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Breakthrough! - John Melady
Call Number: Electronic book available on Ebrary (click the cover)
ISBN: 9781459708525
Publication Date: 2013-07-02
Canadians are behind a variety of cutting-edge products, life-saving medicines, innovative machines, and fascinating ideas. Although our inventions have typically been created with little fanfare, financing, or expectation of return, they have often gone on to play important roles in day-to-day life. Our "greatest invention" is probably insulin, which millions of people depend on for life and health. But the light bulb, the Canadarm, and the BlackBerry certainly vie for that honour as well. Some of our inventions are small: the paint roller, the Robertson screwdriver, and the crash position indicator - the forerunner of the black box on planes. Others are larger: the jetliner, the snow-blower, and the snowmobile. Some, such as Standard Time, are really just complex ideas while others, such as the pacemaker, are triumphs of complex technology. Put simply, Canadians are supremely innovative!

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Influenza - George Dehner
Call Number: RA644/I6/D44/2012 (on the 3rd floor)
ISBN: 9780822961895
Publication Date: 2012-04-28
In 1976, the outbreak of a new strain of swine flu at the Fort Dix, New Jersey, army base prompted an unprecedented inoculation campaign. Some forty-two million Americans were vaccinated as the National Influenza Immunization Program hastened to prevent a pandemic, while the World Health Organization (WHO) took a wait-and-see approach. Fortunately, the virus did not spread, and only one death occurred. But instead of being lauded, American actions were subsequently denounced as a "fiasco" and instigator of mass panic.       In Influenza, George Dehner examines the wide disparity in national and international responses to influenza pandemics, from the Russian flu of 1889 to the swine flu outbreak in 2009. He chronicles the technological and institutional progress made along the way and shows how these developments can shape an effective future policy.       Early pandemic response relied on methods of quarantine and individual scientific research. In the aftermath of World War II, a consensus for cooperation and shared resources led to the creation of the WHO, under the auspices of the United Nations. Today, the WHO maintains a large and proactive role in responding to influenza outbreaks. International pandemic response, however, is only as strong as its weakest national link--most recently evidenced in the failed early detection of the 2009 swine flu in Mexico and the delayed reporting of the 2002 SARS outbreak in China.       As Dehner's study contends, the hard lessons of the past highlight the need for a coordinated early warning system with full disclosure, shared technologies, and robust manufacturing capabilities. Until the "national" aspect can be removed from the international equation, responses will be hampered, and a threat to an individual remains a threat to all.

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Famous Trials in History - Elisabeth A. Cawthon
Call Number: REF K540/C39/2012 (on the Main Floor)
ISBN: 9780816081677
Publication Date: 2011-10-01
From the ancient world to modern times, the courtroom has been a stage for riveting, historic, and sensational drama. Often seen as a microcosm of the concerns of the community at the time, trials offer a fascinating look into how justice has been administered throughout history. Famous Trials in History collects 100 significant legal trials from all time periods and places, ranging from Socrates in classical Greece and Joan of Arc in medieval France to Saddam Hussein in modern Iraq. Each trial entry includes the key issues, history of the case, summary of arguments, the verdict, the significance of the case, and readings for further study. This comprehensive new resource on a high-interest topic will be an invaluable addition to high schools and colleges. Coverage includes: -Amistad mutineers -Lizzie Borden -John Brown -Adolf Eichmann -Galileo Galilei -Saddam Hussein -Jesus of Nazareth -Joan of Arc -Martin Luther -Nelson Mandela -And more.

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The Greenwood Encyclopedia of International Relations - Cathal J. Nolan
Call Number: Electronic book available on CREDO Reference (click the cover)
ISBN: 9780313307430
Publication Date: 2002-05-30
Primarily focused on the rise of the Great Powers and the course of world civilizations, their formative wars and diplomatic, political and economic relations. But a serious effort is made to cover all of the smaller and less powerful regions and their local history, along with how progressive inclusion into the modern state system affected them.

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New Scientist
Call Number: Q1/N52/Ser (Main Floor - Periodicals Section)
Publication Date: Current Cover
"a weekly science and technology magazine ... featuring a selection of the latest news stories from the worlds of science and technology, alongside in-depth features exploring the latest ideas that affect the world and how we understand it, reviews of the latest culturally relevant books, films or art and stunning imagery from around the world and beyond." -- taken from website

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