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Archive for October, 2011

Mon, October 31st, 2011
Web Site of the Week: Earthcam.com/USA/NewYork/StatueOfLiberty
Posted by: Christine Bulson

The 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty was last Friday, October 28 and a part of the celebration on Liberty Island was 125  people from 46 countries taking the citizenship oath and becoming citizens of the US.  Another exciting event was the launching of four webcams -  the torch, harbor, crown and Lady Liberty […]


Sun, October 23rd, 2011
App of the Month: Google Earth
Posted by: Christine Bulson

"Hold the world in your hand" begins the description of this app and that is what happens.   Google Earth is  available on desktops but walking with the world in your hand is amazing. The app will zoom into the street view of your current location as well as in many other parts of the world.  […]


Thu, October 20th, 2011
Health Information for Developing Countries
Posted by: Barbara Bibel

Finding simple health information in the languages of developing countries just got easier. Hesperian Health Guides, a non-profit dedicated to providing and sharing information with communities just unveiled their new digital commons. It offers health guides in 21 languages. Most of them may be downloaded free as PDFs. Many are also available for e-readers, and […]


Sun, October 16th, 2011
Web Site of the Week: Education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Today is "Dictionary Day," celebrating the "achievements and contributions of Noah Webster, the father of the modern dictionary."  My favorite online dictionary is still Merriam-Webster.com but another good source is the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition, a part of Yahoo/reference.  This is a clean site devoid of flashing advertisements, etc. which […]


Thu, October 13th, 2011
Prescription for Obfuscation
Posted by: Barbara Bibel

Pick up a newspaper or magazine, turn on the television news, or look at any number of websites, and you will find a report about a new medical breakthrough or a previously used treatment or test that is now considered questionable or dangerous. What should you do? Often, the report is based on minimal evidence. […]


Thu, October 13th, 2011
The end of Statistical Abstract?
Posted by: Christine Bulson

There has not been a lot of publicity, but according to a blog in the Washington Post, the 2012 edition of Statistical Abstract may be the last.  Where are we going to find that individuals in the US consumed in 2009 2.4 pounds of cottage cheese and 13.4 pounds of ice cream.


Sun, October 9th, 2011
Web Site of the Week: DrudgeReport.com
Posted by: Christine Bulson

The Drudge Report has been around since 1997 and the simple design of the site has changed very little.  It is described as a "news aggregation" website.  The originator  is Matt Drudge who is considered a conservative but there are links to articles that provide a variety of news and opinions from around the world.  […]


Tue, October 4th, 2011
Now available online
Posted by: Barbara Bibel

The dead Sea Scrolls, which contain the earliest known text of the Hebrew Bible, were discovered in the caves of Qumran in 1947. They now reside in The Shrine of the Book, part of the Israel Museum complex in Jerusalem. Now you can examine five of the most important scrolls online. They have been digitized […]


Sun, October 2nd, 2011
13th Edition of the Times Atlas of the World
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Last week The New York Times had two articles about an apparent error the new edition of the atlas.  The first one was on September 25 entitled "Publisher of an Atlas Is Scrambling to Refreeze" Greenland" and then another from a Times blog, "The Difficulty of Drawing Lines Around Ice." Previous to the publication of […]


Sat, October 1st, 2011
Web Site of the Week: Metmuseum.org
Posted by: Christine Bulson

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has just updated their web site.  There are now over 340,000 entries for paintings, sculptures, costumes and photographs in the museum many with images.  For the prospective visitor, floor plans of over 375 galleries  are clickable and zoomable.  There are suggested itineraries for a half day, […]





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