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Book Review: The Passenger Pigeon

I recently received "The Passenger Pigeon" by Errol Fuller from Princeton University Press. September 1, 2014 was the 100th anniversary of the death of Martha the passenger pigeon, the last of her species, so it is a timely reminder of just how tenuous life can be for a species, regardless of how numerous they might be. Show More Summary

Ghostbusters Cinematic Universe? Just What Exactly Is Dan Aykroyd Smoking?

20 hours agoOdd : Nerd Bastards

While making the press rounds promoting his brand of Vodka Crystal Head, Dan Aykroyd waxed philosophical about Ghostbusters and laid out his plans to turn Ghostbusters into a Cinematic Universe following the Marvel Cinematic Universe Model. My only question is: Now that we know what Dan Aykroyd is drinking, just what the hell is Dan […]

Will the Higgs Boson destroy the universe in a cosmic death bubble?

No, it won't. Some context: recently, several press outlets took a chunk of Stephen Hawking's latest book and ran a bit off the deep end with it, reporting that the "God Particle" was going to wipe out the universe. Here's what Hawking...Show More Summary

Noted Scholar Karla FC Holloway in the 'Left of Black' Studio with Host Mark Anthony Neal

Karla FC Holloway, the James B. Duke Professor of English at Duke University, drops by the Left of Black studio to discuss her latest book Legal Fictions: Constituting Race, Composing Literature (Duke University Press) and issues of domestic violence within Black families. Professor Holloway's episode of Left of Black will air in October.

Semantic Web Job: Data Engineer

Oxford University Press needs a data engineer. The job description states: “To design and implement XML data structures, devise XML strategies, and through expert content analysis, facilitate the electronic and print production, publication,...Show More Summary

Press Release: Telguard Introduces Universal Z-Wave Garage Door Controller

Telguard, a leader in wireless alarm communications, interactive and home automation services, today introduced the industry’s first truly universal Z-Wave garage door controller, the Telguard GDC1. The UL 325 certified GDC1 was designed and built to Telguard’s specifications by FortrezZ using the binary switch command class. Show More Summary

Book review: The Warbler Guide

Last summer, the Princeton University Press released a book by Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle, The Warbler Guide. When I first read about it, I admit I rolled my eyes thinking, “Not another one!” My library already included four field guides specifically about warblers. Show More Summary

Duke and Stanford Begin Patient Trials With Apple's HealthKit Service

Duke University, Stanford University Hospital, and medical device manufacturers are working with Apple on patient trials involving Apple's new HealthKit API, reports Reuters. Apple mentioned the trials in its recent September press event,...Show More Summary

University of Leeds press release: One care lapse can be fatal for heart attack patients

University of Leeds research has revealed that heart attack patients have a 46% increased chance of death within a month of discharge if they miss any one of nine types of care. There is also a 74% increased chance of dying within one year if any one component of care is missed. read more

A Promotional Video for a School Curriculum That Will Never Challenge Students

In this promotional video for Bob Jones University Press, we learn that Christianity is infused in everything from the teaching of math (1 + 1 + 1 = 1?) to the workers in the company's warehouse:

The Meteor Hunt review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Jules Verne's The Meteor Hunt, the University of Nebraska Press 2006 edition that restored the text to Verne's original (more or less), as opposed to the widely circulated Michel Verne-edited/manhandled version.

NY Jobs: ‘Dr. Oz: The Good Life,’ Oxford University Press, Gannett

This week, Dr. Oz: The Good Life is hiring a senior designer, while Oxford University Press needs an online marketing manager. Gannett is seeking a senior manager of digital analytics, and the Council on Foreign Relations is on the hunt for a general manager for CFR.org. Show More Summary

The "Autocratic Crackdown" Threatening Hungary's Freedom of Press

Hungary's tightening vice on its press amounts to "an autocratic crackdown," Philip N. Howard, a professor at the Central European University and at the University of Washington, writes in the New York Times—taking specific aim at Hungarian...Show More Summary

Microscopic Diamonds Suggest Cosmic Impact Responsible for Major Period of Climate Change

WUWT previously covered this story on August 29th, and also on September 20th, 2012. This is a new press release from the University of Chicago today. A new study published in The Journal of Geology provides support for the theory that a cosmic impact event over North America some 13,000 years ago caused a major…

Survey: Gays More Accepted By Churches

6 days agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Via the Associated Press: Overall acceptance of gays and lesbians in American religious congregations rose significantly between 2006 and 2012, but it declined in Catholic congregations, according to a new survey. Duke University's National...Show More Summary

Yaba Blay, co-director of Africana studies at Drexel University, writer, activist

Yaba Blay, professor and co-director of Africana studies at Drexel University, is also the founder of Blackprint, a small independent press “devoted to giving black artists a platform through which to tell our own stories.” Through Blackprint, Blay is a sought-after cultural commentator, and one of her latest projects “Pretty. Show More Summary

Salaita speaks publicly for the first time since firing: ‘I am here to reaffirm my commitment to teaching and to a position with the American Indian Studies program at UIUC’

Today Steven Salatia spoke publicly for the first time since he was fired from the University of Illinois. Below is the prepared statement he read to a packed audience at a press conference on the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign campus along with some some tweets and photos from the day's events

How We Killed the Press Release

Disruption is de rigueur in modern markets. New business models powered by the communication and universal availability of Internet tools have disrupted almost every industry on the planet. Some of these innovative disruptors have worked like a charm, while others have stumbled and failed to achieve their promises.

Anna Karenina redux

A few years ago it was Don Quixote, more recently Madame Bovary; now Rosamund Bartlett asks -- apropos of her own new translation, forthcoming from Oxford University Press -- "Do we need another translation of Anna Karenina ?" in The Guardian, in Anna Karenina -- the devil in the details. Sure, the Pevear/Volokhonsky-(re-)translation is... Show More Summary

News: Hillary Clinton, Britney, Joan Rivers' Funeral, Duke University

last weekLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Hillary Clinton says she will make her decision on whether or not to run for President "probably after the first of the year." Joan Rivers funeral this Sunday is going to be private, invitation-only with no press allowed - a...

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