Current Issues Collection, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1625134835
  • ISBN-13: 9781625134837
  • Grade Level Range: 5th Grade - 12th Grade
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  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released August 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012
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The juxtaposition of science, history, culture, and politics in this collection illustrate the complex nature of current issues facing our world and why satisfactory solutions are so difficult to achieve. Content offers substantial material for reading, research, writing, and class discussion.

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Genetically Modified Crops and Food  (ISBN-10: 1622755790 | ISBN-13: 9781622755790)

Genetically Modified Crops and Food, part of The Biotechnology Revolution series, introduces the reader to the key concepts related to genetically modified crops and foods

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The Science and Technology Behind the Human Genome Project  (ISBN-10: 1622755758 | ISBN-13: 9781622755752)

The Science and Technology Behind the Human Genome Project, part of The Biotechnology Revolution series, introduces the reader to the key concepts related to human genetics and the human genome project.

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Genetic Testing and Gene Therapy  (ISBN-10: 1622755731 | ISBN-13: 9781622755738)

Genetic Testing and Gene Therapy, part of The Biotechnology Revolution series, introduces the reader to the key concepts related to human genetics testing and gene therapy.

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Cloning  (ISBN-10: 1622755774 | ISBN-13: 9781622755776)

Cloning part of The Biotechnology Revolution series, introduces the reader to the key concepts related to cloning.

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Biopharmaceuticals  (ISBN-10: 1622755839 | ISBN-13: 9781622755837)

Biopharmaceuticals, part of The Biotechnology Revolution series, introduces the reader to the key concepts related to biopharmaceuticals.

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Bioengineering  (ISBN-10: 1622755812 | ISBN-13: 9781622755813)

Bioengineering, part of The Biotechnology Revolution series, introduces the reader to the key concepts related to bioengineering.

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Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Elections  (ISBN-10: 161530746X | ISBN-13: 9781615307463)

Divergence in opinions, beliefs, and interests is a fundamental aspect of every society. Such plurality often spurs the development of various factions and groups, each seeking to attain its objectives through political and governmental action. Whereas elected officials exercise political power directly, interest groups often operate behind the scenes, lobbying for policy changes that benefit their cause. Readers discover how the general populace influences the way it is governed via political parties, interest groups, and elections within the framework of various forms of government.

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Political Systems, Structures, and Functions  (ISBN-10: 1615307478 | ISBN-13: 9781615307470)

Governance is a complex process, often divided among various structures and institutions. Local, regional, national, and even supranational entities each have their own formal and informal institutions that comprise a political system. Readers will use this comprehensive volume to examine the various types, structures, and functions of government around the world, as well as the evolution of political systems and the factors contributing to their rise and fall.

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The U.S. Constitution and Constitutional Law  (ISBN-10: 1615307559 | ISBN-13: 9781615307555)

Although one of the shortest written constitutions in the world, the U.S. Constitution, designed to embody the rights, laws, and guiding principles of a diverse and ever-changing populace, remains an enduring document. Since its ratification in 1787, the Constitution has been applied to a broad range of legal and political questions and, while often the subject of much debate, continues to serve as a stalwart reminder of the country’s social and legal strides. This detailed volume breaks down each section of the Constitution and its amendments, also providing a concise overview of the field of constitutional law as it is applied around the world and in various forms of government.

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Medical Science  (ISBN-10: 1680482300 | ISBN-13: 9781680482300)

This comprehensive title presents the history and practices of medical science, covering developments in the field from antiquity through the Middle Ages and into cutting-edge 21st-century techniques. The major branches of medicine are covered, as are more in-depth looks at clinical practice, disease and epidemiology, surgery, and pharmacology. This text gives middle school to high school aged readers a systematic approach to understanding an essential branch of science.

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Information Science  (ISBN-10: 1680482335 | ISBN-13: 9781680482331)

This interdisciplinary resource on information management covers storing and transferring information, and how information is organized, accessed, interpreted, distributed, and used. It includes the subjects of computer science, library science, artificial intelligence, engineering, linguistics, psychology, mathematics of programming, and the theory of problem solving. Readers learn about documentation, cataloging and classification, and archives and record management. Information research and publishing, as well as digital technologies and libraries, are explored.

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Oceanography and Hydrology  (ISBN-10: 168048236X | ISBN-13: 9781680482362)

With an eye toward the STEM disciplines, this book will excite anyone who is interested in the science of something that most of us take for granted: water. With straightforward and compelling language, this book teaches readers about the basic functions of the oceans and seas, the biodiversity in large bodies of water, how rivers, streams, and lakes work, and water management, among other details of the mechanics of water. This book will give readers a greater appreciation of this most abundant yet scarce resource, as well as of environmental causes in general.

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Engineering  (ISBN-10: 1680482394 | ISBN-13: 9781680482393)

Engineering has existed in one form or another for millennia but gained considerable traction during the twentieth century with the creation of aerospace, biomedical, genetic, and nuclear engineering. It also saw incredible advances in the areas of civil, chemical, and mechanical engineering. This wide-ranging volume introduces readers to the engineering field, chronicling the development of its various subfields and their growing importance in a world driven by innovation. Readers will learn about seminal moments in engineering history, the typical trajectory of engineering education, and the individuals who advanced this exciting field, all while acquiring a grasp of basic engineering concepts.

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Barack Obama and the Idea of a Postracial Society  (ISBN-10: 1680480537 | ISBN-13: 9781680480535)

Barack Obama and the Idea of a Postracial Society, part of The African American Experience: From Slavery to the Presidency series, discusses the events that led up to the election of the first African American president of the United States.

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Banking and Finance  (ISBN-10: 1615308954 | ISBN-13: 9781615308958)

Banks and businesses today often deal with so many different operations, it may be seem difficult to see the purpose of each and how they relate to each other or how they relate to our daily lives. Like individuals, businesses rely on banks, and when banks are not practical, they find other means for financing, or raising and managing funds. Readers examine the role of banks and the process of business financing as insightful text breaks down such terms as interest rate, capital, dividend, and much more.

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Economics and Economic Systems  (ISBN-10: 1615308962 | ISBN-13: 9781615308965)

Although individuals and countries, for centuries, have exchanged goods and services for money, the formal field of economics—the study of wealth and how it is produced and distributed—is relatively young. Since Adam Smith’s pioneering work in the 18th century, economics has developed a great deal, and with it, so has our understanding of market systems, such as capitalism and centrally planned systems. A detailed explanation of the scope of economics, historical development, and the strengths and weaknesses of various economic systems is provided.

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Money and Capital  (ISBN-10: 1615308989 | ISBN-13: 9781615308989)

Money can be paper or metal, can come in dollars, euros, pesos, or one of many other forms of currency, and can be used to pay for goods and services. Explanations of topics such as how we determine value, what exactly capital is and how it relates to money, and more are examined through accessible text. The gold standard, various currencies from around the world, and interest theory are also covered.

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Afghanistan  (ISBN-10: 1625133189 | ISBN-13: 9781625133182)

In Afghanistan , part of the Changing World series, students learn that Afghanistan is one of the least economically developed countries in the world. The economy is based on agriculture, but much of the land suitable for farming has been damaged by drought, deforestation, and war.

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Iran  (ISBN-10: 1625133197 | ISBN-13: 9781625133199)

In Iran , part of the Changing World series, students learn that Iran, formerly known as Persia, is one of the world's oldest civilizations. Since the revolution in 1979, Iran has been governed as an Islamic Republic with an ayatollah, or Shia religious leader, as its supreme ruler. This has led to profound changes and tensions in Iranian society.

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Iraq  (ISBN-10: 1615356371 | ISBN-13: 9781615356379)

In Iraq, you will learn that Iraq, once called Mesopotamia, is known as the "cradle of civilization," the location of the world’s first cities and empires. From 1979 Iraq was ruled by the brutal dictator Saddam Hussein. In 2003 Hussein’s regime was overthrown following an invasion by an American-led coalition. In the chaotic aftermath, the occupying forces struggled to contain a powerful insurgency, despite the establishment of a democratically elected Iraqi government in 2005.

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Israel  (ISBN-10: 1625133200 | ISBN-13: 9781625133205)

In Israel , part of the Changing World series, students learn since its foundation in 1948, Israel has undergone dramatic changes. As a Jewish state it has welcomed Jews from all over the world, leading to an eight fold increase in its population. This has benefited the Israeli economy and given Israel a rich and diverse culture, but has also brought challenges.

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Russia  (ISBN-10: 1625133227 | ISBN-13: 9781625133229)

In Russia , part of the Changing World series, students learn that Russia is the largest country in the world and its natural resources make it one of the richest. It has experienced enormous political, social, and economic upheaval during the last century, and as a result, Russia faces many challenges.

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Earthquake!  (ISBN-10: 1625133251 | ISBN-13: 9781625133250)

Earthquake!, part of the Nature’s Fury series, describes how and where earthquakes happen.

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Flood!  (ISBN-10: 162513326X | ISBN-13: 9781625133267)

Flood!, part of the Nature’s Fury series, describes how and why floods happen.

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Forest Fire!  (ISBN-10: 1625133278 | ISBN-13: 9781625133274)

Forest Fire!, part of the Nature’s Fury series, describes how, why and where forest fires happen.

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Hurricane!  (ISBN-10: 1625133286 | ISBN-13: 9781625133281)

Hurricane!, part of the Nature’s Fury series, describes how and where hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons happen.

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Crime Fighting  (ISBN-10: 1625133316 | ISBN-13: 9781625133311)

Crime Fighting , part of The Impact of Science and Technology series, examines advancements in forensic science and explores the positive and negative aspects of using this technology to fight crime.

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Energy Sources  (ISBN-10: 1625133324 | ISBN-13: 9781625133328)

Energy Sources , part of The Impact of Science and Technology series, examines our reliance on fossil fuels and their impact on the environment; the pros and cons of nuclear energy; the debate about biofuels; harnessing energy from the Sun, wind, and water; and energy in the future, from hydrogen fuel cells to solar power from space.

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Are We Running Out of Energy?  (ISBN-10: 1625133235 | ISBN-13: 9781625133236)

Are We Running Out of Energy? , part of the Global Questionsseries, looks at the worldwide drive to produce and consume increasing amounts of energy and at its potentially catastrophic effects on the environment.

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Is Our Climate Changing?  (ISBN-10: 1625133243 | ISBN-13: 9781625133243)

Is Our Climate Changing? , part of the Global Questions series, looks at the complex issues surrounding climate change.

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What Is a Blog and How Do I Use It?  (ISBN-10: 1622750683 | ISBN-13: 9781622750689)

The widespread use of blogging today has made understanding how to read and write these online journals an essential skill for digital literacy at any age. In these pages, the ins and outs of several kinds of blogs—including political, news, and personal ones—are explained in clear terms. Content management, HyperText Markup Language (HTML) text editing, and web hosting are just a few of the topics that are simplified to guide users towards getting the most out of this cyber technology.

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What Is a Wiki and How Do I Use It?  (ISBN-10: 1622750713 | ISBN-13: 9781622750719)

This lively guide to the wiki phenomenon narrates the history of wikis, explains how they work, and projects the future of these collaborative, content-driven sites based on developments already under way. With lists of the most popular wikis, biographies of the key figures of the wiki movement, and a timeline of feature developments integrated into wikis today, readers will finish this book feeling confident in their ability to understand, use, and create a wiki on any subject. Also explained are the dangers of hacking, “edit wars,” and ways to stay protected from cyber-vandalism.

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What Is a Search Engine and How Do I Use It?  (ISBN-10: 1622750837 | ISBN-13: 9781622750832)

This handy guide to search engines allows readers to learn the tricks to using these Internet-indexing services to their maximum potential. With an informative history of the development of search engines, this book teaches readers how this essential tool for the Web has advanced in its technology for categorizing websites and then pulling them up for users at the click of a search button. From an electronic “spider” that crawls the World Wide Web looking for new web pages to the meta tags and hash codes that have come to help optimize results, this book covers the early days of Yahoo and WebCrawler through the most recent developments in search engine technology. A discussion of Cloud computing and other safety issues makes this a key read for anybody who wants to stay up on today’s issues in Internet security.

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What Is a Social Network and How Do I Use It?  (ISBN-10: 1622750772 | ISBN-13: 9781622750771)

With the continued growth of social networking as a pervasive presence in our day-to-day lives, the need is greater than ever for a guide for young readers that helps them understand their engagement with this key medium of online communication. This book breaks down the basics of social media, its benefits, and its dangers for Internet users today. By explaining the concept of networking—both on and offline—readers will learn the importance of social interaction and meaningful relationships, as well as how to safely use online communities to interact with friends and avoid cyberbullies, or “trolls.” Sidebars shed light on navigating the various social media websites mentioned within the text.

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What Is a Website and How Do I Use It?  (ISBN-10: 1622750748 | ISBN-13: 9781622750740)

Almost every day of our lives we go online and connect to websites for the news, research, or simply to socialize, but many of us may not know the history of the Internet and how web pages are made. This enlightening book takes the broad concept of the World Wide Web and makes it understandable for any reader, explaining HyperText Markup Language (HTML) tagging, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and the other design elements necessary to build and design a website. It is also packed with links to online tutorials to help any reader get started on creating their very own website.

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What Is a Database and How Do I Use It?  (ISBN-10: 1622750802 | ISBN-13: 9781622750801)

In this handbook on databases, the complex world of computer applications used for storing, managing, and accessing information is broken down in an easy-to-comprehend format. Concrete examples of physical and online databases that readers will already know coupled with explanations of how more advanced databases work will help the reader grasp digital information storage on all levels. With sidebars on topics such as Structured Query Language (SQL) and how databases are used in social media, as well as a chapter dedicated to data security, this book is certain to help young readers learn the essentials of using and understanding database technology.

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The Iraq War  (ISBN-10: 161535641X | ISBN-13: 9781615356416)

In The Iraq War, significant events that shaped the war are explored, including the background to war, the clashes over weapons inspections, the fall of Saddam Hussein, the worsening violence inside Iraq, the Iraqi elections, and the withdrawal of troops.

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The Environment: Ours to Save: Global Warming  (ISBN-10: 1615305556 | ISBN-13: 9781615305551)

Global warming, often a source of much politicization and debate, has recast international dialogue with respect to environmental responsibility and activism. While it is generally agreed that global warming can be attributed to human activity, solutions to this phenomenon are unclear and vary with each country. This thought-provoking volume examines the science behind the greenhouse effect, identifies the human role in and response to climate change, and explores the various effects of this worldwide phenomenon.

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The Environment: Ours to Save: Poisoning Planet Earth: Pollution and Other Environmental Hazards  (ISBN-10: 1615305572 | ISBN-13: 9781615305575)

Although industrialization and modernization have dramatically improved the quality of our lives, they have also largely contributed to the destruction of our natural resources by engendering waste and creating depletion through overuse. As the world's population continues to grow and consume, litter, chemicals, and a host of other harmful products overrun our land, air, and water. This intriguing volume examines the various pollutants and human activities that threaten the natural world, with a special look at deforestation and desertification.

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Energy: Past, Present, and Future: Fossil Fuels  (ISBN-10: 1615305408 | ISBN-13: 9781615305407)

Accounting for more than 90 percent of the world's energy supply, fossil fuels—coal, petroleum, and natural gas—are not an infinite resource. Formed by the lengthy decomposition of organic matter, fossil fuels are actually limited in availability. Still, nations across the globe are dependent upon the processing and utilization of these dwindling resources. Complete with maps and detailed diagrams, this volume examines the production and distribution of fossil fuels and their viability as a future energy source.

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Energy: Past, Present, and Future: Renewable and Alternative Energy  (ISBN-10: 1615305386 | ISBN-13: 9781615305384)

With growing populations across the world consuming Earth's limited oil and natural gas reserves, the environmental and economic toll of energy dependence becomes an increasingly global concern. The development of renewable forms of energy—solar, wind, water, and geothermal, to name a few—offers alternatives to fossil fuels. Consumers are embracing these new modes of energy delivery and use. This extensive volume examines the possibility of a cleaner and more energy efficient future by detailing the historic and emerging technologies behind some the most promising alternative resources.

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The Britannica Guide to Religion: Christianity: History, Belief, and Practice  (ISBN-10: 1615305424 | ISBN-13: 9781615305421)

Arguably one the greatest influences on the Western world, if not the world as a whole, the Christian faith can be described as a cultural and religious colossus for the tremendous effect it has had on the development of civilization as we know it. Although centered around the figure of Jesus of Nazareth, Christianity evolved rapidly, leading to the creation of various sects and traditions that have come to represent different peoples around the world. This compelling tome examines the philosophy, history, dogma, and socio-cultural aspects of a religion that has been found at the heart of both conflict and peace. Sidebars brim with interesting facts and stories that support the main narrative.

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The Britannica Guide to Religion: Judaism: History, Belief, and Practice  (ISBN-10: 1615305378 | ISBN-13: 9781615305377)

With a Diaspora that has spread to nearly every continent, the Judaic tradition has been an integral part of the history and development of societies the world over. As the oldest of the world's three major monotheistic religions, Judaism has survived centuries of trial and transformation, all while consistently maintaining a considerable following and identity. This comprehensive volume examines the robust spiritual and cultural heritage of this rich and complex faith as well as the lives of past and present figures whose leadership and intellectual contributions have shaped its development.

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