Thursday, March 19, 2009

A Piece of (Thomas Hardy’s) Heart

The world has long had an obsession with preserving the body parts of the dead. The ancient Egyptians were famous for it. During the Middle Ages, nearly every church in Europe had relics in its possession, often including the bones and organs of saints. But as perceptions of death changed, these traditions gradually went out of style -- with a few notable exceptions.Most famously, the brain of Albert Einstein was removed after his death and owned by a succession of scientists for the next forty years. Only in the 1990s was it returned to Princeton University, where researchers concluded that, yes, Einstein was smarter than the average bear.After Napoleon’s mysterious death in 1821, his overeager jailers stole many of the former French leader’s belongings -- including his "little corporal" (if you believe the rumors). It now rests in a quiet home in New Jersey. The same fate was said to befall the bodies of John Dillinger and Grigori Rasputin, but both stories just may be urban legends.Other famous body parts that remained in circulation after the deaths of their owners include Oliver Cromwell's head, Sarah Bernhardt's leg, and more recently and tragically, the bones of famed BBC and PBS personality Alistair Cooke. And poor Thomas Hardy's heart was supposedly eaten by his doctor's cat!So I suppose the moral of this story is, at least for dead celebrities, keep your friends close and your enemies far, far away.Suggested Sites...
Napoleon's Privates - a recent book about the unfortunate fate of Napoleon's remains -- and other scandalous historical moments.
Postcards from the Brain Museum - another book about research completed on the brains of important figures from Einstein to Lenin.
Dead Celebrities' Body Parts - photo gallery of just what it sounds like.
National Museum of Health and Medicine - owns pieces of Abraham Lincoln’s skull and hair, as well as the bullet that killed him.
Directory categories: History, Death Beliefs and Practices, Collecting, Urban Legends, Dead Celebrities
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By Sarah LatozaWed, March 18, 2009, 12:01 am PDT

Thursday, March 12, 2009

His Majesty’s address at the 3rd convocation of Royal University of Bhutan for Samtse and Paro Colleges of Education, February 17, 2009

It always makes me very happy to meet and spend time with you. And when we do get the opportunity, we all want it to be a happy time. However, we must also understand the difference between getting together as friends to talk and laugh and then getting together to work for our people and country. At this moment, with so many senior officials gathered together, we must say we are here for work.I can say so many good things today about the success of our country, about the hard work of our people. We have done our work well, our policies have been good – everything we have done we have done with the interests of our people and country in mind – that is why we are here today as a unique and successful nation. But my saying these things will not change anything. It serves no purpose or bears no fruits. Praising what we have already done will not bring new rewards. It is better to see what our weaknesses are, where we have not done very well, where we need to do better.My duty is to worry every single day about our people and country. And to voice these worries frankly so that we do not get carried away, get caught unaware, or become complacent. So bear with me as I speak to you about my concerns about our education system or standards. Those of you who work in the ministry of education or related agencies must not feel singled out.I am a firm believer that if there is one word that will stand out above all other words when we describe our country’s amazing journey of modernization over the last few decades - it is Education. Our institutions, our leaders of today – all of us, including me – are the proud products of the Bhutanese education system.Our education system built and nurtured with your hard work and dedication has served us well. But we must understand that the times have changed here in Bhutan and all around us in the world. We cannot face new challenges with the same tools. The private sector is adjusting itself to new challenges and opportunities; the bureaucracy is finding its place in a new system of governance; the entire country is adapting to new roles in our young democracy. Thus, every person and institution must evolve to meet the aspirations of our people and the changing needs of our nation.Today I speak on behalf of our teachers and students – our teachers will always be committed and dedicated teachers – our students will always be diligent and loyal students – but it is the duty of parents, policy makers and the government to put the right tools in their hands – the right books, the right curriculum, the right direction. For this we must first ask ourselves where do we want to go as an economy, as a democracy, as a nation. In other words, what is the Vision for Bhutan? Then we must build an education system that nurtures people with the right skills, knowledge and training to fulfill this Vision. The sooner we realize this the better.The word Vision is such a profound word and yet one that is so commonly mis-used. I feel that there is no better reason to use this word than to describe the importance of education. For if our Vision for the nation is not contained in the pages of the books that our young children hold, in the words of our teachers as they lead their classrooms, and in the education policies of our governments, then let it be said – we have no Vision.We can dream of a strong bureaucracy of the highest standards but we must not forget that those standards must be set in school where our future bureaucrats are.We can dream of world class IT parks, of being an international financial centre, of competing at international standards but we must not forget that we can have none of these if our schools and colleges do not bestow such talents and skills.We can dream of a nation of environmental conservation, GNH, a strong economy, a vibrant democracy and yet none are possible or sustainable if we have not already toiled and sweated in the building of a strong education system.Our nation’s future lies in an ever-shrinking world. Our government’s goals, and the 10th plan reflect this reality. If we take even a cursory glance at the immediate goals of our nation, we will see goals such as developing hydropower, mines, health, tourism, banking, Information Technology; roads, domestic and international airports; and so on. You hear terms like ‘knowledge based’, ‘niche’, ‘broadband’, ‘innovation’, ‘data centre’, ‘sustainable’ and so on. These goals and terms are perfectly normal and as I said, reflect the reality of the changing times.But if changing realities bring new ambitions and goals, it must also bring new plans and preparation. Most importantly, we have to ask ourselves how do we build and nurture the people who will implement the plans and fulfill our goals? The answer lies in Education. But statistics show that while we pile dream upon dream like floors on a skyscraper, the foundation needs to be strengthened.Let me make an extremely broad and elementary observation. In all the countries where progress has been strong in the areas we strive to develop, the strength of the education system has been in Math and Science. In fact in India, the favourite subject for most students is Mathematics. In Bhutan, Mathematics is one of our main weaknesses – most students do not like Math and the majority score less than 50%. We have similar weaknesses in Science and amazingly, even English.I have studied our own official statistics, which show these in great detail – you should look at them too- but for today, what we need to do is ask ourselves the question – “does our education system reflect our changing opportunities and challenges?” Contemplate this question. Contemplate! For what a grave mistake it will be to stand proud as nation on the hard work of our forefathers, the successes of our past and on the admiration and respect of the outside world today. And fail to see that it will all disappear tomorrow, if we lose sight of the fundamental reasons for our success.Contemplate! For what a grave mistake it will be to dream with great optimism of taking our nation from this successful democratic transition into a future of even greater success, without realizing that it is not us but our children who must secure that success for the nation.I have said it time and time again, “a nation’s future will mirror the quality of her youth – a nation cannot fool herself into thinking of a bright future when she has not invested wisely in her children.”We always repeat what HM the fourth King once said, “the future of our nation lies in the hands of our children.” We must know that His Majesty, my father, meant that quality of education for our young Bhutanese is of paramount importance. And that it is our duty as today’s parents, leaders and citizens to provide it. We must ensure that their young little hands grow to become strong and worthy of carrying our nation to greater heights.I cannot go into details of the education sector – there are experts among us who can do this. All I know is, as simple as it sounds, that our hopes and aspirations as a nation must be reflected in what is taught to our future generations in the classroom. This is my view. I urge parents, policymakers and the general public to reflect on this. Keep in mind:
That our culture, traditions and heritage are the foundation of our Nation and our People are our greatest asset.
That we have a small population – but our people love the country – with the right tools we can achieve anything.
That educating our People is the first step to fulfilling our aspirations as a nation.
That it is not enough to provide free education – we must provide education of such quality that it will guarantee a distinguished place for our youth anywhere in the world.
And that our window of opportunity is small – today the largest section of our population are Youth – how we address quality of education now will determine whether we will build strong young citizens who will ensure a long bright future for the nation - or fail and confine such a large number of our young children and their children to generations of hardship and struggle.
When the sun sets every evening, we go to sleep in the comfort that it will rise in the morning and things will be the same. Do not however let the light of education ever go out. For if it should become dark, even for a moment, we will find that generations of our children will suffer its effects and the light on a bright future for our nation will take decades to shine again.Parents and teachers, I want you to know that as King my passion will always be to nurture our youth, day after day, year after year - for it is their skills, their labour and commitment to the country that will build our future. There is no other path – no other tool - for Bhutan’s future success.I end with the words – “Our nation’s Vision can only be fulfilled if the scope of our dreams and aspirations are matched by the reality of our commitment to nurturing our future citizens.”

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

DOE announces international agreement on Global Science Online Gateway

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has established a multilateral alliance to govern the rapidly growing online gateway to international scientific research information, Officials from organizations representing 38 countries formalized their commitment in June in Seoul, Korea, by signing a WorldWideScience Alliance agreement to sustain and build upon joint efforts to provide a single, sophisticated point of access for diverse scientific resources and expertise from nations around the world.

“ is already a wonderful tool for communication, bringing scientific databases from many countries to the fingertips of those advancing the frontiers of knowledge across the globe. It is well on its way towards becoming a complete, comprehensive, international source for scientific inquiry,” DOE Under Secretary for Science Dr. Raymond L. Orbach said. “Unleashing global scientific discovery, through, will accelerate scientific progress. That is why we are so excited about this alliance and the global access to science it will provide.” is the result of an agreement signed in January 2007 by Dr. Orbach and Chief Executive of the British Library Dame Lynne Brindley. to partner on the development of a global science gateway to accelerate scientific discovery by giving people faster and more convenient access to online scientific databases.

When was first made publicly available in June 2007, it was capable of searching 12 databases from 10 countries. Today, the web site enables anyone with internet access to launch a single-query search of 32 national scientific databases and portals from 44 countries, covering six continents and nearly half of the world’s population.

The typical user query searches 200 million pages of science and technology information not typically accessible through popular search engines. The governance document laying out the structure for the WorldWideScience Alliance was ratified in February at the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) 2008 Winter Meeting in Paris, France. DOE’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), within DOE’s Office of Science, serves as the Operating Agent. OSTI conceived of the global science gateway and developed the application based on research results from DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research program.

The multilateral alliance was established to serve as the permanent governance structure of and consists of 11 founding member organizations representing 38 countries. Founding-member organizations include: African Journals OnLine; the British Library; Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information; Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (South Africa); German National Library of Science and Technology; Institut de l’Information Scientifique et Technique (France); Japan Science and Technology Agency; Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information; Alliance (United States); Scientific Electronic Library Online; and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. In addition to member countries, ICSTI will serve as a member and primary sponsor. Learn more about the WorldWideScience Alliance.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Library Break

The SCE Library will remain close from 20-01-09 to 26-01-09.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Open Access Resources

The SCE library provides access to valuable open access electronic resources. Theses e-resources are different from the ones you get in Google search or any other search engines. These e-resources are made free only to the developing countries like ours. These journals are not going to be free from 2010 onwards. The College needs to pay at least a sum of USD 2000 annually. We may not be able to subscribe to these e-resources from 2010 onwards. Please make best use of these resources while given free.

These OA resources are :

1 Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE),

Steps to access the OARE are as follows:

A) Go to

B) Click *LOG IN* at the top right hand corner of our home page
(If a security alert window appears, please click *Yes* to

C) Enter the following user ID and password:

User ID: BHU513
Password: 15126

D) Select the scheme *OARE*

E) Click *Sign in*.

F) A security warning window will appear. Please click *Yes* to continue.

Congratulations! You are now logged into OARE and may access all full text
articles, databases and other scientific resources listed on the Full Text
Journals, Databases and Other Resources page of the OARE website.

2 Our next OA e –resources is HINARI

A) To begin a HINARI session, go to http://hinari-gw.wh

Please provide the following

Enter your userID: BHU017

Enter your password: 42018

3 Our next OA resources is AGORA.

A) To begin an AGORA session, go to

Click *LOGIN* (A security alert window may pop up. If it does, click on "Yes" to continue. Please "copy and paste" your username and password to avoid typing errors.

Enter your user ID: ag-btn016
Enter your password: yYXJpstc

4) The next OA resources is


A) To begin oxfordjournals go to:

Enter your user ID : SCOE

Enter your passwords: 2951968

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

open access journals

Informatics India launches new open access e-journals portal

Informatics India Ltd, India, has announced the launch of open access e-journals portal. A free global service, open J-gate is an electronic gateway to a suite of global journal literature, and provides seamless access to millions of journal articles available online.
The portal was launched by Jean-Claude Guedon, a global expert of open access movement, on the occasion of the 12th annual lecture on informatics at the Indian National Academy of Sciences (INSA).
Using a standard database, the portal indexes articles from more than 3,000 academic, research and industry journals, and is updated daily. The database allows users to browse the table of content of latest as well as back issues.