A family has been massacred in their home, a display of violence both brutal and bizarre. The details prove curious - not only are the bodies savaged way beyond anything found at a normal murder scene, every mirror in the house has been shattered. The spectacle shocks a peaceful island community, and when local police turn to the FBI for assistance, Agent Violet Darger finds herself working another harrowing crime scene. She stares, once more, into the abyss, and mankind´s warped reflection stares back. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kate Marcin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/103745de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Four dark oak chairs, model 3207, by Arne Jacobsen and produced by Fritz Hansen in 1978. Six of the rubber pieces are cracked and two are split (see images for reference).
Beyond images of emaciated polar bears and drought-cracked lakes, there remains a major part of climate change´s impact that the media has neglected: how our health will suffer from higher temperatures and extreme weather. From spiraling rates of asthma and allergies and spikes in heatstroke-related deaths to swarms of invasive insects carrying diseases like dengue or West Nile and increases in heart and lung disease and cancer, the effect of rising temperatures on human health will be far-reaching, and is more imminent than we think. Award-winning journalist Linda Marsa blends compelling narrative with cutting-edge science to explore the changes in Earth´s increasingly fragile support system and provide a blueprint - a ´´medical Manhattan Project´´ - detailing what we need to do to protect ourselves from this imminent medical meltdown. In the tradition of Rachel Carson´s Silent Spring, Marsa sounds the alarm on a subject that has largely been ignored by governments and policy makers, and persuasively argues why preparedness for the health effects of climate change is the most critical issue affecting our survival in the coming century. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Julie Eickhoff. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015043de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Meet U. - a talented and uneasy figure currently pimping his skills to an elite consultancy in contemporary London. His employers advise everyone from big businesses to governments, and, to this end, expect their ´corporate anthropologist´ to help decode and manipulate the world around them - all the more so now that a giant, epoch-defining project is in the offing. Instead, U. spends his days procrastinating, meandering through endless buffer zones of information and becoming obsessed by the images with which the world bombards him on a daily basis: oil spills, African traffic jams, roller-blade processions, zombie parades. Is there, U. wonders, a secret logic holding all these images together - a codex that, once cracked, will unlock the master meaning of our age? Might it have something to do with South Pacific cargo cults or the dead parachutists in the news? Perhaps; perhaps not. As U. oscillates between the visionary and the vague, brilliance and bullshit, Satin Island emerges, an impassioned and exquisite novel for our disjointed times. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Garnon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002194de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This collection represents a single volume of technical papers presented at the Annual International DIC Society Conference and SEM Fall Conference organized by the Society for Experimental Mechanics and Sandia National Laboratories and held in Philadelphia, PA, November 7-10, 2016. The volume presents early findings from experimental, standards development and various other investigations concerning digital image correlation - an important area within Experimental Mechanics. The area of Digital Image Correlation has been an integral track within the SEM Annual Conference spearheaded by Professor Michael Sutton from the University of South Carolina. In 2016, the SEM and Sandia joined their collaborative strengths to launch a standing fall meeting focusing specifically on developments in the area of Digital Image Correlation. The contributed papers within this volume span numerous technical aspects of DIC including standards development for the industry. Dr. Michael Sutton is Carolina Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina. His research and interests include coherent and incoherent optics applications, experimental mechanics, digital image processing, Computer Vision, applications of integral methods and experimental mechanics, boundary valve problems, plastic fracture mechanics, finite elements modeling of cracked bodies. Dr. Phillip Reu is a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories. His research involves the applications of full-field measurements since 2003, focusing on both coherent measurement systems and image correlation. He holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Mark Twain´s lifetime spans America´s era of greatest economic growth. And Twain was an active, even giddy, participant in all the great booms and busts of his time, launching himself into one harebrained get-rich-quick scheme after another. But far from striking it rich, the man who coined the term "Gilded Age" failed with comical regularity to join the ranks of plutocrats who made this period in America notorious for its wealth and excess. Instead, Twain´s mining firm failed, despite striking real silver. He ended up somehow owing money over his 30,000 acres of inherited land. And his plan to market the mysteriously energizing coca leaves from the Amazon fizzled when no ships would sail to South America. Undaunted, Twain poured his money into the latest newfangled inventions of his time, all of which failed miserably. In Crawford´s hilarious telling, the familiar image of Twain takes on a new and surprising dimension. Twain´s story of financial optimism and perseverance is a kind of cracked-mirror history of American business itself - in its grandest cockeyed manifestations, its most comical lows, and its determined refusal to ever give up. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Berkrot. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/008632de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.