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Prelude - xm2010

I spent the first four months of a 12-month deployment armed with two sniper rifles; the M24 and the M110. My 10th Mountain Division sniper section was deployed to RC East, Logar, Afghanistan where we would experience the crippling inability of performing the job of a sniper because, like many snipers before us, we were deployed with weapons that were incapable of effectively engaging the enemy across the vast terrain of Afghanistan. 1,365 more words


New publication

Vuk, Ed and Eléna’s article on HFIP-assisted dehydrative Friedel-Crafts reactions of highly deactivated benzylic alcohols has been accepted for publication in Angewandte Chemie International Edition… 15 more words


Is Putin our Ally?

My latest book, on the French passion for Vladimir Putin, is now available (in French).

I reproduce the abstract below.

Il existe en France un courant pro russe qui transcende les partis politiques, allant de  l’extrême-droite à l’extrême-gauche, en passant par la droite souverainiste et la gauche jacobine : tous souhaitent un rapprochement avec Moscou, et un éloignement de l’Union Européenne et de l’OTAN.

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Bailey in PWPL

LEL PhD student George Bailey has a paper in the latest issue of Penn Working Papers in Linguistics!

The paper deals with Automatic Detection of Sociolinguistic Variation Using Forced Alignment… 20 more words




Join us on for an evening with Sheffield artist Emma Cocker.

From 4.30pm – 6pm, Emma will give a lecture about the wider context of her practice as a writer-artist, as part of the… 221 more words


Poet's Country

Hey all! I had a great time last night at the Bowery Poetry Club during Poet’s Country’s inaugural publication night. I heard some awesome writers: Caoilinn Hughes, Jeannie Vanasco, Lily Blacksell. 31 more words


MIT’s 3D graphene experiment leads to a surprising discovery

While the material is important, structure it turns out is key.

Although there have been many reports stating how graphene is essentially gone to save the world with its innumerous powers and applications, in the real world, instances of the demonstration of such abilities have been far and wide. 351 more words