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Oct 31 2008

100 scientists discoveries at Science Channel

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Scientists have transformed the way we think and live throughout the centuries. What are the most important scientific discoveries of all time? The Science Channel, at no particualr order, present the top 100 in eight different categories viz Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Evolution, Genetics, Medicine and Physics.

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Oct 31 2008


The article is written by David M. Lampton.  [Source: Far Eastern Economic Review.  Hong Kong: Sep 2008 Vol. 171, Iss. 7; pg. 63, 4 pgs]

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Oct 30 2008

Handbooks Online

Handbooks Online – Version 6.0 is a searchable web tool that provides access to the National Center for Education Statistics Data Handbooks for elementary, secondary, and early childhood education. These Handbooks offer guidance on consistency in data definitions and in maintaining data so that they can be accurately aggregated and analyzed. The online Handbook database provides the Nonfiscal Handbooks in a searchable web tool. This database includes data elements for students, staff, classrooms, and education institutions.  [Source: National Center for Education Statistics]

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Oct 30 2008

State of the World’s Health, WHO releases the Global Burden of Disease study

27 OCTOBER 2008 | GENEVA — The World Health Organization (WHO) today published a new assessment of the Global Burden of Disease, a study that provides a comprehensive picture of the global and regional state of health. Drawing from extensive data across the Organization, it features comparisons between deaths, diseases and injuries whether by region, age, sex or country income for the year 2004. It also provides projections of deaths and burden of disease by cause and region to the year 2030.

The study contains details of the top ten causes of death and estimates for over 130 disease and injury causes. Striking findings include:

    • Worldwide, Africa accounts for 9 out of every 10 child deaths due to malaria, for 9 out of every 10 child deaths due to HIV/AIDS, and for half of the world’s child deaths due to diarrhoeal disease and pneumonia. 
    • The top five causes of death in low- income countries are: pneumonia, heart disease, diarrhoea, HIV/AIDS and stroke. In high- income countries the list is topped by heart disease, followed by stroke, lung cancer, pneumonia, and asthma/bronchitis.  
    • Men between the ages of 15 and 60 years have much higher risks of dying than women in the same age category in every region of the world. This is mainly due to higher levels of heart diseases and injuries,  including  those from violence and conflict. This difference is most pronounced in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle -East and the Eastern European region.  
    • Depression is the leading cause of years lost due to disability, the burden being 50% higher for females than males. In both low- and high -income countries, the harmful use of alcohol is among the 10 leading causes of disability.  

The production and dissemination of health information for action is one of WHO’s core mandated activities. The study provides Member States with key health information for health decision-making, planning and priority setting.

“It is vital that we have a global and regional picture of deaths, disease and disability”, says Colin Mathers, Coordinator for Epidemiology and Burden of Disease at WHO and lead author of the study. ” It enables policy makers and countries to identify the gaps and ensure that help and efforts are directed to those who are most in need. Countries can use the information to create strategies and cost-effective interventions aimed at improving health across the world.”

The study contains information on:

    • Causes of death in the different regions of the World Health Organization
    • The leading causes of death by age and sex
    • The numbers of people with various diseases and disabilities
    • The causes of loss of health and the actual loss of years of good health- these are measured in disability-adjusted life years (DALYs). One Daly is equivalent to the loss of one year of full health.  

Media contacts

Natalie Boudou-Jacobs, Communications officer, Information, Evidence and Research, WHO, Geneva,
Tel: +41 22 791 1036, Email: boudoun@who.int

Fiona Fleck, Communications officer, Information, Evidence and Research, WHO, Geneva,
Tel: +41 22 791 1897, Email: fleckf@who.int

The Global Burden of Disease Study can be found on the web at:


All WHO Fact sheets, news releases and WHO information material can be found at www.who.int

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Oct 29 2008

New Acquisitions List as at 29 October 2008

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Oct 29 2008

China’s Start-Ups Grow Up

Chinese entrepreneurship has been a key catalyst for China’s astonishing growth in the past three decades. Most of China’s first generation of business leaders are more than 45 years old. When China reformed its economy in the early 1980s, many of them were either college graduates or former military personnel. The second generation of Chinese entrepreneurs are mostly in their 30s and early 40s. China’s second generation emerged in the late 1990s. Most are well educated and went abroad for advanced study. Firms led by the first and second generations have experienced many setbacks in their efforts to globalize. Chinese entrepreneurs are searching for improved strategies to enhance the global competitiveness of their firms. In recent years, a new approach to global competition has emerged, exemplified by Indian entrepreneur Lakshmi Mittal, the head of Mittal Steel. Given the case of Mittal Steel, a new “globalization strategy” for Chinese firms, one that actively utilizes foreign resources, could prove profitable.  [Source: Far Eastern Economic Review.  Hong Kong: Sep 2008. Vol. 171, Iss. 7; pg. 53, 3 pgs]

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Oct 29 2008

Author’s right, Tout de Suite

The link gives you the latest information about Digital Scholarship publication. It is designed to give journal article authors a quick introduction to key aspects of author’s rights and to foster further exploration of this topic though liberal use of relevant references to online documents and links to pertinent Web sites. It also has a precise and concise definition on jargons related to the topic such as preprint, postprint, self-archiving etc.

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Oct 29 2008

New development options to subsidise senior secondary classes

The Education Bureau announced that in view of the decrease in the number of operating classes in secondary schools resulting from declining student population, two new development options would be introduced for schools to continue to operate subsidized senior secondary classes. These options will only be open for application by schools which have enrolled insufficient Secondary 1 students starting from this school year. Please click here for details. [Source: Press releases, HKSAR]

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Oct 29 2008

The Baldwin Online Children Literature’s Project

The Baldwin Online Children Literature’s Project is a source for children’s literature history research, covering material from 1880-1922 in full-text online. This offers a wealth of material in all categories, including: nursery rhymes, fables, folk tales, myths, legends and hero stories, literary fairy tales, bible stories, nature stories, biography, history, fiction, poetry, storytelling, games, and craft activities.

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Oct 28 2008

Top 10 BMJ Learning modules

BMJ Learning is a leading continuing professional development (CPD) and postgraduate training website for doctors and other healthcare professionals. All modules are written by experts, peer reviewed and edited by doctors. Access the BMJ Learning site (https://library.hku.hk/record=b3554176) to see the most popular modules users are accessing this month.



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