Paralleling the human senses, the author explores the secret lives of various plants, from the colors they see to whether or not they really like classical music to their ability to sense nearby danger.
Electrified Sheep chronicles eccentric, irrational and extreme scientific experiments that have been performed throughout history by famous and lesser-known figures, including a team that attempted to set off nuclear explosions on the moon, a doctor who performed his own appendectomy and Benjamin Franklin's mouth-to-beak resuscitation on an electrically shocked chicken.
What exactly is fermentation? And how does it work? Those were the questions that fascinated Sandor Ellix Katz for years. Katz calls himself a "fermentation revivalist" and has spent the past decade teaching workshops around the country on the ancient practice of fermenting food. Katz collects many of his recipes and techniques in a new book, The Art of Fermentation.
The father of young actor Damon Weber describes the congenital heart defect that required his son to have surgery as a baby and continued to threaten his health. Weber recounts his son's theatrical achievements and the family's effort to find life-saving medical answers.
The authors show in more than a dozen fields, that we have reached a historic turning point: cling to the old industrial era paradigms or use collaborative innovation to revolutionize not only the way we work, but how we live, learn, create, govern and care for one another.
Michelle Obama describes how she and her daughters planted a vegetable garden on the White House's South Lawn as part of an initiative to raise awareness about childhood obesity. American Grown shares the first lady's gardening tips, recipes and advice for making more healthful food choices.
A narrative report by a woman who grew up near the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons facility describes the secrets that dominated her childhood, the strange cancers that afflicted her neighbors, her brief employment at Rocky Flats, and the efforts of residents to achieve legal justice.
A cardiologist and a science writer present a revelatory understanding of what animals can teach us about the human body and mind, exploring how animal and human commonality can be used to diagnose, treat, and heal patients of all species.
A profile of eccentric genius inventor Clarence Birdseye chronicles how his innovative fast-freezing process revolutionized the food industry and American agriculture.