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Scientific American’s Shift from Applied Sciences to Natural and Theoretical Sciences

Scientific American’s Shift from Applied Sciences to Natural and Theoretical Sciences

Scientific American, a major publication from the Nature Publishing Group has uploaded an interesting article with a graphical representation of how the prominent branches of science as featured on the covers of the monthly issues of Scientific American have gradually changed in the years since WWII.  

Please navigate to the link above to read the full article.

Nature Soapbox Science – Buzz Aldrin: Space Policy, cooperative efforts to Mars and the need to inspire future generations

Nature Soapbox Science recently uploaded an exciting interview with Buzz Aldrin, the second person in history to set foot on the Moon on July 26, 1969, about his views on America’s space policy, establishing cooperative efforts to Mars and the need to inspire future generations. For the full-text of the interview please visit bit.ly/1gPaOK5.

Courtesy of the Buzz Aldrin Archive

Courtesy of the Buzz Aldrin Archive

Staff Review: Designed for Habitat

Designed for Habitat
David Hinson & Justin Miller
Routledge

I won’t pretend to be an expert in this field, but I would like to think that I know a little something about it… I did, after all, work for a small architectural practice for several years, and then the Australian Institute of Architects. Oh, and both my parents are in the industry: one is an architect, the other an urban designer. So even though I’ve never had any training in the discipline, I’ve been surrounded by it for most of my life, and I thought I’d put that history to use (or test it out?) by reviewing a book based on a very interesting premise: collaborations between designers (either ensconced in universities, or practising architects) and the social housing initiative Habitat for Humanity, whose key stakeholders are the volunteers who run it and the low-income people they run it for.
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Staff Review: The Genius of Dogs

The Genius of Dogs
Brian Hare & Vanessa Woods
Oneworld Publications

The evolution of man’s best friend is not as straightforward as you might think. This fascinating title, The Genius of Dogs, delves into the inner workings of not only a dog’s mind and their intelligence, but also touches upon human and ape evolution.
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Staff Review: Street Food of India

Street Food of India
Sephi Bergerson
I.B.Tauris Publishers

At first glance this books draws you into it and says, “Go ahead and take a look, you’re going to love it.” Not many cook/snack books do that. And if you do take a look you will be glad that you did.
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Macmillan Art Publishing: No Other Man, No Other Store

Sir Charles Lloyd Jones always wanted to be an artist and, in his youth, studied painting for six and a half years, first at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney and then at the Slade in London. As grandson of the founder of David Jones Ltd., he eventually returned from London to play many important roles in the firm – firstly by revolutionising its advertising and later as Chairman of the Board for almost 40 years until his death in 1958.

The following are edited extracts and images from No Other Man, No Other Store.
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Staff Review: Packing for Mars

Packing for Mars
Mary Roach
Oneworld Publications

The irrepressible Mary Roach does it again, bringing her special brand of wit and inexhaustible research to bear on the fascinating world of space travel and its concomitant developments.
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Staff Review: Suicide Bombings

Suicide Bombings
Riaz Hassan
Taylor & Francis

In the first chapter, Hassan caught my attention with his discussion of ‘Life as a Weapon’. Life is used as the most basic yet powerful weapon to attack and instill fear in the enemy or society. Suicide is seen as a means to an end and we can see various examples of it throughout history, such as the crucifixion death of Jesus Christ, the martyrs of Cordoba and Japanese ritual suicide to maintain honour and kamikaze operations during WWII where Japanese air force pilots crashed their planes to US naval fleets.
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Q&A with POLYP

The Co-operative Revolution: A Graphic Novel 
Polyp
New Internationalist

What / who inspired you to become a political artist?

I’ve always had an interest in comic books and drawing, but I guess what made me want to take a political direction was Carl Sagan’s TV series ‘Cosmos’. The episode about nuclear war made me feel I had to engage with the issue. This was during the worst of the cold war… the Thatcher / Reagan era.

Another big influence was Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’. Looking back at the insane injustices of the witch-hunts made me wonder what crime our culture will be judged for in the future, and the answer seemed obvious: that we put profit before the death by poverty and hunger of millions of children.

polyp cartoon
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Staff Review: You Are Not So Smart

You Are Not So Smart
Why Your Memory is Mostly Fiction, Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself

David McRaney
Oneworld Publications

You have everything under control. Rationality and logic guide your decision-making. You know who you are, what you believe and why you believe it. You can recognise a bad situation when you’re in one.

How much of this description fits? It fit me. Or, it did. You and I, it turns out, are never in complete control. Our brains manipulate us, not the other way around. Through them, we ignore evidence and obscure facts. We can be very suggestible, requiring only mild nudges to act against our interests.
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