Ghostwriting – A Thriving Business At China’s Universities

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Ghostwriters, the whores of modern academia

Many university students under pressure are turning to the Internet for help – not for research, but to find someone to write their reports for them.  So common is this phenomenon that a new research paper from Wuhan University in Hubei province estimated that university students spend up to half a billion yuan ($73 million) a year to have other people write their essays.

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A Novel Idea

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So much for copyright issues

It promises to bring the world of literature to the ordinary book-buyer at the touch of a button.

In the time it takes to brew a cappuccino, this machine can print off any book that is not in stock from a vast computer database.

The innovation, launched by book chain Blackwell yesterday, removes the need to order a hard-to-find novel, or the wait to buy one that has sold out. Continue reading… “A Novel Idea”

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Interview with Science Fiction Legend Ben Bova

 Interview with Science Fiction Legend Ben Bova

The Legendary Ben Bova

Ben Bova’s series of novels about the planets, including his newly released “Mars Life,” has been dubbed “The Grand Tour.” The six-time Hugo-winning author will be making a grand tour of sorts when he comes to Denver this week for the World Science Fiction Convention, where he will receive the Robert A. Heinlein Award.

Among Bova’s book-signing and speaking engagements is an appearance Wednesday evening at C.B & Potts in Westminster for the DaVinci Institute’s “Night with a Futurist” series, a program dreamed up by Louisville think-tank founder Thomas Frey that connects bright thinkers with intimate audiences.

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An Evening with the Legendary Dr. Ben Bova

 An Evening with the Legendary Dr. Ben Bova

 Life on the moon as depicted by the legendary science fiction author, Dr. Ben Bova

On August 6th the DaVinci Institute will be hosting the legendary science fiction author, Dr. Ben Bova, at its Night with a Futurist event.

In his various writings, Dr. Bova has predicted the Space Race of the 1960s, solar power satellites, the discovery of organic chemicals in interstellar space, virtual reality, human cloning, the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars), the discovery of life on Mars, the advent of international peacekeeping forces, the discovery of ice on the Moon, electronic book publishing and zero-gravity sex.

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