Your metabolic rate is the rate at which your body processes nutrients into energy, and it´s important for it to function well. The metabolism affects the functions of the entire body. If you have a healthy metabolism that burns fat quickly and regulates body functions accurately, more than likely you have fewer problems with your body image, have energy to do normal daily tasks without tiring easily, and have healthy, sharp brain function. However, a person with a slow metabolism, is more prone to be overweight and is open to more health problems. Having a healthy metabolism is very important. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jane Boyer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/027138/bk_acx0_027138_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Why is it that so many of our calls start out talking about, say, differentials or power steering, but wind up discussing men, women, devious ploys of deception, and power trips? Simple. To quote our producer, Dougie Berman: ´´A car is just a big inanimate object through which we reveal ourselves and our true personalities. Tangled up with cars are the issues of money, power, independence, self-image, confidence, generosity, and honesty, just to name a few.´´ We couldn´t have said it better, if at all. This program celebrates this fact with a variety of calls from across the relationship spectrum. We´ve included tips on meeting the perfect girl in traffic; Donna, her new Miata, and a devious husband; a battle with an ex over who gets to keep Patrick the mechanic; and many other tantalizing moments in the relationships of our esteemed callers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Magliozzi and Ray Magliozzi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/cart/000202/rt_cart_000202_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A witty, wise and truthful beauty handbook for real women on what works in real life from Sali Hughes, beloved journalist and broadcaster. ´´Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together´´ Elizabeth Taylor. Think of beauty books - cue immediate images of coffee-table photographs of ludicrously beautiful models with few clothes and fewer time restraints, works inundated with ‘up-to-date´ reviews that may as well be Edwardian or holistic mumbo jumbo on how to make a face mask with molasses and some roughly hewn porridge oats. Not anymore…Covering everything from teenage skin to that milestone 80th birthday, botox to no-botox, celebration to grief, Sali Hughes, leading journalist and broadcaster, shows real women how to make the most of makeup´s physically and emotionally transformative powers in a work that is part instruction manual, part love letter to makeup - whilst employing a writing style that combines beauty editor, feminist and painfully funny best friend. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sali Hughes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/001812/bk_hcuk_001812_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A metaheuristic is a higher-level procedure designed to select a heuristic (partial search algorithm) that may lead to a sufficiently good solution to an optimization problem, especially with incomplete or imperfect information. The basic principle of metaheuristics is to sample a set of solutions which is large enough to be completely sampled. As metaheuristics make few assumptions about the optimization problem to be solved, they may be put to use in a variety of problems. Metaheuristics do not however, guarantee that a globally optimal solution can be found on some class of problems since most of them implement some form of stochastic optimization. Hence the solution found is often dependent on the set of random variables generated. By searching over a large set of feasible solutions, metaheuristics can often find good solutions with less computational effort than optimization algorithms, iterative methods, or simple heuristics. As such, they are useful approaches for optimization problems. Even though the metaheuristics are robust enough to yield optimum solutions, yet they often suffer from time complexity and degenerate solutions. In an effort to alleviate these problems, scientists and researchers have come up with the hybridization of the different metaheuristic approaches by conjoining with other soft computing tools and techniques to yield failsafe solutions. In a recent advancement, quantum mechanical principles are being employed to cut down the time complexity of the metaheuristic approaches to a great extent. Thus, the hybrid metaheuristic approaches have come a long way in dealing with the real life optimization problems quite successfully. Proper and faithful analysis of digital images has been in the helm of affairs in the computer vision research community given the varied amount of uncertainty inherent in digital images. Images exhibit varied uncertainty and ambiguity of information and hence understanding an image scene is far from being a general procedure. The situation becomes even graver when the images become corrupt with noise artifacts. The applications of proper analysis of images encompass a wide range of applications which include image processing, image mining, image inpainting, video surveillance, intelligent transportation systems to name a few. One of the notable areas of research in image analysis is the estimation of age progression in human beings through analysis of wrinkles in face images, which can be further utilized for tracing unknown or missing persons. Hurdle detection is one of the common tasks in robotic vision that have been done through image processing, by identifying different type of objects in the image and then calculating the distance between robot and hurdles. Image analysis has a lot to contribute in this direction. Processing of color images takes the problem of image analysis to a new dimension. Apart from processing and analysis of the color gamut which involves a lot of computational overhead, the problem also involves analysis of the varied amount of uncertainty exhibited by the color images. A video is a very fast movement of pictures. Video analysis as a part of image analysis focuses on Shot Boundary Detection (SBD), dissolve detection, detection of gradual transitions and detection of fade ins/outs. Recent trends in research on image analysis rely heavily on pose and gesture analysis. Typical applications include human-machine interaction, behavior analysis, video surveillance, annotation, search and retrieval, motion capture for the entertainment industry and interactive web-based applications. Real-time video analysis algorithms mainly focus on hand and head tracking and gesture analysis. A faithful gesture recognition algorithm can be implemented with techniques borrowed from computer vision and image processing. The evolution of the functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) has led to proper analysis of the study mechanisms in the brain. Several statistic
Even in the 21st century, the popular image of a scientist is a reclusive genius in a lab coat, mixing formulas or working out equations inaccessible to all but the initiated few. The idea that scientists are somehow smarter than the rest of us is a common yet dangerous misconception, getting us off the hook for not knowing or caring how the world works. How did science become so divorced from our everyday experience? Is scientific understanding so far out of reach for the nonscientists among us? As science popularizer Chad Orzel argues in Eureka, even the people who are most forthright about hating science are doing science, often without even knowing it. Orzel shows that science isn´t something alien and inscrutable, beyond the capabilities of ordinary people; it´s central to the human experience. Every human can think like a scientist and regularly does so in the course of everyday activities. The disconnect between this reality and most people´s perceptions is mostly due to the common misconception that science is a body of (boring, abstract, often mathematical) facts. In truth science is best thought of as a process: Looking at the world, thinking about what makes it work, testing your mental model by comparing it to reality, and telling others about your results. The facts that we too often think of as the whole of science are merely the products of this scientific process. Eureka shows that this process is one we all regularly use and something that everybody can do. By revealing the connection between the everyday activities people do - solving crossword puzzles, playing sports, or even watching mystery shows on television - and the processes used to make great scientific discoveries, Orzel shows that if we recognize the process of doing science as something familiar, we will be better able to appreciate scientific discoveries and use scientific facts and thinking to help address the problems that affect us all. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Neil Hellegers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/022310/bk_adbl_022310_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Well, now you´ve gone and done it, America. You´ve elected Donald K. Trump president, and the US will never again be the same! The problem for all of us is that he´s got plans - lots of them. The list reads like a bad acid trip: nominating Bernie Madoff for secretary of the Treasury; ´´Trumpifying´´ the Constitution; making personal real estate deals with Vladimir Putin; staging a hostile takeover of one of America´s great news magazines - to name just a few. In this ´´inaugural´´ (and wholly fictitious) issue of Trump TIME magazine, President-Elect Trump promises to remake America in his own image - and it ain´t pretty. Don´t like it? Move to Canada, losers! 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Glouchevitch, Christine Lakin, Jeff Bergman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/002547/bk_hach_002547_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Cats of the ´´Non-Catholic Cemetery´´ live in one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world. Once known as the ´´Protestant Cemetery´´ it is situated near the ancient Pyramid of Caius Cestius in Rome. Many well-known people including numerous artists are buried there: John Keats, his friend Shelley, Gottfried Semper, Goethe´s son August and the political thinker Antonio Gramsci, to name but a few. For some years there has been a refuge for homeless cats next to the cemetery and the charity´s volunteers feed and give medical aid to the cats who live in a semi-feral state amongst the tombstones in the cemetery garden. This photo-book of images of the cats in their natural context perfectly captures the melancholy harmony between those who have passed on and the living inhabitants, the spiritual guardians of the deceased.
Few, if any, twentieth-century political leaders have enjoyed greater popularity among their own people than Hitler did in the decade or so following his rise to power in 1933. The personality of Hitler himself, however, can scarcely explain this immense popularity or his political effectiveness in the 1930s and ´40s. His hold over the German people lay rather in the hopes and perceptions of the millions who adored him. Based largely on the reports of government officials, party agencies, and political opponents, Ian Kershaw´s groundbreaking study charts the creation, growth, and decline of the ´´Hitler myth.´´ He demonstrates how the manufactured ´´Fuhrer-cult´´ served as a crucial integrating force within the Third Reich and a vital element in the attainment of Nazi political aims. Masters of the new techniques of propaganda, the Nazis used ´´image-building´´ to exploit the beliefs, phobias, and prejudices of the day. Kershaw greatly enhances our understanding of the German people´s attitudes and behavior under Nazi rule and the psychology behind their adulation of Hitler.
Three women and two men are linked in a mysterious circle of marriage, children, tragedy, blackmail, death, and unexplained events. What starts out to be a smooth romantic story, suddenly turns murderous and complex with many mysterious happenings: a baby dies one hour after birth - real cause unknown (until later); a woman is mistakenly pronounced dead; blackmail occurs; a rigged auto accident in which a child is mistakenly and severely injured occurs; a man is found dead - just to name a few. As the plot unfolds around these happenings and murder, suicide, and druggings, the listener´s emotions are kept on the high point of the dial. This unusual climax and intriguing story conveys feelings of anxiety and curiosity through strong and vivid images as the full scope of the story becomes apparent, allowing for rich human interaction. The characters and the mysterious happenings are portrayed in six parts, each from one of the six characters´ points of view. As the story unfolds, the viewer is kept in suspense. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tanya Mills. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/038609/bk_acx0_038609_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.