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Sacred Music Course at the Metropolitan Sheptytsky Institute in Ottawa

The Metropolitan Sheptytsky Institute at the University of St. Paul in Ottawa, Canada is offering an Introduction to Sacred Music course during the university study week, Feb 16-21, 2015. It is a standard 3-credit undergraduate university course, compressed into one week, six hours a day. Show More Summary

Best of 2014: The Ballot

32 minutes agoMusic / Country : Country Universe

Country Universe has finalized its year-end lists for 2014, and we’re getting ready to roll it out to our readers.  This year, we considered 125 albums and  342 singles for our annual list, narrowing our favorites down to just twenty … Continue reading ?

Why I’ve Left SGU

Categories: Skepticism For the past nine years, I’ve co-hosted the podcast The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, seeing it go from a tiny show of a few hundred listeners to a veritable... (Read more...)

Left-Wing Person Nearly says Something Interesting

Some of you may enjoy this reasonably intelligent assessment of me by a left-wing person. The fault in it is the universal fallacy among my critics that I examine the past out of a sense of nostalgia, rather than...

FACTS ARE STUBBORN THINGS: Cathy Young: The Crusade Against “Rape Culture” Stumbles. “The Rolling…

FACTS ARE STUBBORN THINGS: Cathy Young: The Crusade Against “Rape Culture” Stumbles. “The Rolling Stone account of a horrific fraternity gang rape at the University of Virginia, which many advocates saw as a possible ‘tipping point’—a shocking wake-up call demonstrating that even the most brutal sexual assaults on our college campuses are tacitly tolerated—has unraveled […]

The birth of Russian/Central Asian studies at Indiana University

A few months ago I read David C. Engerman’s Know Your Enemy: The Rise and Fall of America’s Soviet Experts (Oxford University Press, 2009), hoping it might have some details about the rise of Uralic and Altaic studies at Indiana University in Bloomington. Show More Summary

Star Trek: New Adventures Volume 1

The Star Trek universe got a major reboot with 2009’s Star Trek and the changes continued with Star Trek: Into Darkness, but what happened between those movies? Star Trek: New Adventures Volume 1 provides the answers. Collecting the first twelve issues of IDW’s ongoing Star Trek series, this 300-page volume reveals the adventures of Captain […]

Jim Harbaugh Rumors: 49ers Reportedly Reach Agreement With Michigan To Let Harbaugh Leave

Jim Harbaugh is reportedly gone from the San Francisco 49ers after the team reached a deal to allow him to leave and become the new coach at the University of Michigan. For more than a week rumors have swirled that Michigan was coveting...Show More Summary

Magnum Photographer Thomas Hoepker Talks Taking His Iconic Photo Of Muhammad Ali

After studying art history and archeology in university, German born photographer, Thomas Hoepker was soon recruited by a magazine where he would assume the role of a staff photographer in the early 1960?s. One of his first jobs after he began working at the magazine sent him on an open ended assignment to the United [...]Show More Summary

Do We Live in a Mirror Universe?

The end of time in our universe might be the beginning of time in another universe, and vice versa. This is the hypothesis put forth by an international team of astrophysicists in the current issue of Physical Review Letters: that fundamental questions of time, structure, and entropy...

QUT Researchers Developing ‘Body-Powered’ Electric Cars

Researchers at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) are close to developing ‘body-powered’ car panels, thanks to a technical breakthrough. The university has developed a lightweight ‘super-capacitor’, which it says can be combined with existing electric vehicle batteries to dramatically boost output. Show More Summary

Zora Neale Hurston, The Making of an Anthropologist

Little did Zora know that moving to New York from Washington, DC, where she was a student at Howard University, would forever change the trajectory of her life. When Zora landed in Harlem, she became the latest arrival to what would become enshrined in history as the Harlem Renaissance. Zora’s dramatic flair and need for […]

Eitan Y. Wilf -- School For Cool

7 hours agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

School For Cool: The Academic Jazz Program and the Paradox of Institutionalized Creativity Eitan Y. Wilf 268 pages ISBN: #978-0-226-12519-0 The University of Chicago Press 2014 Anthropologist/trumpeter Eitan Y. Wilf's School for Cool is an ethnographic study of institutionalized creativity in two hi...

Glacier beds can get slipperier at higher sliding speeds

Using the Iowa State University Sliding Simulator, Iowa State glaciologists Lucas Zoet and Neal Iverson have found that as a glacier's sliding speed increases, the bed beneath the glacier can grow slipperier. That laboratory findingShow More Summary

Stephanie Kelton Goes To Washington

Leading Post Keynesian Modern Monetary Theorist (MMT) and Chair of the Economics Department at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) is leaving there to become the Chief Economist of the Minority at the US Senate Budget Committee. Show More Summary

NC State vs. UCF: Score and Twitter Reaction for 2014 St. Petersburg Bowl

The North Carolina State Wolfpack cashed in at the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl with a 34-27 win over the University of Central Florida Knights on Friday night. In the first half, quarterback Jacoby Brissett victimized the Knights with his elusiveness and abilities as a dual threat. Show More Summary

Thumb Typing Is Changing Our Brains

10 hours agoTechnology : TechCrunch

Smartphones are changing us, at least according to researchers at the Institute of Neuroinformatics of the University of Zurich. It seems that as we moved from phones with buttons – Blackberrys and even feature phones – the parts ofShow More Summary

Anna Karenina x 2

As I've noted previously, two major new translations of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina came out this year: Rosamund Bartlett's (Oxford University Press; see their publicity page, or get your copy at or and Marian...Show More Summary

Report: Michigan, Jim Harbaugh to talk

With the 49ers’ season ending in less than 48 hours, potential suitors for head coach Jim Harbaugh are reportedly getting close to officially turning over their cards. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the University of Michigan plans to soon talk with Harbaugh. Rapoport and Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports both report Michigan officials…

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando begins ... Now!

Tyra Banks &"Lady Luck," photo by Kevin Kolczynski, Universal Orlando Resort Let the fear begin - again. For 25 nights, beginning tonight and going through Oct. 31, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights returns. This year, guests...Show More Summary

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