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The Department of Mad Scientists: How DARPA is Remaking Our World, from the Internet to Artificial Limbs / Michael Belfiore; 355.07 B428d 2009
This title offers one of the first glimpses inside the secretive Pentagon agency DARPA, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Founded as a response to the Cold War, DARPA scientists now work on highly classified technology initiatives, some of which lead to the internet, GPS, and advanced robotics.
Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities / Amy Stewart; 581.65 S849w 2009
Winner of the 2010 American Horticulture Society Book Award
This A-Z of deadly, disgusting, and deviant plant life is an enlightening look into a world most people usual view as harmless. Stewart’s witty commentary and humorous anecdotes make this index of plant life an entertaining read.
Phantoms in the Brain / VS. Ramachandran and Sandra Blakeslee, Forward by Oliver Sacks; 612.82 R165p 1998
By examining extreme cases of anosognosia, phantom limb pain, and other disorders, the authors explore the inner workings of the human brain. This humanizing look into an often dehumanizing discipline provides insights into the human psyche and details the advances in neurology over that last 30 years.