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Library Link of the Day: In India, WhatsApp is a weapon of antisocial hatred

Courtesy of The Conversation: A general election in India, the world’s most populous democracy, seems a theoretical impossibility. Collecting the votes of nearly a billion people across a staggeringly diverse subcontinent has for more than half a century faced challenges … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: NASA Has a New Planet-Hunting Telescope, and It Knows Where to Look for Life First

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: NASA’s new planet-hunting telescope in space has a bold mission — to look for worlds that may host life. Luckily, scientists are all ready to help the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) with a new roadmap. This … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: To solve climate change and biodiversity loss, we need a Global Deal for Nature

Courtesy of The Conversation & Asner Lab: Earth’s cornucopia of life has evolved over 550 million years. Along the way, five mass extinction events have caused serious setbacks to life on our planet. The fifth, which was caused by a … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: This Is the Best Way to Take Notes, According to Science (Tech is not your friend)

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: In school, we invariably spend a lot of time taking notes, yet chances are good most of us never think much about our technique. You put pen to paper or whip out the laptop. What else is … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Step Into a Midcentury Map of New York, Packed With Weird Local Lore

Courtesy of Atlas Obscura: There’s an old game in which someone throws a dart at a map, and then dreams of traveling wherever it lands. If you happened to find yourself in Manhattan in the early 1950s with a wide-open … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Meet Gracie the Resident ‘Bark Ranger’ at Montana’s Glacier National Park

Courtesy of Mental Floss: Gracie isn’t like the other park rangers at Glacier National Park in Montana: She’s not afraid to run after bighorn sheep and mountain goats in order to keep them at a safe distance from visitors. And while she … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: The new digital divide is between people who opt out of algorithms and people who don’t

Courtesy of The Conversation: Every aspect of life can be guided by artificial intelligence algorithms – from choosing what route to take for your morning commute, to deciding whom to take on a date, to complex legal and judicial matters … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: How Joseph Pulitzer Saved the Statue of Liberty

Courtesy of Mental Floss: It’s hard to imagine what New York City would look like without the Statue of Liberty. Yet there was a time in American history, over a century ago, when Lady Liberty nearly wound up in Philadelphia or San Francisco. The fact … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: 13 Facts About Notre-Dame Cathedral

Courtesy of Mental Floss: Constructed between the 12th and 14th centuries, Notre-Dame de Paris has centuries of French history built into its stone. The Gothic cathedral reflects the prominent role of Paris as an economic and spiritual center in the … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Only One Woman Has Ever Been Struck by a Meteor

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: Meteorites are powerful, as the dinosaurs learned 66 million years ago. The meteor that wiped them out extinguished 75 percent of life on Earth and may have also triggered underwater volcanic eruptions. But not every meteorite makes such … Continue reading

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