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              Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
               

              Ecological Impacts of Climate Change (Paperback)

              By Commitee on Ecological Impacts of Climate Change; on Life Sciences, Board; Division on Earth and Life Studies; Research Council, National

              The world's climate is changing, and it will continue to change throughout the 21st century and beyond. Rising temperatures, new precipitation patterns, and other changes are already affecting many aspects of human society and the natural world. This book provides an overview of ...the ecological impacts of climate change.
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              ISBN 9780309127103
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              Spacecraft Maximum Allowable Concentrations for Selected Airborne Contaminants: Volume 5
               

              Spacecraft Maximum Allowable Concentrations for Selected Airborne Contaminants: Volume 5 (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Committee on Spacecraft Exposure Guidelines; on Toxicology, Committee; Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology; Division on Earth and Life Studies; Research Council, National

              NASA is aware of the potential toxicologic hazards to crew that might be associated with prolonged spacecraft missions. This book presents spacecraft maximum allowable concentrations (SMACs) for acrolein, C3 to C8 aliphatic saturated aldehydes, C2 to C9 alkanes, ammonia, benzene,... carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and 1,2-dichloroethane.
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              ISBN 9780309128445
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              The Role of Theory in Advancing 21st Century Biology: Catalyzing Transformative Research
               

              The Role of Theory in Advancing 21st Century Biology: Catalyzing Transformative Research (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Committee on Defining and Advancing the Conceptual Basis of Biological Sciences in the 21st Century; on Life Sciences, Board; Division on Earth and Life Studies; Research Council, National

              Theory is an integral part of all biological research. By examining how theory can help biologists answer questions like 'What are the engineering principles of life?' or 'How do cells really work? This book shows how theory synthesizes biological knowledge from the molecular lev...el to the level of whole ecosystems.
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              ISBN 9780309112499
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              Learning and Instruction: A SERP Research Agenda
               

              Learning and Instruction: A SERP Research Agenda (Paperback)

              By Panel on Learning and Instruction; Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences; Education Research Partnership, Strategic; Research Council, National

              The Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP) is an ambitious plan, which aims to construct a powerful knowledge base that will support the efforts of teachers, school administrators, colleges of education, and policy officials, with the ultimate goal of significantly impro...ving student learning. This book talks about this topic.
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              ISBN 9780309090810
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              Innovation in Global Industries: U.S. Firms Competing in a New World (Collected Studies)
               

              Innovation in Global Industries: U.S. Firms Competing in a New World (Collected Studies) (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Committee on the Competitiveness and Workforce Needs of U.S. Industry; Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy; Policy and Global Affairs; Research Council, National; Edited by Macher, Jeffrey T.

              Examines structural changes in the innovation process in 10 service, as well as manufacturing industries: personal computers; semiconductors; flat-panel displays; software; lighting; biotechnology; pharmaceuticals; financial services; logistics; and venture capital.

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              Energy Futures and Urban Air Pollution: Challenges for China and the United States
               

              Energy Futures and Urban Air Pollution: Challenges for China and the United States (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Committee on Energy Futures and Air Pollution in Urban China and the United States; Development, Security, and Cooperation; Policy and Global Affairs; Academy of Engineering, National; Research Council, National

              The United States and China are the top two energy consumers in the world. As a consequence, they are also the top two emitters of numerous air pollutants which have local, regional, and global impacts. This book summarizes the trends, profiles two US and two Chinese cities, and ...recommends key actions to improve their respective urban air quality.
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              ISBN 9780309111409
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              Minerals, Critical Minerals, and the U.S. Economy
               

              Minerals, Critical Minerals, and the U.S. Economy (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Committee on Critical Mineral Impacts of the U.S. Economy; on Earth Resources, Committee; Board on Earth Sciences & Resources; Division on Earth and Life Studies; Research Council, National

              Minerals are part of virtually every product we use. Baseline information on minerals is collected at the federal level, but no established methodology has existed to identify potentially critical minerals. This book develops such a methodology and suggests a federal initiative t...o collect and analyze the data needed to support this type of tool.
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              ISBN 9780309112826
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              Assessment of Intraseasonal to Interannual Climate Prediction and Predictability
               

              Assessment of Intraseasonal to Interannual Climate Prediction and Predictability (Paperback)

              By Committee on Assessment of Intraseasonal to Interannual Climate Prediction and Predictability; Board on Atmospheric Sciences & Climate; Division on Earth and Life Studies; Research Council, National

              More accurate forecasts of climate conditions over time periods of weeks to a few years could help people plan agricultural activities, mitigate drought, and manage energy resources, amongst other activities; however, current forecast systems have limited ability on these time- s...cales. Models for such climate forecasts must take into account complex interactions among the ocean, atmosphere, and land surface. Such processes can be difficult to represent realistically. To improve the quality of forecasts, this book makes recommendations about the development of the tools used in forecasting and about specific research goals for improving understanding of sources of predictability. To improve the accessibility of these forecasts to decision-makers and researchers, this book also suggests best practices to improve how forecasts are made and disseminated.
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              ISBN 9780309151832
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              Toward Better Usability, Security, and Privacy of Information Technology: Report of a Workshop
               

              Toward Better Usability, Security, and Privacy of Information Technology: Report of a Workshop (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Steering Committee on the Usability, Security, and Privacy of Computer Systems; Computer Science and Telecommunications Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; Research Council, National

              Despite many advances, security and privacy often remain too complex for individuals or enterprises to manage effectively or to use conveniently. Security is hard for users, administrators, and developers to understand, making it all too easy to use, configure, or operate systems... in ways that are inadvertently insecure. Moreover, security and privacy technologies originally were developed in a context in which system administrators had primary responsibility for security and privacy protections and in which the users tended to be sophisticated. Today, the user base is much wider--including the vast majority of employees in many organizations and a large fraction of households--but the basic models for security and privacy are essentially unchanged. Security features can be clumsy and awkward to use and can present significant obstacles to getting work done. As a result, cybersecurity measures are all too often disabled or bypassed by the users they are intended to protect. Similarly, when security gets in the way of functionality, designers and administrators deemphasize it. The result is that end users often engage in actions, knowingly or unknowingly, that compromise the security of computer systems or contribute to the unwanted release of personal or other confidential information. Toward Better Usability, Security, and Privacy of Information Technology discusses computer system security and privacy, their relationship to usability, and research at their intersection. --Publisher's description.
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              ISBN 9780309160902
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              New Source Review for Stationary Sources of Air Pollution
               

              New Source Review for Stationary Sources of Air Pollution (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Committee on Changes in New Source Review Programs for Stationary Sources of Air Pollution; Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology; Division on Earth and Life Studies; Research Council, National; Academy of Sciences, National

              The Clean Air Act established a pair of programs - known as New Source Review (NSR) - that regulate large stationary sources of air pollution, such as factories and electricity-generating facilities. This book provides insights into potential effects of the rule changes on nation...al emissions from electric power industry.
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              ISBN 9780309102773
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