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June 12, 2016

International Journal of Business Administration – Syntactic Complexity of Reading Content Directly Impacts Complexity of Mature Students’ Writing. Received: April 2, 2016 Accepted: April 26, 2016 Online Published: May 4, 2016 doi:10.5430/ijba.v7n3p71 URL: Abstract – “Increasingly, schools and colleges of business focus on the quality of their students’ writing, reflecting complaints from business and […]
“The European economy is gradually recovering but further policy action will be required to address unresolved legacies of the global economic crisis that are weighing on growth and major new concerns that have emerged, according to two new OECD reports. The latest OECD Economic Surveys of the European Union and of the Euro Area, presented today […]
Medium – “Why you shouldn’t share links on Facebook – Earlier this week, security researchers at Checkpoint discovered a vulnerability that would have allowed attackers to change messages and links sent through Facebook messenger. Facebook quickly patched the bug … but did you know links sent privately through messenger can be read by anyone? Moreover, Facebook […]
FastCoexist – Ocean Plastic Pollution Is Like Junk Food For Fish – Young fish like to gobble up plastic particles like it’s candy, and it’s killing them. “…Each year, the world produces around 300 million metric tons of plastic, a number that is quickly growing. An estimated 8 million tons of that ends up in […]
“Deadliest Mass Shooting In U.S. History Leaves More Than 50 Dead At Gay Orlando Nightclub At least 50 people are dead and 53 injured, police say. The gunman was killed by police following an hours long hostage situation The suspect has been described as “organized and well-prepared” In what police are calling the worst shooting […]

June 11, 2016

Via Vox: “In a massive victory for animal rights activists, and for America’s chickens, United Egg Producers, a group that represents 95 percent of all eggs produced in the United States, has announced that it will eliminate culling of male chicks at hatcheries where egg-laying hens are born by 2020. This may sound like a technical […]
Washington Post – Creepy startup will help landlords, employers and online dates strip-mine intimate data from your Facebook page “…Tenant Assured, is already live: After your would-be landlord sends you a request through the service, you’re required to grant it full access to your Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and/or Instagram profiles. From there, Tenant Assured scrapes […]
Jonathan Purtle, Katherine Lynn, Mashal Malik. ‘Calculating the Toll of Trauma’ in the Headlines: Portrayals of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in the New York Times (1980–2015).. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 2016; DOI: 10.1037/ort0000187 “Public awareness about traumatic stress is needed to address trauma as a public health issue. News media influence public awareness, but little is […]
Via ars technica uk this is a long read that documents the long, circuitous, challenging and unfulfilled promise of access to human knowledge provided without impediments specific to economic or social status, country of origin, age, ethnicity, i.e., for everyone – Open access: All human knowledge is there—so why can’t everybody access it? “…imagine, for […]
Neil MacFarquar – Moscow – “A sense of menace stirs right off the elevator on the fifth floor of Kaspersky Lab’s Moscow headquarters, where a small television screen displays cyberthreats occurring in real time around the world — a blinking, spinning, color-coded globe brimming with suspicious emails, malware and evil botnets that could be infecting a […]

June 10, 2016

Brian Helmuth, Tarik C. Gouhier, Steven Scyphers and Jennifer Mocarski – Climate Change Responses 2016 3:3 DOI: 10.1186/s40665-016-0018-z ©  Helmuth et al. 2016 Received: 5 February 2016 Accepted: 13 May 2016 Published: 30 May 2016 “Background – Political polarization remains a major obstacle to national action on global climate change in the United States Congress, and acceptance of anthropogenic drivers strongly differs between Republicans and Democrats. But […]
Via CityLab – “Map addicts, you’ve been warned: A park ranger has been diligently uploading maps from hundreds of America’s national parks for the enjoyment, education and convenience of all. According to, some 1,053 high-resolution national park maps are available to view, save, and download for free. The site is not officially affiliated with the National Park Service, […]
Via FindLaw – “The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that citizens do not have a Second Amendment right to carry concealed firearms in public. The California federal court that covers states Arizona, Nevada, Oregon Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and Hawaii as well found that laws requiring gun owners to show “good cause” for […]
EFF – “The Bill Is a Great Step for Government Transparency – The U.S. government has made huge strides in its open data practices over the last few years. Since it launched in 2009, has become a crucial source for everything from climate and agricultural data to Department of Education records. For the most […]
“Cigarette smoking among high school students dropped to the lowest levels since the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) began in 1991, but the use of electronic vapor products, including e-cigarettes, among students poses new challenges according to the 2015 survey results released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although current cigarette […]
Digital Service Programs: Assessing Results and Coordinating with Chief Information Officers Can Improve Delivery of Federal Projects, GAO-16-733T: Published: Jun 10, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 2016. “In an effort to improve IT across the federal government, in March 2014 GSA established a team, known as 18F that provides IT services to agencies. In addition, […]
Gregory Garrett, Mark Benden, Ranjana Mehta, Adam Pickens, Camille Peres, Hongwei Zhao. Call Center Productivity Over 6 Months Following a Standing Desk Intervention. IIE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors, 2016; 00 DOI: 10.1080/21577323.2016.1183534 “Background:Many office employees are spending up to 90% of their workday seated, and employers are considering stand-capable desks as a […]