3 Ways to Save Money on Textbooks

Keeping costs down is always at the forefront of your mind when you’re shelling out tens of thousands of dollars a year for an education. There are tuition payments, registration fees, required materials and a host of other hidden expenses that are associated with going to school. Although you can’t skimp on tuition and things like rent and food are unfortunate necessities, there are ways to avoid paying top dollar when it comes to buying your textbooks. Most science tomes are, besides being incredibly heavy, gratuitously expensive. Luckily it’s fairly easy to avoid paying full-price for the latest edition of Campbell’s Biology if you consider using one of these other options first. 1. Utilizing the Internet Websites like http://www.bookfinder.com/textbooks/ allow you to search across multiple websites for the cheapest place to buy your desired textbook. All you have to do is input the ISBN number which you can easily find by searching Amazon.com and voila! Up will pop a list of places where you can buy the book with prices (usually) and shipping costs shown to help you choose the best deal. 2. Finding an Alternate Edition Many textbook companies come out with a newly updated (and usually pricier) edition each year which is ridiculous. How much could seriously change during that time to warrant the extra amount they slap onto the price of last year’s book? OK, I...

Here’s Hoping You Get Lucky This St. Patty’s Day

Our delegation has returned from Sochi in one piece despite some reported questionable housing arrangements. Take a look at just one of the amazing experiences in which they were able to take part. Here’s hoping you “get lucky” this St. Patty’s...

What If Your Anatomy Textbook Included These Dissections

Anatomy is definitely not a dull subject. Sure, many people think dissecting a cadaver is vile, but pre-meds and med students know it’s actually a very special opportunity to learn about the human body and develop a respect for its amazing complexity. So as horrifying as it may seem, studying anatomy and performing dissections is not something many people experience so don’t take your studies for granted! I do admit that sometimes, no matter how interesting the subject, studying it, over and over and over again, can be frustrating and off putting. So take break from your textbooks and check out this amazing artwork by Jason Freeny and see how creative and fun anatomy can be!     Permission to use these images was provided by Jason Freeny. Check out some of his other works by clicking...

Obama’s Interview with Zach Galifianakis Will Make You Cringe, Laugh, and Even Think, Maybe

If you’ve never seen some of these “Between Two Ferns” Interviews, you’ll definitely want to save some for future study breaks. Zach Galifianakis’s masterfully awkward interviewing skills meet their match in President Barack Obama as the interview stumbles over turkey pardons, Dennis Rodman’s diplomatic license, and same-sex divorce. They even get to discuss the Affordable Care Act: “Have you heard about the Affordable Care Act?” asks President Obama. “Yeah I heard about that,” Galifianakis responds. “That’s the thing that doesn’t work. Why would you get the guy who created the Zune to make your website?” Share and Comment on what you thought of the...

The 9 Types of Pages You Get in the Middle of the Night

So you’re working nights. Life just isn’t on your side it seems. As you sneak off to the on-call room for some shut-eye you feel the dreaded vibration on your waste band. “Why do pagers even exist anymore? I literally have full service on my cell,” you ponder. The persistent vibration snaps you back to reality. It’s the nurse. Odds are, here is what you’re getting from the other end of the line....

These 6 Words from a Pancreatic Cancer Patient Have Set off a Firestorm in the Breast Cancer Community

This awareness campaign video by Pancreatic Cancer Action has stirred considerable controversy over some of the taglines mentioned in the video and on print ads. One print ad in the series uses a quote from 24-year-old pancreatic cancer patient Kerry Harvey—”I wish I had breast cancer”—as its headline and mentions that the survival rate is only 3%, the lowest among the 22 common cancers. The video also notes that pancreatic cancer receives less than 1% of cancer research funding. So, what do you think? Did Pancreatic Cancer Action Step too far? Or was this a necessary call to action and awareness? Tell us your thoughts in the comments...

The Closest Thing We Have to a Real Life C-3P0: Doctor Robonaut

  A new post in IEEE Spectrum discusses the recent development of NASA’s Robonaut, a humanoid robot that may be tasked to perform medical procedures, including surgery, at the International Space Station and possibly en route to Mars. This research is all very preliminary, so it’ll be quite a while before Robonaut is asking any astronauts to please state the nature of their medical emergency. But as we start to rely more and more on robotic systems in space (as well as on Earth), having access to a capable generalist platform that can, if necessary, become an effective doctor on demand, will (let’s hope) enable us to head out into the solar system with more confidence....

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