Category Archives: Science

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: 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: 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: The coronavirus is the first true social-media “infodemic”

Courtesy of Technology Review: On January 19—a week before the Lunar New Year—Tommy Tang left Shenzhen with his girlfriend to visit her family in Wuhan for the holiday. They had heard of the novel coronavirus (now officially known as COVID-19), … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: 30,000 Pounds of Leftover Super Bowl Food Saved From Landfill and Donated to Charity

Courtesy of The Good News Network: Rather than rotting in a landfill, more than 30,000 pounds of leftover Super Bowl food are being used to feed hungry Floridians. All the uneaten food from last week’s game at the Hard Rock … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Welsh Teacher Hailed as ‘Math Whisperer‘ After All His Students Got an A+ on Tricky Exam

Courtesy of The Good News Network: Last month, a Welsh teacher waited with baited breath while his class of thirty students counted down together towards the moment when they would all open the results of their mathematics exam. When the … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Researchers Use ‘Flash’ to Turn Plastic Trash and Food Waste into Valuable Material

Courtesy of The Good News Network: That banana peel from your lunch, turned into graphene, could help facilitate a massive reduction of the environmental impact of concrete and other building materials. While you’re at it, toss in those plastic empties. … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: The Guys Who Sell Ocean Plastic Bracelets Are Closing in on 8 Million Pounds of Waste Pulled From the Sea

Courtesy of The Good News Network: If you’ve ever liked or supported a page on Facebook that has to do with plastic pollution, you may have seen an advertisement for a $20 dollar bracelet made of plastic yanked from the … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Don’t Call This 8 Year Old India’s Greta Thumberg

Courtesy of OZY: A crowd of men and women walked through the streets of Madrid behind two young girls as they held hands and spoke to each other animatedly. One of the girls was Greta Thunberg, the 17-year-old Swede who has … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: A surprising defense against cyber harassment

Courtesy of Columbia Journalism Review: JOURNALISTS HAVE GENERALLY opposed defamation laws because they so often are used against news organizations to stifle free expression. Now, faced with repeated misinformation, threats of violence, and other efforts to undermine their credibility, reporters have … Continue reading

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