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PAS Hitting the Road versus Social Media

An exchange on an Internet near you:Digger Dan ?@MetalDetectorUK Mar 21 Facebook needs an ambassador from @findsorguk to encourage people to report finds! I daily see amazing items being posted! 1 retweet 0 favourites and the response:...Show More Summary

Hopeful Hand-Embroidered Christmas Cards, Sent Home From the Front During WWI 

The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. A recent post on the photo blog The Passion of Former Days alerted...Show More Summary

The Next Big Obamacare Case?

Ilya Shapiro Medicaid, the entitlement program for low-income Americans jointly funded by the state and federal government, represents about 25 percent of state budgets. Federal funding represents more than half (57 percent) of thatShow More Summary

UNESCO calls for the protection of cultural heritage in Yemen

The old city of Sana’a. Photo: UNESCO/Maria Gropa The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) urged combatants not to neglect the protection of Yemen’s cultural heritage in the wake of the human tragedy...Show More Summary

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #174

The Week That Was: 2015-03-28 (March 28, 2015) Brought to You by SEPP ( The Science and Environmental Policy Project   SEPP’S APRIL FOOLS AWARD THE JACKSON SEPP is conducting its annual vote for the recipient of the coveted trophy, The Jackson, a lump of coal. Readers are asked to nominate and vote for who … … Continue reading ?

The Id of the Squid

Does the squid consider with only revulsion The prospect of sex under jet propulsion? Or does he think it all slightly spectacular, This flying embrace so tightly tentacular? Or perhaps he is shy, so he cleverly thinks, “Any loving we do will be hid by our inks.” But when they embrace, whether flying or hid, […]

Dumbwatches, Pinch-to-Zoom, and Glanceability: New Words via Technology

Even the least tech-savvy lexicographer understands that technology is a robust source of new words. As technologies move from the realm of science fiction into our everyday realities, new words and meanings spring up around them. While...Show More Summary

A Toast to the Safe Drinking Water Act

It’s been a big news year for drinking water. In January, a coal-processing chemical called MCHM leaked from a tank farm above the banks of the Elk River just upstream of Charleston, West Virginia. The MCHM entered the intake of the...Show More Summary

NASA Has Its Sights Set on Europa

Yesterday, NASA announced its Fiscal Year 2016 budget request. This is not the actual budget it will be getting. It’s basically a handshake between NASA and the White House, agreeing on what they want Congress to approve. Officials...Show More Summary

Links & Reviews

- Rich Rennicks previews the New York Antiquarian Book Fair for the ABAA blog.- Charles Dickens' desk from Gad's Hill Place has been purchased by the Charles Dickens Museum in London with a grant of more than £780,000 from the National...Show More Summary

Wordy Bengal

Headline in "Bangladesh adds 700,000 words to Google Translate in a day" (3/28/15) An official announcement from Google Inc is yet to be made but State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak broke the news in his Facebook post on Friday. He congratulated all involved in the post. “We’ve done it! Our target was 400,000. […]

Translating from ... Kannada

Via I'm pointed to the interesting Six lessons on translating the untranslatable at by Susheela Punitha, the translator of U.R.Ananthamurthy's Bharathipura -- her first translation.

Matchbox Theatre review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Thirty Short Entertainments by Michael Frayn, Matchbox Theatre. While Faber & Faber brought out the UK edition last year, the US edition just came out from slightly less...Show More Summary

Why Country Rules the Airwaves: Chronicling the Genre’s Continuing Moment and Challenging Future in One Music-Filled Night

The brief walk from dressing room 9 to the stage of Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry takes about 20 seconds, but passes decades of country music’s most prized heritage. There’s the photo of Dolly Parton with Paul McCartney, next to the piano...Show More Summary

50+ Global Issues Makers Can Solve

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab—along with USAID’s Global Development Lab, The Lemelson Foundation, The Schmidt Family Foundation, Dalberg Global Development Advisors, The Good Company and OMG—has put together a list of challenges primed for Makers to solve. Show More Summary

A Senator’s Open Christmas Letter to the Racially Divided City of Boston, 1974

The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. Published in the Boston Herald-American on Dec. 25, 1974 and in the Boston Globe on Dec. Show More Summary

Some Links.

1) What the English of Shakespeare, Beowulf, and King Arthur actually sounded like. James Harbeck’s conceit is “Let’s hop into a time machine and go back to the England of yore!” He makes stops at Shakespeare (a sonnet read by Ben Crystal), Chaucer (read by Diane Jones), a century earlier (a Middle English song performed […]

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On  Twitter, Brad Spahn asked: What would you change about your dept to make faculty & grad students happier and more productive? Hold U-wide rules @fabiorojas — Brad Spahn (@BradSpahn) March 20, 2015   I actually had two answers: First, eliminate the monthly/weekly faculty meeting. But our department already did that!! Except for “big” […]

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