Product Updates: New In Context content for 02/23/2015

Gale is continually updating and adding new content to our In Context products, ensuring that they offer timely, authoritative, useful information. The items below were added or updated during the week of February 23, 2015.

 

Biography in Context

Portrait of Chris Kyle, a retired Navy SEAL and bestselling author of the book "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History," on April 6, 2012. © Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Mct/Landov
Portrait of Chris Kyle, a retired Navy SEAL and bestselling author of the book “American Sniper” on April 6, 2012.
© Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Mct/Landov
  • New Homepage Spotlight: British singer and Grammy winner Sam Smith launched as a homepage spotlight.
  • Featured Homepage Categories: A new featured category, Harlem Renaissance, has gone live.
  • New Portals: 32 new portal pages have been added, bringing the total to 4,606. Examples include:
    • Pioneering physician James McCune Smith
    • The late Chris Kyle, known for the American Sniper autobiography-turned-film
    • Cameroonian-born soccer player Samuel Eto’o
    • Ford CEO Mark Fields
    • Harlem Renaissance writers Nella Larsen and Jessie Redmon Fauset
    • Author Cheryl Strayed, whose novel Wild was adapted for a movie
    • Outspoken social critic Cornel West
    • In addition, some key Obama Administration figures have been added, including General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the Small Business Administration; and Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

 

Science in Context

Astronomers announced on March 17, 2014 that have acquired the first direct evidence that gravitational waves rippled through our infant universe during an explosive period of growth called inflation. This is the strongest confirmation yet of cosmic inflation theories, which say the universe expanded by 100 trillion trillion times, in less than the blink of an eye. The BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole used a specialized array of superconducting detectors to capture polarized light from billions of years ago. The detector array is shown here, under a microscope. Techniques called micro-lithography and micro-machining are used to fabricate the devices. UPI/NASA/JPL-Caltech
Astronomers announced on March 17, 2014 that have acquired the first direct evidence that gravitational waves rippled through our infant universe during an explosive period of growth called inflation. The BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole used a specialized array of superconducting detectors to capture polarized light from billions of years ago. The detector array is shown here, under a microscope.
UPI/NASA/JPL-Caltech
  • 23 portal pages have been updated and are now live. Examples include:
    • Big Bang Theory
    • Coral Reefs
    • Diabetes
    • Ebola and Other Hemorrhagic Fevers
    • Endangered Species
    • Extreme Weather
    • Genetic Engineering
    • Global Warming and Climate Change
    • H1N1 (Swine) Flu
    • Nuclear Weapons
    • Subatomic Particles
    • Vaccine
    • Water Pollution
  • In addition, to expand our international coverage, we are creating new portal pages for all the continents by the end of March. The first of these new portals, Africa and Asia, will be live by 2/27.

 

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About the AuthorGeoff Schwartz

Geoff is a Renaissance man, who can often be found reading about obscure historical topics, working on cars, or debating world affairs. He comes from a family of teachers and has a BA in communications.

 

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