Harvard secretly photographed students to study class attendance, raising privacy concerns – The Boston GlobeNovember 27, 2014
Harvard secretly photographed  students to study… attendance [in 10 classes], raising #privacy concerns
Harvard University has revealed that it secretly photographed some 2,000 students in 10 lecture halls last spring as part of a study of classroom attendance, an admission that prompted criticism from faculty and students who said the research was an invasion of privacy. The clandestine experiment, disclosed publicly for the first time at a faculty meeting Tuesday night, came to light about a year-and-a-half after revelations that administrators had secretly searched thousands of Harvard e-mail accounts. That led the university to implement new privacy policies on electronic communication this spring, but another round of controversy followed the latest disclosure.
I am delighted to announce the release of the first-ever Harvard University Department of Physics newsletter.
Whether you are near or far, we hope that this publication virtually brings you back to campus….
Sliding #Oil & Gas Prices
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/14/business/economy/lower-oil-prices-give-a-lift-to-the-american-economy.html US spends $1B/day on gas, 1.4K gal/yr/person; $3.23/gal 11/13 price, falling to $2.89 now
With Americans spending roughly $1 billion a day on gasoline, Tom Kloza, global head of energy analysis at the Oil Price Information Service, estimates that consumers will save roughly $8.4 billion in November and December, compared with the last two months of 2013, based on an average price for regular gasoline of about $2.89 a gallon as opposed to $3.23 last November and $3.26 last December.
The typical American household buys 1,200 gallons annually, so if prices fall to the level Mr. Kloza predicts and stay there, that adds up to a yearly savings per household of at least $400. A 15 percent drop in the cost of home heating oil since last winter should also be helpful, especially as cold weather arrives in the Northeast.
Nice overview of the programs
NATURE | BOOKS AND ARTS
Computing history: Geeks, Inc.
Nature 514, 32–33 (02 October 2014) doi:10.1038/514032a
Jennifer Light enjoys a chronicle of the collaborations that conjured the digital realm.
The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
Walter Isaacson Simon & Schuster: 2014.ISBN: 9781471138799