The Secret Life of Dust: From the Cosmos to the Kitchen Counter, the Big Consequences of Little Things

Wiley #ad - Like the secret life of dust, however, all of them unveil the mayhem and magic wrought by little things. Hannah holmes portland, ME is a science and natural history writer for the Discovery Channel Online. Her freelance work has been widely published, outside, National Geographic Traveler, Sierra, the New York Times Magazine, appearing in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and Escape.

Hannah holmes a mesmerizing expedition around our dusty worldSome see dust as dull and useless stuff. Along the way, holmes introduces a delightful cast of characters--the scientists who study dust. Others sample the shower of Saharan dust that nourishes Caribbean jungles, or venture into the microscopic jungle of the bedroom carpet.

Billions of tons of it rise annually into the air--the dust of deserts and forgotten kings mixing with volcanic ash, leaf fragments, scales from butterfly wings, sea salt, shreds of T-shirts, and fireplace soot. Some investigate its dark side: how it killed off dinosaurs and how its industrial descendents are killing us today.

The Secret Life of Dust: From the Cosmos to the Kitchen Counter, the Big Consequences of Little Things #ad - Her broadcast work has been featured on Living on Earth and the Discovery Channel Online's Science Live. And it tinkers with the weather and spices the air we breathe. But in the hands of author hannah Holmes, we discover, it becomes a dazzling and mysterious force; Dust, built the planet we walk upon. Eventually, though, all this dust must settle.

The story of restless dust begins among exploding stars, drills into Antarctic glaciers, filters living dusts from the wind, then treks through the dinosaur beds of the Gobi Desert, and probes the dark underbelly of the living-room couch.


Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live

Basic Books #ad - No one who reads this engrossing, revelatory book will look at their homes in the same way again. In never home alone, biologist rob dunn introduces us to the nearly 200, 000 species living with us in our own homes, from the Egyptian meal moths in our cupboards and camel crickets in our basements to the lactobacillus lounging on our kitchen counters.

Yet, as we obsess over sterilizing our homes and separating our spaces from nature, we are unwittingly cultivating an entirely new playground for evolution. A natural history of the wilderness in our homes, from the microbes in our showers to the crickets in our basementsEven when the floors are sparkling clean and the house seems silent, our domestic domain is wild beyond imagination.

Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live #ad - You are not alone. These changes are reshaping the organisms that live with us--prompting some to become more dangerous, while undermining those species that benefit our bodies or help us keep more threatening organisms at bay.


Dust Object Lessons

Bloomsbury Academic #ad - This book treats one of the most mundane and familiar phenomena, community, showing how it can provide a key to thinking about existence, and justice today. Object lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic. It gathers in even layers, adapting to the contours of things and marking the passage of time.

And so, dust blurs the boundaries between the living and the dead, the inside and the outside, plant and animal matter, you and the world "for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return†? No matter how much you fight against it, dust pervades everything. In itself, it is also a gathering place, a catalog of traces and a set of promises: dead skin cells and plant pollen, a random community of what has been and what is yet to be, hair and paper fibers, not to mention dust mites who make it their home.

Dust Object Lessons #ad - . Object lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.


Superlative: The Biology of Extremes

BenBella Books #ad - The loudest whale is offering clues about the impact of solar storms. For a long time, scientists ignored superlative life forms as outliers. Learn about monorhaphis chuni, the oldest discovered animal, which is providing insights into the connection between our terrestrial and aquatic worlds. Superlative is the story of extreme evolution, and what we can learn from it about ourselves, our planet, and the cosmos.

Increasingly, though, researchers are coming to see great value in studying plants and animals that exist on the outermost edges of the bell curve. As it turns out, there’s a lot of value in paying close attention to the “oddballs” nature has to offer. Go for a swim with a ghost shark, the slowest-evolving creature known to humankind,  which is teaching us new ways to think about immunity.

Superlative: The Biology of Extremes #ad - Welcome to the biggest, fastest, deadliest science book you'll ever read. The world's largest land mammal could help us end cancer. Get to know the axolotl, which has the longest-known genome and may hold the secret to cellular regeneration. The fastest bird is showing us how to solve a century-old engineering mystery.

The oldest tree is giving us insights into climate change. It's a tale of crazy-fast cheetahs and super-strong beetles, of microbacteria and enormous plants, of whip-smart dolphins and killer snakes.