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New This Week for April 12, 2007
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Our latest newsletter includes academic research on the paranormal, an evolving code of civility for blogs, inspired nonsense from Purdue, cost of the Iraq war, and home-made pet food and the latest on the pet food recalls. Bon appetit from librarians Jennifer, Charlotte, Wendy, and Maria.

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Arts and Humanities

Lost Liners
Companion to a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) program that joins "Dr. Bob Ballard on a tour of the greatest lost liners in maritime history." Ships discussed are the Titanic (1912), Lusitania (1915), Empress of Ireland (1914), Britannic (1916), and Andrea Doria (1956). Also includes material about the history and evolution of steamship crossing of oceans, description of undersea exploration, teacher resources, and links to related sites.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/lostliners/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23434

Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated): Art from 1951 to the Present
This set of lesson plans focuses on Minimalist art as first introduced by American artists the 1960s and 1970s. Minimalism is primarily sculptural and "is based on the essential qualities of geometric forms." Includes curriculum related to artists Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, and Felix Gonzalez-Torres. From the Guggenheim Museum, New York.
URL: http://artscurriculum.guggenheim.org/lessons/sf_intro.php#
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23617

Sol LeWitt on the Roof: Splotches, Whirls and Twirls
Companion to a 2005 exhibit of sculptures by Sol LeWitt (1928-2007). Includes images of the five sculptures and one wall drawing that were installed on the roof garden of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and related material about the artist, the sculptures, and the exhibit. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
URL: http://www.metmuseum.org/special/se_event.asp?OccurrenceId=%7B77915D41...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23616

Business

Extension of Time to File Your Tax Return
"Need more time to prepare your federal tax return? This page provides information on how to apply for an extension of time to file. Please be aware that an extension of time to file your return does not grant you any extension of time to pay your tax liability." Includes links to forms for individual income tax returns, and forms for corporations and partnerships. From the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
URL: http://www.irs.gov/formspubs/article/0,,id=98155,00.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23435

Fair Trade Certified: Resources
Fact sheets about fair trade certification, "a market-based model of international trade" whose principles include fair prices, fair labor conditions, direct trade, democratic and transparent organizations, community development, and environmental sustainability. Includes background and general material, and fast facts on fair trade of products such as coffee, cocoa, bananas, tea, and sugar. From TransFair USA, a fair trade labeling and certification organization.
URL: http://www.transfairusa.org/content/resources/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23615

Government

What Has Homeland Security Cost? An Assessment: 2001-2005
This February 2007 analysis of "public and private expenditures on homeland security shows that overall spending rose by $44 billion between 2001 and 2005 -- a clear increase but one that represents a gain of only 1/4 of 1 percent as a share of U.S. GDP." Includes a press release and the full text of the article with statistical tables and charts. From the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
URL: http://www.newyorkfed.org/research/current_issues/ci13-2.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23599

Health

BabyKick Alliance
This organization is "a leading advocate for Kick Count [maternal counting and tracking of fetal movements during pregnancy], a preventative way to reduce the risk of stillbirth." Features a FAQ about Kick Count, charts to keeping track of fetal movements, and related resources and links about healthy pregnancy and stillbirth prevention. In English and Spanish. The organization was founded by an obstetrician and gynecologist.
URL: http://www.babykickalliance.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23623

University of Virginia Health System: Division of Perceptual Studies
Website for this academic department "dedicated to the use of scientific methodology in [the] investigation of a wide range of paranormal phenomena," such as apparitions, near-death experiences, and out-of-body experiences. Includes definitions of some types of paranormal phenomena, advice to parents of children who claim to remember past lives, concerns about hypnotic regression to previous lives, a discussion about careers in parapsychology, and related material. From the University of Virginia Health System.
URL: http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/personalitystudies/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23621

Home & Housing

5 Home-Cooked Meals for Pets
This article features sample recipes for homemade foods for dogs and cats, including dishes that can be prepared for both human and animal diets. Also includes general information about pet diets. From the website for The Daily Herald newspaper from Everett, Washington state.
URL: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20070331/NEWS01/703310718&SearchID=73...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23614

Media

Draft Blogger's Code of Conduct
Suggestions from April 2007 for a code of conduct for bloggers, designed to promote civility and prevent cyber-bullying. Includes many comments, and links to related sites and posts. From Tim O'Reilly, a book publisher and conference promoter involved in the Web 2.0 movement.
URL: http://radar.oreilly.com/2007/04/draft-bloggers-code-of-conduct.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23622

People

BBC Science & Nature: Leonardo
"Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519. Italian artist, scientist, engineer. An all-round genius whose paintings and inventions changed the world. Take an interactive journey through his life and works to discover what made him a true Renaissance man." Includes a timeline, painting and drawing galleries, an interactive tour of Leonardo's studio, and a quiz to see what type of a thinker you are. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/leonardo/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23436

Charlie Chaplin
Official website for the works of this Hollywood director and film star who was born in England in 1889 and died in Switzerland in 1977. Features a biography, background, and stills from famous movies (such as "The Gold Rush," "City Lights," and "Monsieur Verdoux"), a calendar of live movie performance dates around the world, and news. Includes items available for purchase. In English and French.
URL: http://www.charliechaplin.com/en
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23438

Recreation

Pet Connection
Pet Connection is "the weekly pet-care feature syndicated to newspapers, magazines and Web sites throughout the United States and Canada by Universal Press Syndicate." Topics addressed include the dog and cat food recall (and associated pet deaths) in spring 2007, travel with pets, pet health, and more. The site also includes a blog and links to related sites.
URL: http://petconnection.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23624

TVgameshows.net
Keep up with the people and activities featured on television's game shows by checking this, "Your Weekly Game Show Magazine." Features material about contestants, emcees, upcoming specials, ratings comparisons, and news. From a professor and game show expert.
URL: http://www.tvgameshows.net
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23532

Regional: California

Death in the Dust
"Three years before publication [in 1939] of his masterpiece 'The Grapes Of Wrath,' John Steinbeck visited squatters' camps in California. To mark the centenary of his birth, we print [in 2002] this account ... of the misery that he witnessed." From the Guardian Unlimited, the website of the British newspaper The Guardian.
URL: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2002/feb/02/johnsteinbeck.socialscienc...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23433

Regions of the World

CBC News In Depth: Killing Fields
This feature centers on the "between 1 1/2 million and two million people [who] were killed, starved or worked to death during the brutal rule of the Khmer Rouge" in Cambodia in the 1970s. Includes a profile of a former Khmer Rouge revolutionary, an editorial, and a photo gallery. ("Warning some images may disturb some viewers.") From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
URL: http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/killingfields/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23609

Science

Mathematicians Map E8
Details about the mapping by mathematicians of "the inner workings of one of the most complicated structures ever studied: the object known as the exceptional Lie group E8." Provides an overview of the project and explanations of E8, Lie groups, and groups and symmetry. Also includes technical material "intended for mathematicians who want a more detailed explanation of the Atlas project and the E8 calculation." From the American Institute of Mathematics.
URL: http://www.aimath.org/E8/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23597

Rube Goldberg Contest at Purdue
Details about this competition inspired by cartoonist Rube Goldberg, in which "college students nationwide compete to design a machine that uses the most complex process to complete a simple task," such as screwing in a light bulb, in 20 or more steps. Provides a FAQ, results of past competitions (back to 1999), photos of some of the machines, and background about Rube Goldberg and the contest. From Purdue University.
URL: http://www.purdue.edu/UNS/rube/rube.index.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23618

Society & Social Science

The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on Terror Operations Since 9/11
This March 2007 Congressional Research Service report examines war costs since Sept. 11, 2001, covering funding for specific operations and agencies, trends and future costs, war cost issues (such as gaps and discrepancies), and related topics. Opens directly into a PDF file. From the Federation of American Scientists (FAS). Note: "The Congressional Research Service does not make its publications directly available online."
URL: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL33110.pdf
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23598

The Race From Space
Information about plans for astronaut Suni Williams to run the 2007 Boston Marathon "as an official entrant from 210 miles above Earth aboard the International Space Station. This will be the first time an astronaut in space will be an official participant in a marathon." Includes a press release and links to related video and websites. From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
URL: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition14/exp...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23608

Yom Hashoah
Background about this day in April or May that has been designated to memorialize the Holocaust victims of World War II. Includes a discussion of how the day was selected, how Yom Hashoah is observed, and dates for 2005-2010. Includes links to related material. An About.com site.
URL: http://history1900s.about.com/cs/holocaust/a/yomhashoah.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23437


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Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder