Download Walking with Abel by Anna Badkhen (.ePUB)

Walking with Abel: Journeys with the Nomads of the African Savannah by Anna Badkhen
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Overview: Named a Top Summer Reading Pick by the Los Angeles Times, Playboy, Esquire, Christian Science Monitor, Vol 1. Brooklyn, BBC.com, and Mental Floss

An intrepid journalist joins the planet’s largest group of nomads on an annual migration that, like them, has endured for centuries.

Anna Badkhen has forged a career chronicling life in extremis around the world, from war-torn Afghanistan to the border regions of the American Southwest. In Walking with Abel, she embeds herself with a family of Fulani cowboys—nomadic herders in Mali’s Sahel grasslands—as they embark on their annual migration across the savanna. It’s a cycle that connects the Fulani to their past even as their present is increasingly under threat—from Islamic militants, climate change, and the ever-encroaching urbanization that lures away their young. The Fulani, though, are no strangers to uncertainty—brilliantly resourceful and resilient, they’ve contended with famines, droughts, and wars for centuries.

Dubbed “Anna Ba” by the nomads, who embrace her as one of theirs, Badkhen narrates the Fulani’s journeys and her own with compassion and keen observation, transporting us from the Neolithic Sahara crisscrossed by rivers and abundant with wildlife to obelisk forests where the Fulani’s Stone Age ancestors painted tributes to cattle. As they cross the Sahel, the savanna belt that stretches from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic, they accompany themselves with Fulani music they download to their cell phones and tales of herders and hustlers, griots and holy men, infused with the myths the Fulani tell themselves to ground their past, make sense of their identity, and safeguard their—our—future.
Genre: Non-Fiction, Biographies/Memoirs

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Lighter Than Air Robots: Guidance and Control of Autonomous Airships by Yasmina Bestaoui Sebbane
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Overview: An aerial robot is a system capable of sustained flight with no direct human control and able to perform a specific task. A lighter than air robot is an aerial robot that relies on the static lift to balance its own weight. It can also be defined as a lighter than air unmanned aerial vehicle or an unmanned airship with sufficient autonomy. Lighter than air systems are particularly appealing since the energy to keep them airborne is small. They are increasingly considered for various tasks such as monitoring, surveillance, advertising, freight carrier, transportation.

This book familiarizes readers with a hierarchical decoupled planning and control strategy that has been proven efficient through research. It is made up of a hierarchy of modules with well defined functions operating at a variety of rates, linked together from top to bottom. The outer loop, closed periodically, consists of a discrete search that produces a set of waypoints leading to the goal while avoiding obstacles and weighed regions. The second level smoothes this set so that the generated paths are feasible given the vehicle’s velocity and accelerations limits. The third level generates flyable, timed trajectories and the last one is the tracking controller that attempts to minimize the error between the robot measured trajectory and the reference trajectory.

This hierarchy is reflected in the structure and content of the book. Topics treated are: Modelling, Flight Planning, Trajectory Design and Control. Finally, some actual projects are described in the appendix. This volume will prove useful for researchers and practitioners working in Robotics and Automation, Aerospace Technology, Control and Artificial Intelligence.
Genre: Non Fiction, tech

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Download What He Wants by Tory Richards (.ePUB)

What He Wants by Tory Richards (Book 3 after Phantom Riders MC-Hawk and No Mercy)
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Overview: Big John is the club enforcer. He’s big and scary and he sets his sights on Daisy the instant he locks eyes on the curvy beauty.
Daisy’s the new girl in town. She’s grown strong and independent since leaving an abusive marriage, but nothing prepares her for the hulking, sexy biker who wants to claim her when trouble comes calling!
Genre: Erotic Romance

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Download Introduction to UAV Systems by Paul Fahlstrom (.PDF)

Introduction to UAV Systems by Paul Fahlstrom, Thomas Gleason
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Overview: Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been widely adopted in the military world over the last decade and the success of these military applications is increasingly driving efforts to establish unmanned aircraft in non-military roles.

Introduction to UAV Systems, 4th edition provides a comprehensive introduction to all of the elements of a complete Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). It addresses the air vehicle, mission planning and control, several types of mission payloads, data links and how they interact with mission performance, and launch and recovery concepts. This book provides enough information to encourage a student to learn more; to provide a specialist with a basic appreciation of the technical issues that drive other parts of the system and interact with their specialty; or to help a program manager understand system-level tradeoffs and know what questions to ask.

Key features:

Comprehensive overview of all elements of a UAS and of how they interact.
Introduces the underlying concepts of key subsystems.
Emphasizes system-integration issues and how they relate to subsystem design choices.
Practical discussion of issues informed by lessons learned in UAV programs.
Introduction to UAV Systems, 4th edition is written both for newcomers to the subject and for experienced members of the UAV community who desire a comprehensive overview at the system level.

As well as being a primary text for an introductory course on UAS or a supplementary text in a course that goes into more depth in one of the individual technologies involved in a UAS, this book is a useful overview for practicing engineers, researchers, managers, and consultants interested in UAV systems.
Genre: Non Fiction | Military | Technical

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Download International New York Times – 21 April 2017 (.PDF)

International New York Times – 21 April 2017
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Overview: The International New York Times is an English language international newspaper. It combines the resources of its own correspondents with those of The New York Times and is printed at 38 sites throughout the world, for sale in more than 160 countries and territories. Based in Paris since 1887, the newspaper is part of The New York Times Company.
Genre: Newspaper

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Download Foreign Affairs – May-June 2017 (.PDF)

Foreign Affairs – May/June 2017, Volume 96, Number 3
Requirements: Any PDF Reader, 29.07 MB
Overview: The leading publication on U.S. foreign policy and global affairs. Since 1922, Foreign Affairs has been the leading forum for serious discussion of American foreign policy. Subscribers from across the political spectrum consider each 200-page issue a must read for its incisive coverage of global affairs. "Foreign Affairs is the bible of foreign policy thinking.
Genre: Magazine

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Download The Independent – 21 April 2017 (.PDF)

The Independent – 21 April 2017
Requirements: PDF reader, Size: 14 MB
Overview: The Independent is a British national morning newspaper published in London by Independent Print Limited. Nicknamed the Indy, it was launched in 1986 and is one of the youngest UK national daily newspapers. The Independent is regarded as coming from the centre-left, on culture and politics, but tends to take a more pro-market stance on economic issues.
Genre: Newspaper

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Download Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth by Audrey Truschke (.ePUB)

Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth by Audrey Truschke
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Overview: The Mughal emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir is one of the most hated men in Indian history. Widely reviled as a religious fanatic who sought to violently oppress Hindus, he is even blamed by some for setting into motion conflicts that would result in the creation of a separate Muslim state in South Asia. In her lively overview of his life and influence, Audrey Truschke offers a clear-eyed perspective on the public debate over Aurangzeb and makes the case for why his often-maligned legacy deserves to be reassessed. Aurangzeb was arguably the most powerful and wealthiest ruler of his day. His nearly 50-year reign (1658–1707) had a profound influence on the political landscape of early modern India, and his legacy—real and imagined—continues to loom large in India and Pakistan today. Truschke evaluates Aurangzeb not by modern standards but according to the traditions and values of his own time, painting a picture of Aurangzeb as a complex figure whose relationship to Islam was dynamic, strategic, and sometimes contradictory. This book invites students of South Asian history and religion into the world of the Mughal Empire, framing the contemporary debate on Aurangzeb’s impact and legacy in accessible and engaging terms.
Genre: Non-Fiction | History | Biography

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Download Daily Star – 21 April 2017 (.PDF)

Daily Star – 21 April 2017
Requirements: PDF Reader, 20 MB
Overview: The Daily Star is a popular daily tabloid newspaper published in the United Kingdom. The paper predominantly focuses on stories largely revolving around celebrities, sport, and news and gossip about popular television programmes, such as soap operas and reality TV shows.
Genre: Newspaper

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