Bending Spoons and Bending Minds

Mini-Science logoGuest columnist Joe Schwarcz, Director of McGill’s Office for Science and Society, puts the sense back into common sense. On April 7, his talk “Science and the Paranormal”  opens the 2010 series of Mini-Science, “Pseudoscience: From Quirks to Quacks.”  Mini-Science registration opens March 1.

Everyone should go to a magic convention at least once in their lives.  You’ll be fooled and entertained as coins vanish, selected cards rise out of decks and ten dollar bills float in mid-air in front of your eyes.  But most important, you’ll never look at the world the same way again.  Frankly, I can’t think of a better way to foster critical thinking than to be fooled by the honest charlatans at a magic convention. (more…)

Life of an iPhone addict: apps librarians can’t live without

Two touch screen phonesIf you’ve seen the commercials then you already know – there’s an iPhone or iPod app for just about anything.

Short for applications, apps are fun or practical software (often both) and we have more than a few favorites at the Library. At the top of the list is Bump, a free app that lets you share files, photos, and contact info when you bump hands with a friend and their iPod Touch or iPhone. Here are a few others that we just can’t keep to ourselves: (more…)

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