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Unofficial Guide to Minecraft Survival

Linda Zajac

How does a writer research a book on the computer game Minecraft for elementary school-age children? By playing it–a lot, Linda Zajac reports. In The Unofficial Guide to Minecraft Survival, she provides tips to help users stay alive in the game, and in The Unofficial Guide to Minecraft Mods, she explains how users can vary their gaming experience. Both books include STEM and coding sidebars.

Unofficial Guides to Minecraft Mods

Linda Zajac

How does a writer research a book on the computer game Minecraft for elementary school-age children? By playing it–a lot, Linda Zajac reports. In The Unofficial Guide to Minecraft Survival, she provides tips to help users stay alive in the game, and in The Unofficial Guide to Minecraft Mods, she explains how users can vary their gaming experience. Both books include STEM and coding sidebars.

Lasers, Death Rays, and the Long, Strange Quest for the Ultimate Weapon

Jeff Hecht

From Zeus’ thunderbolts to sci-fi fiction, films, and comics, death rays rouse public interest. The Pentagon has explored the potential of the laser, invented in the late 1950s, to shoot down ballistic missiles and achieve other military aims. That involved many alluring but ultimately false starts, Jeff Hecht reports in Lasers, Death Rays, and the Long, Strange Quest for the Ultimate Weapon.

Mark Lasbury

As Star Trek celebrates its 50th anniversary, the futuristic tools of Kirk, Spock, Scott, and McCoy continue to come to life. This book merges Star Trek scientific lore ― how the science of the time informed the implementation of technology in the series ― and the science as it is playing out today. Scientists and engineers have made and continue to develop replicators, teletransporters, tractor beams, and vision restoring visors. This book combines the vision of 1966 science fiction with the latest research in physics, biotechnology, and engineering

Jonathan Waldman

It has been called “the great destroyer” and “the evil.” The Pentagon refers to it as “the pervasive menace.” It destroys cars, fells bridges, sinks ships, sparks house fires, and nearly brought down the Statue of Liberty. Rust costs America more than $400 billion per year — more than all other natural disasters combined.

Nigel Hey

A behind-the-scenes look at Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative. The year 1982 was a desperate time for the U.S. defense community. Then Adm. James Watkins, a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, asked, “Wouldn’t it be better if we could develop a system that would protect, rather than avenge, our people?” With that, the President’s commitment to the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) became certain.

Nigel Hey

A behind-the-scenes look at Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative, largely derived from the author’s one-on-one interviews with experts in the U.S. and Russia. This book shows the important role of media in driving home a geopolitical, more than scientific, strategic message.

Seth Fletcher

Seth Fletcher, senior associate editor of Popular Science, takes us on a fascinating journey introducing us to the key players and ideas in an industry with the power to reshape the world. Electric cars are real—see the Tesla Roadster, Chevy Volt, and hybrids like the Nissan Leaf and Toyota Prius—but the drive to create safe, lightweight, and long-lasting batteries to power them has been anything but smooth. In the mid-1800s, Fletcher says, clean, cheap lead-acid batteries were developed that by the early 20th century were preferred for use in