World Health Organization says West Africa Ebola outbreak could infect more than 20,000 -
Stay healthy, Uloopers!
Library without books debuts at Florida’s newest college -
The library opening with the first day of classes on Monday at Florida’s newest college features a sunlit arched roof and cozy reading chairs - but not a single book.
A fully digital library is among the futuristic features of Florida Polytechnic University’s striking dome-shaped building, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
"It’s a boldly relevant decision to go forward without books," said Kathryn Miller, the university’s director of libraries.
The inaugural class of 550 students, offered scholarships covering tuition to attend a public university so new it’s not yet accredited, can access more than 135,000 ebooks on their choice of reader, tablet or laptop.
A bookless library is a rarity among U.S. colleges but reflects the high-tech ambitions of the university in Lakeland, Florida. Rising along a drab stretch of highway between Tampa and Orlando, Florida Polytechnic envisions building a technology corridor in the image of Silicon Valley.
A library with no books!?
15 Real-Life Scientists Share Their Favorite Science Fiction Books, Movies
A very good and very diverse list of sci-fi.
I once read that China, which used to ban sci-fi, approved it solely because it was proven to make scientists more creative.
Here’s some sci-fi for your Thursday.
10 Things You Didn't Know Your Mac Could Do -
That MacBook on your desk might be even more powerful than you think.
For all the Mac fans out there …
Don’t forget to have your coffee for the morning. Happy Monday!
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Yolo and binge-watch added to online dictionary
Yolo, an acronym for ‘you only live once’, is among the latest new words added to the Oxford online dictionary. The phrase, along with ‘adorbs’ - meaning cute or adorable, and ‘binge-watch’ - which means to avidly watch something - has been added to oxforddictionaries.com. The website is a catalogue of current definitions of English words as they are used today. Other new inclusions include “tech-savvy” and “clickbait”. The words have been revealed as part of the latest quarterly update of the online dictionary, and give an insight for linguists into current language usage trends. The words will not, for now, appear in the paper-version of the Oxford English Dictionary, which is a more historical account of words, but they could do in the foreseeable future if they continue to be frequently used for years to come. According to the online dictionary’s language monitoring programme, use of the word ‘binge-watch’ increased fourfold in February and tripled in June, based on its average use over the last two years. There were notable spikes in its usage recorded around the latest releases of political drama House Of Cards in February and the US comedy Orange Is The New Black in June 2014.
Other informal terms entered into the online dictionary: bank of mum and dad - a person’s parents regarded as a source of financial assistance or support bro hug - another term for ‘man hug’ and is used to describe two males embracing cray - crazy hench - often used to describe a man who is strong, fit, and having well-developed muscles hot mess - a person or thing that is spectacularly unsuccessful or disordered: mansplain - (Of a man) explain (something) to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronising side-eye - a sidelong glance expressing disapproval or contempt spit-take - an act of suddenly spitting out liquid one is drinking in response to something funny or surprising (via BBC News - Yolo and binge-watch added to online dictionary)
Happy Friday, Uloopians.
Happy Monday. Time to get back to the old grind!
(Source: study-habit, via caffeinatedneurons)