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  • Details about Bomb: The Race to Build -- and Steal -- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

    Bomb: The Race to Build -- and Steal -- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

    Steve Sheinkin

    In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hiddenaway……more

  • Details about Cinder

    Cinder

    Marissa Meyer

    The #1 New York Times Bestselling Series! Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl. . . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai……more

  • Details about Across the Universe

    Across the Universe

    Beth Revis

    Book 1 in the New York Times bestselling trilogy, perfect for fans of Battlestar Gallactica and Prometheus! WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO SURVIVE ABOARD A SPACESHIP FUELED BY LIES? Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the spaceship Godspeed. She has left her boyfriend, friends--and planet--behind to join her parents as a member of Project Ark Ship. Amy and her parents believe they will wake on a new planet, Centauri-Earth, three hundred years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed' s……more

  • Details about Planesrunner

    Planesrunner

    Ian McDonald

    There is not one you. There are many yous. There is not one world. There are many worlds. Ours is one of billions of parallel earths. When Everett Singh's scientist father is kidnapped from the streets of London, he leaves young Everett a mysterious app on his computer. Suddenly, this fourteen-year-old has become the owner of the most valuable object in the multiverse-the Infundibulum-the map of all the parallel earths, and there are dark forces in the Ten Known Worlds who will stop at nothing ……more

  • Details about Make - Easy 1+2+3 Projects: From the Pages of Make

    Make - Easy 1+2+3 Projects: From the Pages of Make

    Make Editors

    From the pages of Make: magazine comes this collection of dozens of projects you can make in your home or school workshop. You'll learn how to create toys and games from stuff you have lying around, create unusual and inspiring home improvements, and even find some new ways to have fun outdoors. You might even learn something along the way: electronics, flight, science, math, and engineering. In this book, you'll make: Batteries from everyday things Banana tattoos LED throwies Piezo contact mic……more

  • Details about Make: Electronics: Learning Through Discovery

    Make: Electronics: Learning Through Discovery

    Charles Platt

    "This is teaching at its best!"--Hans Camenzind, inventor of the 555 timer (the world's most successful integrated circuit), and author of Much Ado About Almost Nothing: Man's Encounter with the Electron (Booklocker.com) "A fabulous book: well written, well paced, fun, and informative. I also love the sense of humor. It's very good at disarming the fear. And it's gorgeous . I'll be recommending this book highly."--Tom Igoe, author of Physical Computing and Making Things Talk A "magnificent and……more

  • Details about Make - Paper Inventions: Machines That Move, Drawings That Light Up, and Wearables and Structures You Can Cut, Fold, and Roll

    Make - Paper Inventions: Machines That Move, Drawings That Light Up, and Wearables and Structures You Can Cut, Fold, and Roll

    Kathy Ceceri

    Paper is incredible stuff. It's easy to cut, but incredibly strong. It's disposable, but can last for centuries. It can stand as stiff as a board, pop up like a spring, or float like a leaf. And its invention changed the world forever. Perfect for kids, parents, and educators, Paper Inventions is a project-based book with full color illustrations, step-by-step instructions, supply lists, and templates that allow you to follow along with the book or devise something entirely new. Each chapter fe……more

  • Details about Making Simple Robots: Exploring Cutting-Edge Robotics with Everyday Stuff

    Making Simple Robots: Exploring Cutting-Edge Robotics with Everyday Stuff

    Kathy Ceceri

    Making Simple Robots is based on one idea: Anybody can build a robot! That includes kids, school teachers, parents, and non-engineers. If you can knit, sew, or fold a flat piece of paper into a box, you can build a no-tech robotic part. If you can use a hot glue gun, you can learn to solder basic electronics into a low-tech robot that reacts to its environment. And if you can figure out how to use the apps on your smart phone, you can learn enough programming to communicate with a simple robot. ……more

  • Details about Every Bone Tells a Story: Hominin Discoveries, Deductions, and Debates

    Every Bone Tells a Story: Hominin Discoveries, Deductions, and Debates

    Jill Rubalcaba; Peter Robertshaw

    Jill Rubalcaba and Peter Robertshaw recount the unearthing of four hominins--Turkana Boy, Lapedo Child, Kennewick Man, and Iceman. Each discovery leads not only to deductions that scientists made in laboratories, but also to controversial debates over the scientists' differences of opinion over how, or even if, the pieces fit together. Learn how specialized the field of archaeology has become and how new technology can change both scientists' theories and the way we view the past.…more

  • Details about How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous

    How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous

    Georgia Bragg; Kevin O'Malley (Illustrator)

    Over the course of history men and women have lived and died. In fact, getting sick and dying can be a big, ugly mess-especially before the modern medical care that we all enjoy today. How They Croaked relays all the gory details of how nineteen world figures gave up the ghost. Readers will be fascinated well past the final curtain, and feel lucky to live in a world with painkillers, X-rays, soap, and 911.…more

  • Details about Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith

    Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith

    Deborah Heiligman

    Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species , his revolutionary tract on evolution and the fundamental ideas involved, in 1859. Nearly 150 years later, the theory of evolution continues to create tension between the scientific and religious communities. Challenges about teaching the theory of evolution in schools occur annually all over the country. This same debate raged within Darwin himself, and played an important part in his marriage: his wife, Emma, was quite religious, and her faith ga……more

  • Details about Insignia

    Insignia

    S.J. Kincaid.

    More than anything, Tom Raines wants to be important, though his shadowy life is anything but that. For years, Tom's drifted from casino to casino with his unlucky gambler of a dad, gaming for their survival. Keeping a roof over their heads depends on a careful combination of skill, luck, con artistry, and staying invisible. Then one day, Tom stops being invisible. Someone's been watching his virtual-reality prowess, and he's offered the incredible--a place at the Pentagonal Spire, an elite mili……more

  • Details about Uglies

    Uglies

    by Scott Westerfeld.

    In Tally's world, a 16th birthday brings an operation, transforming one from a repellent Ugly to an attractive Pretty. Turning Pretty is all Tally has ever wanted. Her friend Shay would rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally must make a terrible choice. Original.…more

  • Details about Ashfall

    Ashfall

    Mike Mullin

    Under the bubbling hot springs and geysers of Yellowstone National Park is a supervolcano. Most people don't know it's there. The caldera is so large that it can only be seen from a plane or satellite. It just could be overdue for an eruption, which would change the landscape and climate of our planet. For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, ……more

  • Details about An Abundance of Katherines

    An Abundance of Katherines

    John Green.

    In this new novel from the acclaimed author of "Looking for Alaska," Colin Singleton always falls for girls named Katherine--and he's been dumped 19 times, to be exact. Letting expectations go and allowing love are in the heart of his hilarious quest to find his missing piece and avenge dumpees everywhere.…more