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    DescriptionIn its 4.5 billion-year history, life on Earth has been almost erased at least half a dozen times: shattered by asteroid impacts, entombed in ice, smothered by methane, and torn apart by unfathomably powerful megavolcanoes. And we know that another global disaster is eventually headed our way. Can we survive it? How? As a species, "Homo sapiens" is at a crossroads. Study of our planet's turbulent past suggests that we are overdue for a catastrophic disaster, whether caused by nature or by human interference. It's a frightening prospect, as each of the Earth's past major disasters--from meteor strikes to bombardment by cosmic radiation--resulted in a mass extinction, where more than 75 percent of the planet's species died out. But in "Scatter, Adapt, and Remember," Annalee Newitz, science journalist and editor of the science Web site io9.com explains that although global disaster is all but inevitable, our chances of long-term species survival are better than ever. Life on Earth has come close to annihilation--humans have, more than once, narrowly avoided extinction just during the last million years--but every single time a few creatures survived, evolving to adapt to the harshest of conditions. This brilliantly speculative work of popular science focuses on humanity's long history of dodging the bullet, as well as on new threats that we may face in years to come. Most important, it explores how scientific breakthroughs today will help us avoid disasters tomorrow. From simulating tsunamis to studying central Turkey's ancient underground cities; from cultivating cyanobacteria for "living cities" to designing space elevators to make space colonies cost-effective; from using math to stop pandemics to studying the remarkable survival strategies of gray whales, scientists and researchers the world over are discovering the keys to long-term resilience and learning how humans can choose life over death. Newitz's remarkable and fascinating journey through the science of mass extinctions is a powerful argument about human ingenuity and our ability to change. In a world populated by doomsday preppers and media commentators obsessively forecasting our demise, "Scatter, Adapt, and Remember" is a compelling voice of hope. It leads us away from apocalyptic thinking into a future where we live to build a better world--on this planet and perhaps on others. Readers of this book will be equipped scientifically, intellectually, and emotionally to face whatever the future holds.


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    Title
    Scatter, Adapt, and Remember
    Subtitle
    How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Annalee Newitz
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 305
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 239 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780385535915
    ISBN 10: 0385535910
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: PSAJ, PDA, JFFR, RNR
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: JKSR
    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16730
    DC21: 576.84
    BIC subject category V2: JFFC
    BISAC V2.8: NAT023000
    DC22: 576.8/4, 576.84
    BISAC V2.8: SOC037000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    BISAC V2.8: SOC040000, SCI027000
    LC classification: GF86 .N485 2013
    Thema V1.0: PDR, JBFF, JBFZ, RNR, PSAJ
    Illustrations note
    black & white halftones, maps, figures
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House USA Inc
    Publication date
    14 May 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    ANNALEE NEWITZ is the founding editor of the science Web site io9.com and a journalist with a decade's experience in writing about science, culture, and the future for such publications as "Wired," "Popular Science," and "The Washington Post." She is the editor of the anthology "She's Such a Geek: Women Write About Science, Technology, and Other Geeky Stuff" and was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. She lives in San Francisco.
    Review quote
    Praise for "Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: " "As "Walking Dead" fans know, few things are more enjoyable than touring the apocalypse from the safety of your living room. Even as "Scatter, Adapt, and Remember" cheerfully reminds us that asteroid impacts, mega-volcanos and methane eruptions are certain to come, it suggests how humankind can survive and even thrive. Yes, Annalee Newitz promises, the world will end with a bang, but our species doesn't have to end with a whimper. "Scatter, Adapt, and Remember" is a guide to "Homo sapiens"' next million years. I had fun reading this book and you will too." --Charles Mann, author of" 1491 " ""Scatter, Adapt, and Remember "is a refreshingly optimistic and well thought out dissection of that perennial worry: the coming apocalypse. While everyone else stridently shouts about the end of days, this book asks and answers a simple question: 'If it's so bad, then why are we still alive?' I found myself in awe of the incredible extinction events that humankind--and life in general--has already survived, and Newitz inspires us with engaging arguments that our race will keep reaching the end of the world and then keep living through it. "Scatter, Adapt, and Remember "intimately acquaints the reader with our two-hundred-thousand-year tradition of survival--nothing less than our shared heritage as human beings." --Daniel H. Wilson, author of "Robopocalypse "and "Amped " "One part "OMNI"-grade optimistic futurism; one part terrifying disaster-history; entirely awesome and inspiring. A FTL rocket-ride through extinction and its discontents." --Cory Doctorow, author of "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom " "This book is not a survivalist guide but rather a grand historical overview that puts humanity in the middle of its evolution, with fascinating looks both back and forward in time. An enormous amount of knowledge is gathered here, and the book accomplishes something almost impossible,