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This Battery Has Been Running for 175 Years

11 hours agoOdd : Neatorama

(Image: Leo Panthera) This is the Clarendon Dry Pile, a device so old that documentation about its origins is a bit spotty. It was set up at the Clarendon Laboratory at Oxford University in 1840. It’s a dry pile, which means that it’s made of alternating layers of sulfur, silver, and zinc that generate electrical current. Show More Summary

Weird Battery Still Runs 175 Years Later

Like scientific mysteries? Then check out the Oxford Electric Bell, a battery-powered device that's still ringing 175 years after it was made, the Smithsonian reports. Sitting in the Clarendon Laboratory at Oxford University, it makes a little metal ball move swiftly back and forth between two bells. How its early...

U.S. News College Efficiency Rankings

U.S. News & World Report, Data Show Which Top-Ranked Colleges Operate Most Efficiently: Ohio's Miami UniversityOxford took top honors as the most efficient school among National Universities and Michigan's Hope College was most efficient among National Liberal Arts Colleges in an exclusive U.S. News analysis that compared spending and educational...

Purposeful Transformation: Davos Conversations Advance the Journey

The following is co-written with Cheryl Grise, EY Global Head of Strategy, and Professor Marc Ventresca, economic sociologist, University of Oxford. Listen carefully to the buzz during the World Economic Forum annual meeting this week and one thing is abundantly clear: Current global realities have changed the game for most firms. Show More Summary

A marine biologist went to Davos...

The author, getting up to speed in Davos. World Economic Forum By Alex Rogers, Professor of Conservation Biology at University of Oxford read more

How Is A Mathematical Proof Like Frodo's Journey In Lord Of The Rings?

5 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

When people describe a story as being told in a "by the numbers" fashion, that's usually regarded as bad. But in a talk at Oxford University the other day, scientist Marcus du Sautoy argued that a great mathematical proof is a lot like a story. In fact, a really great proof is like Frodo's journey in Lord of the Rings, from the familiar to the new. Read more...

The Low Intellectual and Moral Level at Oxford and Other Universities

The piece ends with good advice:... if you do not share the universities' values, it could be a big mistake to send your children to college before they are intellectually and morally prepared for the indoctrination-rather-than-education they...

See Which Jobs will be Gone in 20 Years from Now due to Robots?

A recent study at Oxford University found that 20 years from now, some of the hottest jobs right now will not be viable and you may have to recheck your job. Here are those jobs and you may be surprised to see some of these. 10. Robots clerks   The reason for replacing employees robots […]

Vikings: Raiders, Traders and Settlers (Online Course)

Vikings: Raiders, Traders and Settlers (Online Course) Mon 26 Jan to Fri 17 Apr 2015 University of Oxford Department of Continuing Education Further details...

British Publisher Denies Banning References To Pigs, Pork, Or Sausage

Prestigious Oxford University Press (OUP) has denied imposing a gag order on mentions of pigs or pig products in its children’s books so as to avoid offending Muslims and/or Jews. OUP is the largest university press in the world andShow More Summary

Should we be worried by Oxford Junior Dictionary’s omission of numerous nature-related words?

Numerous nature-related words, such as “acorn” and “blackberries,” have been omitted from Oxford University’s recently updated Junior Dictionary—and it’s been the cause for consternation amongst several acclaimed artists and writers, including

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At Scroll.in Mini Krishnan, editor of 'a programme of literary translations for Oxford University Press (India)', explains Why I publish translations of Indian literature -- suggesting that at least the situation has improved some over the past three or so decades.

Translation in ... India

At Scroll.in Mini Krishnan, editor of 'a programme of literary translations for Oxford University Press (India)', explains Why I publish translations of Indian literature -- suggesting that at least the situation has improved some over the past three or so decades.

Oxford University Tells Authors Not to Write About Bacon or Pork to Avoid Offending Muslims

Charlie Hebdo has been the victim of horrific violence, thanks to Islamic terrorists, but they responded admirably, refusing to be intimidated. Not everyone has shown such bravery, though, like Oxford

Oxford University Press Bows to Radical Muslims, Bans Mention of Pork and Pigs in Books

In yet another example of the west fecklessly abandoning its own principles to placate murderous Muslim extremists, England’s Oxford University Press, one of the largest publishers of educational material in the world, has decided to...Show More Summary

Duke, Oxford University Press Liberals Surrender to Islam on Behalf of the West

Over the course of the centuries, many civilizations have been completely eradicated by expansionist Islam. Some of them put up a fight, but succumbed to the exceedingly brutal methods employed

The Big Bad Wolf and the No Little Pigs

last weekArts : Arts Post

British authors are huffing and puffing about guidelines from Oxford University Press that warn writers not to mention pigs or “or anything else which could be perceived as pork.” The rule is, apparently, intended to make sure that books for children will not offend potential readers in the Middle East. The Guardian reports that a […]

Margaret Atwood Protests Removal of Nature Words From Oxford Junior Dictionary - In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like broadband?

last weekOdd : Geekosystem

Since 2007, Oxford University Press has removed the names of at least 30 plants and animals from its Junior Dictionary in favor of modern words like "broadband" or "cut-and-paste"; and although these changes might reflect the inevitable...Show More Summary

British Publisher Bans Pigs and Pork Products From Kids’ Books …Too Offensive to Muslims

British publisher Oxford University Press is banning images or references to pigs from all of their childrens’ literature. It’s too offensive to Muslims. Dhimmitude is alive and well in Muslim England. (Notice how they threw the Jews under the bus … Continue reading ?

Oxford University Press Tells Authors Not to Mention Pigs or Sausage in Books to Avoid Offending Muslims and Jews

This is what happens when your fear of offending religious sensibilities goes too far:Top academic publisher the Oxford University press has issued guidance that authors should avoid using pork-related words....Today Programme presenter...Show More Summary

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