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Daily Archives: October 4, 2013

BBC News – Walking ‘cuts breast cancer risk’

“Post-menopausal women who walk for an hour a day can cut their chance of breast cancer significantly, a study has suggested. The report, which followed 73,000 women for 17 years, found walking for at least seven hours a week lowered the risk of the disease. The American Cancer Society team said this was the first time reduced risk was specifically linked to walking. UK experts said it was more evidence that lifestyle influenced cancer risk. A recent poll for the charity Ramblers found a quarter of adults walk for no more than an hour a week – but being active is known to reduce the risk of a number of cancers.”

Library of Congress has restored access to all its sites

News from the Library of Congress October 1, 2013 (REVISED October 3, 2013) Federal Government Shutdown “Due to the temporary shutdown of the federal government, all Library buildings are closed, all public events are canceled, and all inquiries and requests to the Library of Congress web-based services will not be received or responded to until the shutdownContinue Reading

A dynamic guide to alternate research sources for use during the 2013 Federal Government shutdown

“Mississippi State University Libraries has created a LibGuide to finding government information during the shutdown.  You can see it here: http://guides.library.msstate.edu/altgovsources. This was a team effort by our Reference Department (which now includes our Depository services and Christine Lea Fletcher).”

Social Explorer team opens up access to Social Explorer during gov’t shutdown

“The current shutdown in Washington is limiting the access that scholars and researchers have to vital materials, including the US Census website. To that end, Oxford University Press and the Social Explorer team will open up access to Social Explorer – the premier US Census demographics website – for the next two weeks. Social ExplorerContinue Reading

Georgetown Offers Free Classes to Furloughed Workers

NBC Washington: “If you are a furloughed worker looking for something to do during the shutdown, Georgetown University has something that will keep you busy. The School of Continuing Studies is offering six free courses to those who are out of work. The classes deal with everything from management skills to social media. Each classContinue Reading

Report Analyzes Government Secrecy

[October 1, 2013] “release of the 2013 Secrecy Report, the 9th annual review and analysis of indicators of secrecy in the federal government by OpenTheGovernment.org, comes amid shocking revelations that cast doubt on the accuracy and the meaningfulness of the government’s statistics about surveillance. As is highlighted in the introduction to this report and inContinue Reading