Friday, June 30, 2006

How Everyday Things Are Made

How Everyday Things Are Made from Stanford Univeristy is intended for those who have ever wondered how things are made - products like candy, cars, airplanes, or bottles - or if you've been interested in manufacturing processes, like forging, casting, or injection molding, then you've come to the right place.

Note: requires Macromedia Flash Player.

(From RefDesk.com.)


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Google does Shakespeare

Google is testing Googlebooks using Shakespeare.

Check it out!


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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

All-time 100 Best Novels

Need something to read over the summer? Check out Time critics Lev Grossman and Richard Lacayo pick of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to the present at 100 Best Novels. (From Refdesk.com.)



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Identity Theft

This website on Identity Theft is a one-stop national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft. It provides detailed information to help you protect yourself from identity theft, and the steps to take if it occurs. It is also a comprehensive reference center - for consumers, businesses, law enforcement, and the media - with access to specific laws, contact information, and resources from state and federal government agencies. (From Askref.com.)



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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Nearly 50 million Americans create Web content

At home, broadband users are more likely to create and post user-generated content on the Web, according to the “Home Broadband Adoption 2006,” a report published by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Forty-eight million American adults have contributed some form of user-generated content on the Internet, the report found. That’s 35 percent of Internet users. Of those adults who have posted content on the Web, 73 percent, or 31 million, have a broadband connection at home.

“The Web is shifting now to user-generated content; it shows people engaging with the Internet in a number of different ways in their lives,” said John Horrigan, associate director of research at Pew Internet & American Life Project. “It shows that people are pretty interested in using the technology to put something of themselves on the Internet, not just pull down information from the Internet.”


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Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body

The Bartleby.com edition of Gray’s Anatomy of the Human Body features 1,247 vibrant engravings - many in color - from the classic 1918 publication, as well as a subject index with 13,000 entries ranging from the Antrum of Highmore to the Zonule of Zinn. (From RefDesk.com.)


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Web now rivals TV in reach

The observational research project, “A Day in the Life: An Ethnographic Study of Media Consumption,” tracked the real-time media use of 350 people, recording their actual activities every 15 seconds. The results show that the Web is now clearly a mass media—ranking right alongside other major media when it comes to reach and duration of use. And when it comes to at-work media use, the study found that the Web clearly dominates (with 54.6 percent reach, compared to television’s 21.1 percent), and is the only medium that ranks among the top two at both work and home. (View News Release.)


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The Online Books Page

The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all. Listing over 25,000 free books on the Web. (From RefDesk.com.)



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