(via Five of the most striking university libraries you will ever see | News | Times Higher Education)
Pay Higher Wages, Earn More Profit -
Many retailers, for example, seek to save money by understaffing. The result is rushed, overworked and mistake-prone employees and higher turnover, which leads to unhappy, antagonized customers. The counterintuitive solution, Ms. Ton says, is to increase “slack” — meaning to have more employees available than are absolutely required at any given time of day.
QuikTrip, in contrast with most of its competitors, purposely overstaffs stores so that they can accommodate employees with emergencies or who are sick or on vacation. The result is happier employees and better-served customers. Ms. Ton cites one study of a 500-store retailer that found that every additional $1 spent on employee salaries resulted in an increase of anywhere from $4 to $28 in sales.
First MeerKAT Antenna & Data Center Launched in Karoo
The first of 64 antennas that will make up South Africa’s new radio telescope - MeerKAT - officially launched on 27 March 2014 by South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology, Mr Derek Hanekom. The Minister will also officially open the specialised MeerKAT Karoo Array Processor Building - the cutting edge data centre for the MeerKAT telescope that has been built in an underground bunker at the Karoo observatory site.
Dignitaries from around the world, including the Director General of the SKA Organisation, representatives from SKA Organisation member countries and ministers from African SKA partner countries, will convene at the Radio Astronomy Reserve in the Karoo, about 90 km from Carnarvon, for the event.
"The launch of the first MeerKAT antenna signifies South Africa’s ardent commitment to the MeerKAT project and the broader SKA project. It further typifies the excellent engineering and technical capabilities in South Africa that have enabled us to deliver a project of this magnitude within projected timeframes and budget allocations," says Minister Hanekom. He adds that the launch of the processor building and the associated design and development activities undertaken mark South Africa’s readiness to embark on a big data programme at national level.
Standing 19.5 m tall and weighing 42 tons, the new MeerKAT antenna towers above the antennas of the nearby KAT-7 instrument. KAT-7 was completed in 2010 as an engineering prototype for MeerKAT, and is now routinely used for scientific research. MeerKAT is one of the precursors to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope, and will later be incorporated into the mid-frequency component of SKA Phase 1 when that instrument is being constructed. The SKA will be the world’s largest radio telescope, located in Australia and Africa, but shared by astronomers around the globe.
Julie Grier and the Oculus Rift — Spark Capital, October 2013
Big Oculus news yesterday. My partner Santo led the investment for us and shared his thoughts here.
15 Reasons to Date a Librarian
1. Librarians are literate. This is likely not the case for everyone you’ve dated. (If you have a fear of books, don’t even bother.)
2. Librarians are well-educated. Many of them have master’s degrees.
3. They’re passionate about learning and making information accessible to everyone. They’re sponges for new information and want to share it.
4. Librarians are great Scrabble opponents. (“Great” means “undefeated.”)
5. Librarians are organized, analytical and budget-conscious.
6. Some librarians are really great with kids, engaging them in summer and after-school reading programs.
7. Librarians make a good, consistent living. They’re not rich, but most of them aren’t scraping by either. Bonus: They have steady, predictable hours that are easy to plan dates around.
8. Librarians are doing what they love. Most librarians don’t accidentally fall into their jobs. It can be a long journey to finding full-time library work.
9. Some people have a “thing” for librarian types. If that’s you, date one.
10. After getting hit on by awkward library patrons, your smiling face at the end of the day will be very welcome.
11. Not only can you visit your significant other at work, you probably should. Renew that card!
12. Librarians value punctuality. (Otherwise, it’s $0.25 a day.)
13. Strange characters with even stranger requests frequent libraries. You’ll hear lots of great stories.
14. Just because the work environment is a calm, quiet one, doesn’t mean that your date won’t appreciate a fun night out or can’t hold his/her own in lively conversation. Ignore stereotypes. They don’t really apply anymore.
15. Bedtime stories.
Missing: Up To 4 Million Workers -
We know that Americans are leaving the labor force at an unprecedented rate. The question is why they’re leaving — and how many of them will come back. Economists are still trying to figure out ho…
The Shift From Low-Wage Worker to Robot Worker -
It’s become commonplace for computers to replace American workers — think about those on an assembly line and in toll booths — but two University of Oxford professors have come to a surprising co…
From pest-resistant corn to creepy glowing fish, genetically engineered organisms are creeping into our lives. But most of today’s GMOs vary marginally from the original animal or plant—there is an addition or deletion of a couple genes, which is like adding or scrubbing a line from Hamlet and calling it a new play. But a team of geneticists led by Jef Boeke at Johns Hopkins University is dreaming much, much bigger.
The team is genetically engineering an entire organism—a yeast—from scratch, as part of the Synthetic Yeast 2.0 project. They have designed and written a code made up of roughly 11 million letters of DNA—the As, Cs, Gs, and Ts that write the book of life—which they are synthesizing and subbing in for a yeast’s natural DNA. To integrate their new chromosome, the researchers used the organism’s natural affinity for uptaking segments of DNA, slowly introducing chunks of it into a living yeast in an 11-part process. And as they reported today in the journal Science, their project is progressing splendidly. They have just finished their first phase, building and integrating an entire chromosome.
Scientists Create Synthetic Chromosome (And Open the Door to the Future of Beer)
"Never did like that much," is a baller and superb way to express your irritation with the way the patriarchy refuses to acknowledge how badass you are.
(Source: queenundomiel, via misfit-librarian)
There's a GONE WITH THE WIND Prequel from Mammy's Perspective Coming in October -
…and it’s being written by a white man. This is gonna be interesting.