In 1951, Tobacco Farmer Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer. Before her death, cervical cells were harvested without her consent and became the first human cells to grow in a lab. They would grow an entire generation of new cells in a 24-hour period. Over the years those cells, known as HeLa to scientists, became a hot commodity in the scientific world standing at the forefront of some of the greatest medical breakthroughs, but Henrietta Lacks remained largely unknown. Unknown — until her daughter started looking to find out more about the mother she’d never known. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is her story. Continue reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict by Austin Reed is the nineteenth-century account of his life as a free, black man born in 1823 who spent his life between hard labor, indentured servitude and incarceration at America’s first industrial prison. The recently discovered manuscript written when Reed was still in prison was authenticated by Yale scholar, Caleb Smith and includes letters written by Reed later in his life. Continue reading The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict by Austin Reed
“Inside Job” is a look at how our inner workings impact our larger world, and how we can better our business sense. Mark Sephton uses both good and bad personal experiences to illustrate business and life lessons.
Philosophy and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy s a collection of nine essays examining the philosophy behind “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy,” the best-selling work by the late author Douglas Adams.
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[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B00BJC5M7E” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513GrawzKZL._SL160_.jpg” width=”120″]Can dogs smell cancer in their owners? We know that working dogs use their keen sense of smell in their daily jobs, but did you know that dogs can smell certain maladies including cancer in their owners.
Qatari Voices by Carol Henderson and Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar is a collection of essays from students at Qatar University and Education City in 2007 as part of a free-form project. They urged the students to write whatever came to them. What resulted was a compilation of essays reflecting a changing culture. This anthology of essays is a re-presentation from Qatari Voices.