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Stylist of the stars and successful fashion designer, Leila Darkchylde, is on top of the world - in her professional life that is. Her love life sucks. She expected to spend another Singles Awareness Day, er, Valentine's Day alone when she receives an unexpected package. When Leila opens the giant cardboard box it is to find none other than the masochistic, bass guitarist Morg Di Morte, of the heavy metal band The Necromancers. Morg is naked and tied up with red ribbon like some kind of present. This is only the first of many strange surprises in store for Leila this crazy, topsy-turvy Valentine's Day! This is the illustrated version which contains ink drawings done by author KuroKoneko Kamen.
Metal matrix composites are making tangible inroads into the "real" world of engineering. They are used in engineering components such as brake rotors, aircraft parts, combustion engines, and heat sinks for electronic systems. Yet, outside a relatively limited circle of specialists, these materials are mostly unknown. Designers do not as a rule think of using these materials, in part because access to information is difficult as these materials have not really entered engineering handbooks. Metal Matrix Composites in Industry is thus useful to engineers who wish to gain introductory knowledge of these materials and who want to know where "to find" them. Additionally, it provides researchers and academics with a survey of current industrial activity in this area of technology.
This book addresses the background and significance of the factors potentially influencing the clinical and biological outcomes of metal-on-metal hip implants. Metal-on-metal bearings were introduced and evaluated as an alternative to other bearing couples, particularly metal-on-polyethylene, due to their enhanced wear resistance as determined in laboratory testing. Initially, reports of short-term clinical outcomes were favorable and an increasing number of metal-on-metal prostheses were implanted. Subsequently, isolated case findings describing adverse tissue responses around the articulation became the harbinger of an increasing number of reports describing pseudotumors and other significant lymphocytic-based responses associated with metal-on-metal prostheses. Questions have been raised as to whether this is an implant, design, or patient-specific response. The reasons why some patients have a negative biological response and pathology while others do not remain to be determined, but tens of thousands of patients in the US, the UK, and around the world are considered to be at risk. Leading researchers and clinicians describe the issues related to the nature of the biological and pathological responses and the protocols that should be followed to determine if an adverse response is occurring. This book is essential reading for researchers, engineers, and orthopaedic surgeons who are involved in the design, evaluation, and implantation of metal-on-metal prostheses.
Keith struggles with his intense longing to have sex with Roger, his handsome, straight roommate and good friend. Roger's suspicious, overbearing and meddling older brothers take a big interest in protecting baby brother's vulnerable ass from his horny gay roommate. Through a mixture of intimidation and life-coaching, the brothers endeavor to shift Keith's attention to a more suitable recipient by helping him find a blind date with a gay man. Trouble ensues as Keith's love life takes a number of unexpected twists and turns. Warning: this novel and the accompanying short stories include significant adult content.
Specialist Periodical Reports provide systematic and detailed review coverage of progress in the major areas of chemical research. Written by experts in their specialist fields the series creates a unique service for the active research chemist, supplying regular critical in-depth accounts of progress in particular areas of chemistry.
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