Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BOOK (2015) An Emergent Theory of Digital Library Metadata: Enrich then Filter

Authors: Getaneh Alemu and Brett Stevens
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Publication date: 29 August 2015
Pages: 208
ISBN-13: 9780081003855

An Emergent Theory of Digital Library Metadata is a reaction to the current digital library landscape that is being challenged with growing online collections and changing user expectations. The theory provides the conceptual underpinnings for a new approach which moves away from expert defined standardised metadata to a user driven approach with users as metadata co-creators. Moving away from definitive, authoritative, metadata to a system that reflects the diversity of users’ terminologies, it changes the current focus on metadata simplicity and efficiency to one of metadata enriching, which is a continuous and evolving process of data linking. From predefined description to information conceptualised, contextualised and filtered at the point of delivery. By presenting this shift, this book provides a coherent structure in which future technological developments can be considered.
  • describes the value of Metadata when continuously enriched by experts and users
  • offers Metadata enriching results from ubiquitous linking
  • provides reasons for Metadata as a resource that should be linked openly
  • discusses the power of enriched Metadata when unlocked and filtered for users individually  

BOOK (2015) The Myth and Magic of Library Systems

Author: Keith Joseph Kelley
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Publication date: 29 September 2015
Pages: 316
ISBN-13: 9780081000762

The Myth and Magic of Library Systems not only defines what library systems are, but also provides guidance on how to run a library systems department. It is aimed at librarians or library administrations tasked with managing, or using, a library systems department.

This book focuses on different scenarios regarding career changes for librarians and the ways they may have to interact with library systems, including examples that speak to IT decision-making responsibilities, work as a library administrator, or managerial duties in systems departments.
  • Provides guidance on how to run a library systems department
  • Focuses on different scenarios regarding career changes for librarians and the ways they may have to interact with library systems
  • Includes sample scenarios that speak to IT decision-making responsibilities, work as a library administrator, or managerial duties in systems departments  

BOOK (2014) I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

Authors: Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 19 August 2014
Pages: 240
ISBN-13: 9780316327930

I Am Malala is the memoir of a remarkable teenage girl who risked her life for the right to go to school. Raised in a changing Pakistan by an enlightened father from a poor background and a beautiful, illiterate mother from a political family, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. I Am Malala tells her story of bravery and determination in the face of extremism, detailing the daily challenges of growing up in a world transformed by terror.
  
Written for her peers with critically-acclaimed author Patricia McCormick, this important book, which will include photos and illustrations, is about the value of speaking out against intolerance and hate. It's a message of hope from one girl who dreams of education for every girl in every country.  

What's fair?: New theory on income inequality

Source: Phys.org, 27 May 2015

The increasing inequality in income and wealth in recent years, together with excessive pay packages of CEOs in the U.S. and abroad, is of growing concern, especially to policy makers. Income inequality was identified as the #1 Top 10 Challenging Trends at the 2015 World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos last January. Columbia Engineering Professor Venkat Venkatasubramanian has led a study that examines income inequality through a new approach: he proposes that the fairest inequality of income is a lognormal distribution (a method of characterizing data patterns in probability and statistics) under ideal conditions, and that an ideal free market can "discover" this in practice.

Venkatasubramanian's analysis found that the Scandinavian countries and, to a lesser extent, Switzerland, Netherlands, and Australia have managed, in practice, to get close to the ideal distribution for the bottom 99% of the population, while the U.S. and U.K. remain less fair at the other extreme. Other European countries such as France and Germany, and Japan and Canada, are in the middle. The paper, "How much inequality in income is fair? A microeconomic game theoretic perspective," was coauthored by Jay Sethuraman, professor of industrial engineering and operations research at Columbia Engineering, and Yu Luo, a chemical engineering PhD student working with Venkatasubramanian, and published online in the April 28th issue of the journal Physica A.

Read more    
 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Ixquick Search Engine - Protects Your Privacy


https://www.ixquick.com/

Ixquick search results are more comprehensive and more accurate than other search engines. Ixquick's unique capabilities include an Advanced Search, a global search and power refinement. Search through 18 million hours of video fun with Ixquick's Video search. 


Ixquick Search engine is the world's mpost powerful search engine employing the most advanced metasearch technology. When you search with Ixquick search engine, you are searching many popular search engines simultaneously and anonymously. Combined, these engines cover more of the Internet than any one search engine alone. 

Ixquick does not collect or share any personal information!  

Study identifies Ebola virus's Achilles' heel

Image: NIAID

Source: Medical Xpress, 26 May 2015

An international team including scientists from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) has identified the molecular "lock" that the deadly Ebola virus must pick to gain entry to cells. The findings, made in mice, suggest that drugs blocking entry to this lock could protect against Ebola infection. The study was published in today's edition of the online journal mBio.

Read more   

JAPAN - High costs, onerous rules keep e-libraries small

Source: The Japan News, by Yuki Kobayashi and Yomiuri Shimbun, 18 May 2015

Despite the increasingly widespread readership of electronic books, e-book loan services at libraries show no signs of catching on.
<Clip>
Nevertheless, there are only 30 digital libraries in the nation, according to research by the Japan Library Association, although there are varying definitions of what constitutes a digital library.

Read full article  

Internet used by 3.2 billion people in 2015


Source: BBC News, 26 May 2015

Nearly half of the global population will be using the internet by the end of this year, according to a new report.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a United Nations body, predicts that 3.2 billion people will be online. The population currently stands at 7.2 billion.

Read more  

WEBINAR RECORDING (2015) Char Booth: Cultivating Campus Collaboration

The recording of this webinar was the responsibility of the ACRL Instruction Section Management and Leadership Committee.

Content:
"For librarians who work in information literacy program development, creating and sustaining meaningful ties with a diverse range of campus stakeholders is an essential and complex task. 

This webinar will involve participants in a discussion about cultivating effective institutional collaborations, from identifying and engaging potential partners to curriculum mapping strategies to assessing (and sometimes ending) campus relationships."

Click here for recording  

Click here for slideshow (94 slides) 

SURVEY (2015) 5 Analytics, Business Intelligence, Data Management Trends For 2015


Source: InformationWeek, by Doug Henschen, 1/9/2015

InformationWeek survey shows growth in cloud-based data warehousing, real-time tech, and big-data platforms, but business intelligence standardization is waning.

Read more & to download the complete 2015 survey   

SLIDESHOW (2015) Introduction to Research Data Management

This slideshow was used in an Introduction to Research Data Management course taught for the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division, University of Oxford, on 2015-02-09. It provides an overview of some key issues, looking at both day-to-day data management, and longer term issues, including sharing, and curation.

Click here to go to slideshow 

Monday, May 25, 2015

The generation that tech forgot

Source: BBC News, by Jane Wakefield, 25 May 2015

These days there is no shortage of technology designed for the older generation - from hearing aids that use GPS data to work out where the wearer is located and adjust volume accordingly, to Toyota robots that can carry the elderly around, and wireless sensors on mats that can alert relatives if someone stops moving around the house.

But do older people want any of this when many have not got to grips with the more basic technology most of the younger generation take for granted?

Read more  

SOUTH AFRICA: Weaker rand pushes laptop prices up

Source: fin24, by Duncan Alfreds, 25 May 2015

South Africans could see an increase in the price of laptops as the rand continues its downward slide against major international currencies, says a retailer.

Read more 

Written Communication May Be 40,000 Years Old


Source: NewHistorian, by Irina Slav, 24 May 2015

It’s common knowledge that the first systematic use of written symbols as a means of communication emerged in Sumer around 3,000 BCE, but now a Canadian researcher is suggesting that as far back as 40,000 years ago our ancestors communicated in writing. Genevieve von Petzinger, an anthropologist from the University of Victoria, studied hundreds of markings from 300 sites in addition to personally visiting and examining 52 caves where ancient humans had lived located in Spain, Portugal, Italy, and France. She then collected these markings in a database and looked for repeated use of the same symbol as well as for patterns of use for the different symbols.

Read full article  

Sunday, May 24, 2015

TEDTalk VIDEO (16:17) Mad at Mandela | Sisonke Msimang | TEDxSoweto

Published on Apr 30, 2015
Writer, activist and opinion-maker Sisonke Msimang shares thoughts on how she finds herself wondering, given the number of recent violent and racist incidents that have taken place in South Africa, if Nelson Mandela’s chosen path of reconciliation and forgiveness over redistribution and justice was at all helpful.

Sisonke Msimang is director of advocacy and accountability at Sonke Gender Justice and writes a column in South Africa’s Daily Maverick online newspaper. She is also one of thirteen select Aspen Institute New Voices fellows.

ARTICLE (2015) Proficient readers' reading behavior in Taiwan: the study of young Chinese readers

Title: 
Proficient readers' reading behavior in Taiwan: the study of young Chinese readers

Author:
Chang, Li-Chun

Published in Universal Journal of Educational Research, v3 n4 p283-287 2015

The purpose of this study was to explore the reading behavior of young proficient Chinese readers at preschool age. Especially, the roles of phonetic skill and Chinese Character recognition in reading comprehension were explored. 10 kindergartens were recruited to participate in the study. Subjects were 72-98 kindergarten children. Instruments include 5 measures of language assessments. Pearson product-moment correlation, ANOVA and stepwise regression were used to analyze quantitative data. Reading miscue analysis was employed to analyze children's reading style and error patterns. The results found: (1) Word recognition was a better predictor in reading fluency when comparing with Chinese phonic spelling ability, (2) Reading fluency was positively correlated with reading comprehension, (3) There were 4 types of young readers, (4) Balanced readers had the best reading comprehension abilities, (5) Young children used mostly syntax and semantics clues in miscue analysis, and (6) Reading fluency and PPVT were the two best early predictors for later reading comprehension abilities.  

Iris scanners can now identify us from 40 feet (12 metres) away

Initiating iScan. Image: Shutterschock

Source: Phys.org, by Anne-Marie Oostveen and Diana dimitrova, 22 May 2015

Biometric technologies are on the rise. By electronically recording data about individual's physical attributes such as fingerprints or iris patterns, security and law enforcement services can quickly identify people with a high degree of accuracy.

Read more (includes video)  

Google patents 'creepy' internet toys to run the home


Source: BBC News, by Leo Kelion, 22 May 2015

Google's R&D team has looked into making internet-connected toys that control smart home appliances.

The firm has published a patent that describes devices that would turn their heads towards users and listen to what they were saying, before sending commands to remote computer servers.

Read more  

Friday, May 22, 2015

TEDTalk VIDEO (18:43) Three possible futures for South Africa (by Jakkie Cilliers at TEDxJohannesburg)

Published on Dec 9, 2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Might South Africans build the future they want? Jakkie Cilliers’ deep probes into the future give us a priceless glimpse into what lies ahead for country and continent. His TEDxJohannesburg 2014 presentation forecasts three possible futures for South Africa: Mandela Magic, Nation Divided, and Bafana Bafana. The prospects of each are self-evident. Either way, he says, it‘s the choices that South Africans make today that will determine where in the future the country ends up.

Dr Jakkie Cilliers co-founded the Institute for Security Studies in 1990, where he is now the Executive Director. He holds a BA from the University of Stellenbosch and a BA Honours, MA and DLitt et Phil from the University of South Africa. A widely published and regular commentator, Dr Cilliers’ current interest lie in forecasting long terms trends for South Africa and the greater African continent. Dr Cilliers also serves on the editorial boards of the African Security Review and the South African Journal of International Affairs.

BOOK (2015) Creating Online Tutorials: A Practical Guide for Librarians

Authors: Hannah Gascho Rempel, and Maribeth Slebodnik
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 7/16/2015
Series: Practical Guides for Librarians Series, #17
Pages: 180
ISBN-13: 9780810893269

Today’s students rely heavily on using electronic resources; they expect to be able to access library resources from any location and at any time of the day. More and more schools, from K-12 through graduate level universities, are offering online education, and libraries must be prepared to guide learners in how to use library resources when and where they are needed. Online tutorials are the library’s answer to providing this immediate instruction, and today’s learners are expecting to have these guides available.

Many librarians don’t have the technical expertise needed to create online tutorials.

Creating Online Tutorials: A Practical Guide for Librarians will help guide them through the basics of designing and producing an online tutorial. Through practical examples, the book will guide librarians just starting the process of creating an online tutorial from start to finish and will provide tips that will be useful to librarians with more experience in designing online tutorials.

This detailed roadmap for designing and producing online tutorials covers:
•When to consider a tutorial
•Needs assessment
•Choosing the right technology
•Selecting and organizing instructional content
•Planning—script, images, narration, other design elements
•Assessment as a primary design element
•Maintenance and updating
•Online tutorial resources

After reading this book, new tutorial developers will have a practical, customizable blueprint that will enable them confidently address the creation of their first online tutorials, and experienced developers will learn efficient techniques to create and enhance future tutorials that are attractive, effective teaching tools.

BOOK (2015) Library: An Unquiet History (by Matthew Battles)

Author: Matthew Battles
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 7/27/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
ISBN-13: 9780393351453

“Engrossingly saturated with fascinating lore, colorful anecdotes and deft portraits.”—Hilarie M. Sheets, New York Times
Through the ages, libraries have not only accumulated and preserved but also shaped, inspired, and obliterated knowledge.


Now they are in crisis. Former rare books librarian and Harvard MetaLAB visionary Matthew Battles takes us from Boston to Baghdad, from classical scriptoria to medieval monasteries and on to the Information Age, to explore how libraries are built and how they are destroyed: from the scroll burnings in ancient China to the burning of libraries in Europe and Bosnia to the latest revolutionary upheavals of the digital age. A new epilogue elucidates the preservation of knowledge amid the creative destruction of twenty-first century technology.  

BOOK (2015) Creating Research Infrastructures in 21st-Century Academic Libraries: Conceiving, Funding, and Building New Facilities and Staff

Editor: Bradford Lee Eden
Publisher: Rowan & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 16 August 2015
Series: Creating the 21st Century Academic Library Series, #4
220 pages
ISBN-13: 9781442252400

Creating Research Infrastructures in the 21st-Century Academic Libraries: Conceiving, Funding, and Building New Facilities and Staff focuses on research infrastructures, bringing together such topics as research and development in libraries, dataset management, e-science, grants and grant writing, digital scholarship, data management, library as publisher, web archiving, and the research lifecycle. Individual chapters deal with the formation of Research & Development teams; emerging scholarly forms and new collaborative approaches to knowledge creation, dissemination, and preservation; managing small databases requiring the same level of support as large databases: metadata, digital preservation and curation, and technical support. Motivation for such services is provided in a chapter that considers how assessment and data now drive decisions and new services in higher education in general and academic libraries in particular and how statistical data can help to tell stories, make decisions, and move in new directions. Conceptualization of the research process also receives attention through the presentation of a research lifecycle in the university environment with the library as an integral partner and leader. Also, a topic that is increasingly important: the library as publisher, with new institutional repositories tied to journal creation, curation, and management is examined with a discussion of the workflow and expertise necessary for the library to be successful and responsive to the research needs of its institution, and become a leader in providing publishing services to its faculty. A related topic, Web archiving in libraries is explored in a chapter that includes discussions on the process of establishing buy-in and legal permission, the policies and procedures, and the technology necessary for its success.

All of these efforts require funding and chapters are included that address this need: finding funding outside of the university for support of the library is now a necessary and vital part of academic libraries: guidelines and steps for how to write a grant and be successful at obtaining outside funds. A second chapter deals with the problem of developing a grant-seeking culture in the library, what some of the barriers are to the grant-writing process and how to create a reward system for a grant-writing culture.

The volume concludes with two case studies related to implementing research data management services at two liberal arts colleges. They demonstrate that the integration of data management services for undergraduate and faculty research in liberal arts colleges is just as important as it is for the large research universities, and that new service models should be incorporated so that all librarians and library staff participate in this integration in their duties and responsibilities.

It is hoped that this volume, and the series in general, will be a valuable and exciting addition to the discussions and planning surrounding the future directions, services, and careers in the twenty-first-century academic library.  

British Library - £9.5m boost from Heritage Lottery Fund for our Save our Sounds campaign

Source: The British Library Sound and vision blog, 20 May 2015

We are delighted to announce that the British Library has been earmarked funding of over £9.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help save the nation’s sound recordings and open them up online for everyone to hear.

For those of you familiar with our Save our Sounds project, this is very welcome news. According to the predictions of sound archivists the world over, we have fifteen years in which to digitise historic sound recordings before the equipment required to play some formats can no longer be used, and some formats such as wax cylinders and acetate discs start to naturally decay.

Read more (includes photos) 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Quiet Zone: Where mobile phones are banned

The Robert C Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT)

Source: BBC News, by Emile Holba and Sara Jane Hall, 19 May 2015

Anyone driving west from Washington DC towards the Allegheny Mountains will arrive before long in a vast area without mobile phone signals. This is the National Radio Quiet Zone - 13,000 square miles (34,000 sq km) of radio silence. What is it for and how long will it survive?

Read full article (includes photos)  

Dataminr - Real-time Information Discovery


http://www.dataminr.com/

Dataminr transforms the Twitter stream and other public datasets into actionable signals, discovering must-know information in real-time for clients in Finance, the Public Sector, News, Security and Crisis Management. 


Using powerful, proprietary algorithms, Dataminr instantly analyzes all public tweets and other publicly available data to deliver the earliest signals for breaking news, real-world events, off the radar context and perspective, and emerging trends.  

ARTICLE (2015) Consortial Ebook Platforms: An Update and Good News

Title:
Consortial Ebook Platforms: An Update and Good News
[PDF, 4 pages]

Author:
Greg Pronevitz, Massachusetts Library Consortium

Published:
Collaborative Librarianship, volume 7, number 1, 2015

From the article:
Many consortial librarians are discussing and working on shared ebook platforms. We’ve been thinking about it seriously in Massachusetts since May 2012 when Jamie LaRue spoke at a conference in Worcester called “Resource Sharing Unbound.” He lit up the room with excitement and inspired a widespread call to action for a shared statewide ebook platform embracing the themes of the Douglas County Libraries’ own platform—ownership, fair prices, and user-friendliness. Jo Budler, Kansas State Librarian, inspired us when Kansas invoked a transferability clause to move content from one ebook aggregator to another platform. Since that time much has occurred in this arena in Massachusetts and elsewhere.  

Declassified Bin Laden Documents Released by U.S. Intelligence Agencies

Source: 
Bin Ladin’s Bookshelf” on the Director of National Intelligence website

On May 20, 2015, the ODNI released a sizeable tranche of documents recovered during the raid on the compound used to hide Usama bin Ladin. The release, which followed a rigorous interagency review, aligns with the President’s call for increased transparency–consistent with national security prerogatives–and the 2014 Intelligence Authorization Act, which required the ODNI to conduct a review of the documents for release.

The release contains two sections. The first is a list of non-classified, English-language material found in and around the compound. The second is a selection of now-declassified documents.

The Intelligence Community will be reviewing hundreds more documents in the near future for possible declassification and release. An interagency taskforce under the auspices of the White House and with the agreement of the DNI is reviewing all documents which supported disseminated intelligence cables, as well as other relevant material found around the compound. All documents whose publication will not hurt ongoing operations against al-Qa‘ida or their affiliates will be released. 

Potential new vaccine blocks every strain of HIV

Image: Shutterstock.com

Source: Science Alert, by BEC Crew, 19 February 2015

A new drug candidate is so potent against all strains of HIV, researchers think it could work as a new kind of vaccine.

Developed by researchers from more than a dozen research institutions and led by a team at the Scripps Research Institute in the US, the drug is effective against doses of HIV-1, HIV-2 and SIV (simian immunodeficiency virus) that have been extracted from humans or rhesus macaques - including what researchers consider to be the ‘hardest-to-stop’ variants. It worked against doses of HIV that are way higher than what would be transmitted between humans, and works for at least eight months after injection.

Read more  

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

TEDTalk VIDEO (10:46) Joseph DeSimone: What if 3D printing was 100x faster?

Published on Mar 19, 2015
What we think of as 3D printing, says Joseph DeSimone, is really just 2D printing over and over ... slowly. Onstage at TED2015, he unveils a bold new technique — inspired, yes, by Terminator 2 — that's 25 to 100 times faster, and creates smooth, strong parts. Could it finally help to fulfill the tremendous promise of 3D printing? 

BOOK (2015) What Happened When in the World: History as You've Never Seen It Before!

Publisher: Penguin Books, April 2015
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 97814093565592

History as you've never seen it before, walk through the past and find out what happened when
 
Step into What Happened When in the World, a unique historical atlas for kids and discover the global events that shaped our world.  
 
Watch the key moments in our history unravel on the page in front of you through colourful, illustrated 3D maps. Follow the devastating spread of the black death through Europe, the Roman Empire's expansion to North Africa and the Middle East, and the impact of world war II on the globe. 
 
What Happened When in the World reveals our history through 60 stunning, specially commissioned historical maps which chart the migration of humans, the spread of the black death, D-day landings and much more.  

ARTICLE (2015) Library and Information Science research in China - A Survey Based Analysis of 10 LIS Educational Institutes

Title: 
Library and Information Science research in China - A Survey Based Analysis of 10 LIS Educational Institutes

Authors:
Ximing Xiao, Fangyuan Zhang and Jinrui Li

Published:
The journal of Academic Librarianship, volume 41, number 3, May 2015, pp 330-340

Abstract:
This paper aims to conduct a quantitative evaluation on the achievement, research productivity, and research hotspots of “Library, Information and Archives management” Science schools or departments in China. In this paper, the “LIS” in China is firstly defined. Before evaluation, data are collected from CSSCI (Chinese Social Science Citation Index)-indexed papers and SSCI (Social Science Citation Index)-indexed papers, as well as projects granted by the two authoritative national foundations in China, SSFC (National Social Science Foundation of China) and NSFC (National Natural Science Foundation of China). Then, a bibliometric-based method and a keyword-based method are employed to analyze the collected data from different perspectives, including annual distribution, author productivity, institute productivity and influence. Through the analysis, several conclusions are made: a) collaborative groups exist, though no particular collaboration preference is exhibited. b) Interdisciplinary research promotes the emergence of new disciplines. c) There are four top institutes with outstanding productivity and six hot research topics in the “LIS” study in China. Also, in a five-year period, “LIS” scholars have paid much attention on network technology and its application in this field. Research addressing the view of “information” is much more popular than the ubiquitous conception of “library”. d) There still exist some issues in China's LIS research, for example, the unbalanced development of educational institutes, the excessive preference of theoretical research over technical research, etc.

Do you know about OER World Map?


https://oerworldmap.org/

OER World Map shares information on behalf of the worldwide OER community, using local knowledge to describe the OER ecosystem. Built with cutting edge linked open data technology, OER World Map visualizes the world of OER and supports a range of widgets and tools through powerful statistical analysis. 


OER World Map is built by hbz and graphthinking GmbH with funding from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The OER World Map is: 
1) a tool to collect and store data by, about and for the OER community; 
2) a set of tools to visualize the data; 
3) open to contribution by individuals and institutions; 
4) built on state of the art linked open data technology; 
5) aiming at maximum openess, connectivity and reusability; and 
6) owned and driven by the OER community. 

The OER World Map can be used:
a) to find and contact OER experts; 
b) to find OER services in order to use them for learning; 
c) to find OER services in order to develop technical infrastructure like search engines; 
d) to connect institutions and foster inter institutional cooperation; and 
e) in many other ways.  

BOOK (2015) Science But Not As We Know It: Cutting-Edge Concepts Made Simple

Author: Gililand, Ben
Publisher: Penguin Books, April 2015
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780241184196

Cutting-edge concepts made simple, it's not rocket science

The media reports on the latest scientific discoveries and breakthroughs can seem like a foreign language, from black holes, to dark matter and exoplanets to leap seconds. Finally get to grips with these difficult concepts by reading Ben Gilliland's unique take on them.

Science But Not As We Know It takes complex scientific ideas and breaks them down for the non-scientist, from explaining the size of the Universe, to how black holes work, Schroedinger's cat and the Higgs boson. Difficult ideas and theories are compared to everyday things we are familiar with - forces become armies and electrons have personalities.

This book will have you saying 'I get it now!' over and over again. You no longer have to be a rocket scientist to understand rocket science.  

'Cyber-archaeology' salvages lost Iraqi art

Source: BBC News, by Jonathan Webb, 19 May 2015

Priceless historical artefacts have been lost recently, to violence in Iraq and earthquakes in Nepal. But "cyber-archaeologists" are working with volunteers to put you just a few clicks away from seeing these treasures - in colourful, three-dimensional detail.

Read more (photos included)  

How hackers exploit hotel Wi-Fi

Source: fin24, 19 May 2015

Johannesburg - Poorly secured Wi-Fi networks at hotels are spurring on cyber criminals to swoop in and steal guests’ private information, warns PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Read more