New Release Books by Rob Knight

Rob Knight is the author of Dirt Is Good (2017), Sustainable Shale Oil and Gas (2016), The Pocket Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX100 (2015), TED Books Box Set: The Completist (2015) and other 8 books.

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Dirt Is Good

release date: Jun 06, 2017
Dirt Is Good
From two of the world’s top scientists and one of the world’s top science writers (all parents), Dirt Is Good is a q&a-based guide to everything you need to know about kids & germs. “Is it OK for my child to eat dirt?” That’s just one of the many questions authors Jack Gilbert and Rob Knight are bombarded with every week from parents all over the world. They've heard everything from “My two-year-old gets constant ear infections. Should I give her antibiotics? Or probiotics?” to “I heard that my son’s asthma was caused by a lack of microbial exposure. Is this true, and if so what can I do about it now?” Google these questions, and you’ll be overwhelmed with answers. The internet is rife with speculation and misinformation about the risks and benefits of what most parents think of as simply germs, but which scientists now call the microbiome: the combined activity of all the tiny organisms inside our bodies and the surrounding environment that have an enormous impact on our health and well-being. Who better to turn to for answers than Drs. Gilbert and Knight, two of the top scientists leading the investigation into the microbiome—an investigation that is producing fascinating discoveries and bringing answers to parents who want to do the best for their young children. Dirt Is Good is a comprehensive, authoritative, accessible guide you've been searching for.

Sustainable Shale Oil and Gas

release date: Sep 27, 2016
Sustainable Shale Oil and Gas
Shale oil and gas have altered the energy landscape, possibly permanently. They burst upon the fossil energy scene with a suddenness that initially defied prediction. Even the political balance of the world has changed. But, with the methods employed, the vast majority of the oil and gas remains in the ground. At the same time, serious environmental impact issues have been raised. A new volume in the Emerging Issues in Analytical Chemistry series, Sustainable Shale Oil and Gas Production: Analytical, Biochemical, and Geochemical Methods was written on the premise that analytical methods to inform these areas were wanting. While not attempting to be comprehensive, it describes important analytical methods, some still in development. These methods are underpinned primarily by chemistry, but geochemistry and even biochemistry play significant roles. The book has a solutions flavor; problems are posed together with approaches to ameliorate them. Provides a clear understanding of the potential environmental issues as well as a path to solutions Includes background information for understanding potential impacts of shale operations from both an environmental and public health perspective Authored by leaders from diverse disciplines with expertise in a variety of areas: groundwater quality, petroleum-related operations, microbial ecology, and electronic technologies Reviews new sensing and evaluation methods that could be key enablers to sustainable fracking: portable mass spectrometry, microbiome analysis, DNA as tracers, and a microparticulate matter detector

The Pocket Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX100

release date: Dec 28, 2015
The Pocket Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX100
The Panasonic LUMIX LX100 is a compact zoom camera designed with the enthusiast and advanced photographer in mind. For those shooters looking for a very capable camera with a small profile—especially when compared to a DSLR—the LX100 hits the mark, and it does so without compromise in quality. With its Four Thirds sensor, its 24–75mm focal range, and its Leica f/1.7–2.8 lens, the LX100 has received much high praise. In fact, DP Review awarded the camera its highest ever score in its camera class and called it “one of the best photographers’ cameras on the market and probably the best zoom compact ever made.” In addition, the inclusion of 4k video and 4k photo mode put the LX100 in a class by itself. The Pocket Guide to the Panasonic LUMIX LX100 is a quick and to-the-point companion guide to help you make the most of this highly capable advanced camera. The basic operation of the LX100 is fairly straightforward for those photographers with an understanding of exposure and composition—adjusting the aperture and shutter speed are simple enough. But there are many next-generation features, functions, and customizable setups that even a seasoned photographer might overlook or not take full advantage of—features that, when implemented, could make all the difference in getting the shot. In this concise guide, Panasonic LUMIX Luminary Rob Knight shares his real-world experience with the LX100. Rob doesn’t spend time rehashing the basics of the exposure triangle; instead, he dives into a curated collection of the LX100’s best features and capabilities that he uses regularly. Some of the topics covered include: • The best focus modes and settings based on the shooting situation • Customizable Function (Fn) button and Control Dial options • In-Camera RAW processing • Shooting in Silent mode • Multiple exposures and panoramas • 4k photo mode • WiFi settings and features • And much more! Rob also discusses the coolest and best features of the LX100 that truly make a difference in how you use the camera, such as back-button focus, the pros and cons of electronic vs. mechanical shutter, how to customize the camera so it feels like you have a kit bag of prime lenses rather than a continuous zoom, and using external flash. Finally, Rob includes his favorite camera settings, setups, and suggestions for specific shooting situations, such as street photography, travel photography, macro photography, and timelapse photography.

TED Books Box Set: The Completist

release date: Dec 08, 2015
TED Books Box Set: The Completist
This wide-ranging boxed set of ten TED Books titles covers everything from architecture to business, space travel to love: The Terrorist’s Son, The Mathematics of Love, The Art of Stillness, The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings, Beyond Measure, Judge This, How We’ll Live on Mars, Why We Work, The Laws of Medicine, and Follow Your Gut. Provocative, intelligent, and forward-thinking, the first ten TED Books is perfect for any curious reader interested in technology, design, and creative thinking. The Terrorist’s Son is the story of the man who planned the 1993 World Trade Center bombing—and the son who chose a different path. The Mathematics of Love is a must-have for anyone who wants to better understand the patterns of their love life. In The Art of Stillness, travel writer Pico Iyer reveals a counterintuitive truth: The more ways we have to connect, the more we seem desperate to unplug. The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings captures the thoughtful intelligence and the sheer whimsy of the world’s most inspired and future-looking buildings. Beyond Measure reveals how organizations can make huge changes with surprisingly small steps and ultimately transform their company culture. Chip Kidd’s Judge This is a playful look at the importance of first impressions—in design and in life—exposing the often invisible beauty and betrayal in simple design choices ones most of us never even think to notice. In How We’ll Live on Mars award-winning journalist Stephen Petranek makes the case that living on Mars is an essential back-up plan for humanity and will happen far sooner than we imagine. In the groundbreaking Why We Work Barry Schwartz dispels a deeply ingrained myth: The reason we work is primarily to get a paycheck. Pulitzer Prize–winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee reveals an urgent philosophy in The Laws of Medicine on the little-known principles that govern medicine. In Follow Your Gut scientist Rob Knight and journalist Brendan Buhler explain why the microscopic life inside us matters to everyone.

Follow Your Gut

release date: Apr 09, 2015
Follow Your Gut
Part of the TED series: Follow Your Gut Today we study the brain with painstaking detail. But we largely ignore what might prove to be the most important part of our body: the trillions of microbes that live inside us, especially in our gut. Increasingly, it looks like the harmless bacteria we each have - or lack - may hold the key to our most vexing health issues, including obesity, allergies, asthma and digestive problems. The makeup of this internal ecosystem varies wildly from person to person. Different people - even those in the same ethnic group, geographic region and immediate family - may have up to a 90% difference in the contents of our gut. (Compare this with our DNA, where all humans, worldwide, are 99.99% the same.) Evidence shows that small changes in the microbes present (altered by antibiotics, diet, geographic region, and so on) may affect weight, likelihood of disease and even psychological factors like risk-taking behaviour. Knight and Buhler explore the previously unseen world inside our bodies, in dynamic, accessible prose geared towards a general audience. With a practical eye towards deeper knowledge and better decisions, the book includes a detailed tour of our "micro-biome" as well as an exploration of the known effects of antibiotics, probiotics, diet choices, birth method, and access to livestock on our children's lifelong health. The book will guide readers on how to learn about their own "microbiome" and take steps towards understanding and improving their health, using the latest research as their guide. The book will be published alongside the release of Dr. Rob Knight's illuminating TEDTalk.

Adobe Lightroom Advanced Techniques

release date: Dec 24, 2014
Adobe Lightroom Advanced Techniques
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom continues to grow in popularity, with Adobe now offering the software to photographers for only $9.99 a month. The video is being created by Adobe Certified Expert Rob Knight, a proven expert on the software, as well as first-rate photographer and presenter. It will cover advanced techniques in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, focusing on the Library, Develop, and Export Modules. The video is wrapped in a unique interface that allows you to jump to any topic and also bookmark individual sections for later review. The unique “Watch and Work” mode shrinks the video into a small window to allow you to work alongside in Lightroom as you view the video. Project files used in the lessons are included on the disc so you can practice what you've learned. At the end of every lesson, you can test your knowledge by taking interactive quizzes. Duration: 2.5 HR User Level: Intermediate/Advanced Closed-Captioning in English System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6, Microsoft Windows XP, or higher 1 GHz processor or higher 2 GB RAM or higher 1 GB free HD space (does not include lesson files) Please Note: • This DVD-ROM can be viewed on your computer, but it will NOT play in a DVD movie player. • The course uses pop-ups; please enable them in your browser. For more information on how to enable Pop-ups please see our Learn By Video FAQ page at http://www.peachpit.com/LBVFAQ

Poyntzfield

Poyntzfield
Thomas Urquhart McKenzie was born 6 July 1820 in Arboll, Parish of Tarbet, Black Isle, Ross-shire, Scotland. His parents were Robert Bruce Aeneas McKenzie and Harriet Ross. He immigrated to New Zealand in February 1840. He married Margaret Fraser, daughter of Hugh and Catherine McKenzie, 20 June 1842 in Wellington, New Zealand. They later settled in the Lower Rangitikei and operated a farm they named Poyntzfield. They had nineteen children who lived to maturity. Thomas died 16 May 1904. Margaret died 9 April 1909. Descendants lived mainly in New Zealand.

Touching Evil

release date: Jan 01, 2006
Touching Evil
Greg has a special talent he'd give anything to be rid of. After an accident many years ago that left him in a coma, Greg woke up to find that he could touch things and know what had happened to them. Too bad he can't control the talent enough to keep it from overwhelming him. He's lived with it long enough that it he can make it day by day, but when he starts being stalked, he has to depend on his friends to help him cope. The only good thing his gift has brought him is Artie, an overprotective cop with a psychotic cat and a great bedside manner. Artie is all about helping Greg cope, and about finding out who's threatening his friend. Through grisly gifts and terrifying attacks, Artie stays by Greg's side. Even ordering take-out can be an ordeal for Greg, and Artie is happy to run interference. Greg hasn't touched anyone without pain in years, but with Artie he finds he has someone to lean on, even as the stalker finds new ways to torment him. Can the two of them find a way to solve the mystery of Greg's tormenter before one of them gets hurt?

Dismantling Spiritual Confusion

release date: Oct 01, 2017
Dismantling Spiritual Confusion
The goal of this book is to dismantle the confusion ravaging the Christian faith today causing believers to be unproductive in their faith, unclear in their minds, and without a personal sense of divine direction or purpose. The ideas in this book are controversial. They will challenge believers from all denominations and tribes because they address long-held theological positions, some of which produce enormous confusion and stifle healthy Christian spirituality. This book presents a new paradigm that addresses theological confusion which has overshadowed the church for centuries. The truths that comprise this paradigm are not new. They have been in the scriptures all along but we could not see them because of the massive confusion generated by seeds of deception which the enemy has planted along the way.

Marsh and Riparian Habitat Compensation in the Fraser River Estuary

release date: Jan 01, 2016

Panasonic Lumix GX7 and GM1

release date: Jan 01, 2014
Panasonic Lumix GX7 and GM1
Annotation This Snapshots book will teach owners how to take great shots using their new Panasonic GX7 or GM1 camera. Users learn how to create the type of photos that inspired them to buy the camera in the first place. Featuring beautiful images; clear design; and a friendly knowledgeable voice, everything in the book is in service of creating a great image. Starting with the top ten things users needed to know about the camera, photographer Rob Knight carefully guides readers through the operating features. Owners get practical advice from a pro on which settings to use when, great shooting tips, and even end of chapter assignments. The book will also include coverage of shooting video. Both the GX7 and GM1, which have the same sensor and are similar in operation, will be covered. Significant new features:16MP Live MOS sensorIn-body image stabilization (works with any lens)Front and rear control dialsFlip-up, 1024 x 768 pixel (2.3M dot equivalent) electronic viewfinder3-inch tilting LCD3-level focus peaking1080 video at 60p/60i/24p in MP4 or AVCHD formatBuilt-in Wi-Fi with NFCMagnesium-alloy frame1/8000 second max shutter speed, 1/320th flash sync speedHighlight and shadow curve adjustmentsBuilt-in pop-up flashThe Pansonic GX7 is now available for MSRP $999 (body only). The Panasonic GM1 is now available for MSRP $749 (with kit lens).

Quail and Other Galliforms

release date: Jan 01, 2006
Quail and Other Galliforms
Questions and answers explore the world of animals.
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