- Filename: life-on-the-edge.
- ISBN: 0307986829
- Release Date: 2016
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Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how does it work? Even in this age of cloning and synthetic biology, the remarkable truth remains: nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material. Life remains the only way to make life. Are we missing a vital ingredient in its creation? Like Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene, which provided a new perspective on evolution, Life on the Edge alters our understanding of life's dynamics as Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe Macfadden reveal the hitherto missing ingredient to be quantum mechanics. Drawing on recent ground-breaking experiments around the world, they show how photosynthesis relies on subatomic particles existing in many places at once, while inside enzymes, those workhorses of life that make every molecule within our cells, particles vanish from one point in space and instantly materialize in another. Each chapter in Life on the Edge opens with an engaging example that illustrates one of life’s puzzles – How do migrating birds know where to go? How do we really smell the scent of a rose? How do our genes manage to copy themselves with such precision? – and then reveals how quantum mechanics delivers its answer. Guiding the reader through the maze of rapidly unfolding discovery, Al-Khalili and McFadden communicate vividly the excitement of this explosive new field of quantum biology, with its potentially revolutionary applications, and also offer insights into the biggest puzzle of all: what is life?
Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how does it work? It is remarkable that in this age of cloning and even synthetic biology, nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material. Life remains the only way to make life. Are we missing a vital ingredient in its creation? Like Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene which provided a new perspective on evolution by shifting the focus of natural selection from organisms to genes, Life On The Edge alters our understanding of life from cells or biomolecules to the fundamental particles that drive life's dynamics. From this new perspective, life makes more sense as its missing ingredient is revealed to be quantum mechanics and the strange phenomena that lie at the heart of this most mysterious of sciences.
One of the twentieth century's great adventurers recounts his life and experiences, from being the first American to reach the summit of Mount Everest to sailing around the world with his family.
America's family advocate, Dr. James Dobson, often teaches about the "critical decade"-those between the ages of 16 and 26 who are making major life decisions. Adapted from his best-selling book, Life on the Edge, these seven pocket-sized booklets offer insight and advice for a generation searching for significance. Dobson addresses topics such as emotions and love, money, compatibility, God's will, and the ironies of life. These booklets provide invaluable, practical advice for teaching youth that the right decisions during this critical decade can be the grand beginning to a life that will never end.
Jay-Jay Harvey has been at The Edge radio station since it started 22 years ago, helping it to become New Zealand's most popular radio station with nearly 700,000 listeners. She has been paint balled, pierced, shaved bald, hypnotised, and whatever else was required - all to entertain her listeners. She has married complete strangers (who are all still together), fundraised while sleeping in a shopping mall, interviewed huge stars like Tom Cruise, Lady Gaga & Oprah, danced her way to fourth place on Dancing with the Stars, and been naked in public too many times to count! She takes us behind the scenes of some of the craziest stuff she has done for ratings and lets us peek into her personal journey in radio that includes dobbing in a workmate, numerous job offers, making out at work, changing her name twice, losing a co-host to suicide, working with her husband and fighting depression with a smile on her face. Jay-Jay truly has lived life on The Edge.
Discusses California's eleven bioregions, describes each endangered species, and covers such topics as butterfly poaching
Looks at plants, animals, and microorganisms that live in extreme environments, including animals that live in areas of high heat and insects that live in areas of no light.
Can life exist in the Antarctic ice, in the deep subsurface, in dilute sulfuric acid, in hot springs-even on Mars? What degree of high or low temperature, pressure, or salt concentration can living cells tolerate? In recent years, scientists have discovered many single-cell creatures that exist in-in fact, are perfectly adapted to-extreme environments that were considered uninhabitable just one or two decades ago. In Life on the Edge, author Michael Gross explores how microorganisms adapt to their hostile environments and how they affect our current definition of the "normal" conditions for life. He also describes the vast implications of these extremophiles and other amazing creatures-from potential breakthroughs in medicine and biotechnology to the search for life elsewhere in the universe.
Throughout history some areas have been less attractive for living and farming than others. These areas are identified as marginal because of environmental, economic or socio-political factors. How can we recognise marginality in the archaeological record? How particularly can environmental remains be interpreted? And how can we interpret human strategies when faced with a marginal environment? Most of the papers in this volume focus on Scottish contexts, reflecting their origins at the 1992 meeting of the Association for Environmental Archaeology in Edinburgh. However Greek pastoralism and the problems of food supply in the Egyptian and Syrian deserts are also examined.
From condoms to neutrons, oil slicks to T-shirts, and revolution to odd socks, this collection of insightful cartoons from a leading Australian cartoonist confronts an array of hilarious situations with signature zany wit.
Gain a fuller understanding of substance addiction and treatment options! Originally published in 1992 as The Facts About Drug Use, this updated edition contains new information about the effects of alcohol and recreational, mood-altering drugs on the body. The multiple causes of drug use and the options available to those dependent on drugs as a way of life are thoroughly and clearly described. Drug use affects nearly 1 out of 2 Americans and cuts across every social and economic boundary. The effects of addiction on the individual are great, and the cumulative effects on society are staggering. Knowledge of the adverse effects of mood-altering drugs and why and how they are used excessively is a centerpiece of this book. It presents, intelligently and interestingly, ways to identify persons at risk and identify problems that the addicted encounter in attempts to become drug free. Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, and the Road to Recovery: Life on the Edge is an essential tool in both finding available resources for drug users and developing appropriate responses to today's drug problem. This remarkable, well-referenced book enables those with little or no background in science or health care to understand the complex issues surrounding drug use. It provides current, reliable, and unbiased information on methods for dealing with dependency upon alcohol and central nervous system depressants, hallucinogens, heroin, nicotine, marijuana, caffeine, amphetamines, designer drugs like Ecstasy, and steroids. A glossary listing common street names for drugs will be invaluable to those interested in identifying specific substances. This comprehensive volume will show you: who typically uses drugs and the reasons why they do how to classify mood-altering drugs how to identify and treat drug dependency areas of special concern such as multiple drug use, AIDS and drug use, drugs and pregnancy, drugs and sports, and drug testing technology Chapter by chapter, this nonjudgmental book helps readers develop a better understanding of the effects of mood-altering substances and the reasons many continue to use them despite serious consequences. This is a valuable key to the nature of dependency and addiction, and the external forces (including poverty and homelessness) that promote such behavior.
The story of Jordan's enigmatic and embattled late sovereign retraces his extraordinary life, from watching his own grandfather gunned down at his side at the age of sixteen, to a life lived in the crucible of Middle East politics.
"Life on the Edge of Faith" is a complete package of thematically related worship resources for the busy pastor looking for midweek programming. In addition to five sermons, monologues written in the voice of someone present at the Lord's Passion can be read by parishioners.