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By Hannah Velten

From the milk we drink within the morning, to the leather-based footwear we slip on for the day, to the steak we relish at dinner, our day-by-day lives are completely sure up with cows. but there's a way more advanced tale at the back of this likely benign creature, which Hannah Velten explores the following, plumbing the wealthy trove of fantasy, truth, and legend surrounding those familar animals.

From the plowing box to the rodeo to the temple, Velten tracks the always altering social dating among guy and farm animals, starting with the domestication of aurochs round 9000 BCE. From there, Cow launches right into a interesting tale of spiritual fanaticism, medical exploits, and the industrial changes engendered through the alternate of the various items derived from the animal. She explores in attractive element how regardless of cattle's prominence at ends of a large spectrum: Hinduism venerates the cow as some of the most sacred participants of the animal country, whereas pork is a prized staple of the yank vitamin. inspiration scary and informative, Cow restores this oft-overlooked animal to the the Aristocracy it richly merits.

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But the approach is “unashamedly cultural”, or rather, social: high culture appears only in a chapter on romantic nature philosophy. Morus stresses the role of institutions such as universities, journals and public exhibitions, alongside events that depended on the actions of individuals. Readers who don’t have some background knowledge of physics and its history may get the impression that objective scientific factors did not have much influence on the success of physics, although that is not the author’s position.

Finally, in contrast to combretastatin, many anti-angiogenic drugs require prolonged tissue exposure to shut down the vasculature, and so may not be amenable to the particular approach described by Sengupta and colleagues. The general concept of timing the availability of drugs aimed at specific stages or targets in cancer is widely applicable, however, and is consistent with similar efforts to promote blood-vessel formation in diseases involving insufficient blood flow9. Appropriate design of drugs will allow targeting of cancer cells or other specific cell types10, and the delivery device described by Sengupta et al.

We certainly need popular science books like Reading the Rocks by Marcia Bjornerud to help science fight back. The book reveals the extraordinary wealth of knowledge that Earth scientists now have about the biosphere and the lithosphere, and the complex interactions between them, that have made this planet the only home for us. Bjornerud deals with the nature of rocks and the rock record, and what they can tell us about the origins of the Solar System and the subsequent evolution of the Earth’s atmos462 ©2005 Nature Publishing Group LANDSAT/NASA A planet tells its story BOOKS & ARTS NATURE|Vol 436|28 July 2005 Laying down the laws When Physics Became King by Iwan Rhys Morus University of Chicago Press: 2005.

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