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Loki in the Library

Moraine is your source to all things Loki.

Want to read his first Marvel appearance? Read Thor Masterworks Vol. 1. Want to read his fight with several of the Avengers before they were the Avengers? Read Marvel Masterworks: Avengers, Vol. 1. Want to read his standalone adventures? Read Loki: The God Who Fell to Earth, and Loki: Agent of Asgard. We have lots of digital titles to checkout for free on Hoopla! Click here to see all our Loki titles online.

Ticks

This summer certainly is more enjoyable than the Covid-19 summer of 2020. We can finally enjoy outdoor activities like biking, walking, and barbecuing. There are several things that health experts warn us to avoid during the summer months: too much sun, dehydration, and certain insects and arachnids. “When disease-carrying mosquitoes reach a new area in the U.S., there are standard public health responses, including population control methods, with cities, towns, and counties conducting mosquito abatement campaigns.” While there are other disease carrying creatures, they are unfortunately not handled with the same urgency as mosquitoes.

One arachnid that carries dangerous diseases is the tick. Ticks can spread more than 65 diseases, many of them serious. They include Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Colorado tick fever and other tick borne diseases. Ticks are not relegated to woodlands or farmlands, they also proliferate in urban and suburban areas. The Cook Country Forest Preserve wants people to visit their beautiful forests and fields but warns against the dangers of tick bites. Their website also includes information about removing ticks from humans and pets.

Up close and personal pictures of a tick bite victim.

The Fall of Bitconnect and the Dangers of Crypto

Today the SEC filed suit against five promoters of Bitconnect. The civil lawsuit alleges the five defendants of running a crypto ponzi scheme. The 2017 “To the Moon” darling rose from .17 cents all the way to $463 by promising unrealistic returns before collapsing entirely in early 2018.

To read the article on our Wall Street Journal database click here or search Bitconnect in any of our numerous databases.

For sound investment information, checkout our Valueline database or read the classic Benjamin Graham title, “The Intelligent Investor” in ebook or audiobook format on hoopla.

Summer Laptop Returns & Rentals

Taking time off school for the summer? Don’t forget to return your laptop and other electronic rentals to the library!

Students not enrolled in classes for the summer term must return electronic rentals as soon as possible.

Studying for the summer? Check out the “Technology for Students” page on the MVCC Library website to make rental appointments for laptops, hotspots, and other electronic materials.

To the Moon? Not Really. Here are Some Practical Books on Sound Investment Principles.

Available to checkout for free on Hoopla:

Investing For Dummies by Eric Tyson (Audiobook)

The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham (Ebook)

The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham (Unabridged Audiobook)

The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham (Abridged Audiobook)

The Little Book Of Common Sense Investing by John C. Bogle (Audiobook)

A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton G. Malkiel (Audiobook)

Fill It Up!

The United States is no stranger to fuel crises. The most recent disaster centered on the Colonial Pipeline, which is located in the southeastern part of the country. “It is the largest pipeline system for refined oil products in the U.S. The pipeline is 5,500 miles long and can carry 3 million barrels of fuel per day between Texas and New York.” The company stopped transporting oil after its system was hacked (May 7) by a ransomware attack. This pipeline supplies 45 percent of the fuel used on the East Coast. The vulnerability of fuel lines, government installations, companies, hospitals, etc. has many cyber security experts concerned. The gas line has resumed service after the company paid $5 million to the hackers.

The 1970s experienced two major gasoline shortages. Conflict in the Middle East caused a gas shortage in 1973. OPEC initiated an oil embargo in response to the United States siding with Israel during the Yom Kippur War. “At the time, OPEC accounted for an average of two-thirds of American oil imports in the 70s. ” Long lines, limited hours, and increased costs were just some of the problems that consumers faced. The second fuel shortage took place in 1979. The Shah of Iran was deposed and replaced by the Ayatollah Khomeini who used Iran’s oil as a tool to restrain the economy of the West.

Hopefully, future fuel sources will not depend on any specific countries or leaders to move cars or planes. Hybrid and electric cars are becoming more the norm but they still have issues that must be addressed. Researchers are studying hydrogen, which is another potential source of fuel. Conceivably, scientists will be able to discover a cheaper and cleaner source of energy.

The Science Behind Why We Wear Masks

Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2

Do you remember at the beginning of the pandemic when many were saying that masks don’t protect against Covid-19? At the time, based on a long standing myth in the physics, it was thought that the virus could not be airborne because the particles were too large to remain aerosol. Last summer, a group of scientists challenged that thought which finally lead the World Health Organization and CDC to acknowledge that SARS-CoV-2 is, in fact, airborne. You can read about the origin of the myth and the research that lead to uncovering it in Wired magazine’s article, The 60-Year-Old Scientific Screwup that Helped Covid Kill. You can also read about it in this British Medical Journal editorial, Covid-19 Has Redefined Airborne Transmission or this government document Dismantling Myths on the Airborne Transmission of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). If you would like to do more research on SARS-CoV-2 or any other scientific topic, you can try one of the Moraine Valley Library’s science databases or our nursing and biological science databases. For help with this or any other research inquiries, the librarians are always happy to help. Just Ask a Librarian.

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