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Canada reports little goldfish tossed in the wild are invasive and bigger than you can imagine

Government of Alberta- What are Aquatic Invasive Species? Non-native; expanding in native range • Little or no natural predators • Pose significant risk to economy, environment, or human health (includes goldfish (carp in tiny form), mussels, weeds, plants).

  • Please do not toss your goldfish into ponds, streams, rivers. Please remove climbing invasive vines from your trees before they die – this includes ivy, poison ivy, jasmine wisteria….

Institute for Digital Archaeology

“Digital archaeology represents the natural evolution of classical archaeology, permitting researchers to look at ancient objects in a whole new way, to uncover hidden inscriptions, invisible paint lines, the faintest palimpsests. . . and to share these discoveries with the world.” The Million Image Database Project – “In collaboration with UNESCO World Heritage and the epigraphical databaseContinue Reading

News Content, Investor Misreaction, and Stock Return Predictability

Hadzic, Muris and Weinbaum, David and Yehuda, Nir, News Content, Investor Misreaction, and Stock Return Predictability (September 2015). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2653920 “Using a large dataset of news releases, we study instances of investors’ mistaken reaction, or misreaction, to news. We define misreaction as stock prices moving in the direction opposite to theContinue Reading

2015 on its way to record number of acres consumed by fire in US

National Inter Agency Fire Center, September 2, 2015: “The majority of the large fire activity continues throughout Idaho, Montana and Washington. Nationally, 56 large fires burned 1,961,095 acres. No new large fires were reported and one fire was contained in Texas….Year to date statistics for 2015 – Fires: 43,819 – and acres consumed 8,202,557. WashingtonContinue Reading

Census posts data on Back to School: 2015-2016

This posting from Census is replete with facts and figures on the 2015-2016 school year – “Summertime is winding down and vacations are coming to an end, signaling that back-to-school time is here. It’s a time that many children eagerly anticipate — catching up with old friends and making new ones, and settling into aContinue Reading

docInfo Physician Information Made Easy

Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States Inc. – “Where is my physician licensed? Where did my physician go to medical school? Has my physician been disciplined by a licensing board?” This site, docinfo,  allows you to search for a doctor by name and state and retrieve a set of information that includes:Continue Reading

EPRI maps out power system of the future

News release: “…Simply put, energy is the amount of electricity that’s consumed by every device, light or appliance that’s plugged in and turned on. Whereas capacity is the maximum output the power system can deliver to meet the demand for energy. On a moment-by-moment basis, utilities and system operators ensure there’s enough available capacity toContinue Reading

FDIC-Insured Institutions Earn $43 Billion in Second Quarter 2015

News release: “Commercial banks and savings institutions insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) reported aggregate net income of $43.0 billion in the second quarter of 2015, up $2.9 billion (7.3 percent) from a year earlier and the highest quarterly income on record. The increase in earnings was mainly attributable to a $3.6 billionContinue Reading

Federal Reserve Beige Book September 2 2015

Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions by Federal Reserve District Prepared at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston based on information collected on or before August 24, 2015. This document summarizes comments received from businesses and other contacts outside the Federal Reserve and is not a commentary on the views of Federal Reserve officials.Continue Reading

USA Trade Online transitioning to free access

Census News Release: “On October 15, 2015, USA Trade Online (UTO) will be free to all users. In order to transition to this change, starting September 1, 2015, we will be transitioning into the new FREE system. Highlighted [here] are steps explaining how you will be affected depending on what type of UTO account youContinue Reading

Amtrak IG – Progress Made Implementing Positive Train Control, but Significant Challenges Remain

Amtrak IG Audit – Safety and Security – Progress Made Implementing Positive Train Control, but Significant Challenges Remain, 06/19/2015. OIG-A-2015-013 “The tragic derailment of Amtrak Train 188 in Philadelphia on May 12, 2015, continues to raise many questions, ranging from causation to safety systems that could have mitigated the excessive speed. In view of theContinue Reading

E.O. Wilson Wants Us to Leave Half of the Earth Alone Here’s Why

The famed naturalist’s newest book, written from a retirement home, is a provocative and urgent call to save the planet, and its species. By Claudia Dreifus, Audubon Magazine, September-October 2015. “At 86, Edward Osborne Wilson, Harvard University research professor emeritus of comparative zoology, is among the most famous scientists of our time. Only Jane Goodall andContinue Reading