Read — 2014/05/19

by shwolff

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. 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”.
  2. 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”.
  3. 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.