What´s more dangerous than scaling Mount Everest? For mountaineer Pete Athans, the answer lies in the ancient kingdom of Mustang, a remote part of the Asian nation of Nepal. Long-abandoned caves built high into steep cliffs contain amazing treasures - and pose incredible dangers. Reaching these ´´sky caves´´ safely takes guts, smarts, and luck. And then there´s the question of what to do with a 2,000 year-old human skull.... From 2007 to 2012, Pete explored Mustang´s sky caves with a team that included scientists, mountain climbers, and even two children. They found mummies, murals, manuscripts, and other priceless artifacts. Follow Pete on his dangerous trips to the sky caves and discover the secrets the caves revealed. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Intuitive. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lrnr/000035de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Astronomical concepts can be truly hard to comprehend, especially those of planetary sizes and distances from Earth and from each other. These concepts are made more comprehensible by the group of illustrations in this book, which put scale extraterrestrial objects side by side with objects on Earth we can more easily relate to. For example, study the pictures of Earth floating above Jupiters Great Red Spot and the asteroid Itokawa resting beside Torontos CN Tower. These mind-bending images bring things better into perspective and will help you understand the size and scale of our Solar System. In later chapters, you will be told how close the visionaries of the past came to guessing what todays explorers would find. Astronomer/painter Lucien Rudauxs masterpieces of Mars dust storms anticipated Viking and Mars rover images by nearly a century. Space artist Ludek Pesek envisioned astronauts setting up camp on the lunar surface in scenes hauntingly similar to photos taken by Apollo astronauts decades later. But the real benefit of this work is in better grasping the nature of our universe -- how big it is, now large it is, and how we fit into it. Michael Carroll is a space artist and science writer. He has done commissioned work for NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His art has appeared in several hundred magazines throughout the world, including National Geographic, Time, Asimovs Science Fiction, Smithsonian, Astronomy, and others. One of his paintings was flown aboard Russias MIR space station in 1995. Recent murals include the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Fleet Science Center in San Diego, and Lockheed/Martin. Carroll is a Fellow of the International Association for the Astronomical Arts and has written articles and books on topics ranging from space to dinosaurs to biblical archaeology. His articles have appeared in Popular Science, Astronomy, Astronomy Now (UK), Sky & Telescope, and a host of childrens magazines. In 2007, he was awarded the Lucien Rudaux Award for lifetime contribution to the astronomical arts. Carroll has authored three books already for Springer, entitled The Seventh Landing (2009), Drifting in Alien Skies (2011) and Alien Seas (2013).
This two-volume set takes an in-depth look at stress signaling in plants from a uniquely genomic and proteomic perspective and offers a comprehensive treatise that covers all of the signaling pathways and mechanisms that have been researched so far. Currently, plant diseases, extreme weather caused by climate change, drought and an increase in metals in soil are amongst the major limiting factors of crop production worldwide. They devastate not only the food supply but also the economy of a nation. With global food scarcity in mind, there is an urgent need to develop crop plants with increased stress tolerance so as to meet the global food demands and to preserve the quality of our planet. In order to do this, it is necessary to understand how plants react and adapt to stress from the genomic and proteomic perspective. Plants adapt to stress conditions by activating cascades of molecular mechanisms, which result in alterations in gene expression and synthesis of protective proteins. From the perception of the stimulus to the transduction of the signal, followed by an appropriate cellular response, the plants employ a complex network of primary and secondary messenger molecules. Cells exercise a large number of noticeably distinct signaling pathways to regulate their activity. In order to contend with different environmental adversities, plants have developed a series of mechanisms at the physiological, cellular and molecular levels that respond to stress. Each chapter in this volume provides an in-depth explanation of what we currently know of a particular aspect of stress signaling and where we are heading. Together with the highly successful first volume, Stress Signaling in Plants: Genomics and Proteomics Perspective, Volume 2 covers an important aspect of plant biology for both students and seasoned researchers. Dr. Maryam Sarwat obtained her Ph.D. in the year 2007from Jamia Hamdard University. She then carried out postdoctoral research at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi Chapter. Presently, she is working as a Senior Assistant Professor (Pharmaceutical Biotechnology) at Amity Institute of Pharmacy, Amity University, NOIDA. She has successfully handled three research projects funded by the Government of India. She has received extra mural grant of US$15,980, US$31,961 and US$36,755, respectively from D.S.T., D.B.T. and C.C.R.U.M., Government of India. She has presented her research work in various conferences nationally as well as internationally (France, Prague and Germany). Based on her research findings, she has filed two patents. She has successfully guided 15 Masters research projects. Her students are also awarded in various conferences and workshops. She has 25 international publications with a cumulative impact factor of more than 50. Several other papers are in various stages of publication. Considering all her achievements and outstanding contributions, the International Board Of Awards of the National Academy of Environmental Sciences has bestowed her with the Scientist Of The Year Award-2015. She has published first volume of Stress Signalling in Plants, Genomics and Proteomics Perspective with Springer in July 2013. This is the second volume. Altaf Ahmad holds a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Botany from the CCS University (Meerut, India) and Jamia Hamdard (New Delhi, India). He is a Professor of Plant Biotechnology at Department of Botany, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India. His professional research interest focuses on the identification of candidate genes for low-N tolerance in wheat and rice through analysis of proteome profile and differentially expressed miRNAs. Professor Ahmad is also developing FRET-based genetically encoded nanosensors for real time monitoring of various metabolites in living cells. He has to his credit more than 100 significant publications and has guided thesis research of 18 Ph.D. students (8 as supervisor and 10 as co-supervisor) and over 30 M.Sc. students. He has organized several national and international seminars/symposia and has been a visiting scholar to many countries including U.S.A., Germany, Austria, Brazil and Australia. Professor Ahmad handled several research projects funded by various government agencies. Dr. Ahmad was a Visiting Scientist at the Virginia Polytechnic and State University, USA on Biotechnology Overseas Associateship of the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt.