Reading aloud to children changes their brain

By Chris Meadows
August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Researchers have found evidence that reading to children changes their brain, the Huffington Post reports. Pediatricians have found evidence via MRI scans that reading to children activates parts of their brains that deal with narrative comprehension and visual imagery. Children’s brains show [...]

James Clerk Maxwell: Scot, physicist, mathematician … and poet

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

While at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, I'd like to pay tribute to one of the city's many great intellectual sons: James Clerk Maxwell (1831-79), the titanic Victorian scientist whose work was described by Albert Einstein as the "most profound and the most fruitful that physics has experienced since the time of Newton." His genius touched pure mathematics, electromagnetics, optics (color theory), kinetic theory and thermodynamics, astronomy (the rings of Saturn), and many other disciplines. And he was also a poet. [...]

Want to know how to talk to aliens? Start here

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

One of the more interesting free new ebooks to come my way in recent weeks arrived today in the shape of a multi-format multi-contributor offering from NASA entitled: Archaeology, Anthropology, and Interstellar Communication. Edited by Douglas A. Vakoch, this volume brings perspectives from the [...]

Palgrave Macmillan contributes to science publishing peer review debate

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

The question of peer review is one of the central topics of the current controversy over scientific publishing, with Wiley already trialing a “transferable peer review” procedure to speed and refine the process. Now, Palgrave Macmillan is rolling out its own “open peer review [...]

Scientists show that poetry is the music of the mind

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 22, 2013 // 1 Comment

Claims by generations of poets, critics and readers that poetry shares the power of music to directly affect our emotions and feelings have been given some substance by researchers at the UK’s University of Exeter, as reported by the University itself and retweeted by the UK Poetry Society. [...]

The weight of an e-book

By Chris Meadows
October 31, 2011 // 1 Comment

All those people who cite the fact that it doesn’t weigh anything as a reason they prefer e-books have just been proven wrong. The Telegraph reports that a computer scientist has explained that the more e-books you download, the heavier your e-reader is. Adding 4GB of e-books to a Kindle will [...]

The Elements iPad app helps sell printed books

By Chris Meadows
December 20, 2010 // 1 Comment

Publishing Perspectives has an interesting profile of Touch Press, the company behind “The Elements”, the periodic table app for the iPad that we’ve mentioned a time or two. The company was founded by scientist and author Theodore Gray, who came up with a pictorial periodic table poster now [...]

Marian the Cybrarian – the role of digital librarians

By Paul Biba
May 25, 2010 // 0 Comments

Picked this up from a tweet by librarian Sue Polanka of the No Shelf Required blog. It’s an article with the above title from The Chronicle of Higher Education about Marilyn Johnson’s new book This Book Is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All (HarperCollins, 2010). The [...]

The model digital library branch: Reality or just a wish?

By Tony Bandy
May 24, 2010 // 3 Comments

While many libraries, both public and academic, have implemented digital resources for their patrons in bits and pieces, I would argue that now is the time for libraries to work on putting together a comprehensive digital branch approach, offering millions of books, millions of newspapers and [...]

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