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That number is a modern marvel made possible in large part by antibiotics. Investigative journalist Maryn McKenna uses the beefed-up, souped-up modern industrial chicken as a window into how antibiotics transformed modern agriculture—for good and ill. In accessible prose, she traces how animal antibiotics ultimately endanger human health , causing serious problems from antibiotic-resistant stomach infections to UTIs.
Finally, recognizing that Americans are going to continue to eat chicken no matter what, McKenna illuminates a way forward in which factory farming weans itself off of its dependence on antibiotics. Maybe we can have our chicken, and our health, too. Sometimes it takes more than words to get across a mind-blowing scientific concept. Now, Megan Watze and Kimberly Arcand take you on a similarly breathtaking journey through space, time, size and speed in this richly illustrated science book.
From tiny to massive, novel to ancient, no comparison is too challenging for this visual masterpiece. What is the difference between 1 million and 1 trillion seconds old? And how does the mass of a human eyelash compare to the mass of the black hole at the center of our galaxy? We invented numbers—and then, numbers invented us. In this multi-disciplinary investigation, anthropologist Caleb Everett examines the seemingly limitless possibilities and innovations made possible by the evolution of number systems. Counting, he concludes, is not innate to humans—and yet most societies have found themselves transformed by creating powerful numeric systems.
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Many of these women changed the course of history. And none more so than the group of precocious female codebreakers who helped win World War II by breaking Japanese and German military codes—and whose history has been buried for over 70 years. On first reflection, he writes, it appears that time exists in two distinct forms.
One is the standardized, objective kind found in clocks and watches; the other is our internal, biological sense of time, the one we measure in our cells, bodies and minds. But the closer he looks, the fuzzier this distinction appears. Worth every minute.
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