace author William E. Burrows explains what we will be able to do sooner or later to prevent way more severe affects from "Near-Earth gadgets" (NEOs), as they're known as within the planetary protection neighborhood.  The excellent news is that humanity is now outfitted with the complicated know-how essential to devise a long term technique to defend the planet. Burrows outlines the subsequent key beneficial properties of a good planetary safety strategy: 

* a robust area surveillance procedure in a position to recognizing a significant danger from house no less than twenty-five years in advance

* an area craft "nudge" that will throw a collision-course asteroid off course lengthy prior to it poses the specter of drawing close impact 

* A guns method for use as a last-ditch option to blast an NEO should still all else fail.

The writer notes the numerous advantages for international balance and extending foreign cooperation caused by a united all over the world attempt to guard the planet. 

Combining realism with an confident can-do angle, Burrows indicates that humanity is able to overcoming a probably calamitous scenario.

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Beyond the Barriers of Space and Time

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As soon as broadly thought of an impossibility--the stuff of technology fiction novels--time trip might ultimately be accomplished within the twenty-first century. In Breaking the Time Barrier, bestselling writer Jenny Randles unearths the character of modern, leap forward experiments which are turning this delusion into truth.

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The Hospital Neurology Book

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By Arash Salardini

A sensible, protocol-oriented advisor to the perform of neurology within the health center setting

Designed to satisfy the necessity for a pragmatic and pedagogical source on health center neurology, The sanatorium Neurology Book is a concise and invaluable paintings that publications basic neurologists, neurohospitalists, and internists within the right care of sufferers within the clinic who've neurological illnesses and issues and linked inner drugs conditions.

The health facility Neurology Book contains a hugely readable layout, delivering details physicians can act upon, together with recipes and protocols for sufferer care and question-based bankruptcy headings that lead physicians to the precise factor they're facing within the second. life like case stories look all through chapters along sensible tables, algorithms, full-color illustrations, radiological photos, special references, and excessive yield key issues precious for consolidating learning.

·        A designated sensible and pedagogical device that takes a symptoms-based method of neurology perform within the medical institution setting

·        Organized round universal displays health facility neurologist or a hospitalist with neurology sufferers might most likely encounter

·        Utilizes a case-based process for max assimilation of information

·        Concentrates on proposing health facility neurology in a digestible manner, concentrating on sensible details and procedure, whereas offering references to extra targeted assets of information

·        Each bankruptcy is self-contained and will be learn in any specific order, in keeping with curiosity or need

If you're looking for textual content that bridges the space among the way in which neurology is taught and is absolutely practiced in a clinic surroundings, your seek ends the following.


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Gas Sensing Fundamentals (Springer Series on Chemical Sensors and Biosensors)

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This quantity, which addresses quite a few uncomplicated sensor rules, covers micro gravimetric sensors, semiconducting and nano tube sensors, calorimetric sensors and optical sensors. in addition, the authors talk about contemporary advancements within the similar delicate layers together with new houses of nano based steel oxide layers. they supply in-depth insights into the original chemistry and sign iteration of copper oxide in percolating sensors and current numerous functions of sensible polymers made attainable through right imprinting.

Highlights of the themes coated include:

•          requisites for high-temperature sensors

•          carbon nano tube sensors

•          new sensing version for nanostructured In2O3

•          bio mimetic strategy for semiconductor sensor-based systems

•          optical readout for inorganic and natural semiconductor sensors

•          proposal of digital multisensors to enhance specificity and selectivity

•          calorimetric sensors for hydrogen peroxide detection

•          percolation effect-based sensors to enforce dosimeters

•          imprinted polymer layers for bulk and floor acoustic wave sensors

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Freedom Evolves

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By Daniel C. Dennett

Can there be freedom and loose will in a deterministic global? well known thinker Daniel Dennett emphatically solutions “yes!” utilizing an array of provocative formulations, Dennett units out to teach how we by myself one of the animals have developed minds that supply us loose will and morality. Weaving a richly exact narrative, Dennett explains in a sequence of strikingly original
arguments—drawing upon evolutionary biology, cognitive  neuroscience, economics, and philosophy—that faraway from being an enemy of conventional explorations of freedom, morality, and which means, the evolutionary point of view may be an quintessential best friend. In Freedom Evolves, Dennett seeks to put ethics at the beginning it merits: a practical, naturalistic, in all likelihood unified imaginative and prescient of our position in nature.

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Everyone Is African: How Science Explodes the Myth of Race

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By Daniel J. Fairbanks

What does technology say approximately race? during this booklet a exotic study geneticist provides ample proof displaying that conventional notions approximately targeted racial modifications have little clinical foundation. In brief, racism isn't just morally unsuitable; it has no foundation in fact.

The writer lucidly describes intimately the criteria that experience ended in the present clinical consensus approximately race. either geneticists and anthropologists now in general agree that the human species originated in sub-Saharan Africa and darkly pigmented epidermis used to be the ancestral nation of humanity. furthermore, around the globe human range is so complicated that discrete races can't be genetically outlined. And for people, ancestry is extra scientifically significant than race.

Separate chapters are dedicated to arguable themes: pores and skin colour and the clinical purposes for the diversities; why ancestry is extra very important to person health and wellbeing than race; intelligence and human range; and evolutionary views at the patience of racism.

This is an enlightening booklet that is going a ways towards dispelling the irrational notions on the middle of racism.

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