Harvard, Cambridge establish Joint Center for History and Economics

first_imgCrossing academic disciplines and the Atlantic Ocean, the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and King’s College, Cambridge, have established the Joint Center for History and Economics (JCHE). The JCHE will facilitate and encourage interdisciplinary research and learning in the social sciences and the humanities.The Centre for History and Economics was established at King’s College in 1991. With the creation of the counterpart center at Harvard, these two leading research institutions will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and engage in mutually beneficial scholarly collaboration.“The Joint Center for History and Economics represents an exciting opportunity to explore the connections between the two academic disciplines, ” says Emma Rothschild, who co-founded the Centre at King’s College. The JCHE will make it possible for two world-renowned research institutions to engage in an exciting and productive relationship, and will provide a location for research students and leading scholars in the field to participate in a rigorous dialogue.Rothschild, one of the leading historians of the Enlightenment, has been a visiting professor of history at Harvard since 2004, and will join the Harvard faculty as a professor of history in July 2007. Rothschild will serve as the founding director of the JCHE at Harvard (see professorship announcement, this page).The JCHE will undertake substantial research projects focused on academic concerns within history and economics, including the history of economic and social thought, the application of economic concepts to historical problems, and the use of historical insights in economic analysis. The collaboration will also result in workshops, seminars, and exchanges of faculty and graduate students.The Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University and the Centre for History and Economics at King’s College have previously participated in cooperative research programs and academic exchanges. Since 2004, they have collaborated on the research project “Exchanges of Economic and Political Ideas since 1760,” supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This project is focused on political, economic, and social connections across national borders, and is concerned both with Atlantic history and with the history of Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean.Recent research projects at King’s College include “Globalization in Historical Perspective,” “The Rise and Fall of Historical Political Economy,” and “Religion and the Political Imagination,” which examines the historical foundations of political assumptions about universal secularization. Other research topics include global security across national borders, with a particular focus on the history of the United Nations.The JCHE will be administered from both sides of the Atlantic. The overall direction of the JCHE will be determined by a joint management committee, and executive oversight committees in both Cambridge, England, and Cambridge, Mass. Each committee will have responsibility for initiation and guidance of the activities of its own center. The Web site for the JCHE will be hosted on the Web sites for King’s College and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.last_img read more

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Researchers Create Electronic Peelable Stickers for the Internet of Things

first_imgMost of today’s electronic circuits are individually built on their own silicon “wafer,” a flat and rigid substrate. The silicon wafer can then withstand the high temperatures and chemical etching that are used to remove the circuits from the wafer. But high temperatures and etching damage the silicon wafer, forcing the manufacturing process to accommodate an entirely new wafer each time.The new fabrication technique, called “transfer printing,” cuts down manufacturing costs by using a single wafer to build a nearly infinite number of thin films holding electronic circuits. Instead of high temperatures and chemicals, the film can peel off at room temperature with the energy-saving help of simply water. Submerging the wafer and completed circuit in water significantly reduces the mechanical peeling stress and is environmentally friendly.A ductile metal layer, such as nickel, inserted between the electronic film and the silicon wafer, makes the peeling possible in water. These thin-film electronics can then be trimmed and pasted onto any surface, granting that object electronic features. Putting one of the stickers on a flower pot, for example, made that flower pot capable of sensing temperature changes that could affect the plant’s growth. The researchers also demonstrated that the components of electronic integrated circuits work just as well before and after they were made into a thin film peeled from a silicon wafer. The researchers used one film to turn on and off an LED light display. Billions of objects ranging from smartphones and watches to buildings, machine parts and medical devices have become wireless sensors, creating what we call the Internet of Things. As society moves toward connecting all objects to the internet, the technology that enables these objects to communicate and sense each other will need to scale up.Researchers at Purdue University and the University of Virginia have developed a new fabrication method that makes tiny, thin-film electronic circuits peelable from a surface. The technique not only eliminates several manufacturing steps and the associated costs, but also allows any object to sense its environment or be controlled through the application of a high-tech sticker. Eventually, these stickers could also facilitate wireless communication. The researchers demonstrated capabilities on various objects in a paper recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The technology now holds a non-provisional U.S. patent. The work was supported by the Purdue Research Foundation, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL-S-114-054-002), the National Science Foundation (NSF-CMMI-1728149) and the University of Virginia.last_img read more

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Smelly cloaks and wrong theories: Kit Harington talks ‘Game of Thrones’ ending

first_imgScott Kowalchyk/CBS(NEW YORK) — With the first full-length trailer for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones just released Tuesday, the timing was perfect for Game of Thrones star Kit Harington to drop by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert for a visit.  Just don’t ask him to spill the beans on how the story ends.Harington, who plays Jon Snow on the HBO series, said not only can he not give any clues, his own guesses were off base.“I had theories all along and all of them were wrong,” Harington said.  “And I’m quite glad I never told anyone my theories because they were all wrong.”Harington wouldn’t even share what some of those wrong theories were, saying he was worried about starting speculation that would quickly get out of hand.  That prompted Stephen Colbert to remark sarcastically, “You’re a great guest right now!”Though the first episode of Game of Thrones aired April 17, 2011, Harington’s involvement at this point has lasted a decade, from the time he auditioned and was cast.  He says he had no idea back then that he’d still be a part of it ten years on.“It’s extraordinary,” he marveled.  “It’s sort of after ten years of it, I’m still pinching myself and I still can’t quite grasp it.”Clearly there’s lots Harington will miss about Game of Thrones, but Jon Snow’s trademark fur cloak won’t be one of them.“It weighs a ton, it smells awful,” he revealed.  “I think they added weight to to it every year!”Game of Thrones returns for its final season April 14 on HBO.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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PBA: NLEX wins back to back, frustrates Meralco

first_imgOlu Ashaolu 17 points and 13 rebounds to negate Allen Durham’s eye-popping numbers of 32 points and 19 rebounds for Meralco.Raymond Almazan had another solid outing tallying 17 in both the scoring and rebounding departments, but could only do so much for the Bolts, who slid to 1-1 in the third conference.Meralco seeks to rebound against winless Alaska in a clash at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Friday next week.POST-GAME INTERVIEW The Road Warriors got the goods from JR Quiñahan, who scored 19 points to lead three more big productions from the bench that include Kiefer Ravena and Kenneth Ighalo, who both tossed in 15 each.“It’s been a long time since we’ve put together two wins in a row,” Coach Yeng Guiao, whose charges took early control of the standings. “So it really feels good.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“I just hope we could sustain it,” he added, noting the upcoming task which will come in the form of Blackwater this coming Sunday.“We’re playing balanced basketball—which is for me the best news. Despite of our import, our locals are also contributing on the offensive,” Guiao said. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ADVERTISEMENT NCAA: Lyceum pounces on error prone Letran to stay hot ‘People evacuated on their own’ View comments Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills six in China Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruptioncenter_img Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ MOST READ MANILA, Philippines–NLEX marched to its second straight win at the expense of sister team Meralco, 105-99, in Friday night’s PBA Governors’ Cup contest at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdownlast_img read more

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Golf officials defend ‘The Match’ as critics circle

first_img0Shares0000Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods went head-to-head in the one-round, winner-takes-all exhibition in front of an invitation-only crowd in Las Vegas © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / Harry HowHONG KONG, China, Nov 30 – Top golf officials have given their backing to the $9 million head-to-head showdown between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson after critics called it demeaning and even outdated.Martin Slumbers, chief executive of the R&A, which helps govern golf and set its rules, told AFP that alternative formats like “The Match” helped the sport reach new audiences. Mickelson won $9 million in the one-round, winner-takes-all exhibition in front of an invitation-only crowd in Las Vegas last week.Neither player was in need of the money, as Mickelson is second only to Woods on the all-time list of golf’s highest earners, according to various estimates.“I think different forms of the game are really important,” Slumbers said, at this week’s Sports Connects conference at the Mission Hills golf resort in Dongguan, southern China.“I think we have to embrace all these different types of the game. If that brings more people into it then I think that’s great,” he added.Arjun Chowdri, senior director of the the PGA of America, also said the high-profile match-up between the long-time rivals was a “great idea”.“I love it because it’s the idea of responsible disruption,” he told the conference at the Mission Hills golf resort in Dongguan.“I think it’s a great idea, it’s good for the sport… it’s different, it doesn’t take away from the sport — it just brings more people in.”However, not all reactions have been positive. Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee said The Match “shined a light on the greedy -– not the charitable side of golf –- and put its two biggest stars in a position to fail.“Let’s call this affair in Las Vegas what it really was: two stars trying to rehabilitate their images, that had little initial gravity and failed to generate its own energy when neither Tiger nor Phil could find authentic motivation in the carnival atmosphere,” Chamblee wrote.“The Match may grow the game, just as weeds grow on your lawn… The Match was not transcendent, it was transparent, and it demeaned the game. Period.”Tenniel Chu, vice-chairman of Mission Hills, said “we started that (format) way before” when he hosted Woods against Rory McIlroy in the ‘Match at Mission Hills’ in 2013.“I feel like it’s a bit outdated… I think it’s a bit overdone already,” Chu told AFP.“To me it doesn’t excite anything. It’s a good marketing campaign, TV show, but I’m not quite sure if that really helps the overall golf development.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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