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Heavenly Errors: Misconceptions About the Real Nature of the Universe

Does the weather get warmer in summer because the Earth moves closer to the sun? That many people believe this is a perfect example of common sense leading to scientific misconception, the kind of misconception Neil Comins strives to set straight in Heavenly Errors. Comins is particularly eager to stamp out errors about astronomy, his field, and in his book he explores--and corrects--1,500 "commonly held" astronomical beliefs. Along ...

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Handbook of Indigenous Foods Involving Alkaline Fermentation

"The book is directed at an academic and professional audience―graduate students, researchers in food science and technology, and those working in nutrition, dietetics, food microbiology, and related disciplines. Highly recommended for academic libraries." Handbook of Indigenous Foods Involving Alkaline Fermentation offers insight into the microbiology and chemistry of the fermentation processes. This book serves graduate students an...

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The Biggest Bangs: The Mystery of Gamma-ray Bursts, the Most Violent Explosions in the Universe

"This unusual and stimulating book on Gamma Ray Bursts describes theory and observations in laymen's language, mixed with history, science politics, controversy and personalities. Beyond the single topic of Gamma Ray Bursts it illustrates the chaotic way which science usually follows, by showing not only the successes but the many false starts which nevertheless help the process." "A wonderful book for the intellectually curious of a...

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NOAA's Role in Space-Based Global Precipitation Estimation and Application

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) uses precipitation data in many applications including hurricane forecasting. Currently, NOAA uses data collected from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite that was launched in 1997 by NASA in cooperation with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. NASA is now making plans to launch the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission in 2013 to succeed TRM...

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Origins: The Quest for Our Cosmic Roots

I highly recommend this book. It is a clear and fascinating account. Highly readable and informative. If you ever wondered about this topic before, read this book! Tom Yulsman has succeeded in explaining extremely difficult concepts, such as quantum mechanics, planet, star and galaxy formation, as well as theories on the creation of the universe and life, in a concise, interesting and understandable way. His writing is both humerous ...

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Protostars and Planets VI (Space Science Series)

As a vehicle for propelling forward new discoveries on stars, planets, and their origins, this latest volume in the Space Science Series is an indispensable resource for both current scientists and new students in astronomy, astrophysics, planetary science, and the study of meteorites. " Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin"" In 1978, dedicated astrophysicists convened a conference to discuss theories and observations related to ...

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Measuring the Cosmos

Humans have always viewed the heavens with wonder and awe. The skies have inspired reflection on the vastness of space, the wonder of creation, and humankind’s role in the universe. In just over one hundred years, science has moved from almost total ignorance about the actual distances to the stars and Earth’s place in the Galaxy to our present knowledge about the enormous size, mass, and age of the universe. We are reaching the limi...

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Observing Variable Stars

This is a great book for all amateur astonomers but variable star observers will be most pleased. The book covers a great amount of information such as how to observe variable stars, record observational data and report observations regarding variable stars. Also, there is a great amount of information regarding the many types of variable stars such as pulsating Mira type stars, cataclysmic variables, eclipsing binaries as well as ma...

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The Runaway Universe (Helix Books)

Supernova stars observations in the end of 1990s suggest a nonzero Constant capable of accelerating universal expansion and validate inflationary model. How true are determinations indicating the fifth significant break through in modern cosmology? This work is a pure scientific report revolving essentially around two equations containing only two unknown parameters. First equation is a sum: Density (of all types of matter in the Uni...