Read — 2015/01/02
Today’s selection of articles includes:
- “Will that be cash, credit, fingerprint or iris scan?“, by Jared Lindzon (OZY). The state of biometric security.
- “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.
- “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”.
- “Une si blanche préhistoire“, par Philippe Dagen (le Monde).
- “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).
- “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:
- “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.
- “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.
- “Inflammation’s stop signals“, by Mitch Leslie (Science).
And a couple historical pieces:
- “Cuomo at the 1984 Democratic Convention” (NY Times). The “tale of two cities” address by the late governor of New York City.
- “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.