This month we are happy to be marking National Maritime Day, which takes place in the United States on the 22nd of May each year. This commemorative day was created by Congress in 1933 to mark the American steamship Savannah’s crossing of the Atlantic Ocean to England in 1819, the first time a ship had ever done so powered by steam propulsion. Today, National Maritime Day marks not only this historic event, but also the continuing role played by the maritime and shipping industries in America’s security and prosperity. Continue reading
As part of our observance of World Immunization Week this month, we are pleased to share a guest blog post from Robert E. Smith, taken from his newly published book Systems Thinking in Medicine and New Drug Discovery: Volume Two. Robert holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Missouri, and he has served as an Assistant Professor at Park University, USA, and as a science advisor for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for 16 years. This new book is the second part of a two-volume set that explores a ‘Systems Thinking’ approach to medicine, vaccination, and immunization. Part of this second volume discusses and analyses breast milk as the only true human superfood, and it is this that Robert focuses on in this post. Continue reading
Patents and Climate Change: There’s No Place Like Home now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Patents and Climate Change: There’s No Place Like Home by Michael J. Dochniak.
After 4.5 billion years of change, is the planet Earth a complex and delicate ecosystem? It is well-known that some human activities may be part of a climate-change process that affects global warming. Environmental scientists continue to make substantial progress in advancing our understanding of how such activities affect climate change. Since the year 1989, hundreds of global-warming related patents have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This original and important book thus provides an easy-to-read summary of such patents. Within many of the summaries, there are inventor profiles and news articles that are insightful and thought-provoking. Pioneering inventors hail from many locations including Brazil, Great Britain, India, Japan, Mexico, and Taiwan. At the beginning of several chapters, contradictory opinions on climate change are provided in the form of quotes. Chapter Seven offers an example of a fascinating application that failed to gain US patent protection. In the final chapter, several significant climate-change issues that continue to be addressed are outlined. Continue reading
Understanding Interactions in Complex Systems: Toward a Science of Interaction now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Understanding Interactions in Complex Systems: Toward a Science of Interaction, edited by Nicolas Debarsy, Stéphane Cordier, Cem Ertur, François Nemo, Déborah Nourrit-Lucas, Gérard Poisson and Christel Vrain.
Since human activities are embedded in interactions, they are at the very center of the modeling of any form of social life, shaping societies, groups and interpersonal relationships. All theories of social, cognitive and cultural life are thus associated with explicit or tacit models of the nature of interactions and relations. Continue reading
Forensic Communication in Theory and Practice: A Study of Discourse Analysis and Transcription now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Forensic Communication in Theory and Practice: A Study of Discourse Analysis and Transcription, edited by Franca Orletti and Laura Mariottini.
This edited collection brings together, for the first time, contributions from different context-language situations on forensic communication, combining theoretical and methodological studies with professional and technical capabilities. Continue reading
Digital Resources, Creativity and Innovative Methodologies in Language Teaching and Learning now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Digital Resources, Creativity and Innovative Methodologies in Language Teaching and Learning, edited by Adriana Teresa Damascelli.
The concept of university language centres has changed in recent decades. Initially conceived as laboratories for practical and autonomous language-learning, they are now considered as places with more specific and complex functions in language teaching and learning. University language centres now constitute networks for exchanging knowledge and know-how in order to respond to ever-changing, multilingual and multicultural contexts. At the same time, the availability and acquisition of new technologies is contributing to the creation of new tools for the provision of appropriate services and training.
Birthing the Computer: From Drums to Cores now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Birthing the Computer: From Drums to Cores by Stephen H. Kaisler.
Birthing the Computer: From Drums to Cores examines the evolution of computer systems architecture based on two evolutionary developments: memory technology – magnetic drums to magnetic cores – and CPU technology – transistors. This evolution, exemplified by a number of academic and commercial computing machines, yielded significant performance improvements and more storage leading to more effective utilization. These features would drive the development of programming languages and system software that would enhance the usability of the machines to solve more complex problems in both business, government, and scientific domains. The machines described in this volume represent the leading edge of the transition to second generation computer systems. They introduce a number of key technology concepts in computer architecture and system software that are found in every computer system today, albeit in a more modern form.