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The Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century: Stories by Arthur C. Clarke, Jack Finney, Joe Haldeman, Ursula K. Le Guin, As in most collections of short stories, there are good ones, bad ones, indifferent ones, and plain odd ones. A time-travel addict, I managed to find some rewarding tales here, and my favourites were: Henry Kuttner's "TIME LOCKER". Jack Finney's "I'M SCARED", which contained interesting mini-tales within it. Coilhouse “Alternative subcultures. They were a crucial aspect of industrial civilization in the two previous centuries. They were where industrial civilization went to dream. A sort of unconscious R&D, exploring alternative social strategies … but they became extinct.” “Extinct?”“We started picking them before they could ripen.

From Our Own Correspondent Mohamed Bougrine has been a constant thorn in the flesh of the Moroccan authorities - resistance fighter, dissident and human rights campaigner. James Copnall meets a man who expects to return to jail, despite a recent royal pardon. Seventy-two-year-old Mohamed Bougrine is not just the "prisoner of three kings". He also held another title - Morocco's oldest political detainee - but that no longer applies. At the beginning of the month, the old man was given a royal pardon, following several months in jail for what the authorities termed "lacking the respect due to the king". Mohamed had taken to the streets in solidarity with men who had been locked up on a May Day march. Big Book of Apple Hacks The Big Book of Apple Hacks is indeed big. Chris Seibold (a senior writer at the Apple Matters web site) collected (with the assistant of 27 contributors) 131 hacks (and many sidebar "mini-hacks") and logically organized them into 15 chapters. The hacks range from simple software code changes to get-out-the-soldering-iron hardware mods. But all the hacks are interesting and most are useful.

Kitchen Helpers I found these helpful charts last week and just had to share! Both of these beauties are from Chasing Delicious (aka one of the most fab foodie blogs out there)! Aren’t they faaaaabulous?! Buy them here. (Note: There are lots of little charts like this online, but these are my favorites). I love tea, but I’m no expert. Explore, Play, Discover: Websites & Activities Search form Search Low-cost, teacher-tested activities for the classroom and the curious. Science of Cooking • Explore the science behind food and cooking with recipes, activities, and Webcasts.PreviousNext Explore, Play, Discover: Websites, Activities, and More

Moroccan Facebook prince pardoned A Moroccan man jailed for pretending to be the brother of the king on the social networking site Facebook has been given a royal pardon. Fouad Mourtada's lawyer said his client had left the Casablanca jail where he was serving his three-year sentence. He had been arrested at the beginning of February for "usurping the identity of Prince Moulay Rachid".

Handbook for Academic Authors: Beth Luey: 洋書 This is a useful book, although I think that the title is somewhat misleading. The book covers a very specific topic: the many details of submitting and publishing an academic book. It does not cover writing for peer-review journals and thus will be rather unhelpful for the academics in fields where articles rather than books are the royal road to tenure. What Luey covers, however, she covers very well.

DATA Report 2011 With fewer than 1,000 days to go until the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), ONE’s new Special Report Tracking Development Assistance, explores overall trends in official development assistance (ODA) and shows how donor countries are doing in their efforts to support Africa. This special briefing follows on from ONE’s main 2013 DATA Report report, Financing the Fight for Africa’s Transformation, published in May. Using preliminary OECD DAC data on development assistance for 2012, ONE reveals that global aid flows declined for a second year in a row, taking many donors further away from reaching their aid targets, and development assistance to Africa and sub-Saharan Africa was cut disproportionately. Sixteen of the 24 major donor countries reduced their aid to the region last year. Despite a challenging global economic environment, many poor and middle-income countries are making dramatic progress towards the highly ambitious MDG targets.

Home Liz Else, CultureLab editor Nothing is off limits for CultureLab. We've loved neuroaesthetics, the art of synthetic biology, strangeness in suburbia, Turing musicals - in fact, just about everything in that fabulous place where books, arts and science intersect. That won't change as we move closer into the New Scientist fold. Moroccan jailed for 'king insult' Open criticism of Moroccan King Mohamed VI is rare He altered the phrase "God, The Nation, The King" on the school blackboard to read "God, The Nation, Barcelona". FC Barcelona says it has appointed a lawyer to look into whether they can help the boy, within the framework of Moroccan law. In several cases young men have been jailed for insulting the royal family. The BBC's James Copnall in Rabat says it is not completely clear whether the court felt the remarks about the football club or other apparent insults to the king were the problem. The Moroccan justice ministry has not commented on the case.

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