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1. Strickland, Eliza. “Can Japan phase out nuclear power?”
IEEE Spectrum (November 2012).

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1. Traub, James. “Adapt or die,”
Foreign Policy  (November 2, 2012)

Hurricane Sandy has occupied the international headlines for days. It has caused over 100 lives and substantial economic loss. People are forced to face the inevitable climate change and rethink how we can adapt to it. Different countries undertake on-going adaptation projects to combat the increasing magnitude of natural disasters.

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1. Guizzo, Eric. “Winners of $10 Robot Challenge announced,”
IEEE Spectrum (published online September 30, 2012)

Organized by the African Robotics Network (AFRON), the goal of the “10 Dollar Robot Challenge” is to foster the creation of affordable robots for education, especially in primary and secondary schools. The challenge ran from June 15 to September 15, 2012.

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1. Rousseau, Steve. “Red river: NASA’s Mars rover discovers direct evidence of flowing water,”
Popular Mechanics (published online September 27, 2012)

NASA’s Curiosity Rover made its first major discovery, sending back pictures of tiny rounded pebbles, the iron proof that a stream once flowed through the planet’s surface. The pebbles not only suggest liquid water was on the Red Planet, but that they were part of a stream that had been flowing for quite some time.

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26 Sep 2012

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1. Ferreira, Becky. “Nanobots on Mars,”
Popular Science vol. 281, no. 2 (August 2012): p. 23-25.

The article discusses research into nanobots, or microrobots, for the exploration of Mars and other planets. An overview of projects related to robots and space exploration is presented, including electronic communications array research conducted by physicist John Barker, TETwalker robots developed by NASA’s Autonomous Nanotechnological Swarm (ANTS) program, and the Networked TerraXplorer Mars base developed by engineer Constantinos Mavroidis.

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12 Sep 2012

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1. Nadis, Steve. “Out there if the aliens have cities, will we be able to see them?
Discover (published online August 7, 2012)

Up until now, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence has primarily involved listening for radio signals deliberately or inadvertently sent by alien cultures into space. Recently, astrophysicists saw city-spotting as an alternative way to hunt for ET. They suggested to seek alien civilizations by searching for the lights from extraterrestrial cities. One virtue of the scheme was that it made few assumptions about the aliens. They didn’t have to be beaming messages at us; they merely had to share our fondness for artificial light, something common to every modern society on Earth.

Discover is available electronically at
http://catalog.ust.hk/catalog/bib/b321831

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LIBRARY Readers ALERT: A Semi-monthly Service for Students
no. 174 (23 May 2012)

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1. “Still in second gear; Chinese carmakers,”
The Economist vol. 403, no. 8783 (May 5, 2012): p. 62-63.

Some of China’s leading carmakers including SAIC, Geely, Chery, JAC and Great Wall are beginning to establish their brands overseas. Last November, models from SAIC and Geely won high marks in crash tests by a European safety agency. Styling, however, is their weakest point. The Chinese government’s dream of dominating the world car market still seems distant.

The Economist is available electronically at
http://catalog.ust.hk/catalog/bib/b599666

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LIBRARY Readers ALERT: A Semi-monthly Service for Students
no. 173 (9 May 2012)

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1. Brown, Harriet. “The boom and bust ECO,”
Psychology Today, vol. 45, no. 1 (Jan/Feb 2012): p. 66-73.

Jennifer Crocker, a psychologist at the University of Michigan, found that college students value boosts to their self-esteem such as receiving a good grade or a compliment more than any other pleasant activity they were asked about.

Psychology Today is available electronically at
http://catalog.ust.hk/catalog/bib/b321912

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LIBRARY Readers ALERT: A Semi-monthly Service for Students
no. 172 (25 April 2012)

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1. Guglielmo, Connie. “Google’s new shopping list,”
Forbes vol. 189, no. 7 (April 2012): p. 40-42.

In 2010 Google did 48 deals. In 2011 the company announced a record 79 purchases and investments, shelling out about $2 billion, not counting the still-pending deal to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. But here we are one-quarter of the way through 2012, and there have been no deals at all. Has Google’s once-hearty appetite for acquisitions been sated?

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

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LIBRARY Readers ALERT: A Semi-monthly Service for Students
no. 171 (11 April 2012)

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1. Sides, Hampton. “Unseen Titanic,”
National Geographic (published online April 2012)

At 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, the “unsinkable” R.M.S. Titanic disappeared beneath the waves, taking with her 1,500 souls. One hundred years later, new technologies have revealed the most complete and most intimate images of the famous wreck.

National Geographic is available electronically at
http://catalog.ust.hk/catalog/bib/b705396

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LIBRARY Readers ALERT: A Semi-monthly Service for Students
no. 170 (21 March 2012)

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1. Freedman, David H. “Good news, Spock–we’re getting closer to a universal translator,”
Discover (published online February 27, 2012)

The gap between machine translators and their human counterparts may never be closed. In French, for example, the expression for “There’s no more” is “Il n’y en a plus,” but Google translates it as “There are more.” Yet the rapid advancement of Google-style, statistical translation shows promises to narrow the gap.

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LIBRARY Readers ALERT: A Semi-monthly Service for Students
no. 169 (7 March 2012)

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1. Phillips, Gervase. “War horses: black beauties of the Western front,”
History Today vol. 62, no. 1 (January, 2012): p. 5-6.

With the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI approaching in 2014, Steven Spielberg’s latest film adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse is a timely reminder of the service of horses and mules during the War and a call to historians to do justice to the true story of equine sacrifice.

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LIBRARY Readers ALERT: A Semi-monthly Service for Students
no. 168 (15 February 2012)

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1. Garber, Ken. “Explaining exercise,”
Science vol. 335, no. 6066 (January 20, 2012): p. 281.

Exercise has many benefits, but the mechanisms behind them remain unclear. Cellular “self-eating,” which helps cells meet their energy demands, may account for some of the benefits of exercise.

Science is available electronically at
http://catalog.ust.hk/catalog/bib/b676895

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LIBRARY Readers ALERT: A Semi-monthly Service for Students
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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