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Knights of Sidonia (Issues) (15 Book Series)
"CORE EXPOSED" Outer space, the far future. A lone seed ship, the Sidonia, plies the void, ten centuries since the obliteration of the solar system. The massive, nearly indestructible, yet barely sentient alien life forms that destroyed humanity's home world continue to pose an existential threat. Nagate Tanikaze has only known life in the vessel's bowels deep below the sparkling strata where humans have achieved photosynthesis and new genders. Not long after he emerges from the Underground, however, the youth is bequeathed a treasured legacy by the spaceship's coolheaded female captain.
release date: Oct 16, 2018
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Alien Escapades (5 Book Series)
From Book 1: The complete Alien Escapades Series (Books 1 - 5) is now AVAILABLE as a box set on Kindle or as a single paperback book!

Amelia Donovan is an OBGYN extraordinaire, TV aficionado, and the resident cat lady of her apartment. Amelia has had a really bad day. She just found out her smarmy would-be perfect boyfriend has been banging everything that walks and her dream of a free treatment women's facility has been crushed all on her 30th birthday! All she wants to do is maybe curl up on the couch with a bottle of wine and her cat, Captain James. But Amelia's day just went from bad to worse… She’s been accidentally taken by an alien with funky eyes and shes pretty sure Captain James peed on her shoe.......sigh what’s a girl to do?

This book contains mature themes and language, only suitable for ages 18+!

release date: Oct 16, 2018
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TED Books Box Set: The Science Mind (3 Book Series)
From Book 1: Allergies, asthma, obesity, acne: these are just a few of the conditions that may be caused—and someday cured—by the microscopic life inside us. The key is to understand how this groundbreaking science influences your health, mood, and more.

In just the last few years, scientists have shown how the microscopic life within our bodies— particularly within our intestines—has an astonishing impact on our lives. Your health, mood, sleep patterns, eating preferences—even your likelihood of getting bitten by mosquitoes—can be traced in part to the tiny creatures that live on and inside of us.

In Follow Your Gut, pioneering scientist Rob Knight pairs with award-winning science journalist Brendan Buhler to explain—with good humor and easy-to-grasp examples—why these new findings matter to everyone. They lead a detailed tour of the previously unseen world inside our bodies, calling out the diseases and conditions believed to be most directly impacted by them.

With a practical eye toward deeper knowledge and better decisions, they also explore the known effects of antibiotics, probiotics, diet choice and even birth method on our children’s lifelong health. Ultimately, this pioneering book explains how to learn about your own microbiome and take steps toward understanding and improving your health, using the latest research as a guide.
release date: Oct 16, 2018
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20th Century Spy in the Sky Satellites: Secrets of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) (9 Book Series)
From Book 1: Part of our comprehensive series on the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and its "spy satellite" network, this volume covers the Gambit photoreconnaissance satellite flown between 1963 and 1984. The previously classified documents in this collection, converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction, were released by the NRO in September 2011 as part of its 50th anniversary. In declassifying these fascinating documents, the NRO has opened the curtain to show the tremendous challenges that were overcome to achieve the impressive successes that help win the Cold War.

CORONA was the first successful program in applying space vehicles to overflight reconnaissance operations. In its several evolutionary versions, CORONA steadily improved its photographic surveys of denied areas (with final resolutions of six to ten feet), operating in what the Intelligence Community calls "search mode." GAMBIT was developed to perform at even better resolutions than CORONA and work against specified targets—an operation usually referred to as "surveillance mode." GAMBIT fulfilled this surveillance function from July 1963 to April 1984.

Although Corona provided the capability to search large areas from space, the U.S. still lacked high resolution imagery. Approximately one year after the first launch of Corona, the National Reconnaissance Office began development of its first high resolution satellite program, codenamed Gambit. Over time, the Gambit program evolved into two different systems. The first Gambit system, launched in 1963, was equipped with the KH-7 camera system that included a 77-inch focal length camera for providing specific information on scientific and technical capabilities that threatened the nation. Intelligence users often characterized this capability as surveillance, allowing the United States to track the advancement of Soviet and others' capabilities. The second system, Gambit 3 was equipped with the KH-8 camera system that included a 175-inch focal length camera. The system was first launched in 1966 and provided the U.S. with exquisite surveillance capabilities from space for nearly two decades. The NRO launched a final system, codenamed Hexagon, in 1971 to improve upon Corona's capability to search broad and wide denied areas for threats to the United States. The system sometimes carried a mapping camera to aid in U.S. military war planning. The United States depended on these search and surveillance satellites to understand the capabilities, intentions, and advancements of those who opposed the United States during the Cold War. Together they became America's essential eyes in space.

Here is an excerpt from one of the documents about Gambit: "Earlier in the day the launch crew had notified Greer that during the final checkout they had uncovered a fault in the Atlas booster that would either force delay or cause reliance on a component not tested to the extent required by specifications. Shouldering aside the oppressive memory of unbroken failures and "partial successes" in the E-5 and E-6 programs, Greer ordered continuation of the countdown. It was a personal decision, taken without consultation with others, based as much on instinct as on the confidence of a program director who had done all that could be done to insure success. For an instant during the launch itself, most observers experienced the horrified conviction that the decision had been wrong, that disaster had come again to the Air Force satellite reconnaissance program. The splashing rocket exhaust of the Atlas knocked out all electrical connections to telemetry and cameras, giving the impression of a major launch stand explosion to observers at Sunnyvale and El Segundo. But seconds later the signals began to come through again, and they said that the Atlas was climbing stolidly toward its selected launch window.
release date: Oct 16, 2018
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Universum (Reihe in 2 Bänden)
Aus Band 1: Darf ich vorstellen: Das Universum. Auch bekannt als Kosmos, Weltall, Weltraum. Geboren vor 13,75 Milliarden Jahren. Heute etwa 92 Milliarden Lichtjahre groß und 10 hoch 53 Kilogramm schwer. Auf der Flucht. Knapp minus 270 Grad Celsius kalt. Leer. Elektrisch neutral. Ohne Mitte. Bevölkert von 100 Milliarden Galaxien aus 130 Trilliarden Sternen mit ungefähr ebenso vielen Planeten. Bestehend aus vier Prozent normaler Materie, 23 Prozent Dunkler Materie und 73 Prozent Dunkler Energie. Heimat von Schwarzen Löchern, Riesensternen, Pulsaren, Quasaren, Neutronensternem, Galaxienhaufen, Nebeln – aber auch von Planeten und deren Monden sowie von Lebewesen wie dem Menschen.

Woher kommt das Universum? Unter welchen Umständen vollzog sich seine Geburt, welche faszinierenden Prozesse spielen sich seitdem in ihm ab? Wann und wie wird es sterben? Was die Wissenschaft darüber weiß, hat sich in den vergangenen Jahren dramatisch verändert. Lassen Sie sich in eine Welt entführen, die alle Vorstellungen sprengt – den Kosmos, in dem Sie leben.

85.000 Anschläge. Mit 35 Bildern und Grafiken. Käufer der Kindle-Version erhalten auf Wunsch (siehe Impressum des eBooks) zusätzlich eine Ausgabe im PDF-Format zum Lesen am Computer, die noch weit mehr beeindruckende Fotos enthält. Geeignet für Leser ab etwa 14 Jahren.

Kapitel 1: Gestatten: Das Universum

Kapitel 2: Die Zeit vor der Zeit
Eine Welt aus Saiten
Schleifen über Schleifen
Wiedergeburt aus dem Nichts
Nichts als Theorien?

Kapitel 3: Der Urknall
Die Stunde 0
Die Physik beginnt
Die Welt – ein Fußball
Die ersten Teilchen
Alle Kräfte sind schon da
Die nächste Vernichtungswelle

Kapitel 4: Das klare All
Die ersten Leuchtfeuer
Sie sterben jung
Ein faszinierender Tod
Fragile Spiralen
Planeten im Abfall

Kapitel 5: Leben und Tod der Sterne
Zu klein: Braune Zwerge
Otto-Normal-Bürger des Weltalls: Rote Zwerge
Verwandte der Sonne: Hauptreihensterne
Die Zukunft der Sonne: Weiße Zwerge
Extrem dicht: Neutronensterne
Die Seltsamen: Quarksterne
Wo Raum und Zeit bedeutungslos sind: Schwarze Löcher
Noch seltsamer: Exotische Sterne
Wie groß können Sterne sein? Die Hyperriesen

Kapitel 6: Die Planeten
Unsere Heimat: Das Sonnensystem
Leben spendend: Die Sonne
Der Sonnennächste: Merkur
Der erdähnlichste: Die Venus
Der blaue Planet: Die Erde
Der rote Planet: Der Mars
Der Unvollendete: Der Asteroidengürtel
Hält alles zusammen: Der Jupiter
Der Herr der Ringe: Der Saturn
Der Eisige: Der Uranus
Noch ein blauer Planet: Der Neptun
Ganz weit draußen: Der Kuipergürtel
Der Abfallhaufen: Die Oortsche Wolke
Die Außerirdischen: Die Exoplaneten
Die Einzelgänger: Die Planemos

Kapitel 7: Das Ende des Universums
Tod durch Erfrieren
Tod durch Zerreißen
Tod durch Zerquetschen
Tod durch Zerstrahlen
Tod durch Zerfallen
Tod durch Einfrieren
Jeder nur ein Kreuz!
Die künftige Biografie des Universums

Über den Autor: Matthias Matting, geboren 1966, ist Physiker und Journalist. Für sein Buch "Reise nach Fukushima" erhielt er den 2011 erstmals ausgeschriebenen eBook-Preis "" in der Kategorie Sachbuch.
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The Martian Engineer's Notebook (2 Book Series)
From Book 1: Science and Engineering are inherently dramatic enterprises. Initial impressions of how something should work are often inaccurate. First attempts at calculating what an outcome should be often aren't complete. Creative imagination and persistence can often find its way around seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Shortsightedness can render dire threats invisible and lead to ruin.

The Martian Engineer's Notebook is a scientific supplement and critique of The Martian by Andy Weir. It contains explanations of scientific concepts and detailed solutions to problems related to the challenges of Mark Watney's ordeal on Mars. Should he have survived? What did he get right? What did he get wrong? What did he get wrong, but it didn't matter? These are the kinds of questions that The Martian Engineer's Notebook seeks to provide researched and organized answers to.

Volume 1 covers weather on Mars and an in-depth analysis of the resources at Mark's disposal as well as what it takes to build a farming ecosystem on Mars.
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release date: May 02, 2017
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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Over a year on the New York Times bestseller list and more than a million copies sold.

The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist.

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.

But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.

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release date: Sep 11, 2018
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Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military

An exploration of the age-old complicity between skywatchers and warfighters, from the best-selling author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.

In this fascinating foray into the centuries-old relationship between science and military power, acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and writer-researcher Avis Lang examine how the methods and tools of astrophysics have been enlisted in the service of war. "The overlap is strong, and the knowledge flows in both directions," say the authors, because astrophysicists and military planners care about many of the same things: multi-spectral detection, ranging, tracking, imaging, high ground, nuclear fusion, and access to space. Tyson and Lang call it a "curiously complicit" alliance. "The universe is both the ultimate frontier and the highest of high grounds," they write. "Shared by both space scientists and space warriors, it’s a laboratory for one and a battlefield for the other. The explorer wants to understand it; the soldier wants to dominate it. But without the right technology—which is more or less the same technology for both parties—nobody can get to it, operate in it, scrutinize it, dominate it, or use it to their advantage and someone else’s disadvantage."

Spanning early celestial navigation to satellite-enabled warfare, Accessory to War is a richly researched and provocative examination of the intersection of science, technology, industry, and power that will introduce Tyson’s millions of fans to yet another dimension of how the universe has shaped our lives and our world.

release date: Jan 23, 2018
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Bringing Columbia Home: The Untold Story of a Lost Space Shuttle and Her Crew
Timed to release for the 15th Anniversary of the Columbia space shuttle disaster, this is the epic true story of one of the most dramatic, unforgettable adventures of our time.

On February 1, 2003, Columbia disintegrated on reentry before the nation’s eyes, and all seven astronauts aboard were lost. Author Mike Leinbach, Launch Director of the space shuttle program at NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center was a key leader in the search and recovery effort as NASA, FEMA, the FBI, the US Forest Service, and dozens more federal, state, and local agencies combed an area of rural east Texas the size of Rhode Island for every piece of the shuttle and her crew they could find. Assisted by hundreds of volunteers, it would become the largest ground search operation in US history. This comprehensive account is told in four parts:

  • Parallel Confusion
  • Courage, Compassion, and Commitment
  • Picking Up the Pieces
  • A Bittersweet Victory

    For the first time, here is the definitive inside story of the Columbia disaster and recovery and the inspiring message it ultimately holds. In the aftermath of tragedy, people and communities came together to help bring home the remains of the crew and nearly 40 percent of shuttle, an effort that was instrumental in piecing together what happened so the shuttle program could return to flight and complete the International Space Station. Bringing Columbia Home shares the deeply personal stories that emerged as NASA employees looked for lost colleagues and searchers overcame immense physical, logistical, and emotional challenges and worked together to accomplish the impossible.

    Featuring a foreword and epilogue by astronauts Robert Crippen and Eileen Collins, and dedicated to the astronauts and recovery search persons who lost their lives, this is an incredible, compelling narrative about the best of humanity in the darkest of times and about how a failure at the pinnacle of human achievement became a story of cooperation and hope.
  • release date: May 04, 2011
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    A Brief History of Time

    A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking’s book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin—and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending—or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends?

    Told in language we all can understand, A Brief History of Time plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and “arrows of time,” of the big bang and a bigger God—where the possibilities are wondrous and unexpected. With exciting images and profound imagination, Stephen Hawking brings us closer to the ultimate secrets at the very heart of creation.
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