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SIRS Spotlights

Para el mes de Junio, todas las bases de datos de SIRS resaltarán oportunamente diversas temáticas desde perspectivas únicas.

SIRS Researcher - The Nuclear Age

The world changed forever on August 6, 1945, when the United States detonated an atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima, Japan, destroying the city in seconds, and launching the atomic age. The Russians exploded an atomic bomb in 1949 and the race was on to see who would have the most, and the most powerful, bombs. The H-bomb followed and those of us growing up in the '50s and '60s lived with the fear of a nuclear war wiping out mankind. Books like "On the Beach" and "Fail Safe," both made into movies, further heightened our anxiety. SIRS Researcher has articles on the nuclear age covering from its inception to today, including articles on peaceful uses of nuclear power, Chernobyl, and the Rosenbergs.

Some of the articles include:
Can Terrorists Build the Bomb?
Rich Legacy from Atoms for Peace
Were We Wrong to Drop the Bomb?
The Masters of Discovery: Brotherhood of the Bomb
MIT Scientist: Chernobyl Much Worse Than Reported

Read more articles from the SIRS Researcher Spotlight of the Month

SIRS Renaissance - Shakespeare and His Works

William Shakespeare, often known simply as "the Bard," is an icon of literature and the performing arts. From a struggling playwright and actor of 16th-century England, Shakespeare's legendary status developed during his lifetime and has gained momentum through the centuries, resulting in a global appeal that accounts for countless translations and adaptations. His comedies, tragedies, histories, and poems touch universal chords that transcend the boundaries of economic class and literary intellect. He appealed to kings and peasants alike, with thought-provoking soliloquies and slapstick sight gags. Read, performed, analyzed, and adapted for contemporary audiences, Shakespeare is a living presence. But what do we really know about him?

Explore the crucible of London in these articles:
The Bard, the Black, the Jew
Shakespeare Is Coming Your Way
Vending Machine Hamlet
Falling in Love, Literally: Romeo, Juliet, Ballet and the Swoon
A Method to His 'Merchant'

Read more articles from the SIRS Researcher Spotlight of the Month

SKS WebSelect - Hurricanes

Hurricanes are powerful forces of nature that develop over warm tropical oceans and have sustained winds of 74 to more than 155 miles per hour depending on the strength of the storm. These powerful storms are capable of great destruction and loss of life as they make landfall. Learn about the development, structure, tracking and effects of hurricanes.
Here are just a few of our featured sites:
Historical Hurricane Tracks
Hurricane Hunters
Hurricanes: Nature's Greatest Storms
Hurricane Season 2004
Tropical Prediction Center

View more Web sites from the SKS WebSelect Spotlight of the Month

June Holidays

Honor Your Father...At Least Once a Year
"The first Mother's Day was celebrated in 1914, but a holiday honoring fathers did not become official until 1966, when President Lyndon Johnson declared that the third Sunday in June would be Father's Day." Source: Library of Congress

Father's Day
"The United States is one of the few countries in the world that has an official day on which fathers are honored by their children. On the third Sunday in June, fathers all across the United States are given presents, treated to dinner or otherwise made to feel special." Source: Embassy of the United States of America