scholarly resource alert

Scholarly Resource Alert! David Shambaugh, author of China Goes Global, alerted us to an article from the BBC about ‘China’s Island Factory’. New islands are being made in the disputed South China Sea by the might of the Chinese state, but a group of marooned Filipinos on a rusting wreck is trying to stand in the way. (via China’s Island Factory)

Scholarly Resource Alert! David Grove, author of Tapeworms, Lice, and Prions: A compendium of unpleasant infections, alerted us to a BBC series, starting Wednesday 19 February, in which Dr Michael Mosley turns his body into a living laboratory by deliberately infecting himself with some extraordinary parasites. (via BBC - Media Centre - Programme Information - Michael Mosley: Infested! Living With Parasites)

Scholarly Resource Alert! Anna Hansell, co-author of The Environment and Health Atlas for England and Wales, alerted us to breaking news in public health. The Small Area Health and Statistics Unit (SAHSU) has launched a new series of interactive maps. They are designed to inform policy-makers and the public on the geographic patterns of disease and potential exposure to various pollutants, and assist in developing hypotheses and research into the reasons for variability in disease risk that may relate to environmental exposures. See reports in The Guardian, BBC, and The Independent, or the Interactive Maps

Maps courtesy of the environment and health atlas/Small Area Health Statistics Unit.

Scholarly resource alert!  Jonathan Keats, author of Forged: Why Fakes are the Great Art of Our Age, alerted us to “In Praise of Art Forgereries,” an opinion piece in the New York Times. Exploring the economic and cultural benefits of forgeries, Blake Gopnik writes, “Sometimes, they give us works that great artists simply didn’t get around to making. If a fake is good enough to fool experts, then it’s good enough to give the rest of us pleasure, even insight.” Do you think forgeries have a place in museums? (via In Praise of Art Forgeries -