These are the books students at the top US colleges are required to read – Quartz

Shh. (Flickr/Marissa Smith, CC BY 2.0)

Shh. (Flickr/Marissa Smith, CC BY 2.0)

The leaders of tomorrow will be well versed in dead philosophers, according to a new database of college syllabi.The Open Syllabus Project, a collection of over 1 million curricula from English-language colleges and universities over the past 15 years, released its data on Friday (Jan. 22). Plato, Hobbes, Machiavelli, and Aristotle overwhelmingly dominate lists in the US, particularly at the top schools.

Source: These are the books students at the top US colleges are required to read – Quartz

Bragi Dash Puts a New Kind of Computer In Your Ears | WIRED

Josh Valcarcel/WIRED

Josh Valcarcel/WIRED

As Bragi CEO Nikolaj Hviid slides his personal pair of Dash earbuds across the table, he promises they’ve been properly cleaned. I open up the textured black box, and pull two earbuds out of their charging case. One goes in my right ear, the other in my left; there are no wires, there’s no power button. At first, I don’t put them on correctly, so Hviid reaches out and presses the right bud a little more snugly into my ear canal. It dings brightly—it’s connected. I reach out and tap once on my right ear. Adele’s “Hello” starts playing. It sounds fantastic.

Source: Bragi Dash Puts a New Kind of Computer In Your Ears | WIRED

Ninth Planet May Exist Beyond Pluto, Scientists Report – The New York Times

An artist’s impression of a possible ninth planet. It would be quite large — at least as big as Earth — with a thick atmosphere around a rocky core. Credit California Institute of Technology

There might be a ninth planet in the solar system after all, and it is not Pluto.Two astronomers reported on Wednesday that they had compelling signs of something bigger and farther away — something that would satisfy the current definition of a planet, where Pluto falls short.

Source: Ninth Planet May Exist Beyond Pluto, Scientists Report – The New York Times

Editor’s note: Don’t miss the comments’ area, fun and interesting.. Why nothing like this has been found, odd, for 21st Century, but a 10,000-20,000 year orbit ? could mean it’s never been near (yet) …

This Lingerie Company Transformed Postwar Commercial Beauty Culture | JSTOR Daily

Beauty is big business in the United States, with American women estimated to spend an average of $15,000 on makeup products alone during their lifetimes. But how did that $460 billion industry come to be? Historian Vicki Howard traced part of its roots to Maidenform, the lingerie company that “helped define postwar commercial beauty culture”—and whose working women both embraced and challenged changing conceptions of beauty in the workplace.

Source: This Lingerie Company Transformed Postwar Commercial Beauty Culture | JSTOR Daily

Alan Rickman, Actor Known for ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Die Hard,’ Dies at 69 – The New York Times

Alan Rickman, the accomplished British stage actor who brought an erudite dignity to film roles like Hans Gruber, the nefarious mastermind of “Die Hard,” and Severus Snape, the dour master of potions in the “Harry Potter” series, died on Thursday in London. He was 69.

Source: Alan Rickman, Actor Known for ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Die Hard,’ Dies at 69 – The New York Times

A Neuroscientist Explains Adult Coloring Books — Science of Us

A few months ago, I caved: I bought myself a coloring book. And maybe you did, too, or perhaps you received one as a gift for the holidays. According to a recent Fortune article, adult coloring books are one of the biggest contributors to this year’s boost in print-book sales. With over 11,000 search results total, five of Amazon’s current top 15 best-selling books are coloring books.

Source: A Neuroscientist Explains Adult Coloring Books — Science of Us

Free for All: NYPL Enhances Public Domain Collections For Sharing and Reuse | The New York Public Library

Today we are proud to announce that out-of-copyright materials in NYPL Digital Collections are now available as high-resolution downloads. No permission required, no hoops to jump through: just go forth and reuse! The release of more than 180,000 digitized items represents both a simplification and an enhancement of digital access to a trove of unique and rare materials: a removal of administration fees and processes from public domain content, and also improvements to interfaces — popular and technical — to the digital assets themselves.

Online users of the NYPL Digital Collections website will find more prominent download links and filters highlighting restriction-free content; while more technically inclined users will also benefit from updates to the Digital Collections API enabling bulk use and analysis, as well as data exports and utilities posted to NYPL’s GitHub account. These changes are intended to facilitate sharing, research and reuse by scholars, artists, educators, technologists, publishers, and Internet users of all kinds. All subsequently digitized public domain collections will be made available in the same way, joining a growing repository of open materials.

Source: Free for All: NYPL Enhances Public Domain Collections For Sharing and Reuse | The New York Public Library

Editor’s Note: Try it by using the visualization tool or Web site, it’s amazing…

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Southern Living Magazine: Putting The “Southern” Back Into The Brand As The Magazine Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary – The Mr. Magazine™ Interview With Sid Evans, Editor-In-Chief & Ron King, Publisher, Southern Living

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“No, I don’t see that day in my lifetime. I think that the bond that we have with our audience is really extraordinary. It’s remarkably strong. And don’t get me wrong; we have a very diverse business and we’re being very aggressive about what we’re doing in the digital space and what we’re doing in terms of video and in brand extensions and new businesses and in books. But our readers love the print magazine and we hear from them all of the time asking us to never do anything to the print magazine.” Sid Evans (on whether he can envision a day when Southern Living does not have a printed magazine)


“The excitement that comes and builds on Instagram and all of the posts that we re-Gram, the day the issue arrives; these consumers stage little photo shoots the day their magazine gets there because it is their time…

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