MIT's Science Fiction Society Has 60,000 Books And Some Zany Traditions

Reason number 5,000,000,000 to wish you'd gone to MIT... There's a great article in MIT News Magazine about the MIT Science Fiction Society, with its incredibly awesome library. Which started with a wooden crate dragged between dorm rooms in 1949 and is now a massive storehouse of awesome. » 10/22/14 4:00pm Wednesday 4:00pm

Fandom Academia: Gender Influences Filk Far Less Than You'd Think

I love the highly-specific title of this academic paper by Melissa Tatum, Robert Spoo, and Banjamin Pope: "Does Gender Influence Attitudes Toward Copyright in the Filk Community?" It combines three hot-button issues: copyright, gender, and fandom. It's a like a powder keg of things people have very strong opinions on. » 6/21/14 12:30am 6/21/14 12:30am

"Every Major's Terrible," as Performed by an Actual University Chorus

Readers of XKCD may already be familiar with "Every Major's Terrible," Randall Munroe's cynical ode to undergraduate indecision, but there's a good chance you've never seen or heard it performed by an actual person – let alone an entire chorus. That's where the Simon Fraser University Choir comes in. » 1/19/14 1:00pm 1/19/14 1:00pm

Academic fraud in China is getting out of hand

In a few short years, China has metamorphosed from a middling contributor to scientific knowledge into one of the most prolific research entities on the planet. But the country's meteoric ascent to scientific prominence – widely attributed to a flawed incentive system – has given unintentional rise to a lucrative… » 9/30/13 12:24pm 9/30/13 12:24pm

UC Riverside Solidifies Its Reputation As Haven for Science Fiction…

The University of California at Riverside has always had a vast, impressive collection of science fiction books and related ephemera in its library. This year the university is solidifying its reputation as the school to go to for serious scholarship related to scifi. They're holding a series of distinguished lectures… » 2/02/09 4:55pm 2/02/09 4:55pm