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Dungeons and Dragons: the 40-year Quest for a Game That Breaks All...

By: Bob Kruger

Description: This article goes through the history of Dungeons and Dragons. It explains the creative background of the video game and Bob Kruger's opinion on the development of the game.

Excerpt: On the other hand, he said in the original Dungeon Master’s Guide that “hit points,” the measure of damage a character could sustain, represented a mix of skill, luck, and divine favor more than physical toughness. Whereas wounds like broken bones weren’t, as he put it, “the stuff of high fantasy,” both trichinosis and trichophobia apparently were.

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A Terrible Thing to Lose: Zombie Science and Science Fiction in Jo...

By: Tedd Roberts

Description: This article describes the many reasons as to why fictional zombie writings shouldn't be eliminate from literature. It also goes through the history of zombies.

Excerpt: In contrast, the classic movie monster, Frankenstein, is basically a zombie, in that it is composed of cadaver parts and animated by a mad scientist, but lacks the modern concepts of hunting and feeding on humans. Consider, for example, the humorous zombies of Piers Anthony's Xanth series: The Zombie Master is a human sorcerer who reanimates corpses as servants. The corpses are constantly losing parts, and present no real danger to humans, but only one individua...

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The Menace from Lydia: the Social Spider as Alien Invader

By: Robert E. Furey

Description: This article talks about the evolution of spiders how they've adapted to the environment.

Excerpt: Not all spiders do all things with their webbing, of course. And not all spiders solve the same problems in the same manner. For trapping insects there are webs covered with drops of glue and there are webs that are mechanically “sticky” with tiny loops of webbing along a strand that entrap insect feet in velcro-like lariats. The iconic image of a web-wrapped prey item subdued and hung up for later consumption is an incomplete view of what a spider can do with silk.

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Fracking and the American Comeback

By: J. R. Dunn

Description: America has now developed fracking - extraction of oil for means of making money and oil prices here cheaper. This article explains the history of fracking and the strategy developed so it benefits our economy.

Excerpt: Hydraulic fracturing is accomplished by pumping fluids at extremely high pressure into shale beds. Fracturing fluids consisting of 90 percent water, 9.5 percent sand, and a pinch of various chemicals are mixed in a blender on site before being injected at pressures of over 9,000 pounds per square inch into a shale formation. The water breaks up the shale, the sand holds the fractures open, and added chemicals aid extraction. Guar, an organic gum, assists water i...

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Getting Guns Right

By: Michael Z. Williamson

Description: This article describes the history of firearms and how firearms have played it's role through history.

Excerpt: At its basic level, a firearm is a piston engine. A propellant is ignited and powers a projectile down a bore. Instead of working a crank, it is forced out in a chosen direction. The impact energy is simple to calculate, being only a matter of mass and velocity. The terminal effects of certain projectile designs on tissue are more complex, but plenty of data and tests exist, and modern computer models can predict the outcome quite well. Nor do most media stories...

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The Annual Register of World Events

By: Macadam, Ivison S. (Ivison Stevenson), 1894-1974

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Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland ; Baptists

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Nouveau dictionnaire historique, ou, Histoire abrégée de tous le...

By: Chaudon, L. M. (Louis Mayeul), 1737-1817; Chaudon, L. M. (Louis Mayeul), 1737-1817. Nouveau dictionnaire historique portatif; Delandine, F. A

Supplemental catalog subcollection information: American Libraries Collection; Historical Literature; Vol. [13] has also special title: Tables chronologiques; Rev. ed. of: Nouveau dictionnaire historique portatif;

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General History Way Marks; a Special Text Designed to Direct the L...

By: Boyer, Charles Clinton, 1860-1929
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L'Hermès Marseillais : Ou, Guide Des Étrangers À Marseille Et Dans...

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Do Tanks Have a Future?

By: J. R. Dunn

Description: J. R. Dunn goes through the history of tanks used in the armed forces. He goes through to describe the declining usage of tanks given todays modern technology.

Excerpt: Tanks were introduced at the front in 1916. The first engagements were unimpressive, distinguished as much by breakdowns as anything else. Churchill, already thinking in strategic terms, advised the Army staff to wait until a thousand or more were available. Instead they were thrown in haphazardly. Their first real success occurred at Cambrai on November 20, 1917, where tanks helped tear a twelve-mile breach in the German lines. Denied adequate support, British ...

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Family Therapy: Learning to Love Mercury and Pluto

By: William Ledbetter

Description: William Ledbetter describes our growing curiosity to discover more about our galaxy and universe as we want for a new exciting discovery to spark our interest.

Excerpt: So what do we do in the interim? Try to understand or at least accept the quirks and oddities of those we are stuck with? We actually have a great planetary family. Yes, the bigger siblings, Jupiter and Saturn, always get their way, but have used their impressive gravity to nearly sweep our Solar system clean of dangerous debris, making it a safer place for the little ones like Earth and Mars. Of course there is solemn and moody Venus who refuses to talk to anyo...

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Annuaire Historique, Ou, Histoire Politique Et Littéraire

By: Thoisnier-Desplaces, A

Description: The title varies: 1818 : Annuaire historique universel

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Science and Society in the Citizen Series

By: John Lambshead

Description: In this article John Lambshead explains the direct cause and effect of certain scientific studies and how its impacted civilization through the dyears.

Excerpt: Suspiciously, something else very special happened about seventy thousand years ago; the Toba Event. A super-volcano under Lake Toba in Sumatra let rip, causing global cooling and weather instability. Human beings came perilously close to extinction. We were reduced to somewhere between one thousand to ten thousand breeding pairs and this is seared into our genetics. We are the result of what is known as genetic bottlenecking, which is why the human genome is so...

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The Annual Register of World Events

By: Macadam, Ivison S. (Ivison Stevenson), 1894-1974

Baptistes ; Baptists ; Film/Fiche is presented as orginally captured.

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Beating Decline: Miltech and the Survival of the U.S.

By: J. R. Dunn

Description: This article talks about the slow decline of the American government and country. It compares other countries like Russia, Pakistan, that have had their governments essentially collapse and needed to rebuild what was lost.

Excerpt: In the early 21st century, U.S. maritime power faces its first major challenge in nearly seventy years. The fleet is steadily shrinking. In August 2011 it stood at 284 ships, less than half the 575 in commission twenty years ago. At the same time, several foreign fleets are in the process of establishing themselves as serious competitors. The Indian Navy is friendly. The Chinese and Iranian navies, not so much. In addition, piracy has undergone a dramatic rebirt...

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Elements of History, Ancient and Modern;

By: Worcester, J[oseph] E[merson], 1784-1865. [from Old Catalog]
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Nouveau dictionnaire historique, ou, Histoire abrégée de tous le...

By: Chaudon, L. M. (Louis Mayeul), 1737-1817; Chaudon, L. M. (Louis Mayeul), 1737-1817. Nouveau dictionnaire historique portatif; Delandine, F. A

; Vol. [13] has also special title: Tables chronologiques; Rev. ed. of: Nouveau dictionnaire historique portatif;

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The Jeannette : And a Complete and Authentic Narrative Encyclopedi...

By: Perry, Richard

List of authorities: p. [vi]

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Annuaire Historique, Ou, Histoire Politique Et Littéraire

By: Thoisnier-Desplaces, A

Description: The title varies: 1818 : Annuaire historique universel

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History for Ready Reference from the Best Historians, Biographers,...

By: Larned, Josephus Nelson, 1836-1913

Description: Volume numbering for v. 8 supplied by this Library

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