LIBRARY Readers ALERT no. 155

LIBRARY Readers ALERT: A Semi-monthly Service for Students
no. 155 (4 May 2011)


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.

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2. Allen, Richard. “Seconds before the big one,”
Scientific American vol. 304, no. 4 (April 2011): p. 74-79.

The article discusses earthquake detection systems that can detect the earliest stages of an earthquake and sound an alarm to warn people of the danger.

Scientific American is available electronically at


Enriching lives : a history of insurance in Hong Kong, 1841-2010 / Feng Bangyan and Nyaw Mee Kau ; translated by Violet Law
(HG8712 .F3613 2010)

Richly illustrated with photographs and documents, this book provides a comprehensive history of Hong Kong’s insurance history from the 19th century to the present. It will be of interest to readers who want to better understand the development of the industry and the important role it plays in Hong Kong.


United States Sent the First American into Space

On 5 May 1961, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. was launched into space aboard the Freedom 7 space capsule, becoming the first American astronaut to travel into space. The suborbital flight lasted 15 minutes and reached a height of 116 miles into the atmosphere.

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