The Most Modern Curator – The Atlantic

November 27, 2014

The End of the Internet? – The Atlantic

November 27, 2014

Harvard secretly photographed students to study class attendance, raising privacy concerns – The Boston Globe

November 27, 2014

Harvard secretly photographed [2000] 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.

Harvard Physics – Alumni Newsletter

November 27, 2014

Dear Alumni,
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….

The Best Smartphones You Can Buy Right Now – WSJ

November 26, 2014

November 25, 2014

Sliding Oil and Gas Prices Give Americans More Money to Spend

November 24, 2014

Sliding #Oil & Gas Prices 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.


NIH Common Fund Initiatives (high level)

November 24, 2014

Nice overview of the programs

CRE-Seq paper…

November 24, 2014

High-throughput functional testing of ENCODE segmentation
predictionsGenome Res. October 2014 24: 1595-1602; Published in Advance July 17, 2014,

that can be used for training predicted enhancers

Computing history: Geeks, Inc. : Nature : Nature Publishing Group

November 24, 2014

Computing history: Geeks, Inc.
Jennifer Light
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


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