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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Are UK universities sustainable enough? | University - Study International News

What does it mean to be a truly green university? The term ‘green university’ is a broad term used to describe all types of activities that fall under sustainable development by

Which UK university is considered the most sustainable?
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The recent decade has seen many universities worldwide strive to become ‘greener’, as they’re usually responsible for a large population that can have a big impact on the environment in their day-to-day habits.

But the green university concept goes beyond separating waste and using energy-conservation systems. Universities also have an important responsibility to educate students on sustainability issues, as well as play an important role in the development of society, such as migrant issues and workers rights.

According to IMTO News, “The concept implies introducing courses on sustainable development, university redevelopment, and promoting ecological awareness to students and staff...

Universities are measured based on 13 indicators. The biggest weight is given to carbon reduction (15 percent), education for sustainable development (10 percent), environmental auditing and management systems (10 percent), human resources and staff (8 percent), energy sources (8 percent), waste and recycling (8 percent), and water reduction (8 percent).

This is followed by ethical investment and banking (7 percent), managing carbon (7 percent), workers rights (6 percent), staff and student engagement (5 percent), environmental policy and strategy (4 percent), and sustainable food (4 percent).

The latest league table found that out of the 154 UK universities that were ranked on sustainable development, only a third are on track to meet carbon reduction targets by 2020...

For the full league table, please click here.

Source: Study International News

Without these women, man would not have walked on the moon | Nasa - The Guardian

Fifty years after Apollo, David Smith, Guardian's Washington DC bureau chief, tells the stories of some of the women who helped put a man on the moon. Below are the stories of some of those women.

Some of the women behind the Apollo 11 launch 
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All 12 people who walked on the moon were men. But among the 400,000 people who made it possible, there were numerous unsung women, from computer engineers and mathematicians to secretaries and seamstresses. Today, as America contemplates a return to the moon, there is resolve to ensure women aren’t in the background, but are instead the astronauts leading the way.
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Source: The Guardian

The 35 New Skills You Can Now Learn on LinkedIn Learning | New Courses - The Learning Blog

Each week presents a new opportunity for you and your team to learn the skills necessary to take on the next big challenge, suggest Paul Petrone, Editor - LinkedIn.

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Each week presents a new opportunity for you and your team to learn the skills necessary to take on the next big challenge.

And, at LinkedIn Learning, we want to do everything we can to help make that happen.

So, each week, we add to our 14,000+ course library. And this past week was no different, as we added 31 new courses covering everything from web design to financial models to getting funding for your startup.

The new courses now available on LinkedIn Learning are:
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Monday, July 22, 2019

Reading Hemingway is the perfect antidote to our hyper-sensitive times | American literature - The Telegraph

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Stefan Boscia, The Telegraph says, Today marks the 120th birthday of the great Ernest Hemingway.

Hemingway working on his book For Whom the Bell Tolls at the Sun Valley Lodge, Idaho, in December 1939
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Many pigeonhole 'Papa', as he was affectionately known, as little more than a hypermasculine alcoholic who was overly economical with his prose. Reading his novels, however, is to marvel at the unrivalled emotion and sense of adventure.

Although he chooses stereotypically macho settings – bullfighting, war, boxing, boozing – it is in the prose’s hinterland that his musings on love, tragedy and grief reveal his profound genius. And in these hyper-sensitive times, he still has much to teach us. I first read A Farewell to Arms aged 17 and in the subsequent nine years I have revisited him sporadically, always gaining more from the experience.

I would recommend his works, in particular, to my fellow Millennials. Hemingway's values – his appreciation of beauty in all its forms, intellectual curiosity and unquenchable desire to see the world – are sorely lacking in this era of risk-aversion and extreme wokeness...

Reading a novel like For Whom the Bell Tolls, for example, is an epic experience and a great lesson in the worth of sacrifice, stoicism and standing up for your beliefs regardless of circumstance. Can my generation really say that we aspire to these attitudes and principles? I believe the answer is too often a resounding “no”.

Hemingway’s protagonists give a master-class in dealing with life’s disappointments and heartbreak, and demonstrate the virtue of confronting tragedies steadfastly and reflecting on setbacks with an inquiring, open mind. The millennial tendency to explode with outraged indignation at the smallest offence  is an unhealthy response to life’s inevitable slights and misunderstandings and does not bode well for the future. By contrast, characters like Frederic Henry in A Farewell to Arms or Jake Barnes in The Sun Also Rises show how to live a balanced existence of quiet forbearance in the face of unimaginable trauma.
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Hemingway in the cabin of his boat Pilar, off the coast of Cuba, c. 1950
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Ernest Hemingway - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Source: The Telegraph

Pi Approximation Day 2019: Fun Facts About The Mathematical Constant Pi For Every Numberphile Out There! | Festivals Events - LatestLY

Happy Pi Approximation Day!
July 22 is Pi Approximation Day. Also known as Casual Pi Day, the day is dedicated to the mathematical constant pi (π).
For the nerds and lover of mathematics, it is an important day today, the Pi Approximation Day. 

Pi Approximation Day
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The Pi is denoted by the fraction 22/7 thus July 22 is marked as Pi Approximation Day. While Pi Day is marked annually on March 14 denoting the 3.14 calculation. The other approximate value is celebrated with Pi Approximation Day...

Pi Approximation Day celebrations are similar to Pi Day, since it is only a day that denotes the value of the mathematical constant. While some nerds may participate in remembering the idea of the pi value, others can just look at it as a reason to gorge on sweet pies!
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Pi Day - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Suggested Books of the Week 29, 2019 | Books - Helge Scherlund's eLearning News

Check out these books below by Dover Publications, Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press.

The Geometry of René Descartes: with a Facsimile of the First Edition

The Geometry of René Descartes:
with a Facsimile of the First Edition
This is an unabridged republication of the definitive English translation of one of the very greatest classics of science. Originally published in 1637, it has been characterized as "the greatest single step ever made in the progress of the exact sciences" (John Stuart Mill); as a book which "remade geometry and made modern geometry possible" (Eric Temple Bell). It "revolutionized the entire conception of the object of mathematical science" (J. Hadamard).

With this volume Descartes founded modern analytical geometry. Reducing geometry to algebra and analysis and, conversely, showing that analysis may be translated into geometry, it opened the way for modern mathematics.

Mathematics in Ancient Greece 

Mathematics in Ancient Greece
More than a history of mathematics, this lively book traces mathematical ideas and processes to their sources, stressing the methods used by the masters of the ancient world. Author Tobias Dantzig portrays the human story behind mathematics, showing how flashes of insight in the minds of certain gifted individuals helped mathematics take enormous forward strides. Dantzig demonstrates how the Greeks organized their precursors' melange of geometric maxims into an elegantly abstract deductive system. He also explains the ways in which some of the famous mathematical brainteasers of antiquity led to the development of whole new branches of mathematics.

A Short Account of the History of Mathematics (eBook)

A Short Account of
History of Mathematics (eBook)
This is a new printing, the first inexpensive one, of one of the most honored histories of mathematics of all time. When the last revised edition appeared in 1908, it was hailed by mathematicians and laymen alike, and it remains one of the clearest, most authoritative, and most accurate works in the field. Mathematicians welcomed it as a lucid overview of the development of mathematics down through the centuries. Laymen welcomed it as a work which gave them an opportunity to understand the development of one of the most recondite and difficult of all intellectual endeavors, and the individual contributions of its great men.
In this standard work, Dr. Ball treats hundreds of figures and schools that have been instrumental in the development of mathematics from the Egyptians and Phoenicians to such giants of the 19th century as Grassman, Hermite, Galois, Lie, Riemann, and many others who established modern mathematics as we know it today.

Foucault: A Very Short Introduction 

A Very Short Introduction
Foucault is one of those rare philosophers who has become a cult figure. From aesthetics to the penal system; from madness and civilisation to avant-garde literature, he rejected old models of thinking and replaced them with versions that are still debated today. This book introduces and explores aspects of his life, work, and thought.
  • Provides a wide-ranging but non-systematic treatment of some highlights of Foucault's life and thought
  • New edition includes feminist criticisms of Foucault's apparently sexist treatment of the Jouy case
  • Includes a new chapter offering a unified overview of the Collège de France lectures, now a major focus of interest in Foucault
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide
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Socrates: A Very Short Introduction 

Socrates: A Very Short Introduction
Christopher Taylor introduces the life and philosophy of Socrates, whose work has played a central role in shaping Western philosophical thinking for centuries. Examining what we can deduce about Socrates from the writings of his contemporaries (as he himself left none), Taylor traces the reception and influence of his thought to the modern day.
  • Introduces the life and philosophy of Socrates, whose work has played a central role in shaping Western philosophical thinking for centuries
  • Includes a new chapter analysing the reception and influence of Socrates in 19th and 20th century philosophical thought
  • New edition includes an extensively updated bibliography
  • Examines what we can deduce about Socrates from the writings of his contemporaries (as he himself left none)
  • Traces the reception and influence of his thought to the modern day
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide
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Analytic Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

Analytic Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction
Michael Beaney introduces analytic philosophy by exploring some of the key ideas of Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, G. E. Moore, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Susan Stebbing. He also considers how analytic philosophy has developed and spread to become the dominant philosophical tradition across the world.
  • Offers a clear, accessible introduction to analytic philosophy, introducing some of the key ideas of five of its main founders
  • Illustrates the fruitfulness and conceptual creativity of analytic philosophy
  • Explores the spread of analytic philosophy to become the dominant philosophical tradition across the world
  • Discusses the criticisms of analytic philosophy
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over eight million copies sold worldwide
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Engaging Boys in Active Literacy - Evidence and Practice

Engaging Boys in Active LiteracyEvidence and Practice
Too many boys do not like to read, are choosing not to read, and are suffering academically as a result. All concerned adults need to redouble their efforts to ensure that boys who bring the greatest challenges to our classrooms and schools receive responsive literacy texts and practices to increase their chances for academic, personal, and occupational success...

The descriptions of how teachers have used engaging texts and practices to help boys overcome low literacy engagement and skill in order to stay on course as readers and writers are highly informative and practical as models of best practice.
  • Strikes an appropriate balance between research and practice
  • Geared towards readers from both scholarly and practical backgrounds
  • Includes a strong evidence-base for several key factors associated with boys' literacy development
  • Presents synopses of boys from a range of backgrounds and abilities

What Is Intelligence? - Beyond the Flynn Effect 

What Is Intelligence?
Beyond the Flynn Effect
The 'Flynn effect' refers to the massive increase in IQ test scores over the course of the twentieth century. Does it mean that each generation is more intelligent than the last? Does it suggest how each of us can enhance our own intelligence?...

A fascinating book that bridges the gulf separating our minds from those of our ancestors a century ago, and makes an important contribution to our understanding of human intelligence.
  • Expanded paperback edition of James R. Flynn's acclaimed What Is Intelligence, which has sold over 6,500 copies world-wide
  • The style is simple and direct, yet even experts will find their understanding of intelligence enhanced
  • Boxes and figures make IQ trends easy to comprehend

Foundations of Affective Social Learning - Conceptualizing the Social Transmission of Value

Foundations of Affective Social Learning
 Conceptualizing the Social Transmission of Value
Written by experts in comparative, developmental, social, cognitive and cultural psychology, this book introduces the novel concept of affective social learning to help explain why what matters to us, matters to us...

As such, affective social learning conceptualises the transmission of value from a given culture to a given person and reveals why the things that are so important to us can be of no consequence at all to others.
  • Introduces the new concept of affective social learning to offer a clear framework for the social transmission of values
  • Provides different views and arguments about the topic and about learning from emotions more generally, both ontogenetically and phylogenetically
  • Informs discussions about how much of our world can be learned individually and how much must be learned socially and culturally through emotions

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Source: Dover Publications, Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press.

5 books not to miss: 'Lady in the Lake,' 'Crisis in the Red Zone,' 'Helpline' | Books - USA TODAY

In search of something good to read?

“Lady in the Lake,” by Laura Lippman.
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USA TODAY's Barbara VanDenburgh scopes out the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases.
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Source: USA TODAY 

7 books to pick up to catch up on the story of Apollo 11 | Books - The Verge

Andrew Liptak, Weekend Editor for The Verge notes, A space race reading list.

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The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing is upon us, and in that time, there has been plenty of ink spilled about the implications, technical specifications, individuals, and historical significance of the mission. As with any big anniversary, publishers have seized the moment to release an entire library’s worth of new material about the history of the Apollo program, and there are a number of new books to check out if you’re interested in learning more about the mission.

These books cover a wide range of topics related to the mission: the actual Apollo 11 landing itself, but also the efforts of the thousands of engineers, scientists, administrators, and politicians who played a role.

Here are a bunch more to add to your reading list.
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Recommended Reading

Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins narrates an adorable Google Doodle by Meghan Bartels, science journalist based in New York City.

Source: The Verge 

New Hampshire’s independent bookstores turn a new page | Retail & Tourism - New Hampshire Business Review

Community of readers helps local sellers mount a recovery in the shadow of Amazon by Michael Kitch.

“Every time there is a new innovation, they predict the death of the book,” said Michael Hermann, the owner of Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord. “But the book is a perfect technology. Like the shark, it hasn’t changed and continues to thrive.”

In fact, the resilience of the printed book, paired with the business savvy of booksellers, have enabled independent bookstores to weather the storms brought by big-box retailers and the digital revolution and stage a resurgence that has restored and enhanced their place in downtown retailing across the country and the state...

‘A real impact’
Toadstool Books, the largest independent store in the state, first opened in Peterborough in 1972 and moved to the empty A&P in 1992, more than quadrupling its space. Stores in Keene and Milford were added in 1983 and 1989. Owner Willard Williams recalled that his first competitors — B. Dalton’s and Waldenbooks — appeared in the 1980s. Operating in shopping centers and strip malls, he said, both drew customers who otherwise might not enter a bookstore, which for some carried an elitist flavor. “It wasn’t so scary to walk into a bookstore anymore,” he said. “They became more welcoming, more comfortable.”

Williams said competition stiffened when Borders gained a presence in Keene through its acquisition of Waldenbooks in 1987. Unlike the smaller chains, he said that the megastores — Borders and Barnes & Noble — carried a diverse stock akin to that of independent bookstores, but with wider range and greater quantity. “Borders had a real impact,” he said.

However, as the digital revolution gathered pace, the impact of Amazon rattled booksellers large and small.

Source: New Hampshire Business Review

12 Inspirational Books That Will Motivated You Enough to ~Actually~ Finish Them | Books -

Summer is the perfect time to catch up on all that reading you put off this winter. (Don’t act like you haven’t been re-reading the same paragraph for the last three months.) by Leah Thomas, NYC-based freelance writer.

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Whether you’re starting a book club, can no longer afford your favorite streaming subscription, or you’re simply tired of lying when people ask about the last book you read and the first thing that comes to mind is a viral Twitter thread, it’s probably time to replace your daily hour of The Office to some personal time with an inspiring read. From Tina Fey’s Bossypants to Michelle Obama’s memoir, check out these 12 inspirational books that will have you motivated enough to actually finish them.