Archivists Set To Put The Entire World Online
Centuries worth of analog material pre-dating the inernet are piling up and waiting to be archived digitally. Libraries, law firms, museums--any public institutions with paper records--have massive needs to preserve their material online before it yellows away.
Enter digital archivists, an emerging niche expected to see increasing returns in coming years. Job description: scan, a lot, then upload. Compensation: about 80k with a research institution or university, more in the coporate sector. But the path to digitizing old materials, especially when they are protected by copyrights, is fraught with controversy. Google recently settled with authors who were miffed when the company included their works in their Print project, which promises to be the largest library ever assembled. What do Big Thinkers think about the digitization of protected works? Any archivists out there?
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A NASA astronomer explains how astronauts dispose of their, uh, dark matter.
- When nature calls in micro-gravity, astronauts must answer. Space agencies have developed suction-based toilets – with a camera built in to ensure all the waste is contained before "flushing".
- Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!
- Amazingly, you don't need gravity to digest food. Peristalsis, the process by which your throat and intestines squeeze themselves, actually moves food and water through your digestive system without gravity at all.
The Harvard psychologist loves reading authors' rules for writing. Here are his own.
- Steven Pinker is many things: linguist, psychologist, optimist, Harvard professor, and author.
- When it comes to writing, he's a student and a teacher.
- Here's are his 13 rules for writing better, more simply, and more clearly.
A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.
- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
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