Author Archives: Mr. Morrison

Library Link of the Day: 7 lessons from ‘Hidden Figures’ NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson’s life and career

Courtesy of The Conversation: Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician who made critical contributions to the space program at NASA, died Feb. 24 at the age of 101. Johnson became a household name thanks to the celebrated book “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: In gender discrimination, social class matters a great deal

Courtesy of The Conversation: The Harvey Weinstein guilty verdict is a victory for the #MeToo movement. “Today is a powerful day & a huge step forward in our collective healing,” wrote the actress Rose McGowan on Twitter. Still, sexism is pervasive in American … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: 4 ways to protect yourself from disinformation

Courtesy of The Conversation: You might have fallen for someone’s attempt to disinform you about current events. But it’s not your fault. Even the most well-intentioned news consumers can find today’s avalanche of political information difficult to navigate. With so … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: When the Soviet Union Paid Pepsi in Warships

Courtesy of Atlas Obscura: On April 9, 1990, American newspapers reported on an unusual deal. Pepsi had come to a three billion dollar agreement with the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union had long traded Stolichnaya vodka in return for Pepsi … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Artificial Intelligence System Identifies New Antibiotic for World’s Most Troubling Disease-Causing Bacteria

Courtesy of The Good News Network: Using a machine-learning algorithm, MIT researchers have identified a powerful new antibiotic compound. In laboratory tests, the drug killed many of the world’s most problematic disease-causing bacteria, including some strains that are resistant to … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Early Chinese Trick Photography Sent Chubby Babies Into Space

Courtesy of Atlas Obscura: AT FIRST GLANCE, THE IMAGE seems set in space, or at least the set of a low-budget science fiction movie. A stubby Sputnik hovers in the background, next to a flat moon. A sleek metal rocket, labeled … Continue reading

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Congrats to Class of 2020 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

We are pleased to announce these  two awesome Class of 2020 top achievers: Valedictorian: Mitali Chowdhury Salutatorian: Oscar Scholin A BIG congratulations to both of them!

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Library Link of the Day: To Evade Pre-Prohibition Drinking Laws, New Yorkers Created the World’s Worst Sandwich

Courtesy of Atlas Obscura: NEAR THE END OF THE 19th century, New Yorkers out for a drink partook in one of the more unusual rituals in the annals of hospitality. When they ordered an ale or whisky, the waiter or bartender … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: How One Man and His Dog Rowed More Than 700 Kākāpōs to Safety

Courtesy of Atlas Obscura: IN 1893, IN AUCKLAND, NEW Zealand, 48-year-old Richard Henry was going through a peculiar midlife crisis. It wasn’t for any of the usual reasons, such as a failed marriage (though he had one) or a failed career … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: 7 Sweet Valentine’s Day Traditions From Around the World

Courtesy of Mental Floss: In the United States, Valentine’s Day means cards, flowers, and hard-to-snag dinner reservations. As the Western holiday has spread around the world, many cultures have put their own spin on it. Some of these traditions—such as … Continue reading

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