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Bioethics Commission Releases Gray Matters, Vol. 2

“Today, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) released the second volume of its two-part response to President Obama’s request related to the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. Gray Matters: Topics at the Intersection of Neuroscience, Ethics, and Society, seeks to clarify the scientific landscape, identify common ground,Continue Reading

Free Practice Technology Ebook for Law Students

David Whelan – What it is: a free e-book of roughly 20,000 words providing an overview of practice technology in a generic law practice; licensed under a Creative Commons Share-alike license so that faculty can repurpose it however they like; an e-book for law students looking for something longer than blog posts or even longContinue Reading

New OECD report examines global outlook of social progress for children

Via GOOD and Quartz: ” That bullying is both a terrible and all too common feature of childhood is beyond question. But a recent report put out by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) seeks not only to address the social and developmental realities of children around the world, but indexes exactly where in the world kids reported experiencing the mostContinue Reading

Pew – The Internet’s Influence in Emerging, Developing Nations

Internet Usage More Common Among the Young, Well-Educated and English Speakers: “As more people around the world gain access to all the tools of the digital age, the internet will play a greater role in everyday life. And so far, people in emerging and developing nations say that the increasing use of the internet hasContinue Reading

Pew Report – Public Libraries and Hispanics

“When it comes to public libraries, immigrant Hispanics pose both a challenge and an opportunity to the library community. On the one hand, this group, which makes up half of the adult U.S. Hispanic population, is less likely than other Americans to have ever visited a U.S. public library and is much less likely toContinue Reading

How Millennials today compare with their grandparents 50 years ago

Pew FactTank – The past five decades – spanning from the time when the Silent generation (today, mostly in their 70s and 80s) was entering adulthood to the adulthood of today’s Millennials – have seen large shifts in U.S. society and culture. It has been a period during which Americans, especially Millennials, have become moreContinue Reading

Guide – References to Roman Law in US Courts

Dante Figueroa, a senior legal information analyst at the Law Library of Congress: [snipped from the full posting here]: “I have previously written about the amazing collection of Roman law resources at the Law Library of Congress.  I noted that references to Roman law have been made in arguments before, and in decisions of, U.S.Continue Reading

Reorganizing Restructuring Research Libraries: Strategy and Value

“Staff at OCLC Research Library Partner institutions were invited to attend this webinar to learn more about shifting organizational structures in research libraries. We asked, you answered. Based on surveying and interviewing institutions in the OCLC Research Library Partnership, Jim Michalko shared observations about how academic libraries are innovatively changing their organizational structures to: moreContinue Reading

10 facts about technology use in the emerging world

“The Pew Research Center surveyed thousands of people across 32 emerging and developing nations about their technology use and how the rising influence of the internet affects their daily lives. But beyond the larger findings, we found some notable data points about specific countries that might have been lost in the fray.”

The first fine-scale genetic map of the British Isles

Wellcome Trust news release – “Many people in the UK feel a strong sense of regional identity, and it now appears that there may be a scientific basis to this feeling, according to a landmark new study into the genetic makeup of the British Isles. An international team, led by researchers from the University of Oxford, UCL (UniversityContinue Reading

Google researchers – FaceNet: A Unified Embedding for Face Recognition and Clustering

Florian Schroff, Google Inc.; Dmitry Kalenichenko, Google Inc.; James Philbin, Google Inc. FaceNet: A Unified Embedding for Face Recognition and Clustering. “Despite significant recent advances in the field of face recognition implementing face verification and recognition efficiently at scale presents serious challenges to current approaches. In this paper we present a system, called FaceNet, thatContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – DOE Facilities, Financial Company Bankruptcies, Geospatial Data, IRS Info Security, Military Personnel

DOE Facilities: Better Prioritization and Life Cycle Cost Analysis Would Improve Disposition Planning, GAO-15-272: Published: Mar 19, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 2015. Financial Company Bankruptcies: Information on Legislative Proposals and International Coordination, GAO-15-299: Published: Mar 19, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 2015. Geospatial Data: Progress Needed on Identifying Expenditures, Building and Utilizing a DataContinue Reading