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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

S. Holly Stocking, editor, with a foreword by Laura Chang

Science writers must engage their audiences while also explaining unfamiliar scientific concepts and processes. Further, they must illuminate arcane research methods while at the same time cope with scientific ignorance and uncertainty. This volume tackles these challenges as well as includes extraordinary breadth in story selection, from prize-winning narratives, profiles and explanatory pieces to accounts of scientific meetings and new discoveries, Q&A's, traditional trend-and-issue stories, reviews, essays, and blog posts.

Lynn C. Klotz and Ed Sylvester

Freelance Ed Sylvester teaches science and medical writing at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Co-author Lynn Klotz is a senior scientist with the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, in Washington. They maintain that the billions of dollars spent since the 9/11 attacks on measures to defend the population against the threat of biological weapons hasn't made us any safer. According to the authors, the fundamental problem is the danger caused by the sheer size and secrecy of our biodefense effort.

Philip F. Schewe

Philip Schewe, chief science writer for the American Institute of Physics, says he was writing a book about the forces of nature, but it became too sprawling. "I decided I needed to write a more focused, more practical book," he said. At that point, Schewe was preparing to write about how electricity came to be an applied technology. "The backdrop was to be the massive blackout in the Northeast in November 1965 — then the largest electrical failure in history. That became the topic of my book."