Life at the Speed of Light

From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life

Life at the Speed of Light

In 2010, scientists led by J. Craig Venter became the first to successfully create 'synthetic life' -- putting humankind at the threshold of the most important and exciting phase of biological research, one that will enable us to actually write the genetic code for designing new species to help us adapt and evolve for long-term survival. The science of synthetic genomics will have a profound impact on human existence, including chemical and energy generation, health, clean water and food production, environmental control, and possibly even our evolution. In Life at the Speed of Light, Venter presents a fascinating and authoritative study of this emerging field from the inside -- detailing its origins, current challenges and controversies, and projected effects on our lives. This scientific frontier provides an opportunity to ponder anew the age-old question 'What is life?' and examine what we really mean by 'playing God'. Life at the Speed of Light is a landmark work, written by a visionary at the dawn of a new era of biological engineering.

Faith at the Speed of Light: Experiencing Exponential Growth While Surfing the Wave of Change

Faith at the Speed of Light: Experiencing Exponential Growth While Surfing the Wave of Change

Imagine you are in the water, playing and frolicking about, floating. As you are laughing, talking with others and splashing about, you get a feeling you are riding high on a wave, but you are not overly concerned. Suddenly, you find yourself on top of an 80-foot wall of water that is cresting and crashing below you. In a panic, you try to paddle, swim and then violently thrash to get away from the inevitable tumult, but you are sucked under the wave. You lose all orientation of up or down. So much violent water is swirling about you that you know any attempt to swim or direct yourself is futile. You hope to ultimately land on the shore, but instead, you continue to spin around and around, struggling for your life. Welcome to our new world. Whether we know it or not, we are all on rising waters of change. At first, it seems normal to be floating together with others; even as the tide rises we notice little change. We don't see that this mounting ocean of change is about to emerge as an 80-foot wall of innovation, producing a drastic and disruptive change for all of us. FAITH AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT will help prepare you personally for the rapid change that is immersing us all, by identifying best practices that will help you to lead well. Learn to surf the wave of change so you are not crushed by it!

Living at the Speed of Light

The Unlimited Power of the Present

Living at the Speed of Light

Life was not easy in the twelfth century for the latter sons of even the wealthiest of men. As King John put it, "For the fourth sons, even of a king, are among the most insignificant of God's creatures." In those days, the first born inherited everything. A late-arrival had a choice of becoming a hearth son, dependent upon the largesse of his family, or of seeking his fortune through his own abilities and talents. "The Fourth Son" is the dramatic saga of a man who chose the latter path. William Marshall suceeded so well, in fact, that he far surpassed his own family standing and left his mark on history, serving eventually as regent of England. This imaginative version is based on the life of a real flesh and blood man. The feats of the great Knight William are recorded in history throughout the tumultuous reign of the fiery Plantagenets, including the lusty Henry II and his sons, the dashing Couer de Lion and the treacherous John. Maintaining his position (and his head) in the fickle court of kings was a constant struggle what with the sibling rivalry of the king's sons and the constant friction between the English and the French, who wanted nothing less than to shove the Angevins back across the channel. But the besieged Knight William found his greatest challenge in his arranged marriage, sight unseen, to a beautiful Irish princess some twenty years his junior. To his dismay, he found his knightly prowess of no use in his relationship with the head-strong Isabel de Clare, for beneath his fierce warrior's breast there beat a tender heart with a conscience--a distinct disadvantage in those days.

Faster Than The Speed Of Light

The Story of a Scientific Speculation

Faster Than The Speed Of Light

The idea that the speed of light is a constant - at 186,000 miles per second - is one of the few scientific facts that almost everyone knows. That constant - c- also appears in the most famous of all scientific equations: e=mc2- Yet over the last few years, a small group of highly reputable young physicists have suggested that the central dogma of modern physics may not be an absolute truth - light may have moved faster in the earlier life of the universe, it may still be moving at different speeds elsewhere today. In telling the story of this heresy, and its gradual journey towards acceptance, Joao Magueijo writes as one of the three central figures in the story, introducing the reader to modern cosmology, to the implications of VSL (variable speed of light) and to the world of physicists. The initial rejection of Magueijo's ideas is beginning to give way to a reluctant acceptance that the young men may have a point - only the next few years will tell the final fate of this 'dangerous' idea.

The Passion Driven Life

The Secrets of Success, Balance & Fulfillment in The 9 Key Areas of Life

The Passion Driven Life

The Secrets of Going to the Next Level in Love, Life & Business! The Passion-Driven Life depicts amazing stories, including that of the author's Horatio Alger-like story, which will uplift and "wow" your soul. It reveals lessons, principles and secrets learned about life, money, death, love, financial success, balance, friendship and what is important in life. An immigrant, street-smart kid from a rough family upbringing, an elite college graduate, and making his first fortune on Wall Street, then losing it all, to an amazing come-back as a Chairman of an Inc. 500 company, the authors story conveys a powerful message of hope, Godly faith, possibility and having a fighting spirit. If you are an individual, employee or business executive looking to transform your life, excel further, and have balance. Some of the many things this book reveals are: How to empower thoughts and re-focus on purpose, passion and success, The 7 Secrets of Business Success, How to harness the power of the mind and find out what holds you back, Why lifes really not all about you, sorry to disappoint you, The source of unshakeable faith and hope in life, How to overcome setbacks and obstacles, and Unleash balance and enjoyment in your life and live life at the pace of passion.

Barriers to Bioweapons

The Challenges of Expertise and Organization for Weapons Development

Barriers to Bioweapons

In both the popular imagination and among lawmakers and national security experts, there exists the belief that with sufficient motivation and material resources, states or terrorist groups can produce bioweapons easily, cheaply, and successfully. In Barriers to Bioweapons, Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley challenges this perception by showing that bioweapons development is a difficult, protracted, and expensive endeavor, rarely achieving the expected results whatever the magnitude of investment. Her findings are based on extensive interviews she conducted with former U.S. and Soviet-era bioweapons scientists and on careful analysis of archival data and other historical documents related to various state and terrorist bioweapons programs. Bioweapons development relies on living organisms that are sensitive to their environment and handling conditions, and therefore behave unpredictably. These features place a greater premium on specialized knowledge. Ben Ouagrham-Gormley posits that lack of access to such intellectual capital constitutes the greatest barrier to the making of bioweapons. She integrates theories drawn from economics, the sociology of science, organization, and management with her empirical research. The resulting theoretical framework rests on the idea that the pace and success of a bioweapons development program can be measured by its ability to ensure the creation and transfer of scientific and technical knowledge. The specific organizational, managerial, social, political, and economic conditions necessary for success are difficult to achieve, particularly in covert programs where the need to prevent detection imposes managerial and organizational conditions that conflict with knowledge production.

At the Speed of Light

At the Speed of Light


At the Speed of Light There is Only Illumination

A Reappraisal of Marshall McLuhan

At the Speed of Light There is Only Illumination

At the Speed of Light There is Only Illumination is a collection of re-evaluative essays that measure Marshall McLuhan and his critical and theoretical legacy. Each contribution works toward a larger critical mosaic that as a whole offers a new version of McLuhan as an intellectual adventurer and cultural icon, of his ideas as complex architecture and brilliant lines. John Moss and Linda Morra drew the collection's essays from a symposium on McLuhan held at the University of Ottawa in 2000. Given McLuhan's prominent status in many academic disciplines, the contributors reflect a multidisciplinary background. Each essay is unique in its approach. Whereas some are extraordinarily personal and anecdotal, others are intellectually and provocatively engaged with McLuhan's ideas and the manner in which these ideas have been appropriated in contemporary discourse.

The Future of Values

21st-century Talks

The Future of Values

This volume brings together about 50 scientists and researchers from the four corners of the world to redefine and anticipate tomorrow's values, and reflect on the direction these values may lead humanity.--Publisher's description.

We Have Never Been Postmodern: Theory at the Speed of Light

Theory at the Speed of Light

We Have Never Been Postmodern: Theory at the Speed of Light

Is it possible that various disciplines, theorists and cultural commentators have been hurtling down a blind alley in the last thirty years, searching for the holy grail of the postmodern? What if, after all, we have never have been postmodern? Or what if we are, instead, now living 'after postmodernity'? As global culture rushes off the cliff of catastrophe with its neo-liberal, neo-conservative ideologies mangled in the process, this book provides theory at the speed of light designed to capture the fast flickering images of the real, gone before you can blink in today's accelerated culture.