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Daily Archives: May 23, 2013

Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy

Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy, a report from the McKinsey Global Institute, cuts through the noise and identifies 12 technologies that could drive truly massive economic transformations and disruptions in the coming years. The report also looks at exactly how these technologies could change our world, as well as their benefits and challenges, and offers guidelines to help leaders from businesses and other institutions respond. We estimate that, together, applications of the 12 technologies discussed in the report could have a potential economic impact between $14 trillion and $33 trillion a year in 2025. This estimate is neither predictive nor comprehensive. It is based on an in-depth analysis of key potential applications and the value they could create in a number of ways, including the consumer surplus that arises from better products, lower prices, a cleaner environment, and better health.”

Capturing the beauty and wonder of the Galapagos on Google Maps

Google Official Blog: “The Galapagos Islands are some of the most biologically unique ecosystems in the world. Explorers and scientists alike have long studied and marveled at these islands—made famous by Charles Darwin. The Ecuadorean Government, local conservation groups and scientists are working to protect the Galapagos from threats posed by invasive species, climate change… Continue Reading

Just Released: The New York Fed Staff Forecast – May 2013

Just Released: The New York Fed Staff Forecast—May 2013, Jonathan McCarthy and Richard Peach – “As we did last year around this time, we’re presenting the New York Fed staff outlook for the U.S. economy to the Bank’s Economic Advisory Panel at today’s meeting. It provides an opportunity to get valuable feedback from leading economists… Continue Reading

New GAO Reports – Defense Acquisitions, Defense Infrastructure, Emergency Alerting, Export-Import Bank

Defense Acquisitions – Continued Management Attention Needed to Enhance Use and Review of DOD’s Inventory of Contracted Services, GAO-13-491, May 23, 2013 Defense Infrastructure – Navy’s Analysis of Costs and Benefits Regarding Naval Station Mayport Demonstrated Some Best Practices and Minimally Addressed Other Requirements, GAO-13-501, May 23, 2013 Emergency Alerting – Capabilities Have Improved, but… Continue Reading

Texas Cities Lead Nation in Population Growth, Census Bureau Reports

News release: “Eight of the 15 fastest-growing large U.S. cities and towns for the year ending July 1, 2012 were in Texas, according to population estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Lone Star State also stood out in terms of the size of population growth, with five of the 10 cities and… Continue Reading

Bridging the Higher Education Divide: Strengthening Community Colleges and Restoring the American Dream

Bridging the Higher Education Divide: Strengthening Community – Colleges and Restoring the American Dream. By The Century Foundation Task Force on Preventing Community Colleges from Becoming Separate and Unequal, May 23, 2013 “Education has always been a key driver in our nation’s struggle to promote social mobility and widen the circle of people who can… Continue Reading

Skin Cancer Remains the Most Common Cancer in US

News release: “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), joined by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is recognizing the Friday before Memorial Day as “Don’t Fry Day”, to encourage Americans to take a few simple steps to protect their… Continue Reading

Report – The Condition of Education 2013

“The Condition of Education 2013 [May 2013] summarizes important developments and trends in education using the latest available data. The report presents 42 indicators on the status and condition of education, in addition to Spotlights that look more closely at 4 issues of current interest. The indicators represent a consensus of professional judgment on the… Continue Reading

Speech – Lessons at the Zero Bound: The Japanese and U.S. Experience

Lessons at the Zero Bound: The Japanese and U.S. Experience, May 21, 2013. William C. Dudley, President and Chief Executive Officer/NY Fed. Remarks at the Japan Society, New York City. “The monetary and fiscal stimulus that was provided helped Japan avoid a deep recession. But expectations about future nominal income growth for both households and… Continue Reading

NYC Department of Records Online Archives – access to over 800,000 photos, records, maps

“Welcome to the New York City Municipal Archives Online Gallery. This ever-expanding gallery is your entry point into the vast visual holdings of the Archives. The Online Gallery provides free and open research access to over 800,000 items digitized from the Municipal Archives’ collections, including photographs, maps, motion-pictures and audio recordings. The holdings are arranged… Continue Reading