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Where are the jobs? Don’t look too closely

Robert Manduca, a Harvard sociology PhD student, has put together a nice visualization of employment data that he titled “Where Are the Jobs?” It’s a great map, modeled after the very popular dot map of US residents by ethnicity. The underlying data come from the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) program, which is a fantastic resource […]

Newly Uncovered Bill Cosby Joke From '69 Speech Is Damning In Retropsect

Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770, a renowned social club for students, bestowed its "Man of the Year" award to comedian Bill Cosby in 1969. According to a Los Angeles Times/UPI Wire published on March 5, 1969, recently...Show More Summary

Conservative-Industrial Complex

My only quibble (so far) about “‘They Don’t Give a Damn about Governing': Conservative Media’s Influence on the Republican Party,” published by Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, is that “conservative media” is just one part of a larger, integrated right-wing infrastructure that has been driving U.S. foreign and domestic policy for at least 40 […]


The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes joins me today to discuss her lengthy report down while a fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center.

Scientists transform human cells into lasers

That youthful glow you sometimes exude may no longer be just the light. Scientists from Harvard Medical School have developed three ways to use individual cells and turn them into functioning lasers that emit light when they’re excited. Particles and

Scientists Invent a Bacon Laser

yesterdayHumor / odd : Neatorama

Researchers at Harvard University found that they could use fat cells to produce laser light. They inevitably chose pig fat because of the flavor. An MIT Technology Review article that was surprisingly not published on April Fools’ Day explains: The team at Harvard University turning cells into lasers has tried it before. Show More Summary


JACKIE CALMES HAS A PIECE FOR HARVARD’S SHORENSTEIN CENTER ARGUING THAT CONSERVATIVE MEDIA DRAG THE REPUBLICAN PARTY TO THE RIGHT. This may be true, but it’s dwarfed by the extent to which the rest of media drag the entire nation to the left. As Prof. Tim Groseclose noted in his Left Turn: How Liberal Media […]

Study: Daughters of Working Mothers Earn More

A recently published Harvard Business School survey found that not only were daughters of working women more likely to be employed themselves, but they were also more likely to earn more. Sons of working mothers actually tended to become more attentive fathers, spending 7.5 hours a week more with their children and 25 minutes more on chores.

Craft a Perfect Resume Summary with this Checklist

Recruiters don’t tend to spend much time looking at resumes, so getting to the point as quickly as possible is a must. Over at Harvard Business Review, they created a checklist to make your resume’s summary section noteworthy and short. Read more...

The KQED Series ‘Deep Look’ Explores the Capability of Harvard’s Swarm of 1,024 Autonomous Kilobots

yesterdayHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

In a recent episode of the KQED and PBS Digital Studios series Deep Look, writer Amy Standen explores the capabilities of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering‘s swarm of 1,024 autonomous kilobots. Show More Summary

NYT's Jackie Calmes Unloads 16,000-Word Harvard Report on 'Conservative Media' Leading GOP to 'Far Right' Extremes (Part 1)

New York Times national reporter Jackie Calmes spent a semester at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University studying "conservative media," and this week issued an exhaustive 16,000-word report with the oh-so-objective title, "'They...Show More Summary

Major Shift in Thinking About Americans with Multiple Jobs

Fusion's There are probably way more people in the 'gig economy' than we realize covers a major shift in thinking about how many people in the U.S. have multiple jobs or "gigs". The article quotes noted Harvard economist Larry Katz....

Dusting Off Victorian Science Specimens, from Two-Faced Kittens to Slug Models

2 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

After 25 years of collecting contemporary art, George Loudon's eye was caught by a display of 19th-century glass flowers at Harvard University.

Herbert Y. Schandler, Army combat veteran and scholar, dies at 87

Herbert Y. Schandler, a soldier and scholar who was an Army Special Forces officer in Vietnam, later earned a doctorate at Harvard and wrote several books about the war in which he fought, died July 16 at his home in McLean, Va. He was 87.Read full article >>

Harvard Scientists Discovered That Pork Skin Can Shoot Out Lasers

You don’t happen to be running a makeshift nip-and-tuck clinic or be an aspiring Bond villain to be pumped by this.

X-Files was inspired by Chris Carter's observation of alien abductees' hypnosis

3 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

In the early 1990s, Harvard psychiatrist John Mack studied hundreds of people who claimed to have been abducted by aliens and wrote multiple books about his research. He invited Chris Carter to sit in on one of Mack's regression hypnosis session with a self-proclaimed abductee, an experience that Carter says informed his vision for the X-Files. Read the rest

National Rent Report: Nearly Half of Renters Are Now "Cost Burdened"

Olivia's Elegant Oakland Apartment Pin it If you're renting right now then it's definitely not news to you that the rental market is sky high and climbing. So just how out of control is it out there? A Harvard University housing study...Show More Summary

Veteran Republicans Say Right-Wing Media Is "A Big Problem For The Party" In New Harvard Report

Republican insiders are complaining that the right-wing media "is shaping the party's agenda in ways that are impeding Republicans' ability to govern and to win presidential elections," according to a new Harvard report. New York Times...Show More Summary

Right-wing media ‘hijacking’ Republican Party, concludes Harvard report

Shorenstein Center It’s only fitting that Republican candidates are lobbying Fox News intensely to be among the 10 selected for the first GOP presidential debate on Aug. 6. The Fox role as sponsor bolsters the thesis of a new study that...Show More Summary

Scientists Can Turn Human Cells Into Working Lasers

4 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

How about this for a bright idea: A team of researchers from Harvard Medical School has developed three different ways to turn individual cells into functioning lasers that emit light when they’re excited. Read more...

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