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This is often the case in academia. The knowledge base is ever growing and keeping up can be quite a hassle.
Checking all the different websites for valuable information or the newest papers can be very time consuming. Fortunately, the early internet has brought forward RSS. It's an acronym for Real Simple Syndication, so basically you can get all the information from different websites really simple.
I've been meaning to write this article for quite a while and I wanted to recommend the Google Service - Google Reader. However, today the big G announced that they would discontinue the service1. Everyone can pack their so called feeds of websites and go somewhere else. So why still write about it? All hope is gone! Well not really and even if you have never been into RSS feeds before, keep on reading this will change your view of the internet!
My first reaction after seeing the anouncement, I tried to install a RSS Reader on my own webspace. That failed miserably so I started looking around for alternatives and they delivered. There is a very extensive list on Wikipedia, but I almost died from information overload while browsing that thing. So let me sum up what I got out of it:
You can chose between the usual desktop program or cloud-based services like Google Reader.
For me this choice was pretty easy, I work on three different computers and have a smartphone, I need something that syncs all across those devices without problems. A desktop solution wasn't an option for me. When looking for cloud-based RSS services, I found that two stuck out.
There is Newsblur, which looks pretty much like Google Reader and will be fine.
However there was another option called Feedly.
It's more of a magazine style feed reader and I like the style very much. Especially for News feeds this can be a nice addition. They reacted very quick to Google Reader closing down and provided a guide for new ex-Google users that will show you through the import of your feeds. It's a two-click process then you're done! Just allow them to connect to Reader and that's it all your feeds are there.
For the true minimalists that liked the Reader design a lot, they can just use the "Tile View" that will give you the same plain Google Reader interface2.
I used this little switch to Feedly to clean up my feeds and I would very much like to share some of them with you.
Some other bloggers published their lists of publications they follow3 4 5 6. I will present some highlights from the list, however I have taken the freedom to compile files that you can simply import in your favorite reader. They're called OPML-Files and if you're not sure how to import them into your reader you can google it. I have uploaded five different files that include:
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When it comes to minerals, they have certain properties. One property is the hardness. Back in the day German mineralogist Friedrich Mohs had the idea to introduce a scale, where you basically take two minerals and have a look which one can put scratches into the other. This scale has ten levels from extremely soft to hard like a diamond, however we might consider to update this scale especially when we consider that Thor's Hammer obvisously looks like this:
Anyone who ever owned a Nokia should be able to relate to this.
Nevertheless, if you really do want to see a material that is harder than diamond, read up on these awesome aggregated diamond nanorods!