Public to White House: You Can Go It Alone, but You Shouldn't

International : The Atlantic - 30 august 2013 - 16:53
This is a last-for-now recap of Syria reactions from readers and the world.  1) 'We don't know war.' Yesterday I quoted a very hostile response, from a serving U.S. military officer, to another reader's previous pro-intervention argument. That pro-intervention argument included the assertion that "we don't know war," modern American life being so far removed from the era of massive conscription and world war. Many readers who have served in today's war theaters wrote in to complain. The... [continue]

The World's Best Website About Pencils

Technology : The Atlantic - 29 august 2013 - 11:36
Alexis C. MadrigalIt started eight years ago without any fanfare, just a simple little blog post appropriately titled "First post."  And that seems appropriate for a blog that is singularly, obsessively concerned with all things pencils, a technology for which any great fanfare would be, well, ridiculous. Since then, Pencil Revolution, has chronicled every aspect of pencilnalia, including pencil reviews, sharpener reviews, historical pencil anecdotes, et cetera. Here, for example, are 10... [continue]

Postdoc representative

Postdoc representative Nature 500, 7464 (2013). doi:10.1038/nj7464-615d Incoming NPA director will focus on outreach and fund-raising. [continue]

Five more reasons to work at Gartner with me

Gartner Blog Network - 26 august 2013 - 19:34
A couple of years ago, I wrote a blog post called “Five reasons you should work at Gartner with me“. Well, we’re recruiting again for an analyst to replace Aneel Lakhani, who is sadly leaving us to go to a start-up. While this analyst role isn’t part of my team, I expect that this is someone that I’ll work closely with, so I have a vested interest in seeing a great person get the job.Check out the formal job posting. This analyst will cover cloud management products... [continue]

Drone Hits Spectators Watching the Running of the Bulls (in Virginia)

Technology : The Atlantic - 26 august 2013 - 16:52
Hello, future. It is nice to meet you. You're not quite like I expected from reading about you, but you're interesting and I'd like to get to know you better.  Just this weekend, you surprised me again.  Apparently, some people decided to franchise the idea of Pamplona's running of the bulls to a handful of cities in the United States. To market these events, they posted photographs of Pamplona on their website, with the caveat caption, "The pictures featured in the slideshow are not from The... [continue]

Broadband Usage in the Home | All Feeds - 26 august 2013 - 14:00
Some 70% of American adults ages 18 and older have a high-speed broadband connection at home as of May 2013, according to a nationally representative survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. [continue]

The Role of Agents and Brokers in the Market for Health Insurance -- by Pinar Karaca-Mandic, Roger Feldman, Peter Graven

National Bureau of Economic Research - 26 august 2013 - 08:03
Health insurance markets in the United States are characterized by imperfect information, complex products, and substantial search frictions. Insurance agents and brokers play a significant role in helping employers navigate these problems. However, little is known about the relation between the structure of the agent/broker market and access and affordability of insurance. This paper aims to fill this gap by investigating the influence of agents/brokers on health insurance decisions of small... [continue]

Cycling to School: Increasing Secondary School Enrollment for Girls in India -- by Karthik Muralidharan, Nishith Prakash

National Bureau of Economic Research - 26 august 2013 - 08:03
We study the impact of an innovative program in the Indian state of Bihar that aimed to reduce the gender gap in secondary school enrollment by providing girls who continued to secondary school with a bicycle that would improve access to school. Using data from a large representative household survey, we employ a triple difference approach (using boys and the neighboring state of Jharkhand as comparison groups) and find that being in a cohort that was exposed to the Cycle program increased... [continue]

Shorter, cheaper, quicker, better : linking measures of household food security to nutritional outcomes in Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Uganda, and Tanzania

Using nationally representative household survey data from five countries -- three from South Asia (Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Nepal) and two from Sub-Saharan Africa (Tanzania and Uganda) -- this paper conducts a systematic assessment of the correlation between various measures of household food security and nutritional outcomes of children. The analysis, following the universally accepted and applied definition of food security, is based on some of the most commonly used indicators of food... [continue]

Syria to allow United Nations probe into alleged use of chemical weapons – UN spokesperson

United Nations - peace & security - 25 august 2013 - 05:00
Following talks with United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane, the Syrian Government has affirmed it will grant access to UN inspectors, beginning tomorrow, to sites in the suburbs of Damascus where chemical weapons were allegedly used last week. [continue]