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Top 5 reads of December 2020

2020 tested our resilience, forcing the world to change and for most of us, change how we live and work. As we enter 2021, many of us ask, what will the post-pandemic normal look like? How will we build a better future? 

At Zendy, we know that our users are working hard, reading up on the latest developments and research, to come up with great ideas and smart solutions! What were our users reading in December? 

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1) Antitrust Law and Economics (e-Book)

This comprehensive e-book provides a broad overview of the major topics of antitrust law from an economic perspective. It contains ten in-depth papers on antitrust law and economics, covering issues such as predatory pricing, essential facilities, tying, vertical restraints, enforcement, mergers, market power, and facilitating practices. 

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/21064

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2) Development of Science and Technology of Food Resources (e-Book)

Wenbiao Wu’s e-book provides extensive insights into the science and technology of sustainable food resources. It is the perfect resource for farmers, food production enterprises, and government administrators involved in making food policies or scientists interested in developing sustainable food resources and their production systems.

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/21065

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3) Acetaminophen: Properties, Clinical Uses and Adverse Effects (e-Book) 

This e-book presents current research around the properties, clinical uses and adverse effects of acetaminophen, commonly known as paracetamol. Can sesame oil treat acetaminophen-overdose-associated liver injuries and paracetamol use in the elderly? Which methods can be used to remove acetaminophen from water supplies? 

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/21066

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4) The E-Society (e-Book)

What is an e-society? In her e-book, Becky Loo guides us through the technical and social complexities of an e-society which she describes as “the pervasive influence of advanced technologies in microelectronics, informatics and telecommunications on people’s mindsets and lifestyles.” How are digital technologies invading our personal lives?  

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/21067

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5) Steam Generators: Design, Types and Applications (e-Book) 

Interested in the development of novel fast-neutron reactors? Or perhaps you want to learn more about heavy liquid metal coolants? This e-book presents a wide range of research on steam generators including its structural designs, advances in modelling and simulation, transport reactor plants and corrosion performances. 

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/21068

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Top 5 reads of November 2020

It’s almost the end of the year! It has been an unusual year and we can’t wait to see what next year brings. But let’s not worry about that right now. Instead, let’s revel in an exciting collection of e-books and articles to get us ready for the new year! 

Here are Zendy’s top 5 downloaded reads in November:

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1) Romanticism (e-Book)

In Catherine Corman’s latest e-book, she provides a fresh collection of poems inspired from the memoirs, letters and diaries of Martha Graham, Anaïs Nin, Marguerite Duras, Billie Holiday and Diane Arbus. Accompanied by photographs that trace their lives, Corman brings life to the words of these five bold women. 

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/21045

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2) August Wilson: Completing the Twentieth-Century Cycle (e-Book)

August Wilson was an American playwright who chronicled the African-American experience in the 20th century. This e-book is the first volume devoted to Wilson’s last five plays: Jitney, Seven Guitars, King Hedley II, Gem of the Ocean, and Radio Golf. It contains an extensive and diverse array of discussions from leading Wilson scholars and literary critics. 

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3) The Netflix Effect: Technology and Entertainment in the 21st Century (e-Book)

Over the past decade, streaming services such as Netflix have shaped how we engage with media. This e-book provides insightful essays by academics from a range of disciplines, discussing Netflix’s effects on technology, entertainment, industry, and society. Ranging from politics to economics to technology, this is a valuable resource for those navigating the media industry. 

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/21047

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4) Achievements and Solutions in Mechanical Engineering (e-Book)

Interested in robotics and mechatronics? Or perhaps you want to learn more about 3D printing? This e-book presents recent research that aims to improve theoretical and practical activities in the field of mechanical engineering. This research is based on the peer reviewed papers presented at the 4th International Conference of Mechanical Engineering in Romania. 

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/21063

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5) Highly Selective Oxidation of Carbohydrates in an Efficient Electrochemical Energy Converter: Cogenerating Organic Electrosynthesis (Journal article) 

Energy converters are used to supply stationary and mobile devices with minimum environmental impact. This article proposes an approach to make catalysts that can convert carbohydrates into chemicals selectively and produce electrical power and recoverable heat.

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Top 5 reads of October 2020

Whether you’re curious about renewable energy engineering or interested in progressing into a healthcare management role, Zendy has something for everyone! We’re always looking for our next great read – so what are the best e-books and journal articles to dive into? To lend a hand, every month, we share the top 5 downloaded resources on Zendy. 

Here are Zendy’s top 5 downloaded reads in October:

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1) Education and Social Media: Toward a Digital Future (e-Book)

In this e-book, leading scholars from education, law, communications, sociology, and cultural studies explore the digital transformation taking place in a variety of educational contexts. It examines such topics as social media usage in schools, online youth communities, and distance learning in developing countries. How are popular social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram transforming how teachers teach? What controversies surround the integration of social media in students’ lives?

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/20938

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2) Renewable Energy Engineering: Solar, Wind, Biomass, Hydrogen and Geothermal Energy Systems (e-Book)

Researchers and politicians around the world agree that renewable energy technologies will play an increasingly important role in strengthening national economies in the future. This e-book examines recent advances in specific renewable energy systems. From solar energy systems to thermal energy storage, readers will be able to broaden their understanding of complex renewable energy projects. How will the renewable energy industry impact power capacity in the future? 

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/20939

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3) Nutrition Through the Life Cycle (e-Book)

‘Nutrition Through the Life Cycle’ summarises what is known about the relationship between diet and health at different points in the life cycle, and the nutritional requirements of individuals of different ages. Filled with resources to guide the study of nutrition, this e-book also uses current research to explain the nutritional foundations necessary for the growth, development and normal functioning of individuals at each stage of their life span.

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/20940

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4) Novel and Potent Inhibitors Targeting DHODH are Broad-Spectrum Antivirals against RNA Viruses including Newly-Emerged Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (Journal article)

Emerging and re-emerging RNA viruses occasionally cause epidemics and pandemics worldwide, such as the ongoing outbreak of the novel coronavirus. This journal article discusses two inhibitors of human DHODH, S312 and S416, with favourable drug-likeness and pharmacokinetic profiles. Which viruses did these inhibitors show antiviral effects against? Was it effective against the coronavirus? 

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/21069

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5) The Global Healthcare Manager: Competencies, Concepts, and Skills (e-Book)

Interested in healthcare management and leadership? This e-book provides a comprehensive overview of healthcare management and leadership in a global context, with real-world perspectives from a broad range of countries, cultures, and delivery settings. Written for both students and practitioners, this e-book incorporates examples, case studies, exercises and guidelines to reinforce key concepts. 

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/20941

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Top 5 reads of September 2020

The usual back-to-school season that September brings has been in flux this year!

With the future being so uncertain, now is an excellent time to spend a few hours with a compelling new read. Whether you’re looking to learn something new, or just to stay distracted during these strange times, here are Zendy’s top 5 downloaded articles and e-books in September: 

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1) MRI: The Basics (e-Book)

‘MRI: The Basics’ offers an excellent introduction to the physics behind MR imaging. It covers everything from basic principles and key math concepts to more advanced topics, including the latest MR techniques and optimum image creation. With hundreds of high-quality illustrations, board-style questions and answers, legible equations, and instructive diagrams, this e-book takes you from the basics of MR physics through current applications.

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/21070

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2) Bullet Points in ENT: Postgraduate and Exit Exam Preparation (e-Book)

This e-book is a complete guide for postgraduate and exit exam candidates studying otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. It covers the full range of topics in the modern ENT syllabus in bite-sized chapters so that trainees can easily learn and retain key information. It also offers a valuable overview of otolaryngology for trainees specialised in plastic surgery, audiology and speech-language pathology.

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/21071

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3) Self Development for Early Years Managers (e-Book)

Interested in early years management? This e-book is a must-have for students, assessors and nursery nurses with an interest in career development into management. Tracking the career development of a nursery nurse into a managerial role, this e-book offers advice on what is expected in a managerial role, whilst also providing case-studies to challenge readers to develop their own views. 

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/21072

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4) Common Challenges for Instructors in Large Online Courses: Strategies to Mitigate Student and Instructor Frustration (Journal article)

It is no surprise that the number of students enrolling in online courses has grown substantially recently. Using examples from large online classes and the existing research on best practices in online education, this article discusses the common challenges instructors of high-enrolment online courses (70+ students) are facing. How can we minimise these challenges and increase instructional effectiveness? 

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/13467

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5) British Cultural Studies: An Introduction (e-Book)

In his e-book, Graeme Turner provides an exciting introduction to the body of communications theory known as British cultural studies. Beginning with a history of cultural studies, Turner transforms a complex field into coherent knowledge. He explores central themes like language, semiotics, Marxism and ideology, individualism, subjectivity and discourse and raises new questions about citizenship, consumerism, identity and politics. 

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Top 5 reads of August 2020

It’s the start of the new academic year!

Looking for cutting-edge research to advance in your field of study? Zendy is a huge library equipped with an exciting range of resources. Whether you’re looking to uncover the secrets behind wildlife behaviour, or curious about the history of electrical engineering – Zendy has it all!

Here are Zendy’s top 5 reads in August. Ready to dive in?

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1) Biotechnology: Health, Food, Energy and Environment Applications (e-Book)

Are you interested in exploring novel ideas or innovative solutions? At its simplest, biotechnology is all about harnessing nature’s processes to develop new technologies and products that help improve our lives and the health of our planet. Peering behind the scenes, this e-book explores the multiple products and processes hidden in the rich genome of microbes, plants and animals.

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/21074

2) Design and Technology (e-Book)

Teaching design and technology? This is the perfect resource for teachers who are looking to teach their students more about designing and technical principles and a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. It also provides teaching and practical guidance, including lesson plans, and strategies to help teachers deliver the specification. 

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3) Quantitative and Qualitative Response of Wheat to Pseudomonas Fluorescens Rhizobacteria Application (Journal article)

Rhizobacteria have been used to increase the growth, yield, and stress tolerance of crop plants. This study investigated the effect of pseudomonas fluorescens rhizobacteria on the yield components, grain quality and nutritional elements in wheat and soil. What was the effect of rhizobacteria on soil productivity? Was there a significant difference in the nutritional quality of the grains? 

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4) Museum Movies: The Museum of Modern Art and the Birth of Art Cinema (e-Book)

Interested in film historiography? In her e-book, Haidee Wasson provides a rich cultural history of the cinema’s transformation from a passing amusement to an enduring art form. Wasson reveals how New York’s Museum of Modern Art played a significant role in transforming film culture during the interwar years. Why do people watch old films? What is a film museum?

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/21077

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5) Corporate Debt Maturity and Acquisition Decisions (Journal article)

Looking to learn more about corporate debt? This article provides an empirical analysis of the effects of corporate debt maturity on firms’ acquisition decisions. What is the relationship between debt maturity and acquisition propensity? How does the dispersion of debt maturities impact capital structures?

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Top 5 downloaded articles of July 2020

Are you looking to open your mind and expand your knowledge? This month, dive into the world of health policy; uncover the impact of sewage sludge; explore the relationship between flow and your emotions; discover the benefits of fungus and go behind the scenes of SMS spam! Here are Zendy’s top 5 downloaded articles and e-books in July:

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1) Introduction to Health Policy

Are you interested in health policymaking, critical health policy issues, or international perspectives on health policy? In his recent e-book, Leiyu Shi takes a unique perspective by integrating all these topics into this one of a kind e-book. Drawing on real-world cases and examples to reinforce theories and concepts, this is your go-to resource for a comprehensive and refreshing introduction to health policy. 

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/21083

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2) Sewage Sludge: Assessment, Treatment and Environmental Impact

What is sewage sludge, you ask? We asked ourselves this exact question! Sewage sludge is the product resulting from wastewater treatment plants and aquaculture systems. With insights from experts, this comprehensive e-book presents an assessment of the impact of sewage sludge on the environment and the various treatment options for converting the sludge into useful resources.

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/21084

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3) Flow in the Health Sciences for Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

In his e-book, Kazuki Hirao explores the connection between flow (or the mental state of becoming fully immersed in an activity) with a diverse range of physical and mental conditions. Through a critical discussion of recent clinical research, Hirao outlines the relationships between flow and emotional issues such as guilt, shyness, stress, and optimism. What are the health benefits associated with flow?

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/21085

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4) Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungus Improves Rhizobium–Glycyrrhiza Seedling Symbiosis under Drought Stress

Did you know that arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus can create a symbiotic relationship between a plant and a fungus so that both organisms benefit from the interaction? Liquorice plants are widely used as medicinal herbs or supplements. However, drought stress and nutrient deficiency often limit the growth and production of liquorice seedling cultivation. Can mycorrhizae fungus potentially alleviate the abiotic stress on liquorice?

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/10412

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5) A Prototype Scalable System for Secured Bulk SMS Delivery on Mobile Networks

Recently, there has been a rise in cyber criminals who are deceiving mobile users to part with access codes and other personal information. In a study, a prototype scam detector was developed that could automatically scan through SMS messages and determine whether they are spam or not and then take necessary actions. How successful was the scam detector? 

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Top 5 downloaded articles of June 2020

Summer 2020 will look different for most of us: no shoulder to shoulder at a crowded concert or flying on a tightly packed aeroplane! But not everything has to be different. One beloved summer pastime remains as available and accessible, and that’s summer reading! Why not use this time to expand your mind with the top downloaded e-books and articles by our Zendy users?

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1) Jane Austen: Emma

Possibly one of the most beloved of Austen’s six novels next to ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘Emma’ is a book entirely dominated by the personality of its eponymous heroine. Although we may all be in love with Mr. Darcy first and foremost, we all want to be Emma! This e-book offers a close reading of the text, setting it in the context of Jane Austen’s life, times and literary heritage.

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2) Translating research findings in genetics of learning disabilities to special education instruction

Over the past few years, a remarkable shift has taken place in the role of genetics in special education. This study outlines advances in our understanding of genetic influences on learning disabilities. Although learning disabilities are highly genetic, do environmental factors play an important role? What misunderstandings about the gene-environment correlation exist in special education? 

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/5530

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3) Team leadership: Theories, tools and techniques

Wondering how your team can be more productive and efficient? Then ‘Team Leadership’ is the e-book for you! It brings together theories and research on team development, team functioning, managing teams, team growth and more. What tools and techniques can be used to raise the performance levels of teams and help them to function optimally? 

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/21087

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4) A nurse’s step by-step guide to writing a dissertation or scholarly project

Feeling overwhelmed by the mere thought of writing your dissertation or scholarly project? Wondering how to begin and where to find the time? You are not alone! Earning your advanced degree is an extraordinary accomplishment, but completing those final stages can be a daunting task. Packed with practical steps and tools, this e-book will help you plan, document, organise, and write your dissertation or scholarly project.

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/21088

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5) Energy efficient design optimisation of a bioclimatic house

This study aimed to find the most efficient and low cost of solutions to reduce the energy consumption of a busy house in Algeria, while guaranteeing thermal comfort. How can we optimise energy efficiency and carbon emissions during building design? Is there a possible solution for retrofitting a building to minimise its energy consumption? 

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/8561

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Top 5 downloaded articles of May 2020

Want to spice up your to be read (TBR) with some exciting articles and e-books? Whether you’re looking for your next great idea or read, you’re in luck, because here are the top downloaded articles in May by our Zendy Plus users: 

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1) Skin: A natural history 

Given the importance of our skin and the functions it performs; it is striking that relatively few scientists study its evolution. This e-book begins with a look at the skin’s structure and functions and then tours its evolution, delving into such topics as the importance of touch and how the skin reflects and affects emotions.

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/21089

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2) Hollywood is everywhere: Global directors in the blockbuster era 

Today, as the film industry is ever more global, the people who make blockbuster movies seemingly reflect this tradition, hailing from many countries across the world. This e-book offers a scrupulously detailed discussion of the transnationalisation of Hollywood and the histories and geographies of its global directors. 

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3) Adsorption technology and design 

Adsorption is of considerable industrial importance and is a major part of many different processes throughout the chemical and process industries. The aim of this e-book is to provide all those involved in designing and running adsorption processes with a straightforward guide to the essentials of adsorption technology and design.

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4) Literature – a mode to improve critical thinking skills

Critical thinking plays a major role in the new knowledge era and one of the most efficient ways of improving critical thinking skills is through reading literature. Using Toro Dutt’s “The Lotus” poem, this paper focuses on how reading a literary text can enhance thinking skills.

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5) The Paradox of Plenty: Oil booms and petro-states

“The Paradox of Plenty” explains why, in the midst of two massive oil booms in the 1970s, oil-exporting governments as different as Venezuela, Iran, Nigeria, Algeria, and Indonesia chose common development paths and suffered similar outcomes.

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Top 5 downloaded articles of April 2020

Are you looking for page-turning, conversation-starting academic literature? No matter what kind of scholarly articles and books tickle your fancy, you’ll find plenty to choose from on Zendy! Here are April’s top downloaded articles and eBooks by our Zendy Plus users: 

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1) Botulinum neurotoxin for head and neck disorders

This eBook offers otolaryngologists, neurologists, pain specialists, and others a guide to the management of motor, sensory and autonomic disorders of the head and neck region with botulinum neurotoxin. It covers treatment methods for conditions ranging from hyper-functional motor disorders to afferent pain disorders.

Continue reading here: https://app.zendy.io/title/20942

2) Beyond Silicon Valley: How start-ups succeed in unlikely places

Technology start-ups typically become successful by using injections of capital to grow as rapidly as possible and tolerating high risk in a rush for market domination. Entrepreneurs far from superstar innovation cities demonstrate that start-ups can achieve outsize success by following a different path. Wondering what path that would be? 

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3) New media language

“New Media Language” is an essential read, bringing leading media figures and scholars together to debate the shifting relations between today’s media and contemporary language. This eBook investigates how developments in world media have affected, and been affected by language.

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4) Advertising culture and translation: From colonial to global

This eBook is a comprehensive study combining and integrating advertising, culture and translation within the framework of colonial, postcolonial studies, and globalisation. It addresses several issues evident in two relatively young disciplines, as a result of decades of research and teaching in university courses. 

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5) The uncanny and the fairy tale in Kubrick’s The Shining

The “Literature Film Quarterly” is the longest-standing journal of international adaptation studies. This article takes a psychoanalytical approach to discuss the tensions between father, mother, and child in the motion picture “The Shining,” directed by Stanley Kubrick. It also explores the Freudian concepts which are present in the film.

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