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Daily Archives: September 2, 2015

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 database project at NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World and engineering specialists at Oxford University, we hope to capture one million 3D images of at-risk objects by the end of 2016.  To that end, we have created a heavily modified version of an inexpensive consumer 3D camera that will permit inexperienced users to capture archival-quality scans.  The camera has the facility to upload these images automatically to database servers where they can be used for study or, if required, 3D replication.  It is our intention to deploy up to five-thousand of these low-cost 3D cameras in conflict zones throughout the world by the end of 2015.  Each camera contains an automated tutorial package that will help field users – local museum affiliates, imbedded military, NGO employees and volunteers – both to identify appropriate subject matters and to capture useable images.  This project is the first of its kind in both purpose and scale.  However, it is our hope that it will become a model for future similar endeavors.  All of the associated technology and software will be open-source to facilitate that goal.” This project is especially timely in light of the seemingly unstoppable destruction of antiquities, including in Palmyra, Syria.

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: “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 the… Continue 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. Washington… Continue 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 to… Continue 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 billion… Continue 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