Monday News: PBS-NYT Book Club, Fitbit tattoo, adapting Holmes, along with post-Harvey book drive
Introducing the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, ‘ Read This’ — I greeted this news with desire fascination, even though that’s probably unfair. It is just that I’ve been disappointed by this NYTBR’s undoing I do not understand what to make of a book bar that is Facebook-grounded. Please attend if any of you decide to participate. The very first publication is Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing, which will include an interview with an author at the end of the discussion. The club seems to be premised in reading a novel together with readers helping select books.
So, the best way to combine the book club is through our Facebook group Read This. We need everyone to sort of be able to join together there as they send and read and talk about the book in real time together with members of fellow readers and our staff.
And we’ll post far there in discussion questions to help guide them as they read the publication, from the writer to writer’s advice, to form of a inside look at how the book was composed. — PBS
Is The Next Fitbit A Tattoo? — We speak a lot about data privacy, but fitness tracker apps and devices are collecting vast chunks of data that’s not just personal, but potentially profitable, both to insurance companies and health product sellers. So envision an assortment of tattoo-like devices technology that’s so lightweight and thin you won’t actually register it. Sounds great, right? Or creepy, depending upon your perspective (and the potential for hacking).
At the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Materials Research Laboratory, tiny sensors have been analyzed by YuHao Liu on printed promising results and volunteers. “For skin-mounted tattoo detectors, users wouldn’t sense them, because their depth and weight are similar to human skin,” Liu told The Daily Beast via email…
In addition to this work of Liu and Pharr, a current Florida A&M University College of Engineering study forecasts wearable electronics tracking everything to sleep better caliber will be razor-thin later on. The research authors are currently researching human-hair-sized detectors Which May also be woven to monitor sleep quality. — MSN
These authors are putting a new twist on the legendary Sherlock Holmes — Lakshmi Gandhi interviews Sherry Thomas and Joe Ide in their Sherlock-inspired books, partly in recognition of Holmes’s January 6th birthday (that sound you hear is the Conan Doyle property’s anguished cries at the simple fact that a lot of Holmes fiction has passed into the public domain). The popularity of the character endures for a number of reasons, and interpretations keep every one of the versions living to a degree. As Sherry Thomas remarks:
Romance novelist Sherry Thomas was introduced into Sherlock Holmes at an young age. “I had been no more than 10,” Thomas stated more than email. “That was long enough ago that I can not remember which came into my life, the translated versions of the first stories or the British tv series starring Jeremy Brett, whose face is still the one that springs to mind when I imagine the classic Arthur Conan Doyle character”
The brilliance of this personality also instantly made an impression. “I remember marveling that anyone might be that smart, that completely self-assured,” she said. “And of course, to some woman from a very different history, Victorian London was also exotic and intriguing in and of itself” — NBC
12-year-old arouses book drive for kids influenced by Harvey — Hurricane Harvey dealt a lot of devastation to hundreds of areas, along with a simple question pondered by one young woman finally grew into a book drive for youngsters who’d lost their books at the storms. These stories give me confidence for the future of the country.
What, she believed at the moment, had occurred to all of her classmates’ novels? If her home was damaged, how could she have felt?
It was a simple question, at the chaos of this storm would not have been considered by some other adult.
“We’re all too focused on houses and security to actually think about what the storm could imply for kids,” Brooke’s mother, Jamie, stated.
So Brooke decided to act.
On Sunday, she transformed this Evelyn Rubenstein Community Center’s room into a library for kids. With bags in hands, a line of kids pored over the 1,500 or so books that were given or bought with a grant Brooke. — Houston Chronicle