Reiki, What is it and does it work?

reikiReiki is an ancient healing practice that is approximately 2,500 years old. The name “Reiki” is derived from two Japanese words: rei, meaning universal spirit, and ki, meaning life energy. Mention of Reiki can be found in the Tibetan sutras and in ancient records of cosmology and philosophy. The fact sheet Reiki, Background Information will answer some general questions and if you want to learn more use these resources:

Brain Teaser: First Names

English: German-born theoretical physicist Alb...

English: German-born theoretical physicist  Einstein. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We all know some famous people, but sometimes we only know their surnames. Try to answer these questions about celebrities’ first names. Need help? Use Credo Reference

1. What was the first name of Olivier (1907-1989), English actor whose films included “Wuthering Heights”, “Rebecca” and “Henry V”?

2. What was the first name of Einstein (1879-1955), German-born physicist famous for his theories of relativity?

3. What was the first name of Edison (1847-1931), famous inventor and businessman who popularized the use of electricity?

4. What is the first name of Armani (born 1934), Italian designer, one of the most influential designers of the 1980s?

5. What was the first name of Boswell (1740-1795), journal writer and biographer of Samuel Johnson?

6. What is the first name of Aguilera (born 1980), US pop singer whose first hit “Reflection” (1998) appeared on the soundtrack for the Disney animated film “Mulan”?

7. What was the first name of Picasso (1881-1973), Spanish painter, a pioneer of Cubism?

8. What was the real first name of the jazz musician Duke Ellington (1899-1974)? Was it Edward, Edmund, or John?

9. What is the first name of Gorbachev (born 1931), the Soviet Union’s last president?

10. What was the first name of Brahms (1833-1897), composer born in Hamburg?

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OverDrive Media Console and Windows 8

The first thing you need to know is that Windows 8 comes in two basic
flavors. There’s Windows 8, which can run legacy desktop apps, and
Windows RT, which cannot.

Why is this important? If you’re
running Windows 8, then you can install OverDrive Media Console (OMC) for Windows 8 as well as the classic desktop version of OMC.

OMC for Windows 8 utilizes Microsoft’s new Modern UI (User Interface). With it, you get live tiles and refreshed graphics for EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks. In this “app” you can read the books or listen to them directly on the computer. OMC for Windows 8
does not, however, support WMV or WMA titles. This version can be used
with both Windows 8 and Windows RT.

If you want WMV (video) or WMA (audiobooks and music) support on your Windows 8 machine, then you will need to use the classic desktop version of OMC. This version can only be used with Windows 8 because it requires ‘Desktop mode.’

Screenshot showing the classic desktop version of OMC.

You can even install both versions of OMC if you’re using Windows 8 (not RT). That way you can read eBooks and enjoy the refreshed user interface on the Windows 8 version, while using the classic version to listen to or watch WMA or WMV files.

Is OMC Windows 8 for me? 

If you just want to read or listen to books on your Windows 8 computer only, then we recommend you use the OMC Window 8 “app”.

If you have a Windows 8 computer but read eBooks on an eReader, then you need to continue to use Adobe Digital Editions for eBooks if you have to connect your eReader to the computer to transfer them. For eAudio Books that you transfer to an iPod, iTouch or MP3 then you need the “classic” OMC.

If you want to install OverDrive Media Console for Windows 8, I recommend you download and read OverDrive Media Console and Windows 8. If you have any questions please contact us at or Monday-Friday 8:30am – 5pm call 702.507.6300.

Do magnets relieve pain?

magnetsThe use of magnets to treat illness has been described historically in many civilizations and was suggested by ancient Egyptian priests and in the 4th Century BC by Hippocrates. The 15th Century Swiss physician and alchemist Paracelsus theorized that magnets may be able to attract diseases and leach them from the body. In modern times, magnetic fields play an important role in Western medicine, including use for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), pulsed electromagnetic fields, and experimental magnetic stimulatory techniques.  Magnets have not been proven to work for any health-related reason, yet static, or permanent, magnets are widely marketed for pain control. The fact sheet Magnets for Pain Relief provides basic information about magnets for pain, and summarizes scientific research.

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Is there a “Home Plate” on Mars?

homeplat on marsNASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit acquired this false-color image on Mars during the rover’s 746th Martian day, or sol, after using the rock abrasion tool to brush the surfaces of rock targets informally named “Stars” (left) and “Crawfords” (right). Small streaks of dust extend for several centimeters behind the small rock chips and pebbles in the dusty, red soils. Because the rover was looking southwest when this image was taken, the wind streaks indicate that the dominant wind direction was from the southeast. Stars and Crawfords are on a rock outcrop located on top of “Home Plate.” The outcrop is informally named “James ‘Cool Papa’ Bell,” after a Negro League Baseball Hall of Famer who played for both the Pittsburgh Crawfords and the Kansas City Stars. To some science team members,the two brushed spots resemble the eyes of a face, with rocks below and between the eyes as a nose and layered rocks at the bottom of the image as a mouth.

mar as artYou can find more fascinating images of Mars in Mars as Art  actual images of Mars taken from orbit and from the planetary surface by visiting spacecraft. Five thousand images were nominated by scientist; forty-five were selected by a panel of professional artists, photographers, and photo editors. Every successful Mars mission since Viking is represented in this collection.

The Mars as Art exhibition showcases selected images returned by spacecraft from NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). These images are chosen for their aesthetic rather than scientific value. The exhibit was unveiled on July 20, 2006, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Viking Landing.

You can learn more about Mars and missions to Mars in these Library resources: