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March 19, 2015

20:01
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 (University […]
19:50
BIS Quarterly Review March 2015 International banking and financial market developments [268 pages, PDF] – Table of Contents follows: A wave of further easing – Largely unexpected, a wave of monetary policy easing over the past few months has taken centre stage in global financial markets. Amid plunging oil prices and rising foreign exchange tensions, […]
19:38
“EPIC, along with 26 technical experts and legal scholars, has submitted extensive comments for the FTC’s review of the merger remedy process. EPIC urged the Commission to consider the privacy risks to consumers that result from the merger of big data firms. The comments detailed EPIC’s efforts, over 15 years, to warn the FTC about […]
19:24
“Consumer Watchdog today warned the California Department of Motor Vehicles that it must not allow Google and others with a vested interest in developing driverless vehicles to push the DMV into issuing rules regulating the public use of robot cars on highways that are inadequate to protect public safety. “Most importantly, a driverless vehicle must […]
18:51
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, that […]
18:45
Article by Jason Leopold – March 19, 2015: “Thirteen years ago, the intelligence community concluded in a 93-page classified document used to justify the invasion of Iraq that it lacked “specific information” on “many key aspects” of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs. But that’s not what top Bush administration officials said during their campaign to […]
18:35
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 Data […]
18:30
“February 2015 second warmest February on record; December–February warmest on record February Arctic sea ice extent third smallest on record. The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for February 2015 was the second highest since record keeping began in 1880. Both the year-to-date (January–February) and seasonal (December–February) globally averaged temperatures were record high.” […]

March 18, 2015

16:00
Release Date: March 18, 2015 – “Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in January suggests that economic growth has moderated somewhat. Labor market conditions have improved further, with strong job gains and a lower unemployment rate. A range of labor market indicators suggests that underutilization of labor resources continues to diminish. Household […]
15:52
“About 1 in 9 People Changed Residences Between 2013 and 2014 – For the past several years, the mover rate has remained between 11.5 and 12.5 percent, according to new 2014 statistics released today from the U.S. Census Bureau. The mover rate between 2013 and 2014 was 11.5 percent or 35.7 million people age 1 […]
15:35
National Ocean Service: “Mussel Watch represents the longest running continuous contaminant monitoring program in U.S. coastal and Great Lakes waters. The project was developed to analyze chemical and biological contaminant trends in sediments and bivalve tissues collected at over 300 coastal sites from 1986 to present. Parameters monitored include sediment and bivalve tissue chemistry for […]
14:58
“The American people expect government websites to be secure and their interactions with those websites to be private. Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) offers the strongest privacy protection available for public web connections with today’s internet technology. The use of HTTPS reduces the risk of interception or modification of user interactions with government online services. […]
14:51
“Every airport has a unique three-letter IATA code. Some make sense if you know the city or the name of the airport and others, well, what the heck? Turns out there’s usually a reasonable explanation. Knowing what each IATA code stands for isn’t super useful, but it sure can be fun. This site was designed […]
14:46
Crop Insurance: Reducing Subsidies for Highest Income Participants Could Save Federal Dollars with Minimal Effect on the Program, GAO-15-356: Published: Mar 18, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 2015: “The federally subsidized crop insurance program helps about 1 million participants manage the risk inherent in farming. In recent years, the government’s costs for the crop insurance […]
14:34
“Low oil prices and monetary easing are boosting growth in the world’s major economies, but  the near-term pace of expansion remains modest, with abnormally low inflation and interest rates pointing to risks of financial instability, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Assessment. Strong domestic demand is driving growth in the United States, which, combined with […]