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Without a Trace: 1881-1968
by Sylvia Wrigley

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English

Pages

212

Publication Date

March 07, 2018

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True Stories of Aircraft and Passengers Who Disappeared Into Thin Air<br />For many, aviation still brings with it an air of mystery, a century-long magic trick. Though most of us will board an aircraft at some point in our lives, we know little about how they work and the procedures surrounding their operation. It is that mystery that makes these losses, such as the vanishing of Malaysia Airlines flight 370, so terrifying.<br />Without a Trace explores the most interesting of these disappearances: mysteries that have baffled investigators for years. Occasionally tragic, frequently amusing, Without a Trace is unerringly accurate and informative.<br />The two Without a Trace volumes span 150 years and explore mysteries from around the world. This is volume one, beginning just before the golden age of aviation with a manned balloon swept over the English Channel, and ending with a top-secret spy plane disappearing at the height of the cold war. Each case is laid out in rich detail and presented chronologically, highlighting the historical context, official accident reports and contemporary news surrounding each mystery.<br />Where did they go?<br /><br />Sylvia Wrigley introduces the crews, innocent bystanders and rescuers in this collection of true stories. Documenting the popular theories from each case, she uses her knowledge and experience as a pilot and an aviation journalist to demystify aviation jargon and narrow down each disappearance to the most likely explanations.<br />This collection takes a hard look at the human failings of great aviators, explorers and celebrities who have pushed the limits of flight and ended up at the heart of a mystery. The stories encompass airships, military jets and commercial airlines - all of which have vanished without a trace.<br />
Titanic: The Story Of The Unsinkable Ship
by Hourly History

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English

Pages

51

Publication Date

April 03, 2016

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<h1>★ Titanic ★</h1><br />It has been more than one hundred years since the RMS Titanic sank to the bottom of the North Atlantic ocean. The disaster has captivated history buffs and non-history buffs alike, and it is easy to see why. Some of the most illustrious people of the day were on board: some survived, and some did not. Legends abound about whether the ship’s maiden voyage was cursed. And then there is the ship itself: arguably the most luxurious vessel to ever travel oversea. <br /><br /><h2>Inside you will read about...</h2><br />✓ Conceiving of and Building the Titanic<br />✓ The Ship of Dreams<br />✓ Setting Sail<br />✓ The Passengers<br />✓ The Iceberg and the Sinking<br />✓ The Aftermath<br />✓ The Titanic Remembered and Re-Discovered<br /><br />The disaster holds secrets and stories of love and bravery, cowardice and greed. Explore these and other themes that surround the sinking of the grand ship, Titanic.
Solar Power Demystified: The Beginners Guide To Solar Power, Ener...
by , Dimi Avram MSE

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English

Pages

162

Publication Date

April 12, 2019

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The book <b>'Solar Power Demystified: The Beginners Guide To Solar Power, Energy Independence And Lower Bills’ </b> introduces you to the world of solar electric panels and systems. <br /><br /><br />It reveals you the reasons why photovoltaic solar panels are continuing to gain worldwide popularity and are becoming more important as a source of renewable energy.<br /><br /><br />You can see the question “To go or not to go solar?” discussed in its practical aspects.<br /><br />Furthermore you are advised what kind of solar electric system you need and how to evaluate whether your home is ‘solar-ready’ or not<br /><br /><br />You are also introduced to the basics of photovoltaics and to the main types of solar electric systems and their components.<br /><br /><br />The book is intended to provide basic information to everyone who makes first steps in the world of photovoltaics and needs the matter explained in an easy-to-understand and straightforward way.<br /><br /><br />The book is targeted to those who want to build solar power system for their home, cabin, RV, camper, boat or business.<br /><br />The book exposes:<br /><br /><ul><br /><br /><li>Photovoltaics in the world of renewable energy</li><br /><br /><li><b>Advantages of photovoltaics in a summary</b></li><br /><br /><li>Why are photovoltaics continuing to gain worldwide popularity?</li><br /><br /><li><b>Why is the cost of photovoltaics decreasing?</b></li> <br /><br /><li>Drawbacks of photovoltaics</li><br /><br /><li><b>What are the main applications of solar electric systems?</b></li><br /><br /><li>To go or not to go solar – that is the question!</li><br /><br /><li><b>Some issues to consider before going solar</b> </li><br /><br /><li>Why would you need a solar electric system?</li><br /><br /><li><b>Don’t go solar before reading this!</b></li> <br /><br /><li>What kind of solar electric system do you need?</li><br /><br /><li><b>How big solar electric system do you need?</b></li> <br /><br /><li>How to finance the cost of your solar electric system?</li> <br /><br /><li><b>Financial incentives</b></li><br /><br /><li>Is your building solar-ready?</li><br /><br /><li><b>How to assess your location for solar resource?</b></li> <br /><br /><li>Why the condition of your roof does matter</li><br /><br /><li><b>Free solar panels</b> </li><br /><br /><li>Solar power for business owners</li><br /><br /><li><b>Energy efficiency above all</b> </li><br /><br /><li>How to improve the energy efficiency of your building</li><br /><br /><li><b>The basics of solar power</b></li> <br /><br /><li>Solar electric systems</li><br /><br /><li><b>Grid-connected solar electric systems</b></li><br /><br /><li>Stand-alone (off-grid) solar electric systems</li><br /><br /><li><b>Advantages and drawbacks of stand-alone systems</b> </li><br /><br /><li>Why are off-grid systems attractive?</li><br /><br /><li><b>Main applications of stand-alone solar electric systems</b></li> <br /><br /><li>Selecting your solar vendor</li><br /><br /><li><b>What to be careful about</b> </li><br /></ul><b><i>Grab the book and get started saving money on electricity and becoming energy independent now! </i></b>
Elements of Robotics
by , Francesco Mondada

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English

Pages

324

Publication Date

October 25, 2017

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<p>This open access book bridges the gap between playing with robots in school and studying robotics at the upper undergraduate and graduate levels to prepare for careers in industry and research. Robotic algorithms are presented formally, but using only mathematics known by high-school and first-year college students, such as calculus, matrices and probability. Concepts and algorithms are explained through detailed diagrams and calculations.<br /></p><p><i>Elements of Robotics</i> presents an overview of different types of robots and the components used to build robots, but focuses on robotic algorithms: simple algorithms like odometry and feedback control, as well as algorithms for advanced topics like localization, mapping, image processing, machine learning and swarm robotics. These algorithms are demonstrated in simplified contexts that enable detailed computations to be performed and feasible activities to be posed. Students who study these simplified demonstrations will be well prepared for advanced study of robotics.</p><p>The algorithms are presented at a relatively abstract level, not tied to any specific robot. Instead a generic robot is defined that uses elements common to most educational robots: differential drive with two motors, proximity sensors and some method of displaying output to the user.</p>The theory is supplemented with over 100 <i>activities</i>, most of which can be successfully implemented using inexpensive educational robots. Activities that require more computation can be programmed on a computer. Archives are available with suggested implementations for the Thymio robot and standalone programs in Python.
Wreck of the Whale Ship Essex - Illustrated - NARRATIVE OF THE MO...
by , Ken Rossignol

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English

Pages

176

Publication Date

December 01, 2015

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In one of the most spellbinding accounts of men who go down to the sea in ships, the modern reader is given a seat in the whale boat of Owen Chase as he and his fellow crew and their Captain make way in three boats after the wreckage of the Whaleship Essex. <br />The account of how the Essex was wrecked inspired the infamous book Moby Dick and countless movies, including the newest, In the Heart of the Sea.<br />The perils of sea, storms, nefarious intent of evil men and fate combined to bring an end to a long whaling voyage – typically hard and grueling enough without suffering an attack by a furious and vengeful sperm whale. <br />The story, told in a first-person narrative by Owen Chase, the first mate of the Essex, was first published in 1821 and served to inspire Herman Melville to write his fictional book of the attack by the whale. <br />The perseverance and determination of the crew, mate, and captain to use each and every tool and morsel available to them in salvage from the wrecked Essex to outfit their flimsy whaleboats for a voyage of more than 2,500 miles back to the South American coast is remarkable in many ways. <br />Every ounce of energy and civility rapidly evaporated after two months at sea. The story not told by Melville may be the best part though the attack by the whale is still impressive if one imagines being on the small ship as the leviathan repeatedly bashes in the hull. <br />In addition to the stirring account by Owen Chase are parts of the account by cabin boy Thomas Nickerson.<br /> Nickerson returned to the seas on whale ships following the Essex shipwreck, one of just a few known to have been sunk by a whale. After he retired to running a boarding house in Nantucket was when Nickerson finally wrote his account of the Essex and the plight of the crew. Nickerson only put pen to paper when challenged by a visiting author. <br />When the writer, Leon Lewis, escaping from his creditors, became acquainted with Nickerson, he encouraged him to write down his tale of the incredible Shipwreck of the Whaleship Essex. Nickerson did so and entrusted the manuscript to the erstwhile writer who promised to get it published and then fled to England. <br />Over one hundred years later the Nickerson account The Loss of the Ship "Essex" Sunk by a Whale and the Ordeal of the Crew in Open Boats; was discovered in an old trunk and authenticated by the Nantucket Historical Association and published in 1984, a century after Nickerson wrote it. <br />Nickerson’s story told of the incredible attack on the Essex while two of the whaleboats were in the hunt to harpoon their prey. The first attack crashed the vessel and rocked it hard. Then, Nickerson wrote that the monster whale turned and rammed the Essex again, causing it to heave, break apart and sink. <br />The crew began their search for land and eventually found a small island that was rather poor in resources. The sailors, with the exception of three men who decided to stay on the island, left in search of a better island, the mainland or perhaps a ship. <br />Chase described how during the 90-day journey to the coast of Chile, the men were forced to eat one of their fellow sailors who had died. Nickerson was less than specific about the act of cannibalism and was on the same whaling boat with Chase. The other boat commanded by Capt. Pollard had, but four men left alive and too weak to continue. Finally, they decided to draw lots to determine who would have to be shot so that the others could live. The young cousin of the captain was the loser in that drawing and was killed. Only eight of the crew of twenty survived.<br />It was later revealed that the three men who stayed behind on the island were rescued, and two of the boats made it to Chile. The tale that they told, mainly through Chase’s account, laid the basis for one of the greatest sea stories ever in print or the movies – Moby Dick. <br />This account by Chase includes actual news coverage of whale attacks and cannibals.
Error-Correction Coding and Decoding: Bounds, Codes, Decoders, An...
by , Mubarak Jibril

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English

Pages

522

Publication Date

February 21, 2017

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<p>This book discusses both the theory and practical applications of self-correcting data, commonly known as error-correcting codes. The applications included demonstrate the importance of these codes in a wide range of everyday technologies, from smartphones to secure communications and transactions. Written in a readily understandable style, the book presents the authors’ twenty-five years of research organized into five parts:</p><p>Part I is concerned with the theoretical performance attainable by using error correcting codes to achieve communications efficiency in digital communications systems.</p><p>Part II explores the construction of error-correcting codes and explains the different families of codes and how they are designed. Techniques are described for producing the very best codes.</p><p>Part III addresses the analysis of low-density parity-check (LDPC) codes, primarily to calculate their stopping sets and low-weight codeword spectrum which determines the performance of th</p>ese codes.<p></p><p>Part IV deals with decoders designed to realize optimum performance.</p><p>Part V describes applications which include combined error correction and detection, public key cryptography using Goppa codes, correcting errors in passwords and watermarking.</p><p>This book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in error-correcting codes and their applications, ranging from non-experts to professionals at the forefront of research in their field.</p><p>This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.<br /></p><p></p><p></p>
The Power Of Continuous Delivery In DevOps: Reduce Difficulty By ...
by Juni Mukherjee

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English

Pages

131

Publication Date

November 05, 2017

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This book has TWO purchase options:<br /> <br />1) Color eBook. <br />2) Bundle of color paperback and color eBook. <br /><br />View, print, and download all diagrams from http://continuity.world/2017-book. Connect if you have questions at http://continuity.world/connect.<br /><br />Processes, amongst other things, can exponentially improve organizational culture. This book lays the foundation of building resilient processes for transformational leaders who aspire to drive culture change in their organizations. The principles of DevSecOps, Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery form the recipe for success, and Continuous Improvement is at the heart of it. <br /><br />As you plow through the chapters of this book, you will virtually experience the thrills and the shivers of leading a crucial transformational change. And you will be able to define the next chapter of your very own journey. <br /><br />This is how I have structured the book: <br /><br />Chapter 1: Introduction<br /><br />Eases my readers into understanding and appreciating a Continuous Delivery Pipeline, extends the concepts to Continuous Everything and Everyone, and gives a brief introduction about myself.<br /><br />Chapter 2: Continuous Delivery As A Domain<br /><br />Domain-driven design (DDD) is known to be overkill for simple problems. After careful consideration of the issues that plague product releases (software, firmware, embedded systems, Internet of Things, * as a service, and the like), I decided to model the Continuous Delivery Pipeline as a domain. <br /><br />Chapter 3: Pipeline Domain Model Integrity<br /><br />In an academic setting of model-driven-development, we try to maintain a consistent and unified model throughout the teams. In reality, there could be many teams who work on different parts of the Continuous Delivery Pipeline ecosystem and the model tends to fragment. However, aspects of the model that are important should stay unified and other parts could be offered for customization. <br /><br />Chapter 4: Continuous Analytics And Insights<br /><br />Teams are required to zoom in and solve hard problems every day. While it is paramount to be able to get down on our knees and dig in, it is just as important to be able to zoom out and fathom the big picture. We need to see the forest through the trees. We should emphasize on learning patterns and trends over a period of time that offer direct insights into our business. These help us make tough calls that pay rich dividends in the long run. <br /><br />Chapter 5: A DevSecOps Seed Backlog<br /><br />A single prioritized Product Backlog is a key driver of an organization’s growth and sustainability. This chapter enables Product Owners to address epics related to not just Development but also Builds, Tests, Configuration, Deployment, Monitoring, KPIs, Operations, Network, Security and related issues that help teams experiment safely and turn great ideas into products. More importantly, this helps teams recover fast from not-so-great ideas. <br /><br />Chapter 6: The Twelve-Factor Pipeline<br /><br />Inspired by The Twelve-Factor App, the Twelve-Factor Pipeline establishes the same gold standards for the Pipeline application, as are applied to the products that flow through the Pipeline. <br /><br />Chapter 7: Segregation/Separation Of Duties<br /><br />Segregation of duties or separation of powers is a controversial topic in organizations that have dwelled on a legacy hierarchy long enough to confuse separation of duties with separation of departments. This chapter establishes guidelines on how we should implement Continuous Delivery Pipelines that improve speed, quality, and predictability without risking business. <br /><br />Chapter 8: Myth Busters<br /><br />Some organizations fall prey to age-old beliefs that have inherent flaws. This results in modernized approaches getting the boot and new generation technical leads stumbling over bureaucracy and red tape. This chapter pulls up the most damaging myths and addresses the elephant(s) in the room. <br /><br />Chapter 9: Resources<br /><br />Lists a set of resources.<br />
Heat Recovery Steam Generators: Thermal Design & Testing
by D. James Benton

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English

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126

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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Heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) are an integral part of any modern combined cycle power plant. These heat exchangers are designed to recover the heat from a gas turbine exhaust and convert this to steam, which drives a turbine and ultimately a second generator. Because the gas turbine operates efficiently at high temperatures and heat is removed down to nearly ambient temperature, the overall efficiency of this complex design exceeds that of conventional Rankine cycle coal-, oil-, or gas-fired systems. These systems can also be operated in simple or combined cycle, increasing flexibility and response to load dispatch. HRSG can be complex to analyze and also difficult to effectively test and prove their performance. This text covers both theory and testing in practice with examples.
12 Basic Motorcycle Travel Tips: How to Prepare for Extended Adve...
by RIDE Adventures

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English

Pages

30

Publication Date

October 08, 2017

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Whether you're considering a motorcycle trip or have committed to one and just need some final pre-departure advice, the 12 basic points addressed in this guide can save motorcycle travelers time and money, and ultimately make their journeys safer and more enjoyable!<br /><br />Stemming from over 80,000 miles of motorcycle riding experience through 14 countries during 3+ years, the advisory tips within are intended to help people enjoy their motorcycle travel more by being better prepared for the obstacles that come their way. Simple topics like storing your spare key, wearing wool or cotton, or how to get small items out of hard to reach places can make all the difference in your journey if you know how ahead of time.<br /><br />RIDE on!
Titanic: The Mysterious Legends And Myths
by Cheryl Leonard

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English

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76

Publication Date

June 19, 2016

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The infamous ship, R.M.S. Titanic, was heralded as one of the largest and most luxurious ships of all time, a floating palace. Titanic was referred to as the “unsinkable” ship, as she began her disastrous maiden voyage.The luxury liner hit an iceberg, and sank, becoming one of the most famous disasters in the history of the sea. This book is an introduction into the fascinating, facts, legends, and myths surrounding the Titanic, and a tribute to those that survived and were lost.<br /><br />It provides a detailed examination into the ship’s history, design, amenities, and construction, profiling the captain and crew, and passengers. The Sea trials and the maiden voyage are explored, and the tragic time line of the sinking of the ship. The heartbreaking homecoming and the British and American inquiries into the maritime disaster are presented.There are no remaining survivors today, as the last remaining survivor, Millvina Dean gave a last recorded interview on May 13, 2009 , discussing her life experiences regarding the Titanic. The wreckage of the Titanic was discovered in 1985,by Robert Ballard, and the artifacts are revealed in the discovery. The catastrophic sinking of the Titanic and those that survived , and the loved ones that were lost will be forever memorialized.

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