After being ousted from Microsoft, Steven Sinofsky will spend some time teaching at Harvard.
Steven Sinofsky, the former head of Microsoft's Windows division who was ousted shortly after the launch of Windows 8, has washed up at Harvard Business School. His new title is "Executive in Residence" and his tasks include research, writing, teaching students product development, planning, collaboration, and more, Sinofsky announced in a pair of Twitter messages. He added the hashtag "sabbatical" to one of his tweets, indicating this is probably a temporary role.
Science and technology have always been close bedfellows, however sometimes scientist’s dream up new technologies that completely and utterly change everything. A pair of engineers at Harvard have been doing just that, and amazingly, have found a way to store around 704TB of data in a single gram of DNA. I re-read the findings of George Church and Sri Kosuri several times, but it took a while to finally grasp the concept that the entire contents of my NAS could be stored on the surface area of my pinky finger.
Time flies when you're having fun, which would explain all the lost productivity to mobile apps like Angry Birds, Temple Run, and Kingdom Rush. These and other titles look and play great on tablet PCs, but if you're not careful, your intended 5-minute-turned-60-minute diversion can lead to aches and pains in your head, neck and wrist, a new Harvard study warns.
Origami is one of those things where it seems you either have a knack for it or you don't. If you don't, all the practice in the world won't help turn your crumpled creations into works of art, but maybe one day your PC will be able to lend a helping hand.
If so, you can thank Robert Wood of Harvard University and Daniella Rus and Eric Demaine at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The trio have developed a material that's able to fold on its own. It's a square sheet of glass fiber 4cm wide and patterned with 32 triangular tiles, the seams of which are made from flexible silicon rubber and a "shape memory" alloy foil, New Scientist reports.
To make it all work, each foil was folded in two and held in a vice and then heated to 420C for 30 minutes. This allowed the foil to retain a memory of its fold when opened back up and allowed to cool.
After this was done, the research team fired up origami simulator software to calculate the sequence of folds required to put together two basic objects, one being a paper airplane and the other a boat. A current was then sent through the foils heating them above their "transition" temperature of 70C and forcing them to fold.
According to a recent presentation by Harvard’s Jonathan Zittrain, the Internet’s delicate and vulnerable nature is held together by random acts of kindness.
As a key example, he cited when Pakistan’s government took YouTube offline in 2008. It wasn’t long before it was back, thanks to a largely unknown, unpaid and unauthorized team of volunteers. “It's like when the Bat signal goes up and Batman answers the call,” said Professor Zittrain.
The same social structure of those helping without any intention of compensation is clear on Wikipedia. “It's like dark matter in the universe. There's a lot of it, you don't see it but it has a huge impact on the physics of the place.”
According to a new study by the Harvard School of Business’ Bill Heil and Mikolaj Piskorski, men on Twitter are far more likely to follow other men over women.
According to the study, they “found that an average man is almost twice more likely to follow another man than a woman. Similarly, an average woman is 25% more likely to follow a man than a woman. Finally, an average man is 40% more likely to be followed by another man than by a woman. These results cannot be explained by different tweeting activity - both men and women tweet at the same rate.”
What’s more interesting is that there are more women on Twitter than men. “Females hold a slight majority on Twitter: we found that men comprise 45% of Twitter users, while women represent 55%.”
Though, I’d like to take this chance to say that I’m an equal opportunity follower. It doesn’t matter if you’re Will Smith or Veronica Belmont, I’ve got no problems following Twitterers of either gender. (Oh, and don’t let your gender deter you from following me!)
Harvard believes that the settlement will lend a commercial shade to the Google Book Search service and that “the settlement contains too many potential limitations on access to and use of the books by members of the higher-education community and by patrons of public libraries.” However, Google can blithely continue to scan Harvard’s out-of-copyright material.
Although the $25 million settlement is yet to be ratified by a judge, the Author’s Guild delightfully labeled it the "the biggest book deal in U.S. publishing history." The deal has opened the floodgates for millions of extra titles to be part of Google Book Search. Users will have the option of purchasing a book – the revenue will be split between Google, the publisher and the author – after previewing it; the service will allow them to preview 20 percent of the pages.