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Monetary spillovers? Boom and bust? Currency wars? The international monetary system strikes back

Monetary spillovers? Boom and bust? Currency wars? The international monetary system strikes back speech by Fabrizio Saccomanni, BIS Special Governors’ Meeting. Manila, 6 February 2015. “In recent years, the global financial system has witnessed several episodes of instability due to the external repercussions of monetary policy measures by major countries, the development of financial cycles characterisedContinue Reading

Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?

National Geographic – March 2015: “We live in an age when all manner of scientific knowledge—from the safety of fluoride and vaccines to the reality of climate change—faces organized and often furious opposition. Empowered by their own sources of information and their own interpretations of research, doubters have declared war on the consensus of experts.Continue Reading

The skills Americans say kids need to succeed in life

“What are the best skills for kids to have these days? In today’s technology-driven world, is it best for children to hone their science and math skills to catch up with other countries that outperform the U.S.? Or is it best for them to be more well-rounded, with strong arts and athletic skills as well? Or perhapsContinue Reading

Harvard, MIT Sued Over Lack of Captioning for Online Courses

FindLaw Courtside: “The National Association of the Deaf filed two federal class actions complaints today. The suits — against Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) — allege that the universities discriminate against the deaf because their online content is not captioned, or is poorly or illegibly captioned. This lack of captioning, accordingContinue Reading

America’s Skills Challenge – Millennials and the Future

Educational Testing Service – “Recent research reveals an apparent paradox for U.S. millennials (born after 1980, ages 16–34): while they may be on track to be our most educated generation ever, they consistently score below many of their international peers in literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments. Equally troubling is that these findingsContinue Reading

Proposed efficiency standard may eliminate noncondensing gas furnaces

EIA: “Following a court challenge that caused a previous proposal to be sent back for further analysis, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a new proposed rulemaking to increase the minimum efficiency standards for gas furnaces, which are mostly fueled by natural gas but also include propane furnaces. Gas furnaces are one ofContinue Reading

Household Debt Continues Upward Climb While Student Loan Delinquencies Worse

NY Fed news release: “In its Q4 2014 Household Debt and Credit Report, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York announced that outstanding household debt increased $117 billion from the third quarter. The one percent increase puts total household indebtedness at $11.83 trillion as of December 31, 2014. Total debt has gone up $326 billionContinue Reading

Paper – The Quest to Replace Passwords

The Quest to Replace Passwords: A Framework for Comparative Evaluation of Web Authentication Schemes, by Joseph Bonneau, Cormac Herley, Paul C. van Oorschot, Frank Stajano. “We evaluate two decades of proposals to replace text passwords for general-purpose user authentication on the web using a broad set of twenty-five usability, deployability and security benefits that anContinue Reading

Information Overload: The Differences That Age Makes

Journal of Librarianship and Information Science January 18, 2015 0961000614566341. Jennifer C Benselin “Information overload has long been studied as a phenomenon that causes problems at the personal, social and organisational level. This study investigates overload from a new angle, that of the influence of age on perceptions of information overload. A combination of questionnaires,Continue Reading

Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Improving U.S. Educational Outcomes

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth – report by Robert Lynch: “This study addresses a key challenge confronting the United States—how to promote both widely shared and faster economic growth. It does so by analyzing and describing the effects of raising educational achievement, especially for those not at the top of the economic ladder.The results ofContinue Reading

Learning Communities: A New Model for Legal Education

Knauer, Nancy J., Learning Communities: A New Model for Legal Education (February 8, 2015). 6 Elon L. Rev. (2015), Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: “This article makes the case that learning communities can improve legal education through their unique ability to integrate the three core apprenticeships: theory, practice, and professionalism. They offer studentsContinue Reading

The Philanthropy 50

The Chronicle of Philanthropy – “America’s biggest donors gave $9.8-billion to nonprofits in 2014, with foundations and higher education receiving the most money. A number of donors are focused on scientific research, and some tech entrepreneurs are giving while they’re still building their businesses.”