Wolfram Alpha: POWER SEARCHING

If you wanted an answer to a question the old model was: look it up in a book. The newer model says: Google it. An even newer model directs you to Wolfram Alpha, a computational knowledge engine. What is the difference? A search engine such as Google or Bing scans web pages and returns links to those pages matching the search query. Wolfram Alpha returns answers from its “own internal knowledge base.” Which is great if, say, you want to know the route an airplane would travel between Chicago and Tokyo rather that…continue reading →

Over the river and through the wood…

Thanksgiving is fast approaching so there’s not a moment to lose. And with plenty of library and web resources to help you weather, er, enjoy the holiday you can rest easy. Responsible for the cooking? Here is what you need to make your feast memorable The Good Housekeeping Cookbook Wild Game Cookbook The Real Simple Guide to a Foolproof Thanksgiving Worried about table manners? We’ve got a book for that: The Rituals of Dinner If weight gain is your concern try: The eat this, not that! no diet! diet 10 Tips for a…continue reading →

Nobel Prize 2011

Each autumn the Nobel Prize committee awards its prizes for to those who, during the preceding year, have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind by making "outstanding contributions in the fields of physics, chemistry, economics, medicine, literature and for work in peace.” Each laureate, or winner, receives a diploma, a medal and a 10 million Swedish Krona cash prize —that’s about 1.5 million US dollars. This year’s winners include: Physics: Saul Perlmutter, Brian P. Schmidt and Adam G. Riess "for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant…continue reading →

Following in the Footsteps of Henry David Thoreau

I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least - and it is commonly more than that - sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.  ~Henry David Thoreau Where can a John Tyler Community College student go to find woods and fields for sauntering? As it happens woods and fields are actually quite nearby. •    Amelia Wildlife Management Area: “an excellent place for wildlife viewing, nature photography and hiking.” •    Powhatan Wildlife Management Area…continue reading →