Read — 2015/01/02

by shwolff

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. Will that be cash, credit, fingerprint or iris scan?“, by Jared Lindzon (OZY). The state of biometric security.
  2. To rescue economy, Japan turns to supermom“, by Jonathan Soble (NY Times). Serious under-supply of daycare services and persistent structural biases against working women hamper Tokyo’s latest efforts to revive the economy.
  3. Economist Thomas Piketty refuses France’s top honour” (France 24). Said Piketty of the government’s decision to award him the Légion d’Honneur, “They would do better to concentrate on reviving [economic] growth in France and Europe”.
  4. Une si blanche préhistoire“, par Philippe Dagen (le Monde).
  5. Cardale Jones, in 2nd career start, leads Ohio State in upset of Alabama“, by the Associated Press (ESPN). (4) Ohio State 42 – 35 Alabama (1).
  6. Marcus Mariota, Ducks down error-prone FSU in Rose Bowl rout“, by the Associated Press (ESPN). (2) Oregon 59 – 20 Florida State (3).

Intriguing science articles from this week include:

  1. Inching toward the 3D genome“, by Elizabeth Pennisi (Science). Researchers work to better understand — and more precisely recreate — the nucleome, the three-dimensional, folded structure of DNA.
  2. Geoscientists aim to magnify specialized Web searching“, by Jia You (Science). Geoscientists and computer scientists collaborate to build “a smarter academic search engine” — with potential payoffs for everyone.
  3. Inflammation’s stop signals“, by Mitch Leslie (Science).

And a couple historical pieces:

  1. Cuomo at the 1984 Democratic Convention” (NY Times). The “tale of two cities” address by the late governor of New York City.
  2. Stoessel, after long conference, surrenders city“, by R. Hart Phillips (NY Times, 03 Jan 1905). Report of Russian General Stoessel’s surrender of Port Arthur to Japanese General Nogi.