In the News: The World Series

After an exciting 7-game series between the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals, the National League Champion has finally been determined! In anticipation of the World Series of Baseball’s first game tonight, the ipl2 presents resources on the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers, the two teams playing for the championship this year, and a bit of history about the World Series.

The Official Website of the Detroit Tigers

The official site of the Detroit Tigers, 2012 American League champions, as found on the website of Major League Baseball. This site contains news articles about the Tigers, as well as video recaps, the schedule, line-up and detailed information about the players’ statistics, and ticket information.

The Official Website of the San Francisco Giants

The official site of the San Francisco Giants, 2012 National League champions, as found on the website of Major League Baseball. This site contains news articles about the Giants, as well as video recaps, the schedule, line-up and detailed information about the players’ statistics, and ticket information.

ESPN: Major League Baseball

ESPN is the worldwide leader in sports news coverage. This page is to the Major League Baseball portion of ESPN’s website. It includes headlines and videos of MLB coverage discussed by ESPN’s team of sports experts.

Baseball Almanac

The Baseball Almanac contains the history of the World Series, including detailed information about each year the championship game was played and the outcome.


In the News: The Nobel Prize

Every October the world awaits the announcements of the famous Nobel Prizes, but did you ever wonder how they decide?  Who are these winners, and what exactly are pluripotent cells and g-proteins?  This week’s blog post will help answer these questions and offers links to more information about the Nobel Prize, some of the winners, and some of this year’s  incredible research that won.

The Official Website of the Nobel Prize

This fact-filled website is full of interesting lists, video interviews, biographies, lectures, history and much more.  Create your own list, take a quiz, post a greeting to the winners, and even play some games.  This is the official website of the Nobel Prize and is run by a subsidiary of the Nobel Foundation.

Daily Beast: 60 Second Guide to Mo Yan

The Daily Beast became the online home of Newsweek in 2011.  Their quick guide to Mo Yan includes a short bio, a look at some of his works, and his unique style.  It also has a number of links to more information about him and previous winners.

NEW! Boston Children’s Hospital: About Stem Cells: Pluripotent Stem Cells 101

Sir John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka were awarded jointly the Nobel Prize for Medicine “for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent”.  What are pluripotent stem cells and why are they important?  Children’s Hospital in Boston has broken down the basics of the science and what it all means.

The European Union

The European Union (EU) won the Nobel Peace Prize this year.  This is the English language version of the official site of the EU. It provides current news and upcoming events, EU activities, information on the different institutions and bodies of the EU, official documents, and reaction to the EU’s win.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry-Information for the Public: Cells and Sensibility

A concise and well-illustrated explanation of g-protein couple receptors and the work of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry winners.  This article was written by the science editors at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the institution that awards the Nobel Prizes.

Physics Today: Serge Haroche and David Wineland share this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics

“Physics Today is the flagship publication of the American Institute of Physics (AIP), and has been published monthly for more than 50 years”.  This is a link to an article written about this year’s physics prize winners, and their complicated work with quantum particles.


The Link: It’s a celebration! Smiles, Goblins, Ghouls and More

Join ipl2 in tracking down the roots of Halloween and some of its traditions. Then prepare to celebrate as the ipl2 provides tips for designing your costume and having a monster of a party. If the sites full of ghosts and ghouls become too spooky, you’ll discover there are a number of other holidays you can celebrate in October. From harvest festivals to days of thankfulness, there is something for everyone.

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Halloween ~ History and Traditions

The contemporary celebration of Halloween has roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain when the dead were thought to mingle with the living. Many traditions associated with this festival, such as the setting out of food, dressing in costumes, and carrying hallowed out turnips with burning embers all evolved into our modern day Halloween. As for America’s contribution to this evolving holiday, it was replacing turnips with pumpkins, which Irish immigrants found more plentiful in North America. Check out the sites below to discover Halloween history and how to have the best jack-o-lantern on the block.

How Halloween Works (find it on the ipl2

This site provides background information about where Halloween customs and traditions come from. Topics include Celtic roots (Samhain) and Christian roots (All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day), trick-or-treating, jack-o’-lanterns, bobbing for apples, and costumes. Also includes links to related material on how to carve a pumpkin, how to throw a Halloween party, how light sticks work, and more. From: HowStuffWorks.

The History of Halloween (find it on the ipl2)

The History Channel presents a series of video clips tracing the history of Halloween from its origins in ancient times to modern trick-or-treat. Other video clips concern vampires, ghosts, jack-o’-lanterns, and the fear instinct.

Halloween: The Fantasy and Folklore of All Hallows (find it on the ipl2)

An essay about the historical origins of Halloween – the “biggest and most significant holiday of the Celtic year.” Also includes a brief bibliography. From: the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress.

Reverent Remembrance: Honoring the Dead (find it on the ipl2)

Companion to an exhibit that “explore[s] the ancient Celtic roots of Halloween, the colorful Mexican Day of the Dead, mummification and other death rituals in ancient Egypt, Indonesian cliff burials, and modern American memorials, including those following the 9/11 tragedy.” The site includes descriptions of activities and beliefs, exhibit handouts, and links to related sites. From: the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.

Pumpkin Carving 101 (find it on the ipl2)

Lots of information on this Halloween tradition, including history, selecting pumpkins to use as jack-o’-lanterns, tools, traditional carving and carving with stencils, lighting methods, extending the life of the pumpkin, photographing, burial, and caring for a pumpkin patch. From: Halloween Online.

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Templates (find it on the ipl2)

Tips and instructions for jack-o-lantern carving and pumpkin selection. Features material on how to carve a fancy pumpkin, paint a pumpkin, decorate a pumpkin with flowers or vegetables, and printable pumpkin carving patterns and monogram templates.

Halloween ~ Let’s Party!

From the best roasted pumpkin seeds to the most outrageous costume on the block, these sites will help you prepare for Fright Night. Get great party ideas, spooky sounds to scare your friends and neighbors, and plenty of recipes for good eats to fill up your hungry ghouls. The Link has your Halloween celebration covered.

Halloween Online (find it on the ipl2)

Pumpkins, bats, and spider webs meet and “creep” you at this indispensable Halloween site. It’s been around a long time, since 1994. Everything Halloween in one click—costumes, Halloween parties, pumpkin carving, articles and more. Especially useful are the Halloween decoration tips and Halloween party resources.

Costume Idea Zone (find it on the ipl2)

Are you the creative type? Do you start planning your Halloween costume in May or June? Then, the Costume Idea Zone is the place for you. Offbeat, unusual and just downright clever ideas will set you on the path to winning a best costume contest on Halloween night.

Yahoo! Halloween (find it on the ipl2)

This directory of Halloween websites will leave you howling with joy. One-stop shopping for parties, costumes, invitations, fun sites for kids to explore, and much more. You can search exactly what you need or browse the 25 categories.

Allrecipes: Halloween (find it on the ipl2)

Think Allrecipes is only for food? Think again! This excellent site features articles on many major holidays, including Halloween. Here you’ll find not only great themed party foods (Witches’ Fingers, anyone?) but advice on staging parties and Halloween planning.

NEW! Activity Village: Halloween for Kids

Activity Village features loads of excellent activities for young children and their parents. Crafts, costumes, party games, and coloring pages are among the treats (no tricks!) you’ll find on this site. The Halloween party games page even has how-to videos for making unique and fun Halloween games.

October: Not just for Halloween!

We’re ready for Halloween, but did you know the United States is not the only country that celebrates special events in October? We’ve all heard of Oktoberfest, but what about World Smiley Day, and Diwali? Take a trip around the world with ipl2 and The Link as we view celebrations around the world.

Oktoberfest (find it on the ipl2)

In English or German. This site has everything you ever wanted to know about Oktoberfest in Munich. Includes a gallery of pictures. You can even book your hotel to become a part of this years Oktoberfest.

Polish-American Heritage Month (find it on the ipl2)

Activity ideas and resources for celebrating Polish-American Heritage Month in October, including events to mark the death of American Revolutionary War hero General Casimir Pulaski (October 15). Includes a “tracing your heritage” worksheet, guidelines for sponsoring an essay or coloring contest, posters, and related material. From the Polish American Heritage Center in Philadelphia.

NEW! World Smile Day

Always October 7th World Smile Day celebrates the ever popular yellow smiley. It also offers us an opportunity to do an act of kindness. According to the World Smile Day website, a proclamation of this day was made by the U.S. Congress. Now that should put a smiley on your face. The intent of World Smile Day is to do an act of kindness, or help one person to smile. Why not do both!?

NEW! Cirio de Nazare, Brazil

The largest festival on the River Amazon, not to mention Brazil’s biggest hoedown after the Rio Carnival, Círio de Nazaré revolves around a small statue of Nossa Senhora de Nazaré (Our Lady of Nazareth). Since 1793, pilgrims have come from all over Brazil to honour the Virgin. Having been taken from Belém to Icoaraci, the statue is carried back to the city in a river procession of hundreds of boats. The following morning, millions of people fill the streets, along with the sounds of hymns, bells and fireworks, to accompany the image from Catedral da Sé to the basilica.

The Hajj Ending in Eid-ul-Adha (find it on the ipl2)

Eid-ul-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice), also known as the Greater Eid, is the second most important festival in the Muslim calendar. The festival remembers the prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son when God ordered him to. This festival is celebrated October 26th.

NEW! Festivals of the Hindu Faith: Diwali or Deepavali

Today it is celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs across the globe as the “Festival of Light,” where the lights or lamps signify victory of good over the evil within every human being. The festival is also celebrated by Buddhists of Nepal, particularly the Newar Buddhists.

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