Thursday, September 22, 2011

Falling Satellite Catches Popular Imagination

Read more about it here.

William Gumede

Gumede is a prominent political biographer who recently began writing children's books. He is part of a chorus of writers and educators who are wondering how South Africa can attain its dream of a successful multiracial democracy if great swaths of the population don't read books.   Read more at the link:

Monday, September 19, 2011

Music education blogs

A   list of 15 music education blogs.  Check it out here.

Gamers succeed where scientists fail

Gamers have solved the structure of a retrovirus enzyme whose configuration had stumped scientists for more than a decade. The gamers achieved their discovery by playing Foldit, an online game that allows players to collaborate and compete in predicting the structure of protein molecules.

For materials the LRC has click here.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Tatooine Like Planet Discovered?

A planet orbiting a dual star system is just like the dusty 'Star Wars' home world of Luke Skywalker, according to a research team from Carnegie Mellon. And while many planets have been suspected of having two suns, this newfound planet is the first “circumbinary" planet confirmed by astronomers. READ MORE HERE.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Remembering Tupac Shakur 15 years later L.A. Times MusicBlog

Fifteen years ago today, prolific rapper Tupac Shakur died at age 25 due to complications after a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.   READ more by clicking here

His slaying, like that of peer Christopher Wallace (a.k.a. Notorious B.I.G.), remains unsolved. Over the last 15 years, theories about who gunned down the two have been debated by everyone from law enforcement and scholars to journalists and fans.

Check here for materials the LRC has on Tupac.

What do you think?

Doug Archer thinks twice before he Googles.
Archer, a reference and peace studies librarian at the University of Notre Dame, is careful not to type potentially inflammatory words, such as "bomb."    Why? Because he knows the government might be watching.     The Patriot Act, which was passed in the weeks following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, authorizes the government to monitor which library books people check out and what they search for on the Internet.       Ten years later, Archer and a group of librarians continue to fight for changes to that controversial law, which they say is unconstitutional.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Information on Cyberbullying added to Open Access Resources

According to the National Crime Prevention Council, 43% of teens have been the victims of cyberbullying in the past year.
To help parents, educators, and others better understand, prevent, and take action against this growing concern, ebrary is subsidizing a collection of e-books on cyberbullying. Additionally, ebrary employees have uploaded a number of government documents from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, U.S. Department of Justice, and other organizations.  READ IT HERE

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Newsbank Special Reports--LRC Database

September Topics and Monthly Themes
September 11, 2001 – 10th Anniversary
Natural Disasters
Celebrating Constitution Day, September 17
National Hispanic Heritage Month
World Politics and Government
World Economics
Additional featured Reports covering current issues and events
Conflict and Terrorism
World Health
World Environment
U.S. Presidential Election of 2012
Issues in the News

German painter Gerhard Richter tackles the hardest subject: that which no longer exists.

Making art about 9/11 is the ultimate challenge for any artist. How do you take such an utterly iconic image and push it beyond cliché? How do you say anything at all about the attack without veering into either bellowing banality or genteel understatement? In his painting titled simply September, Gerhard Richter, possibly the last of the great painters, may have found answers.


GameStop to start Sellling IPhone, ipad....

Boutique video game retailer GameStop is looking to mobile hardware to expand its business, a new report claims.
According to Apple blog 9to5Mac, GameStop told dealers at a trade show in Las Vegas recently that it will start selling iOS-based devices in its stores. The company reportedly said that it will sell the iPad, iPhone, and iPod to customers across its stores.
GameStop has slowly marched toward the sale of iOS-based devices. Earlier this year, the company started offering a trade-in program on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod in a select number of stores. The company's president, Tony Bartel, told Gamasutra in an interview earlier this year that it planned to offer a nationwide trade-in program for Apple's products later in 2011.   Read more here.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Reference Resources for the Budding Know-It-All

Software developers have not found a way to load an entire reference library onto your phone or tablet, and, alas, the O.E.D. doesn’t exist for mobile users. But you can get by with Britannica Concise Encyclopedia 2011 ($20 on Android and Apple), Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary ($25 on Apple and Android) and The World by National Geographic ($4 for the iPad).READ MORE HERE  :)