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17 hrs ago |

Kenyan Author Ngugi wa Thiong'o to Speak at Manhattanville College in Harrison

Celebrated Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong'o, heralded as a possible winner of the Nobel prize in literature this year by The Guardian , will be featured in a one-day symposium at Manhattanville College on Friday, September 26, 2014, as part of the College's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program annual Fall Writers' Weekend. Ngugi will give a keynote reading from his works beginning at 7:00 p.m. The symposium, free of charge and open to the public, will begin at 3:30 p.m. with a panel on Ngugi's life and work.


Related Topix: Manhattanville College, Harrison, NY, Arts, Literature, Hunter College, City University of New York

22 hrs ago |

Silencing Satanists

A few months ago, an online petition drew more than 86,000 signatures requesting that Harvard University cancel a satanic mass event. Satanic masses are a mockery of Roman Catholic masses, and are meant to defile and insult Catholic traditions .


Related Topix: Roman Catholic Church, Religion, Chicago, IL, Evergreen Park, IL

23 hrs ago | Network World

Ig Nobels 2014: Science's craziest night set for Thursday at Harvard

The annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, honoring inventions in science, medicine and technology that first make people laugh and then make them think, will be held this Thursday, Sept. 18 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.


Related Topix: Inventions, Science / Technology, Cambridge, MA

Yesterday |

Comedian Alingon Mitra Finds Inspiration in-and-out of his Bengali-American Heritage

Alingon Mitra, a Bengali-American comedian has been making a name for himself after beating a particularly talented group of contestants at the 2013 Boston Comedy Festival Contest. Mitra, a 20-something from Worcester, MA , also won the 2013 "Funniest Comic in New England" contest and was invited to perform on NBC's Last Comic Standing.


Related Topix: Worcester, MA, Cambridge, MA, Asian-American, Indian-American, Entertainment

Yesterday | The Martha's Vineyard Times

The CIA director is missing: A realpolitik international thriller

The Cambridge Incident, by Chris Knowles; paperback, 162 pages, 2013 from Publish America. Available in print at $19.95 from and online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, or by special order through bookstores.


Related Topix: Cambridge, MA, US Military, US Air Force, Israel, World News, Middle East

Yesterday | The Japan Times

Obokata's mentor admits STAP cell creation not easy

Charles Vacanti, a Harvard University professor and key co-author of retracted STAP cell articles, and his fellow Japanese researcher have published a revised protocol to produce the pluripotent stem cells, admitting creating the cells is not easy. "We made a significant mistake in our original declaration that the protocol was 'easy' to repeat," Vacanti and Koji Kojima said in the revised paper on how to make the stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency cells.


Yesterday | ABS-CBN News

UP oblation

The University of the Philippines in Diliman and Ateneo de Manila University improved their standings in the 2014-2015 World University Rankings published Tuesday by education and career network Quacquarelli Symonds . UP hiked its overall ranking to 367th place from 380th in the 2013-14 list.


Related Topix: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Essex County, England, World News, United Kingdom, Greater London County, England, Stanford University, California Institute of Technology, Princeton University

Yesterday | Laughing Squid

Creepy Quadrupedal Soft Robot Wiggles Its Way Across Fire and Gets Run Over by a Car

Harvard University scientists have taken their quadrupedal soft robot out for some field tests to demonstrate just how resilient the admittedly somewhat creepy walking robot can be. Tests show the robot traversing flames, crawling over heavy snow, and getting run over by a car, all while using an onboard camera to observe its environment.


Related Topix: Science / Technology, Robots, Cameras

Yesterday | Christian Science Monitor

What is Harvard Business School's responsibility in addressing income inequality?

Harvard Business School student Danial Moon wears a sign reading 'The MBA Oath' before a Harvard University's 358th Commencement Exercises in Cambridge, Mass. in 2009.


Related Topix: Cambridge, MA

Yesterday | The Washington Post

Princeton is the final Ivy Leaguer to lower burden of proof for sexual assault

An interactive public art project at Princeton called "The Surface" invited passersby last semester to write on the originally blank panels. Amid increasing national pressure on colleges and universities to more aggressively tackle sexual assault, Princeton University has finally decided to overhaul its own policies and procedures.


Related Topix: Princeton University

Yesterday | The Times of India

Four of the world's top five universities in UK

The performance of Imperial College London in citations per faculty has helped it become the biggest climber in the top 10. LONDON: Four of the world's top five universities are in UK with London being the only city in the world with five universities in the top 100, according to the latest global university rankings. Massachusetts Institute of Technology has emerged as the world's top university but it was Imperial College London that has made news.


Related Topix: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Yesterday |

Mercury is twice as pervasive in environment as previously thought

There is more than twice as much mercury contaminating the environment as scientists had previously thought, according to a study conducted by researchers from Harvard University and the Argonne National Laboratory, and published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology on August 15. According to the researchers, the study is the first time that anyone has quantified non-atmospheric forms of mercury pollution from sources such as mining or the manufacture and disposal of commercial products. Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that has a tendency to accumulate in the oceans and, by extension, in aquatic food webs.


Mon Sep 15, 2014

Harvard Crimson

Undergraduates Begin Excavations in Harvard Yard

Undergraduates taking Anthropology 1130: "The Archaeology of Harvard Yard" will soon begin excavating in Harvard Yard for a fifth year as part of the Harvard Yard Archeology Project. The anthropology course, which is composed of 22 undergraduates, meets weekly to excavate the area adjacent to Matthews Hall, one of Harvard Yard's freshman dormitories.


Related Topix: Archaeology, Anthropology

The Gaston Gazette

Homeless to Harvard' student ranked among impressive peers

Harvard University student and 2012 Burns High School graduate Dawn Loggins was ranked this week by the U.S. business and technology news website Business Insider as one of its "19 Incredibly Impressive Students at Harvard." Loggins gained international attention in 2012 after a series of articles in The Gazette's sister paper, The Shelby Star, highlighted her journey from homelessness to the Ivy League.


Related Topix: Cambridge, MA

BBC News

What makes a global top 10 university?

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is in first place in the latest league table of the world's best universities. It's the third year in a row that the US university, famous for its science and technology research, has been top of the QS World University Rankings.


Related Topix: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Immigration Reform

The Raw Story

Harvard's fleshy 'soft robot' can survive ice, flames, impact and keep going

Researchers at Harvard University have created a "soft robot" that is impervious to extreme heat and cold and can survive certain types of heavy impact while continuing to move. "We're looking at the first untethered soft robot that is able to move around without rigid, structural components," said Mike Tolley in the video below.


Related Topix: Science / Technology, Robots

Jerusalem Post

Israel to appoint first female ambassador to Arab country

Israel's Ambassador to Egypt Chaim Koren presents his credentials to Egyptian President Abdel al-Sisi yesterday.. The Foreign Ministry hopes to send Eynat Shlein to Jordan in the summer of 2015 to be its first female ambassador to an Arab country.


9 interesting episodes about Subramanian Swamy as he turns 75

His detractors term him as a 'loose cannon' but he calls himself a 'maverick'. The most active politician on social media he managed to flee India.


Related Topix: World News, India, Asia, Manmohan Singh

Psychology Today

Do You Know More Black History than a Fourth Grader?

Tate and His Historic Dream is a new inspirational book about a fourth grader who develops an appreciation for black history. In light of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and a call by many to reassess and understand race relations in America, it occurs to me that how we think and act in race-related situations is affected by our understanding and personal history regarding race.


Related Topix: Ferguson, MO, African-American

One Nation News

U.S. News & World Report college rankings ignore affordability

ARE YOU A WRITER? If you are interested in contributing content to ONN, please download our writer's contract pdf. If you are like many young Americans, you have probably seen U.S. News and World Report's newest college rankings, which were released last week.


Related Topix: Family, Kids, Standardized Testing, Education