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Images, lost and found innovative approaches to discovery and use of visual material found in rare books, manuscripts, and special collections | World Library and Information Congress

Images, lost and found innovative approaches to discovery and use of visual material found in rare books, manuscripts, and special collections | World Library and Information Congress | Poverty Assignment (Aidil) | Scoop.it

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Rare Books and Manuscripts Section
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Images, lost and found innovative approaches to discovery and use of visual material found in rare books, manuscripts, and special collections

Reflecting the theme of the IFLA World Libraries and Information Congress 2013 in Singapore "Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities" the Rare Book and Manuscript Section together with the Art Libraries Section of IFLA will be organizing a three-hour Open Session: Images, lost and found: innovative approaches to discovery and use of visual material found in rare books, manuscripts, and special collections.


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Images, lost and found innovative approaches to discovery and use of visual material found in rare books, manuscripts, and special collections | World Library and Information Congress

Images, lost and found innovative approaches to discovery and use of visual material found in rare books, manuscripts, and special collections | World Library and Information Congress | Poverty Assignment (Aidil) | Scoop.it

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Rare Books and Manuscripts Section
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Images, lost and found innovative approaches to discovery and use of visual material found in rare books, manuscripts, and special collections

Reflecting the theme of the IFLA World Libraries and Information Congress 2013 in Singapore "Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities" the Rare Book and Manuscript Section together with the Art Libraries Section of IFLA will be organizing a three-hour Open Session: Images, lost and found: innovative approaches to discovery and use of visual material found in rare books, manuscripts, and special collections.


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No Water, No Food - Institute Notes: A Dialogue on Overcoming Hunger and Poverty

No Water, No Food - Institute Notes: A Dialogue on Overcoming Hunger and Poverty | Poverty Assignment (Aidil) | Scoop.it
Today, March 22, people around the world celebrate the 19th annual World Water Day. According to the United Nations, the day is meant to “focus...

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The U.N.’s 2012 World Water Day events also aim to focus attention on the critical role of water in feeding the global human population. Nonetheless, the struggle for clean water is far from over. More than 884 million people still lack access to clean water. This is nearly three times the population of the United States."Agriculture has to be more efficient in water use - which means more crop per drop - otherwise the demand cannot be met and we will run into a big, big competition between water for agriculture, water for industrial purposes, and water for municipalities," Alexander Müller, FAO's assistant director-general for natural resources and the environment, toldjournalists last week at the World Water Forum in Marseille, Franc

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Teo Jing Yi's curator insight, January 30, 2013 2:41 AM

Before reading this article, I have already know that many people in the third world country are suffering from lack of acess to clean water and this has led to serious issues around the world. This article tells the readers how the world has improved in getting cleaner water for the people over the years and that organisations are already planning to provide more clean water for the growing population in the future. After reading the text, I feel that i should treasure water more instead of wasting it because children who do not have clean water to drink are dying from diarrheal diseases. I would i like to challenge the fact that even though it may be a good news that drinking water sources have improved over the years but this does not mean that children and adults from poorer countries will stop drinking contaminated water. So, it is not totally a good news to the children.

Tricia Chng's curator insight, January 31, 2013 7:50 PM

Clean drinking water is still in scarcity in the united nation. And not all is able to gain access to pure drinking water. Those living in poverty, are unable to have access to pure drinking water. Everyday there are people dying due to lack of water.  Hence, when they find any water whether it is clean or dirty, they will just drink it. Therefore  diseases caused by unclean water make them more sick. So,the U.N.’s World Water Day events is set out to focus attention on the critical role of water in feeding the global human population.

Jasmine Tan's curator insight, March 2, 2013 10:15 PM

See. Think. Wonder.

From this article, I can see that water is essential for survival for every human and I'm glad to see that more people are getting improved ssources of drinking water, or gettting just water safe for consumption in parts of the world. However there are still areas where do not have water safe for consumption thus causing people to still need water.Because water is need for crops growing etc, people are also not having enough supply of food due to problems like water is not safe.

I think of the people who do not have enough water when I read this article. I feel sorry for them, because not everyone is helping them with this problem, and we are just sitting here watching them like everyday. I think of how my own life will be like without water that is safe for me to drink. I think of how my life will be like, if everything around me is lifeless, due to the fact that livign things are dying because there is no water left.

I wonder how it would be like, if we do no solve their problems of not having water safe enough for drinking. I wonder if these people would be willing to mobve to another place where there is water and food safe for consumption.

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Images, lost and found innovative approaches to discovery and use of visual material found in rare books, manuscripts, and special collections | World Library and Information Congress

Images, lost and found innovative approaches to discovery and use of visual material found in rare books, manuscripts, and special collections | World Library and Information Congress | Poverty Assignment (Aidil) | Scoop.it

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Rare Books and Manuscripts Section
& Art Libraries Section

Theme:
Images, lost and found innovative approaches to discovery and use of visual material found in rare books, manuscripts, and special collections

Reflecting the theme of the IFLA World Libraries and Information Congress 2013 in Singapore "Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities" the Rare Book and Manuscript Section together with the Art Libraries Section of IFLA will be organizing a three-hour Open Session: Images, lost and found: innovative approaches to discovery and use of visual material found in rare books, manuscripts, and special collections.


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Light wheel - new type of light wave extends the possibilities in nanotechnology

Light wheel - new type of light wave extends the possibilities in nanotechnology | Poverty Assignment (Aidil) | Scoop.it

Propeller or wheel? In circularly polarized light, the vector which represents the electric field of the light wave (blue arrows in above figure) rotates helically in the direction of propagation. Such an electromagnetic wave has longitudinal angular momentum. If two circularly polarised waves rotating in opposite directions meet at a focal point, light with purely transverse angular momentum is generated. Its electric field vector rotates about an axis perpendicular to the direction of propagation like a bicycle spoke.

Light in general can exert incredible forces. According to the rules of quantum mechanics, light is an electromagnetic wave, as well as a stream of photons. Since it has momentum, a transparent particle through which a light beam falls experiences a recoil when the photons leave it. Although the force which a photon exerts in this process is almost infinitesimal, the effect of innumerable light particles in intense and tightly focused laser beams adds up in such a way that objects up to a few micrometres can be held in an optical trap or moved in a specific way. Biologists, for example, use this effect in optical tweezers to fix cells and rotate them at the focus of a microscope. To this effect, scientists working with Gerd Leuchs, Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, are now creating new possibilities for them.

 

The team has created a photonic wheel, i.e. light with purely transverse angular momentum: the electric field of the electromagnetic wave rotates about an axis whose orientation is perpendicular to the direction of motion, just like the axis of a wheel. Until now, physicists have mainly been familiar with light with longitudinal angular momentum where the electric field rotates like a propeller around an axis aligned along the direction of motion. “The possibility that light can have purely transverse angular momentum when averaged over the complete cross-section of the beam had not been realised before,” says Peter Banzer, who made a significant contribution to the discovery.

 

This is because, as the Erlangen-based physicists have now shown both theoretically and practically, it is indeed possible to generate light with purely transverse angular momentum - and what’s more it is surprisingly easy to do so. “Once it’s down on paper, it looks easy,” says Gerd Leuchs. But somebody has to come up with the idea in the first place. The researchers are now developing this idea using circularly polarised light. A wave of circularly polarised light turns like a screw around the direction of beam propagation and has propeller-like longitudinal angular momentum. Light with circular polarisation can be generated with the aid of a birefringent crystal, for example.


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Ivan Koh's curator insight, June 30, 2013 5:47 PM

This article is about telling that using light manipulation, we may be able to utilise nanotechnology. It goes down into the scientific terms of how its done and how it can be used to benefit other things. I think the factors leading to the realization of reaching the possibilities is mostly still limited to science. One may come up with an idea but if it cannot be proven theoretically or scientifically, then its still far from being a possibility.
I wonder then how some science discovery and breakthrough happened through accidents. 

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The Super-Committee’s Inaction: Implications for Ending Homelessness

"Federal resources in the short- and medium-term will be much scarcer, and it will be important to work together to maximize available resources for affordable housing and targeted homelessness programs and to increase coordination with mainstream programs like TANF, SSI, Medicaid, and SNAP (formerly food stamps)."


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The BCA makes deep cuts to federal “discretionary” spending over the next decade. Discretionary spending (as opposed to mandatory spending like Medicaid) is determined each year through the congressional appropriations process. It includes virtually all affordable housing and targeted homelessness programs within the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other federal agencies. An overall cap on federal discretionary spending, starting in fiscal year (FY) 2012. Deeper spending cuts over nine years, beginning in FY 2013, totaling an additional $1.2 trillion in spending reductions.

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Coven Chong Weng's curator insight, February 3, 2013 8:37 AM

I see that there is some people who that there are people in poverty and also started to help them by giving them a home so that they will have a place to stay in. I think that we should also do our best to help them as after all we are all human. Its hard to believe why would people refuse to help them .

Roshini Sykes's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:51 AM

i feel that everyone should be ready and willing to lend a helping hand to others who are in need. firstly we need to put ourselves into the shoes of others. if we were them we would have also wanted donations. even though there are already some kind hearts, we should not relent and should provide for those in need. i feel that only we have the ability to help overcome poverty and if we put our mind soul and heart into it, it will work out and there will be lesser people in the world having to suffer.

Jolyn Chia's curator insight, January 25, 2014 7:03 AM

From this article, i can see that many people does not have a proper place to stay in. Those people living in poverty, could not afford money to buy or rent a place to stay in, therefore, some may sleep on the streets or in the garden. this makes me feel that why people couldnt lend a helping hand, just by providing a place for them to sleep, or even give them some money to rent a place. I also wonder why those people who doesnt have a place to sleep in, could not afford to rent a house? is it because they do not hold a job or are they too lazy to go and work? To me, You must work hard to acheive something instead of people lending you a helping hand and you couldnt stand up on your feet to help yourself, and you just wait there for people to keep helping you. You cant always rely on others.Depend on yourself.