Read — 2014/05/19
Today’s selection of articles includes:
- “Mapping Our Interiors“, by Quentin Hardy (NY Times). Fun fact for the day: Steel used in construction distorts the Earth’s magnetic field and gives each building a magnetic fingerprint. (Question: Would two houses built from identical house plans have different fingerprints due to random variations in the steel concentration and distribution in the concrete?) After scanning a building, the company IndoorAtlas can provide floor-plan navigation to individuals via smartphone. Says Simon Thompson, geospatial analyst (word of the day), “The world is going to be incredibly optimized”.
- “Student Debt Grows Faster at Universities with Highest-Paid Leaders, Study Finds“, by Tamar Lewin (NY Times). Says co-author Marjorie Wood, “universities that have top-heavy executive spending also hav[e] more adjuncts, more tuition increases and more administrative spending”.
- “Times Minute“, by Carrie Halperin (NY Times). Video overview of American immigration law, polluted waters at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, and standouts at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.