Costa Concordia salvage: Divers to refloat the capsized cruise ship

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Costa Concordia Polski: Statek pasażerski Costa Concordia

For twenty months, the once luxurious Costa Concordia cruise ship has been lying in saltwater, waiting for divers to arrive and refloat the massive structure. The Costa Concordia salvage effort is on an unprecedented scale, and righting the banked ship without damaging environmental consequences was a huge task. On September 17, 2013 at 4 a.m. local time, the ship was declared completely upright.  It’s the latest news in a saga of a needless crash that killed 32 people and showed the world a captain who abandoned ship to save himself rather than staying on board to ensure the safety of his passengers and crew. Read more

Avengers 2 features Marvel supervillain Ultron, while real world artificial intelligence Kirobo reaches for the stars

Artificial intelligence in Avengers 2

Artificial intelligence in Avengers 2

On August 29, 2013, Marvel announced that its supervillain for Avengers 2, Ultron, would be played by former brat-pack member James Spader. The actor has played some parts that require a sinister bent, so while some fans were surprised by the casting – and began speculating about what it implied for how the robotic artificial intelligence would look on the big screen – others were excited by the decision. Viewers only introduced to Marvel’s Avengers by Joss Whedon’s blockbusting The Avengers may not know Ultron’s prior history. And while murderous robots may be a staple of Hollywood, real world artificial intelligence is pushing new limits – including outer space, as Japan’s humanoid robot Kirobo makes his way to the International Space Station. Read more

Falling behind in classes? How to ask your teacher for a study guide, tutor or mentor

Extra help in classFeel like you’re falling behind in class? Are you just not getting the subject matter? Is it difficult to juggle class and a part-time job? If so, the important thing to remember is that it’s easy to ask teachers for a little extra help. Visit your teacher during office hours, explain what you’re not understanding and ask for assistance. There are many kinds of programs that work: tutors, working with a mentor, peer mentoring, a study guide on a particular subject and even summer sessions if you know you’re getting a class in a subject you’re not comfortable with. Read more

How to research great literature books and articles using Questia

Literature books and articlesWhen you hear the words “great literature,” what books come to mind? To Kill A Mockingbird? Huckleberry Finn? Call of the Wild? The Grapes of Wrath? The Red Badge of Courage? Or perhaps you were introduced to more recent fare; say Life of Pi, A Prayer for Owen Meany, or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone? Perhaps you’ve decided to develop your own personal list of the greatest literary underdogsRead more

Bradley Manning WikiLeaks case sentencing hearing set for today

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Wikileaks (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

The Bradley Manning WikiLeaks case enters the sentencing phase next week. The defense team for U.S. Army private Manning will present evidence today, Monday, August 12, 2013. Private Manning will make a statement to the court the following Wednesday. The 25-year-old Manning faces up to 90 years in prison for perpetrating what has been called the largest leak of classified government information in U.S history. Read more

How to debate your view when writing a research paper

Effectively debate your arguementResearch paper topics assigned by your instructor often require you to argue an issue that you personally support. When writing a research paper that presents an argument you believe in you will want to know how to debate and present both sides, including the opposing viewpoints. That can be a real challenge. Here are a few pointers to help you make your case.

The argument research paper

Writing your paper involves the same process no matter what your personal opinion is. Read more

Federal student loan changes. What are your choices?

President Barack Obama walks to stage to discuss student loans in the Diplomatic Reception Room

President Barack Obama walks to stage to discuss student loans in the Diplomatic Reception Room

Borrowers of student loans can’t seem to catch a break. As of July 1, 2013, the interest rate for the Federal Stafford Loan to help pay for college has doubled. In addition, the Budget Control Act of 2011, also known as sequestration, forced Congress to drastically cut spending in education and other domestic programs. With all these impediments to low-cost education, what choices do students have to get federal financial aid or private funding? How will you pay back your loans? Read more

How to research a history of technology articles and books using Questia

Technology articlesWhat do the Internet, the iPhone, the printing press, the wheel, and the automobile all have in common? They are pivotal inventions in the history of technology; inventions that catapulted forward the way humanity interacts with itself and surrounding environment.  For millennials, (those between the ages of 18-33), technology has accelerated the use of online tools, empowering today’s generation in ways phenomenally different from their predecessors. We previously posted about the history of government and this time around wanted to provide some pivotal resources for those of you studying and writing about technology’s ongoing evolution. Read more

History of Government Books and Academic Articles on Questia – where to begin your research

Government booksUndergraduates studying political science and/or law might want to take advantage of Questia’s archive of government books and articles. Back on March 7, we posted how to conduct quantitative research and in a time when Congress and the President continue to debate the significance of the country’s public debt, we at Questia thought it was high time to review systems of government. Read more