We’ve all heard of Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison, but very few female inventors are household names. This fascinating book illuminates the history of women who used their brainpower and skills to produce important items we use ever day. Meet Hedy LaMarr, a famous Hollywood actress by day and inventor of a radio guidance system for torpedos by night. Marvel at the cleverness of Ng Mui, who developed the martial art known as Wing Chun, which later developed into kung fu.
We use it every day in products as varied as prescription drugs, toys, and toothbrushes. In less than a century, plastics have become integral to our daily lives. But plastic waste also clogs Earth’s oceans and other water bodies. Research has shown that microplastics have even accumulated in our bodies. This timely book investigates our increasingly problematic use of plastics in all areas of our lives and how our attempts to curb use and mitigate the harm of plastics are not working fast enough.
In twelve dioramic scenes, discover how warships have changed from the sail and oar power of ancient Greek triremes and 19th century ships of the line to iron warships of the early 20th century and today’s modern aircraft carriers and stealth missile destroyers.
From the Mark I to the powerful turreted tanks of World War Two and the modern missile-firing, troop-carrying light tanks of today’s armies, twelve dioramic scenes reveal how the invention of the tank during World War One changed the face of warfare forever.
From the early human-powered submarines of the American Civil War to the U-boats of both world wars and the modern nuclear-powered missile platforms of the Cold War, twelve dioramic scenes reveal how submarines have become one of the most dangerous weapons of war.
From the first rockets used to fire arrows to modern computer-controlled cruise missiles and wire-guided High Explosive Anti-Tank Missiles, twelve dioramic scenes reveal how rockets and missiles have gradually become the primary weapons of mechanized warfare.
From the wood and canvas biplanes of World War One to the latest vertical takeoff stealth fighters and pilotless drones of the world’s air forces, twelve dioramic scenes reveal how combat aircraft have gradually become the sophisticated stealth machines of today.
From the first observation and medical helicopters of World War Two and the Korean War to the Air Cavalry of Vietnam and the missile-armed attack helicopters of today’s armies, twelve dioramic scenes reveal how helicopters have introduced a new dynamic into the way warfare is waged.
Pollution is seriously damaging our planet. Human activity and waste are harming the environment by polluting the air, water, and land. Discover the facts about where pollution comes from, where garbage really goes after we throw it away, and how we can reduce waste.
Human overpopulation is putting pressure on our planet and its natural resources.The more people there are, the more resources are consumed, harming the environment and depleting the world's supplies. Discover the facts about the world's growing population, which countries have the highest and lowest birth rates, and how overpopulation affects climate change.
Natural resources on Earth are at risk of running out. Using too many natural resources, such as water, trees, and fossil fuels, is putting pressure on our supplies and damaging the environment. Discover the facts about how resources are used around the world, which resources are renewable and non-renewable, and what the future of natural resource management looks like.
Our modern world runs on energy to power our homes and industries. We all know the problems with burning fossil fuels to create energy— it pollutes the planet and we are running out of these resources. Discover the facts about renewable and non-renewable energy resources, how our energy use contributes to global warming, and what the future of energy looks like.
Climate change is reshaping the planet before our eyes. From melting ice caps and rising sea levels to drought and destructive hurricanes, no corner of Earth is protected from the effects of global warming. Discover the facts about what climate change is doing—and will continue to do—to our planet, and how we might reduce its impact.
The huge variety of plants and animals that live on Earth is called biodiversity. As ecosystems are destroyed by climate change and human activity, plants and animals are becoming endangered and even extinct. Find out how the loss of biodiversity affects food chains and natural habitats, why it is important to humans, and how its loss threatens the health of all living things on the planet.
Scale models are usually built as accurate miniatures of real objects such as vehicles, buildings, and even people. This awesome introduction to model making explains the mathematics of scale, and the difference between building from a kit and building from scratch. Tips on painting, scoring, cementing, and weathering help build fine-motor skills. Young readers are encouraged to build patience, concentration, perseverance, and problem-solving.
3D printing has made some fascinating developments in recent years. It has been around since the 1980s, but technology has improved dramatically. Now, 3D printers are used in business, medicine, cooking, fashion, and more.
Is there mounting evidence from eyewitness stories and grainy photographs proving the existence of monsters like Bigfoot or Yeti, or do people see what they want to see?
An historical account of extreme weather events and climate patterns, including human events leading up to observable changes, the people involved in studying trends, and the lingering aftermath.
A historical account of the Human Genome Project, including the events that made genome sequencing possible, the people involved, the competition between public and private sectors, and the ways in which its effects are felt today.
In 2019, the surprise launch of Apex Legends took the gaming world by storm. Offering a fast-paced, team-based twist on the battle royale style of gameplay popularized by titles such as Fortnite, it caught the attention of more than 50 million players within the first month of its release. In this book, readers discover how this incredible game was created, from its top-secret early development to its record-breaking release. Includes table of contents, author biography, sidebars, glossary, index, and informative backmatter.
Discover Apalachicola Bay takes readers to the water's edge, where they will learn about the bay's atmosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. Apalachicola Bay is part of the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve. The bay is surrounded by four islands, covers 208 square miles, and is one of the most biologically diverse areas of Florida. Its waters are home to many marine animal species, including the endangered West Indian manatee. Colorful maps, diagrams, and photos provide a close-up view of Apalachicola Bay. Book is aligned to curriculum standards and includes sidebar, activity, glossary, index, and additional resources.
Discover Chesapeake Bay takes readers to the water's edge, where they will learn about the bay's atmosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. These four very different systems create a unique environment in and around Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States. Readers will experience 200 miles of shoreline teeming with more than 3,600 species of animals and plants. Colorful maps, diagrams, and photos provide a close-up view of Chesapeake Bay. Book is aligned to curriculum standards and includes sidebar, activity, glossary, index, and additional resources.
Discover Galveston Bay takes readers to the water's edge, where they will learn about the bay's atmosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. Galveston Bay is the largest estuary in Texas, and the Galveston Bay area is home to around half the population of Texas. It also houses the Christmas Bay Coastal Preserve, which is untouched by human activity. Rich in shellfish, including the majority of oysters harvested in Texas, Galveston Bay is one of Texas's most vital geographical areas. Colorful maps, diagrams, and photos provide readers with a close-up view of Galveston Bay. Book is aligned to curriculum standards and includes sidebar, activity, glossary, index, and additional resources.
Discover Grand Traverse Bay takes readers to the water's edge, where they will learn about the bay's atmosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay area is home to year-round fishing, fruit orchards, and many animal species. Readers can explore the bay's unique underwater bluffs and riverbeds, formed by fast-moving glaciers. Colorful maps, diagrams, and photos provide a close-up view of Grand Traverse Bay. Book is aligned to curriculum standards and includes sidebar, activity, glossary, index, and additional resources.
Discover Massachusetts Bay takes readers to the water's edge, where they will learn about the bay's atmosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. Surrounded by some of America's oldest cities, Massachusetts Bay is home to shipping and fishing, and is a top tourist destination. Explore life in the bay's waters and along its shores, and gain a better understanding of how humans have impacted the bay since the first colonists arrived from England in 1620. Colorful maps, diagrams, and photos provide a close-up view of Massachusetts Bay. Book is aligned to curriculum standards and includes sidebar, activity, glossary, index, and additional resources.