Daily Archives: March 6, 2011

Morals for your story: 3-6-11

My question is about plagiarism, I think. I suppose what I’m trying to establish is what the boundaries of plagiarism are. I have to write a paper for a class and I could potentially choose a topic that I have written about already for a previous class. It won’t be possible to use the entirety of my already existing paper for this one since the assignment is slightly different, but would it be unethical to use portions of it? And what about the research? Would it be wrong to reuse it? I suppose if I choose a new topic, I won’t even have to worry about if I’m plagiarizing myself. But I would prefer to continue my thinking about this topic more deeply than to choose some other topic I’m not as interested in. What do you think I should do? What are the main dangers I should be sure to avoid?
–Writing Papers Can Feel Like Walking Across a Mine Field

This week in Colorado history: Plants, animals, and people

One hundred years ago, the Colorado legislature was busy. A public meeting was held to discuss a bill pertaining to mine employee safety. According to “The Colorado Transcript” of March 9, 1911, “The bill provides for the maintenance of a chief inspector and seven deputies, each deputy assigned to a district composed of 21 coal mines.” Another bill outlining an eight-hour work day for coal miners faced heavy opposition from Colorado coal mining companies and was also discussed at this meeting.

The stars shine brightly above Mines: Much ado about doomsday

Space is unimaginably larger than humanity can conceive. There are objects in the cosmos that could very much challenge our currently held views on arts, politics, religion, and possibly what it means to be human. Still, despite the grandiose size, space is extremely empty. Sure, there are multitudes of particles that defy the idea of a vacuum, but these are extremely tiny themselves. So what is the chance that in all of this near void that there is some unknown hazard to the Earth lurking beyond our telescopes? Likely near 100%. On the other hand, the chance that this hazard is the hypothesized Nemesis star is well on the other side of the probability spectrum.


Beyond chill: Toro Y Moi’s Underneath the Pine

With South By South-West (SXSW) just a week away, the last month has been a bombardment of showcase announcements and stories about “must-see” acts. Among the throngs of hipster-fodder is one band that keeps rising to the surface: Toro Y Moi. To be technically correct, Toro Y Moi is really just the stage name for Chazwick Bundick, a South Carolina native who has helped define the obtuse faux-genre “Chill-wave.” (Editorial note: With the exception of 1980’s “New Wave,” I find it difficult to take any modern “-wave” genre seriously).

Movie Review: 127 Hours

Aron Ralston’s emotional journey while literally being stuck between a rock and a hard place captivated audiences through the movie “127 Hours.” It received six Oscar nominations including best picture and best actor. “127 Hours” provided viewers an opportunity to relive Ralston’s gut-wrenching experience from his perspective as the events that changed his life unfolded.


Minecraft: The perfect learning experience, or just another delightful time waster?

When you think of indie game, the first thing that pops to mind is the conventional glitchy, low graphics, in-browser game that has the ability to confuse and confound and may have just given your computer more viruses than a Nigerian spam email. It is a sad reality that at first glance, Minecraft may give this impression, the world is made of almost 8-bit blocks and for the first few minutes, wrapping your head around the game seems to be an impossible feat. After a few minutes though, the game’s wonderful qualities begin to shine through.

Making Stuff… cleaner

Carbon, an element that makes up all living creatures, is the single greatest concern for environmental impact. Since the rise of the automobile, gasoline has been releasing carbon dioxide and other noxious gasses into the atmosphere. Fortunately, the future of automobiles lies within hydrogen and electric batteries. Making Stuff, a mini-series produced by NOVA, concentrates on making stuff stronger, cleaner, smaller, and smarter.

Losing the well mixed mentality

The intersection of math and geology is not as rare as an outside observer would think. The degree to which Dr. David Benson, a professor in the geology and geological engineering division, brings these two disciplines together is truly astounding. While the audience was skeptical of Benson’s promises to keep the lecture on an understandable level, he came through on his promise and spiced up the presentation with humor and interesting examples. “I chose it to stir up some controversy,” said Benson on his choice of title, “On the (as yet unknown) governing equation for simple chemical reactions.”

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