LIBRARY Readers ALERT: A Semi-monthly Service for Students


1. “Books of the Year 2016,”
The Economist (December 10, 2016)See what The Economist considers the best books of the year. They are an eclectic batch, covering many topics: politics, economics, history, language, microbiology, and even medieval European manuscripts. If the Library doesn’t have a print or e-copy of the book, you can search and request via HKALL, or ask the Library to purchase a copy.

The Economist is available electronically at

2. Yuhas, A. “Ig Nobel prizes: trousers for rats and the truthfulness of liars,”
Popular Science (September 23, 2016)

For more than a quarter century, researchers have gathered yearly at Harvard University to honor some of the strangest research of the year, to celebrate odd, wonderful, and sometimes seemingly absurd research. If you love research and academia, you’ll love the Ig Nobel prizes!

The Guardian is available electronically at

View the details of this year’s winners at the Annals of Improbable Research


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The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016 / Karen Joy Fowler

The semester is over, now is a good time to relax with a collection of some of the best American science fiction short stories in the past year.





Winter Solstice 冬至

Today is December 21st, the winter solstice and shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. It is also a semi-holiday here in Hong Kong, where many schools and businesses, including HKUST, close a bit early to ensure people can gather with their families for a celebratory meal.

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