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no. 167 (1 February 2012)

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1. Cyranoski, David. “Research ethics: zero tolerance,”
Nature vol. 481, no. 7380 (January 12, 2012): p. 134-136.

The president of Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, wants to reform attitudes towards research ethics at his University and across the country.

Nature is available electronically at
http://catalog.ust.hk/catalog/bib/b838889

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LIBRARY READERS ALERT: A Semi-monthly Service for Students
no. 166 (18 January 2012)

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1. Wong, K.F. and Yung, L. “Do dragons have better fate?”
Economic Inquiry vol. 43, no. 3 (July 2005): p. 689-697.

This article uses 1991 and 1996 Hong Kong census data sets to examine whether dragons earn better or attain better education.

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no. 165 (4 January 2012)

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1. Van Noorden, Richard. “365 days: 2011 in review,”
Nature (21 December 2011)

This article reviews the ups and downs in science in the past year, from deep space to the inner workings of matter in particle colliders.

Interactive Timeline

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no. 164 (21 December 2011)

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1. Miller, Peter. “A thing or two about twins,”
National Geographic (January 2012)

They have the same piercing eyes. The same color hair. One may be shy, while the other loves meeting new people. Discovering why identical twins differ, despite having the same DNA, could reveal a great deal about all of us.

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no. 163 (7 December 2011)

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1. Chang, Kenneth. “Names proposed for 2 new elements on periodic table,”
The New York Times (1 December 2011)

Last June, element 114 and 116 were proposed to be added to the table and their names were just announced. Element 114 will be called flerovium (atomic symbol Fl) and 116 will be livermorium (atomic symbol Lv). The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry welcomes public comments in the coming few months.

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LIBRARY Readers ALERT: A Semi-monthly Service for Students
no. 162 (23 November 2011)

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1. “Are these the seven wonders of nature?”
National Geographic (Retrieved 16 November 2011)

The provisional new seven wonders of nature have emerged after rounds of scrutiny by a panel of judges and a global public vote that ended on 11 November. Hosted by the New7Wonders Foundation, the provisional wonders of nature include Iguazu Falls, Halong Bay, Table Mountain, Amazon Rain Forest, Komodo National Park, Jeju Island, and Puerto Princesa. An official list of winners will be announced in early 2012.

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no. 161 (9 November 2011)

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1. Lichtman, Flora. “PopSci Q&A: Seth Lloyd talks quantum computing and Quoogling,”
Popular Science (4 November 2011)

What is quantum computing? How are quantum computers different from your desktop ones? And how does it work? Let’s find out all these answers from Seth Lloyd, Director of the Center for Extreme Quantum Information Theory at MIT.

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no. 160 (26 October 2011)

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1. MacMillan, Douglas, and Adam Satariano. “The shadowy world of iPhone cases,”
Bloomberg Businessweek no. 4248 (17 October 2011): p. 44-46.

Smartphone cases are now a $436 million-a-year business, case makers often rely on rumors and leaks to get their products on the market first.

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no. 159 (12 October 2011)

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1. Barret, Victoria, “A Course in giving,”
Forbes vol. 188, no. 6 (October 2011): p.110-118.

Bill Gates isn’t leaving his vast fortune to his kids; he’ll make sure it’s gone shortly after he dies. He talks with America’s youngest billionaire, Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz, about the importance of legacy.

Forbes is available electronically at
http://catalog.ust.hk/catalog/bib/b270587

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no. 157 (7 September 2011)

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1. Leffler, Melvyn. “9/11 in retrospect,”
Foreign Affairs vol. 90, no. 5 (Sept/Oct 2011): p. 33-34.

How did the Bush administration shift its focus after the attacks? This article puts 9/11 in historical perspective and calls for a reflection of the American values.

Foreign Affairs is available electronically at
http://catalog.ust.hk/catalog/bib/b270588

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no. 156 (18 May 2011)

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1. Marchant, Jo. “Ancient DNA: curse of the pharaoh’s DNA,”
Nature vol. 472, no.7344 (April 27, 2011): p. 404-406.

Some researchers claim to have analysed DNA from Egyptian mummies. Others say that is impossible. Could new sequencing methods bridge the divide?

Nature is available electronically at
http://catalog.ust.hk/catalog/bib/b838889

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no. 155 (4 May 2011)

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1. Cyranoski, David. “Education: The PhD factory,”
Nature vol. 472, no. 7343 (April 20, 2011): p. 276-279.

The world is producing more PhDs than ever before. It’s time to rethink the value of a doctoral degree. Check out the situation in Japan, China, Singapore and a few other countries.

Nature is available electronically at
http://catalog.ust.hk/catalog/bib/b838889

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no. 154 (20 April 2011)

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1. Barclay, R.L. “Stradivarius pseudoscience: the myth of the miraculous musical instrument,”
Skeptic vol. 16, no. 2 (February 2011): p. 45-50.

Although Stradivarius violins (and other very expensive and historic instruments) are famous for their incredible sound, experiments have shown that there is no real basis for the belief that they are superior to all later instruments.

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no. 152 (16 March 2011)

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1. Stein, Joel. “Data mining: how companies now know everything about you,”
Time vol. 177, no. 11 (March 10, 2011).

Many businesses are collecting your personal and behavioral data behind your back and selling it to advertisers. The writer interviews a number of people in data mining companies. Interested to know how much they know about you?

Time is available electronically at
http://catalog.ust.hk/catalog/bib/b475161

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no. 151 (2 March 2011)

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1. Adee, Sally, “Keeping up e-ppearances: How to bury your digital dirt,”
New Scientist no. 2800 (February 23, 2011).

Google about yourself and check how your identity is being presented. Many of us share highly personal information over the internet without realizing that it could reach a much wider audience, and is very often permanent. This article suggests how to restore one’s online reputation.

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