Make Search Engines Work for You: Tips for Better Searches - October 27, 2011 02:00 PM
No search engine is perfect, but armed with a few tips for better searching you can get great results out of (almost) any search engine.
The Top 10 Reasons Students Cannot Cite or Rely On Wikipedia - October 27, 2011 08:00 AM
Wikipedia provides Internet users with millions of articles on a broad range of topics, and commonly ranks first in search engines. But its reliability and credibility fall well short of the standards for a school paper. According to Wikipedia itself, “[W]hile some articles are of the highest quality of scholarship, others are admittedly complete rubbish. … use [Wikipedia] with an informed understanding of what it is and what it isn't.”
To help you develop such an understanding, we present 10 reasons you can't rely on information in Wikipedia.
On This Day: Theodore Roosevelt Becomes First US President to Ride in a Car - August 22, 2011 06:00 AM
On Aug. 22, 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt kicked off a tour of New England with a car ride through Connecticut. His journey marked the first time a U.S. president made a public appearance by automobile while in office.
On This Day: Robert Tappan Morris Becomes First Hacker Prosecuted for Spreading Virus - July 26, 2011 05:00 AM
On July 26, 1989, Cornell graduate student Robert Tappan Morris was indicted for spreading the Internet’s first worm virus, infecting more than 6,000 university, research center and military computers.
Autopsies: Examining the Dead to Understand the Living - April 29, 2011 07:00 AM
The first systematic cadaver observations were probably performed by hunters, butchers and cooks, who dissected animals to find edible organs. Today, doctors and scientists use autopsies to gain greater insight into a human patient’s medical history—often uncovering information that was unavailable or went unrecognized during treatment.
Making the Most of Libraries in the Digital Age - April 14, 2011 07:00 AM
The advent of the Internet has seen many people migrating from the library to the Internet to do research, but libraries are undoubtedly still the best option. Fortunately, it’s easy to find libraries with extensive collections on the Web.
Younger Workers Create Career Opportunities Through Social Media - April 06, 2011 10:00 AM
Executives and CEOs are getting social media lessons from their younger employees, a form of reverse mentoring that benefits both teacher and student.
No One Is Anonymous on the Internet - February 04, 2011 07:00 AM
Many people believe the Internet is a forum where they can interact anonymously, without fear of reprisal. But as a number of recent episodes show, almost everything you do on the Internet can be traced back to you.
The Invention of the Bicycle: Two Wheels, Occasionally Brakes - November 15, 2010 01:00 PM
The development of the modern-day bicycle required centuries of creative thinking and the skills of several different inventors. Years ago, bicycles were not quite so easy or comfortable to ride. FindingDulcinea takes a look back at the evolution of this handy machine, from its clunky beginnings to the sleek models of today.
Great Inventions: The Pocket Calculator - October 26, 2010 07:00 AM
Since the time when people used the abacus or slide rule to perform arithmetic, scientists have been looking for easier ways to make calculations. Their task was made considerably easier when Jack Kilby helped spur the invention of the pocket calculator.
Great Inventions: Vacuum Cleaner, Dishwasher and Other Household Cleaning Devices - October 12, 2010 07:00 AM
Housework: it’s not the most exciting part of a person’s day, but fortunately it’s not as hard to accomplish as it used to be. FindingDulcinea examines some of the inventions that have helped make household chores a breeze.
Students Using Laptops in Class Do Worse on Tests - September 29, 2010 07:00 AM
Diane Sieber, a University of Colorado professor, found that students who use laptops in class average 11 percent worse on tests than their peers.
Another Victim of Technology: Braille Literacy - July 27, 2010 03:00 PM
Although technology has been a blessing for those with visual impairments, the abundance of audio and digital technology has made reading Braille a rare skill.
Kids Pushing Online Creativity and Innovation to New Levels - July 07, 2010 04:40 PM
As the scope and quality of child-generated content continues to grow online, which sites are setting the pace, and how can parents help their kids get involved?
Great Inventions: Rayon - June 29, 2010 07:30 AM
19th-century manufacturers sought an artificial material with similar qualities as silk. The first fabric deemed suitable for the task was rayon, which in fact was originally known as “artificial silk.” In its more than 110 years in existence, rayon has gone on to make a statement on fashion runways, highways and operating tables.
Newer Sprawling Cities Mean More Driving, Poor Health for Residents - June 16, 2010 07:05 AM
Cities in the United States that are unfriendly toward pedestrians may also contribute to rising obesity rates, as driving takes the place of walking for work commutes and errands.
Connecticut Mayor Donates Kidney to Facebook Friend - April 22, 2010 03:45 PM
The Web’s power to draw strangers together to participate in acts of kindness is highlighted by an East Haven, Conn., mayor who donated a kidney to a constituent she knew through Facebook.
Can Book Restoration Weather the Digital Storm? - April 17, 2010 08:00 AM
Despite the abundance of digital content, book conservators around the world continue to pursue their craft. Is book conservation a dying art form or more important than ever?
5 Notable Librarian Bloggers - April 13, 2010 08:00 AM
In honor of National Library Week, findingDulcinea spotlights five librarian bloggers who cover a range of important and interesting issues, including children’s media literacy, reviews of e-products for libraries, how librarians can keep their skills up to date and tips for elementary school librarians.
Student Texting Interrupts Speech by Holocaust Survivor, in Latest Incident of Tech-Driven Rudeness - April 12, 2010 06:45 AM
An Oregon high school moves to confiscate cell phones used during school, after student texting and chatting interrupted a presentation by a Holocaust survivor.
Web Chat Connects 3rd Graders Around the Country - March 29, 2010 04:00 PM
Third graders in Maine are on a quest to Web chat with third grade classrooms in every state, spotlighting the potential of Web conferencing in the academic setting.
Buying and Selling Illegal Wildlife Flourishes Online - March 23, 2010 12:40 PM
The Internet has made it easier than ever to buy exotic animals and animal products, creating yet another threat to rare and endangered species.
FBI Follows Suspects Onto Social Networks - March 18, 2010 05:00 PM
Federal agents are logging on to popular social networks to gather information about suspects, while recent months have seen significant lapses in online privacy protection.
CERN Researchers Set Sights on Dark Matter - March 09, 2010 03:30 PM
With the Large Hadron Collider once again operational, researchers and cautiously optimistic observers look toward future discoveries, hoping for insight into the origins of the universe.
How to Start a Blog, Part 3: Networking and Syndicating - March 06, 2010 08:00 AM
Blogging, like most writing, is a lonely activity, but many general and topic-specific social networks exist to help bloggers find and support each other, get more readers and even make money.
How to Start a Blog, Part 2: Social Media Promotion - March 05, 2010 10:00 AM
After getting a knack for blogging, most bloggers will need some tools, tricks and inspiration for gaining readers, which will motivate you to keep writing. (New to blogging? Read Part 1 of this series
How to Start a Blog: Part 1 - March 04, 2010 02:45 PM
In the first of a series on blogging, learn the ropes of blog platforms, domain hosting, basic design and promotion using quality Web sites and articles that cater to blogging novices.
What Parents Should Know About Chatroulette - February 16, 2010 05:30 PM
Parents and educators should become aware of a new Web site called Chatroulette, which poses safety threats to unmonitored children.
Mercury to Constellation: The History of Space Suits - January 12, 2010 12:00 PM
As NASA begins testing on three prototype space suits at the Johnson Space Center, findingDulcinea looks at the evolution of space suits and the future of space suit design.
Lasers May Be the Latest Alternative Energy Source - December 16, 2009 08:00 AM
Using laser-fusion technology, experts hope to add “clean, inexhaustible energy source” to the laser’s distinguished resume.