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Regional Innovation Systems and Sustainable Development

The regional development of society and economy are closely related with innovative capacities.  As the benefits of Regional information systems in establishing innovative regional planning are more widely recognized, there is a greater demand for a definitive text on the nascent subject. Regional Innovation Systems and Sustainable Development: Emerging Technologies promotes scientific discussion on standards and practices of regiona...

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Digital and Analog Fiber Optic Communications for CATV and FTTx Applications

This book is intended to provide a step-by-step guide to all design aspects and tradeoffs from theory to application for fiber-optics transceiver electronics. Presenting a compendium of information in a structured way, this book enables the engineer to develop a methodical design approach, a deep understanding of specifications parameters and the reasons behind them, as well as their effects and consequences on system performance, wh...

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Nature and the Environment in Twentieth-Century American Life

Americans during the twentieth-century became more disconnected from the environment and nature than ever before. More Americans lived in cities rather than on farms; they became ever more reliant on technology to interact with the world around them and with each other. Perhaps paradoxically, the twentieth-century also became the period in which environmental issues played an ever-increasing role in politics and public policy. Why is...

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Renewable Energy - Facts and Fantasies

"Our civilization's ever-increasing hunger for energy-and its fixation on fossil fuels to provide that energy-is in the process of imploding on itself as our population grows and its demographics change. Yet we live in a world of tough realities, where an elegant solution simply does not exist." 2GreenEnergy founder Craig Shields provides a broad survey of the subject, presenting 25 interviews with the widest possible variety of subj...

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Cognitive Radio Engineering

A cognitive radio is a transceiver that is aware of its environment, the regulations governing its operation, and its users’ needs, priorities, and operational privileges. It can take intelligent action to configure itself to perform its mission based on that awareness and is capable of learning and reasoning from past experience. Cognitive Radio Engineering is both a text and a reference book about cognitive radio architecture and i...

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Live Fire Training: Principles and Practice

All fire fighters need the safe and controlled "real life" training offered through live fire exercises in order to be fully prepared for the hazards of the fireground. Live Fire Training: Principles and Practice Revised First Edition provides a definitive guide on how to ensure safe and realistic live fire training for both students and instructors. Updated to address all the requirements for NFPA 1403, Standard on Live Fire Trainin...

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Nano-CMOS and Post-CMOS Electronics: Devices and Modelling

The demand for ever smaller and more portable electronic devices has driven metal oxide semiconductor-based (CMOS) technology to its physical limit with the smallest possible feature sizes. This presents various size-related problems such as high power leakage, low-reliability, and thermal effects, and is a limit on further miniaturization. To enable even smaller electronics, various nano-devices including carbon nanotube transistors...

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A Concise Overview of the Finite Element Method

This book presents a straightforward introduction to the finite element method, error analysis, and adaptive refinement. It provides an easy-to-read overview that allows the contents of other finite element books and finite element courses to be seen in perspective as the various procedures are encountered. Furthermore, it provides developments that improve the procedures contained in the standard finite element textbook. As a result...

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Advanced Topics in Environmental Health and Air Pollution Case Studies

The book describes the effects of air pollutants, from the indoor and outdoor spaces, on the human physiology. Air pollutants can influence inflammation biomarkers, can influence the pathogenesis of chronic cough, can influence reactive oxygen species (ROS) and can induce autonomic nervous system interactions that modulate cardiac oxidative stress and cardiac electrophysiological changes, can participate in the onset and exacerbation...

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Artificial Intelligence: What Everyone Needs to Know

Over the coming decades, Artificial Intelligence will profoundly impact the way we live, work, wage war, play, seek a mate, educate our young, and care for our elderly. It is likely to greatly increase our aggregate wealth, but it will also upend our labor markets, reshuffle our social order, and strain our private and public institutions. Eventually it may alter how we see our place in the universe, as machines pursue goals independ...