Chemical trick speeds up 3D printing – With a trick of chemistry, researchers have sped up, and smoothed, the process of three-dimensional (3D) printing, producing objects in minutes instead of hours.
The new Middlebury Science and Mathematics feature page — where you can find science news, and events calendar, and department and resource information all in one place — is now live! Visit us at go.middlebury.edu/scimath or find us on the Academics page, under Science and Mathematics in the left hand menu.
An exciting example of where a liberal arts education can take you: the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has a program to enroll liberal arts students who “show promise for developing into compassionate and humanistic physicians” (Mt. Sinai, 2015). In an NPR article, Dr. David Muller, the dean of the school, asserts that “[s]cience is the foundation of an excellent medical education, but a well-rounded humanist is best suited to make the most of that education.” Read the NPR article here
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/05/27/407967899/a-top-medical-school-revamps-requirements-to-lure-english-majors or jump straight to the program page at Mt. Sinai here https://icahn.mssm.edu/departments-and-institutes/psychiatry/newsletter/humanities-and-medicine-early-assurance-program-at-mount-sinai-accepts-liberal-arts-students-into-medical-school
Einstein’s papers now digitized and online!
Historic first landing on a comet! Check out the ESA Rosetta project page http://rosetta.esa.int/ or read a summary at NPR.org NPR
10 bad technology decisions that can come back to haunt you – As organizations build their tech roadmap for the years ahead, the wrong choices and strategies could have unfortunate repercussions. Here are some pitfalls to watch out for.
The art of data visualization – a brief essay and excellent video. “There are enormously beautiful visualizations but it’s as a by-product of the truth and the goodness of the information.” –Edward Tufte at around 0:50 in the video
It isn’t every day a new genus – or perhaps a new phylum – is discovered! Read more at PLOS|one
10 ways the iPhone 6 could give Android a run for its money – The iPhone 6 was revealed on September 9, 2014. Find out what features should have Android developers scrambling to pick up the slack.
Observatory public nights return to Bicentennial Hall! Five nights are scheduled throughout the summer (weather permitting). See the press release at http://www.middlebury.edu/newsroom/node/478245
Construction workers have been busy this week in the Great Hall, just outside Armstrong Library. Work is not yet completed, but here’s a hint:
Don’t forget your refillable cup!
The faces of libraries change, but we still love them:
From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers–and beyond from Pew Research Internet Project
How MOOC Video Production Affects Student Engagement is a good read for anyone considering the use of video in an instructional context. For a more in depth analysis see Philip Guo’s published paper How Video Production Affects Student Engagement: An Empirical Study of MOOC Videos.
Manuscripts of Lichfield Cathedral – 3D renderings of sixteen pages of the 8th-century St Chad Gospels: https://lichfield.as.uky.edu/models/gallery
3D printing: 10 companies using it in ground-breaking ways – A growing number of innovative companies are experimenting with 3D printers, propelling the technology closer to the mainstream market.
With a tagline like this: “A spectacular historical atlas refashioned for the 21st century” who can resist? Check out the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States presented by the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond to view a digital version of Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright’s atlas that was originally published in 1932.
Exciting! Students and staff at University College London serendipitously discovered a type 1a supernova in M82 on January 22. Read about it here!
Supernova in M82, before and after, by E. Guido, N. Howes, M. Nicolini, January 2014.
If you are very keen, check out the IAU Transient Object Followup Reports.
Research Desk Poetry (and more at the LIS Facebook page):
Is your refrigerator running? Then it might be spamming people.
Google is pulling the plug on guest blogging for increased ranking.
If you put an email address in a Google Calendar event’s title, that person will get a reminder of the event, even if you don’t share it with them. This is “expected behavior” according to Google.