Imperial Valley News
Washington, DC - The historical novel, Like A River by Kathy Cannon Wiechman, is the 2015 recipient of the Grateful American Book Prize. Kathy is a prolific writer but her civil war novel is the first to be published, but not the last. She is hard at work producing new works with the goal of encouraging young readers to study American history. In an interview shortly after receiving her Prize she said: "I attempt to slip in historical details in a way that doesn't shout, "History lesson here!" If a reader is engaged with a character and a story, lessons will be learned, though inadvertently." Here is the interview:
West Lafayette, Indiana - Consumers can expect below normal increases in the price of food for Thanksgiving dinner this year, with one exception: turkey.
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Nature has developed innovative ways to solve a sticky challenge: Mussels and barnacles stubbornly glue themselves to cliff faces, ship hulls, and even the skin of whales. Likewise, tendons and cartilage stick to bone with incredible robustness, giving animals flexibility and agility.
Cambridge, Massachusetts - At the Siggraph Asia conference this week, MIT researchers presented a pair of papers describing techniques for either magnifying or smoothing out small variations in digital images.
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Ever heard of the planet Vulcan? In the late 1800s, many scientists thought it was real: a hot planet near Mercury (thus named for the god of the forge), whose gravitational pull supposedly caused a wobble in Mercury’s orbit. But in 1915, Albert Einstein killed off this notion, as MIT’s Thomas Levenson recounts in his new book, “The Hunt for Vulcan,” published today by Random House. As Einstein’s calculations showed, Mercury’s orbit fit perfectly with his theory of general relativity, in which gravity merely follows the shape of spacetime — ending any apparent need to believe in Vulcan.
Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments: