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  • Breve historia de mi vida - Stephen Hawking April 28, 2017
    La mente maravillosa de Stephen Hawking ha deslumbrado al mundo entero revelando los misterios del universo. Ahora, por primera vez, el cosmólogo más brillante de nuestra era explora, con una mirada reveladora, su propia vida y evolución intelectual. Breve historia de mi vida cuenta el sorprendente viaje de Stephen Hawking desde su niñez […]
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  • La teoría del todo - Stephen W. Hawking April 28, 2017
    Una manera clara y amena de acercarse a los misterios del universo. En esta esclarecedora obra, el gran físico británico Stephen Hawking nos ofrece una historia del universo, del big bang a los agujeros negros. En siete pasos, Hawking logra explicar la historia del universo, desde las primeras teorías del mundo griego y de la época medieval hasta las más com […]
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  • Inteligencia emocional para niños. Guía práctica para padres y educadores - Mireia Golobardes Subirana & Sandra Celeiro González April 28, 2017
    ¿Cómo podemos enseñar a los más pequeños a gestionar sus emociones? ¿Cómo ayudar a nuestros hijos a mejorar en sus relaciones con los demás? ¿Cómo facilitar a nuestros alumnos su capacidad para identificar sus emociones y la de los demás y favorecer relaciones sanas y positivas, con empatía y respeto? ¿Cómo contribuir a que padres y profesores puedan también […]
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  • ¿Cómo pensar como Sherlock Holmes? - Maria Konnikova April 28, 2017
    Ningún personaje de ficción es más conocido por sus poderes de intuición y observación que Sherlock Holmes. Pero, ¿es su inteligencia extraordinaria una invención de la ficción o podemos aprender a desarrollar estas habilidades, para mejorar nuestras vidas en el trabajo y en casa? A través de ¿ Cómo pensar como Sherlock Holmes? , la periodista y psicóloga Ma […]
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  • La física del futuro - Michio Kaku April 28, 2017
    Un recorrido asombroso a través de los próximos cien años de revolución científica. El futuro ya se está inventando en los laboratorios de los científicos más punteros de todo el mundo. Con toda probabilidad, en 2100 controlaremos los ordenadores a través de diminutos sensores cerebrales y podremos mover objetos con el poder de nuestras mentes, la inteligenc […]
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  • Ágilmente - Estanislao Bachrach April 28, 2017
    Bachrach es Doctor en biología molecular y explica el funcionamiento del cerebro. A través de ello, da consejos y herramientas para ser más creativos y felices en el trabajo y en la vida. La neurociencia es clara: el cerebro aprende hasta el último día de vida. La creatividad puede expandirse. Tu mente, mediante la aplicación de las técnicas correctas, puede […]
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  • El gran diseño - Stephen Hawking & Leonard Mlodinow April 28, 2017
    Aun antes de aparecer, este libro ha venido precedido, en todos los medios de comunicación, de una extraordinaria polémica sobre  sus conclusiones: que tanto nuestro universo como los otros muchos universos posibles surgieron de la nada, porque su creación no requiere de la intervención de ningún Dios o ser sobrenatural, sino que todos los universos pro […]
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  • Tricks Any Dog Can Do! - Susan Day April 28, 2017
    This great book comes with advice and guidance as to the best way to teach these tricks. It offers more than one method which the reader can choose depending upon their own situation. There is also advice to using treats and shows you how to not end up with a treat junkie! This books is from the desk of Susan Day, a canine behaviourist. Susan teaches obedien […]
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  • Sobre la teoría de la relatividad especial y general - Albert Einstein April 28, 2017
    Entre el Electromagnetismo y la Mecánica newtoniana existe una fórmula de bisagra: la teoría de la relatividad especial y general. La importancia del nuevo marco planteado por Albert Einstein se entiende por lo siguiente: la percepción del tiempo y el espacio es relativa al observador. ¿Qué significa esto? Si usted viaja a una velocidad mayor que la de la lu […]
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  • El mundo y sus demonios - Carl Sagan April 28, 2017
    ¿Estamos al borde de una nueva edad oscura de irracionalismo y superstición? En este libro conmovedor, el incomparable Carl Sagan demuestra con brillantez que el pensamiento científico es necesario para salvaguardar nuestras instituciones democráticas y nuestra civilización técnica. El mundo y sus demonios es el libro más personal de Sagan, y está lleno de h […]
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From The LA Uprising To The People’s Climate March: Building Power When You Are Under Threat

By Gloria WaltonAs a native of Mississippi, I often think of the famous words of Ms. […]

‘It’s About Facts.’ Thousands Protest and Make Friends in the Rain at the March for Science

When Dennis and Christina Dorward awoke to their alarm at 3 a.m. on Saturday morning, there wasn’t a question of whether they would get out of bed, catch a four-hour bus to Washington, D.C., and brave a chilly rain on the National Mall to protest — all in the name of science. “We were committed,” said Christina Dorward, from beneath both a windbreaker and an umbrella. “We weren’t going to miss this.” Like thousands of other people, the Dorwards joined the so-called Science March, which was organized by a coalition of activists and scientists, to voice concern for what they see as President Donald Trump’s dismissal of scientific research and to protest his proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institutes of Health. Protesters’ hand-painted placards and signs lamented President Trump’s repeated questioning of the legitimacy of vaccines, as well as his promise to to cut $900 million from the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and withdraw from the Paris Climate Treaty. Other protesters’ signs lambasted the Trump Administration’s executive orders deregulating coal waste dumping, scrapping Obama-era clean air regulations, and the President’s decision to appoint Scott Pruitt, who has questioned whether climate change is real, to head the EPA. “Everyday, it just feels like there’s something new. They’re rolling back this, or doing away with that, or un-doing gains that were inadequate in the first place,” said Dennis Dorward, who teaches construction management near his hometown of Muncy, Pennsylvania. “It’s just too much.” But while the protest hummed with an undercurrent of Democratic politics — several dozen protesters carried signs repeating Hillary Clinton’s tagline, “I’m With Her,” but referencing, in this case, Mother Earth — much of it was notably apolitical. Many participants described themselves as “moderate,” “in the middle,” or simply “not political at all.” Several held signs explicitly distancing their support for science from any political activism. “Not a paid protester. Believe men, I’d rather be in lab!” read one bearded young scientist’s sign. “Science is NOT a liberal conspiracy,” read another. “This isn’t about politics. It’s about facts,” read a third. One protester, a computer scientist, poked fun at his colleagues, who are better known for geeking out in basements than braving the great outdoors. “You know it’s bad when the PROGRAMMERS march!” his placard said. Frank Migliorino, Laurie Ruffenach, and Kristen Batto, all of whom teach environmental science to high school students in New Jersey, said they were motivated to get up in the wee hours of the morning and take a shared bus to the march simply because they worry that their students are getting a skewed view of science and factual objectivity, and how leaders should treat peer-reviewed evidence. “It’s really important to teach students not to believe everything they hear, but to research and find reliable sources,” said Ruffenach, who has also taught chemistry, physics, and biology over the course of her 25 years in the classroom. “It’s a life skill nowadays.” Many of the protesters on the National Mall Saturday also cited personal reasons for braving the pouring rain. Sarah, who’s 24 and who declined to give her last name because she’s an employee of the federal government, says she credits federally-funded research on pediatric cancer for helping to cure her Hodgkins Lymphoma, which she was diagnosed with as a child. Christina Doward, who suffered a stroke awhile ago, credits scientific advancements in fields like neurology and physical therapy for her near full recovery today. Angela Peerman of Price Georges County says science is the only reason her daughter, Cerri, who was conceived using IVF, is alive today. Cerri, for her part, who’s 12-years-old and sports a soaking wet green hoodie, offers a different reason for braving the wet. “Because science is cool,” she says, as if the answer should be obvious. She recently won an “Honorable Mention” at a science fair for an experiment heating coiled fishing wire to make a “thermal actuator” and plans to be a scientist when she grows up. Erin Ckodre, 21, a graphic design major at Texas State University in San Marcus, Texas, flew into Washington Friday evening by herself, just to participate in the march. For her, it was worth the plane ticket and a night at a hotel just to be counted among the masses. “My generation, Millennials, we are the ones who are going to be inheriting the planet,” she said. “We have to be out there saying how important this is, because it’s matters more to our future than to the Baby Boomers’ future.” As for the Dowards, they’re glad they came. The 3 a.m. alarm, four-hour bus ride, and pouring rain were all worth it. But on the way back home tonight they have a new plan: “Sleep,” said Christina, with a laugh. “We’ll probably sleep.” […]

Trump’s War On Federal Science Will Stifle Innovation And Hurt The Economy

Just after President Trump was elected last November, thousands of American scientists did something unprecedented. […]

Unforgettable – Nelle L’Amour

UnforgettableNelle L’Amour Genre: Contemporary Publish Date: July 25, 2016 Publisher: Nichols Canyon Press Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC FROM NELLE L’AMOUR, THE  NEW YORK TIMES   BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE THAT MAN SERIES, A NEW STEAMY ROMANTIC COMEDY THAT WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH, CRY, AND SWOON!  Brandon: I’ve just woken up from a life or death coma. And learned that not only am I Hollywood’s number one heartthrob, but I’m also engaged to America’s It Girl, Katrina Moore. She may be a blond goddess, but my mind can’t remember a thing. And the rest of me doesn’t feel a thing…anywhere. Because my heart started beating for another the minute she came through the door.  Zoey: Screw Brandon Taylor. Recovering from his hit and run accident, my demanding, egotistical boss is more of a jerk than ever. And with those violet eyes, more ridiculously panty-melting beautiful. As his personal assistant, I have to attend to his every whim and need as well as contend with his stuck-up fiancée. Life isn’t easy for me. Despite my visible size, I’ve always been invisible. Maybe, the amnesiac is beginning to remember. A girl can dream. No man is more unforgettable…in every way.  Join Brandon and Zoey as their unlikely Hollywood fairy tale unfolds. From Los Angeles to the South of France, their love story has it all—romance, passion, steamy hot sex, glitz and glamour, plus an adorable little dog and a murder that could unravel everything. […]

Southern California is facing a serious tree catastrophe

Stricken sycamores, waning willows, ailing oaks – thanks to years of drought and invasive pests, tens of millions of trees are at imminent risk of a massive die-off. […]

The world’s biggest petrostate just set its sights on wind and solar expansion.

For years, oil and gas companies have plumbed the earth beneath Los Angeles. And in most cases the companies and city — surprise! — allegedly sidestepped environmental laws in the process. Poor communities of color have suffered the most. “The city disproportionately exposed people of color to greater health and safety impacts,” says attorney Gladys Limón of the environmental justice nonprofit Communities for a Better Environment.

In 2015, the Center for Biological Diversity and two local youth groups, Youth for Environmental Justice (which is affiliated with CBE) and the South Central Youth Leadership Coalition, sued L.A. The lawsuit claimed that Los Angeles unlawfully allowed oil companies to drill hundreds of oil wells in residential neighborhoods across the city without assessing environmental threats, and that black and Latino residents disproportionately faced health and safety risks.

The city settled out of court in September 2016. As a result, officials created new procedures that oil and gas operators have to follow, including environmental impact studies, and hearings that include residents when the companies want to expand drilling sites.

“I’m really happy that the city listened,” says 16-year-old Giselle Cabrera of Youth for Environmental Justice. “But I still think the fight isn’t over.”

Cabrera is right: Two days before Los Angeles settled, an oil lobbying group called the California Independent Petroleum Association countersued both youth groups, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the city. It was a retaliatory move, Limón says, meant to send a message. If a judge agrees with Limón, the pending countersuit will be struck down as meritless. Turns out the kids ruffled a few oily feathers.


Meet all the fixers on this year’s Grist 50.

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California is gearing up to pass a cap-and-trade law. Again.

For years, oil and gas companies have plumbed the earth beneath Los Angeles. And in most cases the companies and city — surprise! — allegedly sidestepped environmental laws in the process. Poor communities of color have suffered the most. “The city disproportionately exposed people of color to greater health and safety impacts,” says attorney Gladys Limón of the environmental justice nonprofit Communities for a Better Environment.

In 2015, the Center for Biological Diversity and two local youth groups, Youth for Environmental Justice (which is affiliated with CBE) and the South Central Youth Leadership Coalition, sued L.A. The lawsuit claimed that Los Angeles unlawfully allowed oil companies to drill hundreds of oil wells in residential neighborhoods across the city without assessing environmental threats, and that black and Latino residents disproportionately faced health and safety risks.

The city settled out of court in September 2016. As a result, officials created new procedures that oil and gas operators have to follow, including environmental impact studies, and hearings that include residents when the companies want to expand drilling sites.

“I’m really happy that the city listened,” says 16-year-old Giselle Cabrera of Youth for Environmental Justice. “But I still think the fight isn’t over.”

Cabrera is right: Two days before Los Angeles settled, an oil lobbying group called the California Independent Petroleum Association countersued both youth groups, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the city. It was a retaliatory move, Limón says, meant to send a message. If a judge agrees with Limón, the pending countersuit will be struck down as meritless. Turns out the kids ruffled a few oily feathers.


Meet all the fixers on this year’s Grist 50.

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