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One-of-a-Kind Tolkien Map of Middle-Earth Unearthed

$92K map, full of author's notes, has been found in illustrator's collection

(Newser) - A one-of-a-kind map of Middle-earth filled with JRR Tolkien's own green ink and penciled notes has been found in renowned illustrator Pauline Baynes' copy of The Lord of the Rings. Baynes appears to have removed the map from an earlier edition as she began to work on a color... More »

Oxbridge Student Ski Strip Triggers Outrage

Sponsor refuses to back future high jinks

(Newser) - Apparently students at America's Ivies aren't the only silver-spoon kids who get into trouble. Now a group of Cambridge and Oxford students are in hot water for stripping down on the slopes during a traditional high-profile ski outing. The raunchy behavior has hit the media, and an angry sponsor is... More »

O'Donnell Fudged Calif. University Credential, Too

Claremont Graduate University has no record of her

(Newser) - Oxford isn't the only school Delaware senate candidate Christine O'Donnell didn't attend, no matter how many times she might say that she did. "Claremont Graduate University has no student or education record for an individual named Christine O'Donnell," says a unequivocal statement from the school in answer to... More »

Christopher Hitchens: Bicurious Youth

Author had quite a few same-sex romps at prep school, Oxford

(Newser) - Vanity Fair columnist Christopher Hitchens is straight—twice-married, in fact—but that didn’t stop him from steamy prep school sex with his male classmates. Below, a sampling of leaked excerpts from his upcoming memoir, courtesy of Gawker and an earlier article in the Times :
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Twitter's @Oxfordgirl Takes On Iran

Anonymous tweeter helps mobilize protesters from afar

(Newser) - From the quiet English village of Oxfordshire, an anonymous Twitter user has become an important figure in the opposition movement. Tweeting from her handle " Oxfordgirl ," the remote revolutionary has made use of contacts from her time as a journalist in Tehran to spread news of the movement. Since... More »

Rolle Looks to Cash In on Rhodes Scholar Jaunt

But everyone's wondering if year off will hurt his NFL career

(Newser) - Myron Rolle thinks he can make up the roughly $8 million he passed up by putting off the NFL for a year to be a Rhodes scholar with endorsement deals from companies enticed by his mix of brains and brawn. Rolle’s agents are working the phones, and have already... More »

Latest Facebook Star: 2009 Word of the Year

'Unfriend' beats 'sexting' and 'birther,' gets call from dictionary

(Newser) - In a move sure to get English majors talking, the New Oxford American Dictionary has crowned “unfriend” as its Word of the Year for 2009. And yes, the verb means exactly what you think it means: "To remove someone as a ‘friend’ on a social networking site... More »

Asia, UK Challenge US Supremacy in Higher Ed

US still has more universities in THE's top 200 than any other country—for now

(Newser) - The United States is home to more top-level universities than any other country in the world, this year’s survey by Times Higher Education confirms, but its advantage may not last forever. Although 54 of the top 200 schools are in the US, Asia is making remarkable progress: Japan has... More »

Colleges Seek Kids' Opinions on Grapefruit, Perfect Crime

Quirky questions catch students off-guard

(Newser) - Bored with prospective students regurgitating textbook knowledge, Cambridge and Oxford have revamped their interview questions to include the abstract (Would you rather be a novel or a poem?), the existential (What does it mean to be happy?), and the downright crazy (How would you poison someone and get away with... More »

Iran Impeaches Minister for Fake Oxford Degree

Key Ahmadinejad ally misspelled words on 'honorary doctorate'

(Newser) - It turns out lying on your resume is frowned upon in Tehran, too. Iran’s parliament gave Interior Minister Ali Kordan the boot today, for posing as an honorary Oxford law graduate, the Daily Telegraph reports. Kordan’s bogus diploma is riddled with typos and misspellings, declaring Kordan “intitled”... More »

GOP Offered $10K to Prove Ayers Authored Obama Book

Goal was to prove Ayers penned 'Dreams From My Father'

(Newser) - A Republican congressman and his brother-in-law approached an Oxford philosophy don in an attempt to prove that Barack Obama's autobiography had been ghostwritten by William Ayers, the Times of London reports. Peter Millican says he was offered $10,000 to analyze Obama's Dreams From My Father and Ayers' Fugitive Days... More »

Humiliating Defeat for UK Ruling Party

Labour comes in 5th place in election on Brown's anniversary

(Newser) - On the first anniversary of Gordon Brown's premiership, the Labour Party went down to a humiliating fifth-place finish in a special election near Oxford, reports the Times of London. Although the Tories had been expected to retain the seat vacated by new London mayor Boris Johnson, the ruling party came... More »

Holocaust Denier Roils Oxford Union

Invitation to debate prompts flurry of protests; MP resigns

(Newser) - A British MP tendered his resignation to the Oxford Union yesterday in protest of the debating society’s invitation to Holocaust denier David Irving and anti-immigration leader Nick Griffin to speak tonight, reports the Telegraph. Julian Lewis, the Conservative Party’s shadow defense minister, said he was “ashamed” of... More »

Oxford Evacuates as Water Rises

UK flood disaster continues

(Newser) - Hundreds of residents were evacuated from their Oxford homes today as water levels along the Thames neared their height. In the worst flooding the UK has seen in 60 years, hundreds of thousands are without drinking water, and power plants supplying many more are threatened. More »

Mouse Stem Cell Discovery Speeds Cures

'Missing link' embryonic cell boosts fight against Parkinsons, diabetes

(Newser) - British scientists have discovered a new type of stem cell in mice that's much closer to human embryonic stem cells, making them invaluable in the search for cures for diseases like Parkinson's and diabetes. Two independent teams from Oxford and Cambridge today revealed the "missing link" cells, which can... More »

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