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E-Books Are Damaging Your Health: Why We Should All Start Reading Paper Books Again

Reading regular books comes with a slew of health benefits that their electronic counterparts don't have.

Research and opinion from Medical Daily.

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In Defense of Technology

As products and services advance, plenty of nostalgists believe that certain elements of humanity have been lost. One contrarian argues that being attached to one%u2019s iPhone is a godsend.

http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/11/05/andrew-ohagan-technology/?_r=0

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The digital is a place to hide

The worlds that went paperless first were not, it turns out, those designed to make a more open world. Rather, they were, without exception, communities deeply invested in the control of information. They wanted information to be under their control more than they cared about its circulation on your behalf. Amid all our optimism about what digitization can do, this seems like an origin story to remember.

http://blogs.ssrc.org/tif/2015/01/07/the-digital-is-a-place-to-hide/

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L.A. Traffic Sign Is Hacked to Say "Read a Fucking Book"

L.A. TRAFFIC SIGN IS HACKED TO SAY "READ A F%u2014%u2014ING BOOK"

One can only assume it was a librarian :-)

http://www.laweekly.com/news/la-traffic-sign-is-hacked-to-say-read-a-f-ing-book-photos-5331670

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For Sale: "Your Name Here" in a Prestigious Science Journal - Scientific American

Despite his vigilance, however, signs of possible research misconduct have crept into some articles published in Diagnostic Pathology. Six of the 14 articles in the May 2014 issue, for instance, contain suspicious repetitions of phrases and other irregularities. When Scientific American informed Kayser, he was apparently unaware of the problem. "Nobody told this to me," he says. "I'm very grateful to you."

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/for-sale-your-name-here-in-a-prestigious-science-j...

The Internet of Things Plan To Make Libraries and Museums Awesomer

The new tech arrives at a tranistional time for cultural institutions. As technology has advanced, it%u2019s changed why people visit libraries and museums. In the wake of the Great Recession, just as many people used libraries for free computer and Internet access as they did to borrow books.
http://www.fastcompany.com/3040451/elasticity/the-internet-of-things-plan-to-make-libraries-...

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School libraries shelve tradition to create new learning spaces

You might think technology would spell the end of books and libraries. But many schools have embraced the digital revolution and built innovative spaces that foster a love of literature

http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2015/jan/08/school-libraries-books-students-techn...

What is a library?

While watching dozens of teenagers decked out in parrot masks and Bugs Bunny costumes dancing, jumping, and spinning on rolling chairs across the frame, anyone is likely to wonder: This was allowed in a library? And upon entering the space where the clip was filmed, many people do ask: Thisis a library? Aside from a few small shelves of test-prep materials, this 3,000-square-foot room holds no books.

http://theweek.com/article/index/266208/what-is-a-library

What Does It Mean That James Bond's In the Public Domain In Canada?

io9 looks at the copyright status of James Bond:

"On January 1st, 2015, the works of Ian Fleming entered the public domain in a number of countries. That means that the character of James Bond is no longer copyrighted in those countries, just like Sherlock Holmes has been for a while. But it doesn't mean that it's suddenly open season on that character.

But why now and what exactly does it mean?"

What Was Found Inside the Oldest American Time Capsule

To the delight of historians, an x-ray performed last month suggested that the enclosed materials%u2014thought to include paper and coins%u2014were intact.
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-was-found-inside-oldest-american-time-capsule-...

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Wanna Skype with An Iditarod Musher?

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Karen Land, writer, oral historian, public speaker, and three-time participant in the 1,150-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race across Alaska will be Skyping/Zooming with students across the globe this Winter/Spring 2015. E-mail [email protected] for more information and to set up a date! (the Iditarod starts March 7, 2015)

DSHR's Blog: Stretching the "peer reviewed" brand until it snaps

I'm much less optimistic. These recent examples, while egregious, are merely a continuation of a trend publishers themselves started many years ago of stretching the "peer reviewed" brand by proliferating journals. If your role is to act as a gatekeeper for the literature database, you better be good at being a gatekeeper. Opening the gate so wide that anything can get published somewhere is not being a good gatekeeper.
http://blog.dshr.org/2015/01/stretching-peer-reviewed-brand-until-it.html?m=1

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Q&A: One Million Preprints and Counting

Today (December 29), the preprint server clocked its one-millionth upload. In anticipation of this milestone, The Scientist spoke with ArXiv founder Paul Ginsparg of Cornell University about sharing data, peer review, and what%u2019s next for the resource.

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The Future of Libraries Has Little to Do with Books

In a digital age that has left book publishers reeling, libraries in the world’s major cities seem poised for a comeback, though it’s one that has very little to do with books. The Independent Library Report—published in December by the U.K.’s Department for Culture, Media, and Sport—found that libraries across the nation are re-inventing themselves by increasingly becoming “vibrant and attractive community hubs,” focusing on the “need to create digital literacy—and in an ideal world, digital fluency.”

http://magazine.good.is/articles/public-libraries-reimagined

Blogging changes the nature of academic research, not just how it is communicated

Patrick-Dunleavy-thumb1Academic blogging gets your work and research out to a potentially massive audience at very, very low cost and relative amount of effort. Patrick Dunleavy argues blogging and tweeting from multi-author blogs especially is a great way to build knowledge of your work, to grow readership of useful articles and research reports, to build up citations, and to foster debate across academia, government, civil society and the public in general.
http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2014/12/28/shorter-better-faster-free/

Watership Down author Richard Adams: I just can't do humans

Watership Down, a story Richard Adams made up to scare his kids in the car, was rejected seven times before it became a classic. As a new illustrated edition is published, the author tells Alison Flood why he loves making children wince and weep

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jan/04/richard-adams-watership-down-interview

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What We Lose if We Lose the Canon - The Chronicle Review

http://chronicle.com/article/What-We-Lose-if-We-Lose-the/150991/

On the other hand, once the present began to seem divorced from the past, modern writers felt they knew more than had their ancestors, and to distinguish themselves from both the ancients and their own contemporaries, they had to write works unbeholden to previous efforts. In Edward Young’s Conjectures on Original Composition (1759), we find the notion that "the first ancients had no merit in being originals; they could not be imitators. Modern writers have a choice to make and therefore have a merit in their power."

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Writers Say They Feel Censored by Surveillance - NYTimes.com

A survey of writers around the world by the PEN American Center has found that a significant majority said they were deeply concerned with government surveillance, with many reporting that they have avoided, or have considered avoiding, controversial topics in their work or in personal communications as a result.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/05/arts/writers-say-they-feel-censored-by-surveillance.html?_r=1

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Using the book: an introduction | Using the medieval book | Khan Academy

More extensive notes were sometimes written on tiny paper or parchment slips like the one seen here. Students are known to have used them to take down notes in the classroom or when they were studying a text at home. Few of them survive today. Not only were they easy to lose, but many of them were actually thrown out, similar to the fate of our modern day "sticky notes." In some manuscripts they survive because they were tucked in between the pages, as seen here.
https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/medieval-world/medieval-book/using-medieval-book/a/us...

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Trouble often shatters hush of local libraries - Toledo Blade

http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2015/01/04/Trouble-often-shatters-hush-of-local-libraries.html
A review of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library’s security reports from 2012 through the end of last year detailed nearly 1,000 incidents a year, including criminal activity, theft, vandalism, disturbances, and sexual misconduct inside the county’s public libraries.

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