LIBRARY Readers ALERT: A Semi-monthly Service for Students


1. Scott, E. “The secret lab where Nike invented the power-lacing shoe of our dreams,”
Wired. (September 17, 2016)

High tech shoes are upcoming! Shoe designer Hatfield drew a storyboard in which Marty McFly first encounters a pair of sneakers: He steps in, reaches down to tie the laces, the sneakers light up, come alive, and shape to his foot.


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2. “That’s the way to do it,”
The Economist. (September 24, 2016)

A Cambridge don shows the FBI how to save money on phone hacking. FBI should try something called NAND mirroring (“NAND” refers to the type of memory used in smartphones). James Comey, the FBI’s boss, said that would not work. FBI was proved to be wrong.

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Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the quest for a fantastic future / Ashlee Vance

Elon Musk, the entrepreneur and innovator behind SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, sold one of his internet companies, PayPal, for US$1.5 billion. The journalist Vance interviewed close to 300 people to tell the tumultuous stories of Musk who has renewed American industry and sparked new levels of innovation while making plenty of enemies along the way.



Enzo Ferrari makes his debut as a race car driver

On October 5, 1919, a young Italian car mechanic and engineer named Enzo Ferrari took part in his first car race, a hill climb in Parma, Italy. He finished fourth. Ferrari was a good driver, but not a great one: In all, he won just 13 of the 47 races he entered. Many people say that this is because he cared too much for the sports cars he drove: He could never bring himself to ruin an engine in order to win a race.

Library materials on Ferrari


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