Reader's Corner for August 2012

August 30, 2012

Harvard University is investigating about 125 undergraduates accused of jointly submitting responses, some word-for-word identical, on a spring take-home final exam in violation of an explicit no-collaboration policy. The incident is the largest Ivy League cheating scandal in recent memory and could...

Uh oh.

August 26, 2012

On the surface, ants and the Internet don't seem to have much in common. But two Stanford researchers have discovered that a species of harvester ants determine how many foragers to send out of the nest in much the same way that Internet protocols discover how much bandwidth is available for the tra...

So, ants use TCP. Interesting.

August 21, 2012

credit: Ishara

I think this is relevant...

[Bob] [Alice]

I’m on a Harvard mailing list for some folks interested in startups and innovation. A recent thread of discussion was around hiring, and in a posting to the group I talked about making sure that you did your hiring so that you avoided the bozo effect. I was asked by a number of people what I meant b...

Bozos everywhere!

36 univer­sities announ­ced that 77 BA and BSc course­s would not be offere­d to women.

"Senior clerics in Iran have become concerned about the social side-effects of rising educational standards among women, including declining birth and marriage rates."


August 20, 2012

A jet skier runs out of gas in water near JFK airport. So he swims to shore, climbs an airport fence and walks across two runways to find help. He is never detected by security officials.

This is worrying.

August 19, 2012

We’ll never eliminate lines altogether, but a better understanding of the psychology of waiting can help make those inevitable delays a touch more bearable.

Interesting read.

August 12, 2012

Ernst Stuhlinger wrote this letter on May 6, 1970, to Sister Mary Jucunda, a nun who worked among the starving children of Kabwe, Zambia, in Africa, who questioned the value of space exploration. A...

What a read.

Could crowd-sourced photo sharing be the future of taxonomy? Cybertaxonomy?

This is interesting.

August 7, 2012

Manpreet Kaur wanted to kill her father, mother and brother as they opposed to her decision of marrying her beau, who was already married.

I really have no words for this.