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release date: Sep 25, 2018
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[まとめ買い] 社会の裏側!(51-100)
★概要

先日、神戸にある「UCC上島(うえしま)珈琲」本社から、ぼく
に1通の手紙が届きました。
以前、あることについて同社の「社長あて」に尋ねたことへの返事
なんです。

……というところから、本書はスタートしています(笑)。

じつは、この企業が経営するカフェに置かれた、ある人工甘味料の
袋に、その具体的な名前がどこにも記載されていないため、ぼくは
「優しい言葉で」問い合わせたわけなんですね。

結論的には、この甘味料は「スクラロース」でしたが、少しでも消
費者にはこれらの名前は知らせたくない……という気持ちが溢れて
おりました。

なぜなら、この「スクラロース」は、本書で述べていますように、
いままでの人工甘味料とはいろいろな意味で少し異なっています。
きっと、今後、さまざまな場面で使われることでしょう。

あの問題のある「異性化糖」と併せて使われることもあるでしょう
しね。

アメリカのコカ・コーラ社は、ダイエット・コークに「スクラロー
ス」という甘味料を2005年2月から使用し始めました。だけど、
これ、1分子中に塩素が3個も含まれるという何となく、ぼくにと
release date: Sep 25, 2018
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Chuck Palmer Adventure Series (2 Book Series)
From Book 1: Disclaimer: This book is intended to stretch and expand your mind and challenge traditionally held concepts in many major religions of the world. Please proceed with that in mind.

After 60 years of endless hours working on his amazing invention Dr. Michael Hannigan has finally succeeded. He has built a camera, a very special camera. His quantum camera is able to retrieve images created hundreds and possibly thousands of years ago. The quantum camera will record ancient events as they took place. The quantum camera will look back in time, and reveal the truths that have been lost for centuries. It will provide answers to the many questions surrounding ancient events. Dr. Michael Hannigan will change history, but that was never his goal.

Dr. Hannigan is a brilliant physicist, but he is also a devout Catholic. For the past 60 years his dream was to show the world the miracles that Jesus performed. Unfortunately his camera is too heavy for him to carry across the Holy Land while searching for the elusive Messiah. He asks his friend and ex-Navy SEAL Chuck Palmer to help him. Chuck possesses the necessary physical strength, but he lacks Dr. Hannigan’s resolute faith. In fact Chuck is an atheist. He is convinced his friend will be devastated when the true Jesus is exposed. Chuck reluctantly agrees to help, but only if his girlfriend can join them.
Dr. Hannigan sets out on the adventure of a lifetime. He is going to find the historical Jesus of Nazareth, but he soon discovers that there are people in high places that will stop at nothing including murder to insure he fails.
release date: Sep 25, 2018
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release date: Sep 25, 2018
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In Depth Science (5 Book Series)
From Book 1: This is the KINDLE edition of this book. There are also two paperback editions available: color and black and white.

Have you ever seen a diamond, and wondered where it came from? 

To discover the answer, you will zoom in to the atomic scale to see how atoms bond, dive into the Earth's mantle to explore temperature and pressure, and get carried back up to the surface in a special volcanic eruption. This is real, cutting-edge science, written for kids! Best of all, bring the science alive with the activities at the end of the book: grow your own crystals, experiment with melting temperatures, and discover what really drives volcanic eruptions.

Judith Hubbard is a geology professor with a Ph.D. from Harvard University and a B.S. from Caltech - and also two young children. She started the In Depth Science series with the goal of making college-level science accessible to kids as young as eight years old.
release date: Mar 10, 2012
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Cascadia's Fault: The Coming Earthquake and Tsunami that Could Devastate North America
There is a crack in the earth’s crust that runs roughly 31 miles offshore, approximately 683 miles from Northern California up through Vancouver Island off the coast of British Columbia. The Cascadia Subduction Zone has generated massive earthquakes over and over again throughout geologic time—at least thirty-six major events in the last 10,000 years. This fault generates a monster earthquake about every 500 years. And the monster is due to return at any time. It could happen 200 years from now, or it could be tonight.

The Cascadia Subduction Zone is virtually identical to the offshore fault that wrecked Sumatra in 2004. It will generate the same earthquake we saw in Sumatra, at magnitude nine or higher, sending crippling shockwaves across a far wider area than any California quake. Slamming into Sacramento, Portland, Seattle, Victoria, and Vancouver, it will send tidal waves to the shores of Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, damaging the economies of the Pacific Rim countries and their trading partners for years to come.

In light of recent massive quakes in Haiti, Chile, and Mexico, Cascadia’s Fault not only tells the story of this potentially devastating earthquake and the tsunamis it will spawn, it also warns us about an impending crisis almost unprecedented in modern history.
release date: Nov 10, 2007
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Super Volcano: The Ticking Time Bomb Beneath Yellowstone National Park

Despite growing evidence of geothermic activity under America's first and foremost national park, it took geologists a long time to realize that there was actually a volcano beneath Yellowstone. And then, why couldn't they find the caldera or crater? Because, as an aerial photograph finally revealed, the caldera is 45 miles wide, encompassing all of Yellowstone. What will happen, in human terms, when it erupts?

Greg Breining explores the shocking answer to this question and others in a scientific yet accessible look at the enormous natural disaster brewing beneath the surface of the United States. Yellowstone is one of the world's five "super volcanoes." When it erupts, much of the nation will be hit hard.

Though historically Yellowstone has erupted about every 600,000 years, it has not done so for 630,000, meaning it is 30,000 years overdue. Starting with a scenario of what will happen when Yellowstone blows, this fascinating study describes how volcanoes function and includes a timeline of famous volcanic eruptions throughout history.

release date: Jul 07, 2016
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Natural Hazards: Earth's Processes as Hazards, Disasters, and Catastrophes

Natural Hazards: Earth Processes as Hazards, Disasters and Catastrophes, Fourth Edition, is an introductory-level survey intended for university and college courses that are concerned with earth processes that have direct, and often sudden and violent, impacts on human society. The text integrates principles of geology, hydrology, meteorology, climatology, oceanography, soil science, ecology and solar system astronomy. The book is designed for a course in natural hazards for non-science majors, and a primary goal of the text is to assist instructors in guiding students who may have little background in science to understand physical earth processes as natural hazards and their consequences to society.


Natural Hazards uses historical to recent examples of hazards and disasters to explore how and why they happen and what we can do to limit their effects. The text's up-to-date coverage of recent disasters brings a fresh perspective to the material.


The Fourth Edition continues our new active learning approach that includes reinforcement of learning objective with a fully updated visual program and pedagogical tools that highlight fundamental concepts of the text. This program will provide an interactive and engaging learning experience for your students. Here's how:


Provide a balanced approach to the study of natural hazards: Focus on the basic earth science of hazards as well as roles of human processes and effects on our planet in a broader, more balanced approach to the study of natural hazards.


Enhance understanding and comprehension of natural hazards: Newly revised stories and case studies give students a behind the scenes glimpse into how hazards are evaluated from a scientific and human perspective; the stories of real people who survive natural hazards, and the lives and research of professionals who have contributed significantly to the research of hazardous events. 


Strong pedagogical tools reinforce the text's core features: Chapter structure and design organizes the material into three major sections to help students learn, digest, and review learning objectives.

release date: Apr 17, 2018
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The Big Ones: How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us (and What We Can Do About Them)
By the world-renowned seismologist, a riveting history of natural disasters, their impact on our culture, and new ways of thinking about the ones to come

Earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, hurricanes, volcanoes--they stem from the same forces that give our planet life. Earthquakes give us natural springs; volcanoes produce fertile soil. It is only when these forces exceed our ability to withstand them that they become disasters. Together they have shaped our cities and their architecture; elevated leaders and toppled governments; influenced the way we think, feel, fight, unite, and pray. The history of natural disasters is a history of ourselves.

In The Big Ones, leading seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones offers a bracing look at some of the world's greatest natural disasters, whose reverberations we continue to feel today. At Pompeii, Jones explores how a volcanic eruption in the first century AD challenged prevailing views of religion. She examines the California floods of 1862 and the limits of human memory. And she probes more recent events--such as the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 and the American hurricanes of 2017--to illustrate the potential for globalization to humanize and heal.

With population in hazardous regions growing and temperatures around the world rising, the impacts of natural disasters are greater than ever before. The Big Ones is more than just a work of history or science; it is a call to action. Natural hazards are inevitable; human catastrophes are not. With this energizing and exhaustively researched book, Dr. Jones offers a look at our past, readying us to face down the Big Ones in our future.
release date: Feb 05, 2013
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Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883

Simon Winchester, New York Times bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman, examines the legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa, which was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly forty thousand people. The effects of the immense waves were felt as far away as France. Barometers in Bogotá and Washington, D.C., went haywire. Bodies were washed up in Zanzibar. The sound of the island's destruction was heard in Australia and India and on islands thousands of miles away. Most significant of all -- in view of today's new political climate -- the eruption helped to trigger in Java a wave of murderous anti-Western militancy among fundamentalist Muslims, one of the first outbreaks of Islamic-inspired killings anywhere. Krakatoa gives us an entirely new perspective on this fascinating and iconic event.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

release date: Aug 08, 2017
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The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the  Planet
New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

In the bestselling tradition of Erik Larson’s Isaac’s Storm, The Great Quake is a riveting narrative about the biggest earthquake in North American recorded history -- the 1964 Alaska earthquake that demolished the city of Valdez and swept away the island village of Chenega -- and the geologist who hunted for clues to explain how and why it took place.

At 5:36 p.m. on March 27, 1964, a magnitude 9.2. earthquake – the second most powerful in world history – struck the young state of Alaska. The violent shaking, followed by massive tsunamis, devastated the southern half of the state and killed more than 130 people.  A day later, George Plafker, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, arrived to investigate.  His fascinating scientific detective work in the months that followed helped confirm the then-controversial theory of plate tectonics.

In a compelling tale about the almost unimaginable brute force of nature, New York Times science journalist Henry Fountain combines history and science to bring the quake and its aftermath to life in vivid detail.  With deep, on-the-ground reporting from Alaska, often in the company of George Plafker, Fountain shows how the earthquake left its mark on the land and its people -- and on science.


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