During her junior-year-abroad in Senegal, idealistic Beth Barton meets charismatic sculptor Malik Ndour and, without her parents’ knowledge, marries him. The couple’s arrival at her home near Portland, Maine, in early 2001, throws the parents’ marriage into turmoil, and soon puts stress on the newlyweds’ relationship as well. As a result of mounting domestic and racial tensions, the broader clash of African and Western cultures, and the attack of 9/11, Malik grows increasingly estranged and falls prey to a jihadist recruiter. Late one December night, on Portland’s freezing, fogbound docks, he sets out on his first deadly assignment.
The ensuing crisis throws further light on the mindset of this particular terrorist, as well as on the diverse attitudes of his intimates toward him.
The introduction of IT into healthcare has not followed a smooth path. In the early days, like-minded people came together from different professional backgrounds but with a shared interest in getting technology to work for patients and staff. This book contains recollections of the development of healthcare computing in the UK and includes references to published documents. It is aimed at researchers and health informaticians who wish to understand and avoid the mistakes of the past.
A natural history of the influenza virus is presented from the 1918 Spanish Flu up through the H5N1 Bird Flu and the H1N1 Swine Flu. The structure and function of the influenza virus are discussed in terminology accessible to everyone. Vaccines, medicines, preventions, treatments and other practical considerations are discussed in order to provide information to enhance the probability of surviving a severe flu outbreak or pandemic.
In a world where nutrition can be transferred via a pill, and society is split into Eaters and Non-Eaters, seventeen-year-old Princess Vela has a grave dilemma. Her father, the king, is dying, and only a transplant of organs from a healthy Non-Eater boy will save him. Vela is tasked with choosing a boy fit to die for the king, which is impossible enough. But then Carr, the boy she's loved all her life, emerges as the best candidate in the Bittersweet Trials. And he's determined to win, because by doing so, he can save the life of his Non-Eater sister. Refusing to accept losing the boy she loves, Vela bends the rules and cheats. But when someone begins to sabotage the Trials, Vela must reevaluate her own integrity—and learn the true sacrifice of becoming a ruler.
Lontano dai riflettori i robotici italiani, tra i più bravi e creativi del mondo, stanno sviluppando macchine intelligenti che presto potrebbero trasformare le nostre vite, rendendo realtà quello che fino a poco tempo fa era considerato fantascienza: robot domestici in grado di farci compagnia, di aiutarci nelle faccende di casa e di prendersi cura di noi; robot operai capaci di lavorare fianco a fianco con i loro colleghi umani; robot soccorritori che possono salvarci da incendi, alluvioni o terremoti; robot chirurghi per curarci o robot da indossare per darci forza e resistenza. Riccardo Oldani racconta le moltissime eccellenze italiane della robotica, all’avanguardia nel mondo e sconosciute ai più, e delinea un prossimo futuro in cui le macchine pensanti saranno sempre più a contatto con noi, nelle fabbriche come a casa, nelle scuole o in ufficio.