The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883
Paperback ISBN: 006093736x
Considers the global impact of the 1883 eruption of the Krakatoa volcano, documenting the resulting immense tsunami that killed some 40,000 people, its impact on the weather for several years, and its role in anti-Western Islamic fundamentalism. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 200,000 first printing.
The Clash Between Biotechnology and Spirituality
Paperback ISBN: 0060582685
A distinguished molecular biologist examines the scientific principles and research behind the emerging field of biotechnology, discussing the clash between science and spirituality and the ramifications of that conflict in terms of hindering life-saving scientific innovations. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine
Treatments for Diabetes, Cholesterol, and the Immune System
Paperback ISBN: 0892811498
The first complete guide to natural healing properties and uses of the prickly pear cactus â€¢ Examines the scientific research promoting the cactus as a natural diabetes and cholesterol medication as well as its use in the treatment of obesity, gastrointestinal disorders, skin ailments, and viral infections â€¢ Explores the healing uses of prickly pears from the perspective of doctor, chemist, ethnobotanist, cook, and layman â€¢ Includes 24 cactus recipes--from Prickly Pear Bread to Cactus Candy The prickly pear cactus--a plant that has the distinction of being a vegetable, fruit, and flower all in one--is destined to be the next big herbal superstar, following in the footsteps of St. John's wort and Echinacea, according to author Ran Knishinsky. One of the driving forces behind its popularity is that each part of this plant functions as both food and medicine. It has been a staple in the diets of the people of the southwestern portion of the United States, the Middle East, parts of Europe and Africa, and Central and South America for hundreds of years. Traditionally, the prickly pear cactus has been used as a panacea for over 100 different ailments. More recently, it has been the subject of blood cholesterol research trials sponsored by the American Heart Association. In addition to the results of this research, Knishinsky includes scientific studies on the antiviral properties of the cactus to treat herpes, influenza, and HIV, as well as its use in treating obesity, gastrointestinal disorders, and skin ailments. A resource section details the natural food companies that supply prickly pear cactus and a chapter of recipes offers 24 traditional and modern dishes using the pads and fruit of the cactus.
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How We Make Decisions
Hardcover ISBN: 0525949828
A director in theoretical neuroscience introduces readers to the latest findings in the science of decision-making, offering an accessible discussion of the origins of aesthetic choices, ethical behavior, financial decisions, and more, in an account that also connects behavioral science to mental illness and addiction.
The Botany of Desire
A Plant's-eye View of the World
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 0375760393
Focusing on the human relationship with plants, the author of Second Nature uses botany to explore four basic human desires--sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control--through portraits of four plants that embody them: the apple, tulip, marijuana, and potato. 100,000 first printing.
Survival of the Prettiest
The Science of Beauty
Paperback ISBN: 0385479425
Appealing to cognitive science and Darwinian theory, a professor of psychology at the Harvard Medical School challenges the radical feminist view that feminine beauty is a harmful myth perpetuated by male chauvinists and Madison Avenue. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.
The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal
Paperback ISBN: 0060984031
A renowned scientist examines the less than two percent of human genes that distinguish us from chimpanzees and that link human behaviors--such as genocide, drug addiction, and the extermination of other species--to our animal predecessors