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New PDF release: The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save

By Steve Levine

A Soul of the recent computer for our time, a gripping account of invention, trade, and duplicity within the age of technology

A world wide race is directly to ideal the subsequent engine of financial progress, the complicated lithium-ion battery. it's going to strength the electrical automobile, relieve international warming, and catapult the winner right into a new period of monetary and political mastery. Can the U.S. win?

Steve LeVine used to be granted unheard of entry to a safe federal laboratory open air Chicago, the place a gaggle of geniuses is attempting to unravel this subsequent huge activity of physics. yet those scientists-- just about all overseas born--are no longer by myself. With quite a bit at stake, researchers in Japan, South Korea, and China are within the similar pursuit. The drama intensifies while a Silicon Valley start-up licenses the federal laboratory's signature invention with the purpose of a blockbuster sale to the world's greatest carmakers.

The Powerhouse is a real-time, two-year account of mammoth invention, giant commercialization, and large deception. It exposes the layers of festival and ambition, aspiration and unhappiness at the back of this nice turning aspect within the heritage of technology.

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Beyond Imported Magic: Essays on Science, Technology, and - download pdf or read online

By Eden Medina,Ivan da Costa Marques,Christina Holmes,Marcos Cueto

The essays during this quantity research the construction, edition, and use of technological know-how and know-how in Latin the United States. They problem the view that clinical rules and expertise commute unchanged from the worldwide North to the worldwide South -- the view of expertise as "imported magic." They describe not just exchange pathways for innovation, invention, and discovery but additionally how principles and applied sciences move in Latin American contexts and transnationally. The participants' explorations of those matters, and their exam of particular Latin American reviews with technology and expertise, provide a broader, extra nuanced realizing of the way technological know-how, know-how, politics, and tool have interaction some time past and present.The essays during this booklet use equipment from background and the social sciences to enquire kinds of neighborhood production and use of applied sciences; the movement of rules, humans, and artifacts in neighborhood and international networks; and hybrid applied sciences and types of wisdom construction. They tackle such subject matters because the paintings of girl forensic geneticists in Colombia; the pioneering Argentinean use of fingerprinting expertise within the past due 19th century; the layout, use, and that means of the XO Laptops created and dispensed through the only computer in keeping with baby software; and the improvement of nuclear strength in Argentina, Mexico, and Chile.ContributorsPedro Ignacio Alonso, Morgan G. Ames, Javiera Barandiarán, João Biehl, Anita Say Chan, Amy Cox corridor, Henrique Cukierman, Ana Delgado, Rafael Dias, Adriana Díaz del Castillo H., Mariano Fressoli, Jonathan Hagood, Christina Holmes, Matthieu Hubert, Noela Invernizzi, Michael Lemon, Ivan da Costa Marques, Gisela Mateos, Eden Medina, María Fernanda Olarte Sierra, Hugo Palmarola, Tania Pérez-Bustos, Julia Rodriguez, Israel Rodríguez-Giralt, Edna Suárez Díaz, Hernán Thomas, Manuel Tironi, Dominique Vinck

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Download PDF by Judith A. McGaw: Early American Technology: Making and Doing Things From the

By Judith A. McGaw

This number of unique essays records technology's centrality to the heritage of early the USA. not like a lot past scholarship, this quantity emphasizes the quotidian instead of the phenomenal: the farm loved ones trying to shield foodstuff or collect instruments, the surveyor balancing fiscal and technical issues whereas laying out a turnpike, the girl of child-bearing age utilising natural contraceptives, and the buddies of a polluted city movement debating problems with estate, smell, and healthiness. those circumstances and others drawn from brewing, mining, farming, and woodworking allow the authors to handle fresh historiographic issues, together with the environmental facets of technological switch and the gendered nature of technical wisdom. Brooke Hindle's vintage 1966 essay on early American know-how is usually reprinted, and his view of the sector is reassessed. A bibliographical essay and precis of Hindle's bibliographic findings finish the quantity. The participants are Judith A. McGaw, Robert C. publish, Susan E. Klepp, Michal McMahon, Patrick W. O'Bannon, Sarah F. McMahon, Donald C. Jackson, Robert B. Gordon, Carolyn C. Cooper, and Nina E. Lerman.

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Download e-book for kindle: Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber by Wendy Hui Kyong Chun

By Wendy Hui Kyong Chun

How has the web, a medium that prospers on regulate, been permitted as a medium of freedom? Why is freedom more and more indistinguishable from paranoid keep an eye on? In Control and Freedom, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun explores the present political and technological coupling of freedom with keep an eye on by way of tracing the emergence of the web as a mass medium. The parallel (and paranoid) myths of the net as overall freedom/total keep an eye on, she says, stem from our relief of political difficulties into technological ones.Drawing at the theories of Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault and studying such phenomena as Webcams and face-recognition know-how, Chun argues that the connection among regulate and freedom in networked touch is skilled and negotiated via sexuality and race. She lines the will for our on-line world to cyberpunk fiction and maps the transformation of public/private into open/closed. interpreting "pornocracy," she contends that it was once via cyberporn and the government's makes an attempt to control it that the web turned a industry of rules and commodities. Chun describes the way in which net promoters conflated technological empowerment with racial empowerment and, via shut examinations of William Gibson's Neuromancer and Mamoru Oshii's Ghost within the Shell, she analyzes the administration of interactivity in narratives of cyberspace.The Internet's strength for democracy stems now not from illusory delivers of person empowerment, Chun argues, yet really from the ways that it exposes us to others (and to different machines) in methods we won't keep watch over. utilizing fiber optic networks -- mild coursing via glass tubes -- as metaphor and fact, Control and Freedom engages the wealthy philosophical culture of sunshine as a determine for wisdom, explanation, surveillance, and self-discipline, that allows you to argue that fiber-optic networks bodily instantiate, and therefore shatter, enlightenment.

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Download PDF by Dietrich von Bern-Forum e.V.: Einblicke in die Frühzeit der Eisenverarbeitung: Sagen als

By Dietrich von Bern-Forum e.V.

Die Herstellung von Eisen hat wohl am nachhaltigsten die kulturelle und soziale Entwicklung der Menschheit gefördert. Über die Frühzeit davor glaubt guy nichts zu wissen, weil damals niemand schreiben konnte. Und doch kann guy viel darüber lesen, in den sog. „Nordischen Sagen“, vor allem der berühmten „Edda“. Darin steckt viel Technisches, wenn guy die Texte „mit der Montanbrille“ liest. Bisher haben die Philologen das nie gemerkt.
Das „Dietrich von Bern-Forum – Verein für Heldensage und Geschichte e.V.“ legt hiermit einen Sammelband vor, quickly alles Wiederabdrucke von Aufsätzen in seiner Vierteljahresschrift DER BERNER, die diese bisher ungehobenen „Schätze des Wissens“ aus den alten Sagen ans Licht gehoben haben und neu deuten.
Doch auch über die Menschen, die in der Frühzeit als Schmiede arbeiteten, und über die Orte, wo das Schmieden stattfand, gab es bereits einzelne Aufsätze. In ihrer jetzt gezielten Zusammenschau bieten sie nun für Menschen, die an der Geschichte der Technik interessiert sind, Gelegenheit für zahlreiche „Aha-Erlebnisse“.
Man muss dafür nicht einmal selbst in den alten Sagen forschen, sondern bekommt als Laie alles sorgfältig und wissenschaftlich exakt erklärt.

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Download e-book for kindle: Makers of the Telegraph: Samuel Morse, Ezra Cornell and by Kenneth B. Lifshitz

By Kenneth B. Lifshitz

The single-wire telegraph revolutionized lengthy distance verbal exchange however it was once no longer the brainchild of 1 inventor, Samuel Morse. His colleagues and employees—specifically Ezra Cornell and Joseph Henry—made an important contributions.
reading the careers of the 3 males and the foremost occasions, this e-book offers Morse as basically a businessman and consolidator of principles who, often in clash together with his affiliates, sought to offer the telegraph as a uniform process less than his sole imprimatur. The conflict among Morse and Cornell over the discovery of the magnetic relay used to be important to the drama.
What emerges is a posh portrait of 3 formidable and fantastic innovators and the age within which they lived.

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Download PDF by Joseph J Cunningham: New York Power

By Joseph J Cunningham

ny urban has lengthy represented essentially the most focused city advancements on the earth. That density has positioned detailed constraints on each point of lifestyles. electrical gentle and gear seemed throughout the Eighteen Eighties, yet a lot improvement used to be required to provide city carrier at a value that might make attainable large-scale intake. Innovation was once wanted such a lot in midtown new york, the place the sheer density of electric load crushed the early structures and which is still the best focus of electric load on this planet. the 1st public provider was once initiated in 1880 with the illumination of Broadway, Madison Park and a few companies through arc lighting fixtures of the comb electrical corporation. years later, Thomas Edison brought incandescent gentle provider to the workplaces and companies of the monetary district from his station on Pearl road. whereas that deploy entered the list books, his long-term goal used to be the midtown quarter. It was once seen that the burden of the midtown sector required electrical ability on a scale that handed any deliberate in different places. big apple strength tells the tale of the innovation and artistic engineering essential to electrify manhattan urban and make attainable the city that it became.

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Get Theater of the Mind: Imagination, Aesthetics, and American PDF

By Neil Verma

For generations, lovers and critics have characterised vintage American radio drama as a “theater of the mind.” This e-book unpacks that characterization by way of recasting the radio play as a cultured item inside of its targeted historic context. In Theater of the Mind, Neil Verma applies an array of serious easy methods to greater than six thousand recordings to provide a vibrant new account of radio drama from the melancholy to the chilly War.

In this sweeping exploration of dramatic conventions, Verma investigates mythical dramas by way of the likes of Norman Corwin, Lucille Fletcher, and Wyllis Cooper on key courses starting from The Columbia Workshop, The Mercury Theater at the Air, and Cavalcade of America to Lights Out!, Suspense, and Dragnet to bare how those courses promoted and advanced a chain of types of the imagination.

With shut readings of person sound results and charts of huge tendencies between codecs, Verma not just provides us a brand new account of the main flourishing kind of style fiction within the mid-twentieth century but in addition offers a robust case for the relevant position of the aesthetics of sound within the background of recent experience.

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New PDF release: Evolution of Metal Casting Technologies: A Historical

By Muhammad Azhar Ali Khan,Anwar Khalil Sheikh,Bilal Suleiman Al-Shaer

This e-book offers an outline of steel casting applied sciences ranging from its historic evolution to casting layout options which are being this present day in foundries and different steel casting industries. the main points of many of the casting tactics and their purposes also are incorporated for completeness. Foundry practices comparable to mould fabrics and molding ideas, trend making and cores, furnaces, pouring, cleansing and warmth therapy and so forth. are mentioned intimately. ultimately, present practices in casting layout are confirmed. additional advancements within the box via computational equipment and digital fact also are described.

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Download e-book for iPad: From X-rays to DNA: How Engineering Drives Biology (MIT by W. David Lee,Jeffrey Drazen,Phillip A. Sharp,Robert S.

By W. David Lee,Jeffrey Drazen,Phillip A. Sharp,Robert S. Langer

Engineering has been a vital collaborator in organic study and breakthroughs in biology are usually enabled via technological advances. interpreting the double helix constitution of DNA, for instance, in simple terms grew to become attainable after major advances in such applied sciences as X-ray diffraction and gel electrophoresis. analysis and therapy of tuberculosis better as new applied sciences -- together with the stethoscope, the microscope, and the X-ray -- constructed. those engineering breakthroughs occur clear of the biology lab, and plenty of years may perhaps elapse ahead of the expertise turns into on hand to biologists. during this e-book, David Lee argues for concurrent engineering -- the convergence of engineering and organic learn -- as a way to speed up the speed of organic discovery and its program to prognosis and remedy. He provides broad case experiences and introduces a metric to degree the time among technological improvement and organic discovery.Investigating a chain of significant organic discoveries that diversity from pasteurization to electron microscopy, Lee reveals that it took a regular of 40 years for the mandatory know-how to turn into on hand for laboratory use. Lee demands new methods to analyze and investment to inspire a tighter, extra collaborative coupling of engineering and biology. merely then, he argues, can we see the quick advances within the lifestyles sciences which are significantly wanted for life-saving analysis and treatment.

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