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General Class License Manual

ARRL Inc. · Amer Radio Relay League; 7 Pap/Cdr edition
Format: Book

The General Class license is the second of three US Amateur Radio licenses. To upgrade to General Class, you must already hold a Technician Class license (or have recently passed the Technician license exam). Upgrading to a General license--which conveys extensive HF privileges only requires...
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Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

Chris Anderson · Crown Business; First edition
Format: Hardcover

Wired magazine editor and bestselling author Chris Anderson takes you to the front lines of a new industrial revolution as today’s entrepreneurs, using open source design and 3-D printing, bring manufacturing to the desktop.  In an age of custom-fabricated, do-it-yourself product...
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Chasing Gideon: The Elusive Quest for Poor People's Justice

Karen Houppert · The New Press; First Printing edition
Format: Hardcover

On March 18, 1963, in one of its most significant legal decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Gideon v. Wainwright that all defendants facing significant jail time have the constitutional right to a free attorney if they cannot afford their own. Fifty years later, 80 percent...
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Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World

Steven Johnson · Riverhead Books
Pages: 336
Format: Print book

From the New York Times-bestselling author of How We Got to Now and Where Good Ideas Come From, a look at the world-changing innovations we made while keeping ourselves entertained. This lushly illustrated history of popular entertainment takes a long-zoom approach, contending that the pursuit...
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Gravity's Kiss: The Detection of Gravitational Waves

H M Collins · The MIT Press
Pages: 416
Format: Print book

Scientists have been trying to confirm the existence of gravitational waves for fifty years. Then, in September 2015, came a "very interesting event" (as the cautious subject line in a physicist's email read) that proved to be the first detection of gravitational waves. In Gravity's...
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Tomorrowland: Our Journey from Science Fiction to Science Fact

Steven Kotler · New Harvest
Format: Print book

New York Times, Wired, Atlantic Monthly, Discover bestselling author Steven Kotler has written extensively about those pivotal moments when science fiction became science fact ... and fundamentally reshaped the world. Now he gathers the best of his best, updated and expanded upon, to guide...
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The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy: Achieving Energy Independence through Solar, Wind, Biomass and Hydropower (Mother Earth News Wiser Living)

Dan Chiras · New Society Publishers
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback

The coming energy crisis caused by a peak in global oil and natural gas production will profoundly affect the lives of all North Americans. As the price of these vital fuels rises, homeowners will scramble to cut their fuel bills. Two options for meeting the upcoming challenge are dramatic...
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The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America's Coldest Cases

Deborah Halber · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 285
Format: Hardcover

Solving cold cases from the comfort of your living room ... The Skeleton Crew provides an entree into the gritty and tumultuous world of Sherlock Holmes-wannabes who race to beat out law enforcement - and one another - at matching missing persons with unidentified remains. In America today,...
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Sun in a Bottle: The Strange History of Fusion and the Science of Wishful Thinking

Charles Seife · Viking
Pages: 294
Format: Print book

With his knack for translating science into understandable, anecdotal prose and his trademark dry humor, award-winning science writer Charles Seife presents the first narrative account of the history of fusion for general readers in more than a decade. Tracing the story from its beginning...
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The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters

Rose George · Metropolitan Books
Pages: 304
Format: Book

An utterly original exploration of the world of human waste that will surprise, outrage - and entertainProduced behind closed doors, disposed of discreetly, and hidden by euphemism, bodily waste is something common to all and as natural as breathing, yet we prefer not to talk about it. But we should...
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The Lives of Beryl Markham

Errol Trzebinski · W.W. Norton
Pages: 448
Format: Paperback

A woman of captivating presence whose affairs scandalized Kenya, Beryl Markham became famous after her pioneering transatlantic solo flight in 1936. Drawing on her own long association with Markham, as well as diaries, letters, and interviews, Errol Trzebinski unravels the complexities...
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The Chicken Encyclopedia: An Illustrated Reference

Gail Damerow · Storey Publishing, LLC
Format: Paperback

"From addled to wind egg, crossed beak to zygote, if it concerns chickens, it's covered in this comprehensive encyclopedia. Now you can find the answers to all your chicken questions quickly, easily--and accompanied by illustrations.
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The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World

Russell Gold · Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition
Format: Paperback

The “best all-around book yet on fracking” (San Francisco Chronicle) from a Pulitzer Prize finalist: “Gold's work is a tour de force of contemporary journalism” (Booklist).First invented in 1947, hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has not only become a major...
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Flotsametrics and the Floating World: How One Man's Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science

Eric Scigliano · Smithsonian; 1St Edition edition
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

“Ebbesmeyer’s goal is noble and fresh: to show how the flow of ocean debris around the world reveals ‘the music’ of the world’s oceans.”—New York Times Book Review Through the fascinating stories of flotsam, one of the Earth’s greatest...
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