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Daily Archives: January 19, 2014

Cold weather led to record-high natural gas storage withdrawals

EIA: “Last week’s widespread, record-breaking cold weather had significant effects across virtually all segments of the U.S. natural gas market. The frigid temperatures led to record highs in demand, storage withdrawals, and prices. The week ending January 10 posted a record-high net withdrawal of 287 billion cubic feet (Bcf) from underground, natural gas storage facilities. The January 10 withdrawal is the largest for the 20 years for which data exist and the latest in a season already characterized by withdrawals much larger than average. This week’s storage withdrawal was the second record-breaking weekly stock draw this season; the withdrawal of 285 Bcf for the week ending December 13 exceeded the previous record of 274 Bcf from January 2008. Cumulative net withdrawals, as of January 10, 2014, exceeded the previous record levels posted during the 2000-2001 heating season. Bentek Energy estimated stock draws hit 57.1 Bcf on January 6, and then 67.9 Bcf the following day. The next-highest draw was 52.9 in February 2011.”

Learning about social learning in MOOCs: From statistical analysis to generative model

Learning about social learning in MOOCs: From statistical analysis to generative model. Christopher G. Brinton, Mung Chiang, Shaili Jain, Henry Lam, Zhenming Liu, Felix Ming Fai Wong (Submitted on 8 Dec 2013 (v1), last revised 19 Dec 2013 (this version, v2)). [The authors are researchers from the EDGE Lab at Princeton University, together with collaborators at Boston University and Microsoft Corporation] “We study user behaviorContinue Reading

Copyright Clearance Center and ALPSP Launch New Open Access Resource Center

“The non-profit Copyright Clearance Center announced this week that is has launched an Open Access Resource Center in partnership with the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP). And to kick off its partnership CCC is hosting a free webinar featuring ALPSP CEO Audrey McCulloch today, January 16, to discuss the resource center as well as how ALPSP members areContinue Reading

UK – 10 Steps to Cyber Security

“The Government and intelligence agencies are directly targeting the most senior levels in the UK’s largest companies and providing them with advice on how to safeguard their most valuable assets, such as personal data, online services and intellectual property. The Cyber Security Guidance for Business, produced by CESG (the Information Security arm of GCHQ), the Department forContinue Reading

World Bank Report – Global Economic Prospects

Coping with policy normalization in high-income countries, January 2014 “The report describes a global economy that is at a turning point. For the first time in five years, there are indications that a self-sustaining recovery has begun among high-income countries – suggesting  that they may now join developing countries as a second engine of growth inContinue Reading

Eugene Volokh – Bloggers = Media for First Amendment Libel Law Purposes

“So holds today’s Obsidian Finance Group v. Cox (9th Cir. Jan. 17, 2014) (in which [Eugene Volokh] represented the defendant). To be precise, the Ninth Circuit concludes that all who speak to the public, whether or not they are members of the institutional press, are equally protected by the First Amendment. To quote the court, The protections of theContinue Reading

The Hill – ObamaCare contractor faces mid-March deadline or disaster

Jonathan Easley on The Hill: “If the ObamaCare contractor brought on last week to fix the back-end of the HealthCare.gov portal doesn’t finish the build-out by mid-March the healthcare law will be jeopardized, according to a procurement document posted on a federal website. It says insurers could be bankrupt and the entire healthcare industry threatened if theContinue Reading

Profile of President Obama’s Second Term – The New Yorker

ANNALS OF THE PRESIDENCY – GOING THE DISTANCE. On and off the road with Barack Obama. By David Remick “The conventional wisdom is that a President’s second term is a matter of minimizing the damage and playing defense rather than playing offense,” Obama said in one of our conversations on the trip and at the White House. “But, asContinue Reading

New Beginner’s Guide to Social Media

“Welcome to The Beginner’s Guide to Social Media. Whether you’re new to social media or just looking to close a few knowledge gaps, we’re glad you stopped by. By now, we’ve all heard how valuable—even essential—social media can be. Whether your current sentiment leans more toward enthusiasm or trepidation, there’s no way around the fact thatContinue Reading

Paper – National contributions to observed global warming

Environmental Research Letters Volume 9 Number 1. H Damon Matthews et al 2014 Environ. Res. Lett. 9 014010 doi:10.1088/1748-9326/9/1/014010. National contributions to observed global warming “There is considerable interest in identifying national contributions to global warming as a way of allocating historical responsibility for observed climate change. This task is made difficult by uncertainty associated with national estimates of historical emissions, as well as byContinue Reading