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 →

Literature Goes Digital

What if you re-wrote great literature condensing the action into chapters of up to 140 characters? Oh wait, that’s a tweet, right? Hence, the fusion of tweets and literature int custom essays uko Twitterature, the creation of University of Chicago dorm mates, Alexander Aciman and Emmett Rensin. Aciman and Rensin have taken 83 classic and not-so-classic works and reduced them to 20 tweets or fewer. From Aristophanes’ Lysistrata to Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight—where else would you have those two together?—you could “read” nearly the whole western literary canon in under an hour custom term…continue reading →

Don’t panic! Study skill solutions

Now that we are 8 [or so] weeks into the semester could your study skills use some fine-tuning? If you are feeling that there must be a better way to manage the reading, the writing, and the studying required by your classes...help is just a click away. How to Study.org has tons of links to study tips, writing techniques, organizational tools, test taking strategies and lots more.  You can read reviews of most links to decide if the article is something worth a look. Some favorite links: What Your Mother Never Told You…continue reading →

Find a new favorite! Top 100 SF & Fantasy FLOWCHART

Last June National Public Radio asked its listeners to nominate their favorite Science Fiction and Fantasy books. You can read the list for yourself—there are 100 titles. But how to choose what to read if your science fiction tastes are very specific? Perhaps you like only books with pictures or zombies or time travel. Help is at hand. Thanks to SFSignal, a blog dedicated to all things science fictional, this awesome flowchart will assist you in finding just the right book. (We know the image is impossible to read! Try the link instead.)…continue reading →