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For a Better Brain, Learn Another Language

If you want to learn or practice another language, take a look at our Language Learning Media. To find resources on a specific language, do a Subject search in the catalog for “X Language — Study and Teaching,” where X is the name of the language—e.g. French Language — Study and Teaching, Russian Language — Study and Teaching, Persian Language — Study and Teaching.

boonelibrary:

myimaginarybrooklyn:

Vintage 1960’s Library Poster.

I wish we had records.

Did you know… Alkek does have records. Limit your catalog search by format: LP/Vinyl. If you see something in the catalog that says it’s on the “LP Vinyl Shelves, Floor 3,” head all the way to the back left corner of the 3rd floor, past the bound journals. There is also a record player on the 3rd floor in case you don’t have one of your own.

boonelibrary:

myimaginarybrooklyn:

Vintage 1960’s Library Poster.

I wish we had records.

Did you know… Alkek does have records. Limit your catalog search by format: LP/Vinyl. If you see something in the catalog that says it’s on the “LP Vinyl Shelves, Floor 3,” head all the way to the back left corner of the 3rd floor, past the bound journals. There is also a record player on the 3rd floor in case you don’t have one of your own.

publishersweekly:

10 Creepiest Books

If you’re in the mood for some creepy Halloween reading, Alkek has some of the books on this list. To get the titles we don’t own, submit a request through Interlibrary Loan—just click on the ILL link below and log in with your NetID and password.
The angel maker / Stefan Brijs (ILL)
The bloody chamber / Angela Carter
Specimen days [sound recording] / Michael Cunningham
We have always lived in the castle / Shirley Jackson
Innocence / Jane Mendelsohn (ILL)
Angelica / Arthur Phillips (ILL)
The Prestige / Christopher Priest (ILL)
 Drood : a novel / Dan Simmons
Affinity / Sarah Waters (ILL)
The ghost stories of Edith Wharton / Edith Wharton (ILL)

publishersweekly:

10 Creepiest Books

If you’re in the mood for some creepy Halloween reading, Alkek has some of the books on this list. To get the titles we don’t own, submit a request through Interlibrary Loan—just click on the ILL link below and log in with your NetID and password.

  1. The angel maker / Stefan Brijs (ILL)
  2. The bloody chamber / Angela Carter
  3. Specimen days [sound recording] / Michael Cunningham
  4. We have always lived in the castle / Shirley Jackson
  5. Innocence / Jane Mendelsohn (ILL)
  6. Angelica / Arthur Phillips (ILL)
  7. The Prestige / Christopher Priest (ILL)
  8. Drood : a novel / Dan Simmons
  9. Affinity / Sarah Waters (ILL)
  10. The ghost stories of Edith Wharton / Edith Wharton (ILL)
proof-tsu:

A group of the Advanced Printmaking students this semester (Fall 2014) are working with visiting artist Brad Tucker (his website is here, and his tumblr blog is bradtuckerbadtrucker, check’em out! 
These are some of the experimental trial proofs we’ve just started with. Brad cut some shapes out of normal window screen. These were exposed onto normal screens for screen printing. When the layers are overlaid some pretty crazy moiré happens. We’re very excited about the possibilities. 
Students working on this project with Brad: Ethen Odness, Emily Eaton, Audry Mabrito, Beth Pfuntner, Brandon Garrett, James Mitchell and Stephen Hernandez.

proof-tsu:

A group of the Advanced Printmaking students this semester (Fall 2014) are working with visiting artist Brad Tucker (his website is here, and his tumblr blog is bradtuckerbadtrucker, check’em out! 

These are some of the experimental trial proofs we’ve just started with. Brad cut some shapes out of normal window screen. These were exposed onto normal screens for screen printing. When the layers are overlaid some pretty crazy moiré happens. We’re very excited about the possibilities. 

Students working on this project with Brad: Ethen Odness, Emily Eaton, Audry Mabrito, Beth Pfuntner, Brandon Garrett, James Mitchell and Stephen Hernandez.

scipak:

Bouncing Back from Surgery: Blood Test May Predict Recovery Time
A technique that allows scientists to detect immune responses at the single-cell level could form the basis for a blood test that predicts how quickly a patient will recover from surgery. Brice Gaudillière and colleagues analyzed blood samples from 32 patients undergoing hip replacement surgery using a cell mapping technique called mass cytometry. Using this information, the authors identified a so-called “immune signature” of recovery, a set of markers that can be measured in a patient’s blood sample within 24 hours after surgery to predict how fast or slow healing will occur. The results may lead to the development of a pre-surgical diagnostic test that will help doctors not only determine recovery time from surgery, but identify patients for whom the risks of surgery outweigh the benefits.
Read more about this research from the 24 September issue of Science Translational Medicine here.
[Image courtesy of Dr. Quentin Baca and Erika Saving | Stanford University School of Medicine. Please click here for more information.]
© 2014 American Association for the Advancement of Science. All Rights Reserved.

scipak:

Bouncing Back from Surgery: Blood Test May Predict Recovery Time

A technique that allows scientists to detect immune responses at the single-cell level could form the basis for a blood test that predicts how quickly a patient will recover from surgery. Brice Gaudillière and colleagues analyzed blood samples from 32 patients undergoing hip replacement surgery using a cell mapping technique called mass cytometry. Using this information, the authors identified a so-called “immune signature” of recovery, a set of markers that can be measured in a patient’s blood sample within 24 hours after surgery to predict how fast or slow healing will occur. The results may lead to the development of a pre-surgical diagnostic test that will help doctors not only determine recovery time from surgery, but identify patients for whom the risks of surgery outweigh the benefits.

Read more about this research from the 24 September issue of Science Translational Medicine here.

[Image courtesy of Dr. Quentin Baca and Erika Saving | Stanford University School of Medicine. Please click here for more information.]

© 2014 American Association for the Advancement of Science. All Rights Reserved.

belt:

I like to have white or ambient noise playing while I study, so I thought I’d share a list of my favourite websites in case anyone else was interested.
Rainymood - Allows you to play rain, with suggestions of ambient music to play at the same time. Has an iOS and Android app, my personal favourite.
Calm - A visually beautiful website. Provides moving backgrounds and an option for guided calm which allows you to immerse yourself in the music and to relax. Has a free app for iPhone. Another one of my favourites.
Showertime - The experience of taking a shower without the water. Allows you to control features such as length of shower, size of room, water pressure, etc.
Coffitivity - The background noise of a coffee shop. Allows you to choose between different locations such as lunchtime lounge, morning murmur  etc. Has an app for iOS and Android as well as a desktop app for OS X.
Soundrown - A website with a sleek minimalist design, allows you to choose between rain, coffee shop, ocean, fire, bird noises, or a combination of the five.
Relaxing Snow - Visually beautiful falling snow, the website gives you the opinion to play music with the scenery, or to choose your own.
Raining.Fm - This website gives you the ability to adjust the rain to exactly how you’d like it, with options to tweak thunder, rain and storm noises. Has an app for iOS and Android, as well as a timer and snooze option.
Rain For Me - Simple rain effects with the option to download the audio files for offline listening.
Snowy Mood - Inspired by Rainy Mood, this website really makes you feel like it’s winter. Perfect for playing while snuggled up in a warm bed.
Rainy Cafe - Combines the sounds of a bustling cafe setting with the sounds of drizzling rain. Allows you to select the volume of each setting, or turn one off completely.

belt:

I like to have white or ambient noise playing while I study, so I thought I’d share a list of my favourite websites in case anyone else was interested.

  1. Rainymood - Allows you to play rain, with suggestions of ambient music to play at the same time. Has an iOS and Android app, my personal favourite.
  2. Calm - A visually beautiful website. Provides moving backgrounds and an option for guided calm which allows you to immerse yourself in the music and to relax. Has a free app for iPhone. Another one of my favourites.
  3. Showertime - The experience of taking a shower without the water. Allows you to control features such as length of shower, size of room, water pressure, etc.
  4. Coffitivity - The background noise of a coffee shop. Allows you to choose between different locations such as lunchtime lounge, morning murmur  etc. Has an app for iOS and Android as well as a desktop app for OS X.
  5. Soundrown - A website with a sleek minimalist design, allows you to choose between rain, coffee shop, ocean, fire, bird noises, or a combination of the five.
  6. Relaxing Snow - Visually beautiful falling snow, the website gives you the opinion to play music with the scenery, or to choose your own.
  7. Raining.Fm - This website gives you the ability to adjust the rain to exactly how you’d like it, with options to tweak thunder, rain and storm noises. Has an app for iOS and Android, as well as a timer and snooze option.
  8. Rain For Me - Simple rain effects with the option to download the audio files for offline listening.
  9. Snowy Mood - Inspired by Rainy Mood, this website really makes you feel like it’s winter. Perfect for playing while snuggled up in a warm bed.
  10. Rainy Cafe - Combines the sounds of a bustling cafe setting with the sounds of drizzling rain. Allows you to select the volume of each setting, or turn one off completely.