"It’s a question with serious implications, both for the academy and for the hordes of job-seeking scholars. Yet it’s been over a decade since anyone made much of an effort to come up with an answer—to find the names of the fortunate and talented few, across disciplines, and put them all in one place."

"If museums are meant to preserve objects forever, then forever ended here in 1945.
That year, Brown University’s natural history museum, which included multitudes of animal skeletons and specimens among its 50,000 items, as well as anthropological curiosities like rope made from human hair, was thrown away.”

"Digital Natives are people who have grown up using technology from early childhood. Their mother tongue is the digital language of computers, video games, and the Internet. These young people, usually between 15 and 25 years old, differ from Digital Immigrants (those born before 1985) in their perceptions of interactive products and the way they behave when using them."

"Katz introduced additional philosophical dilemmas: "Research about breakfast tends to divide the world into those who skip, and those who don’t. But deferring and skipping are not the same. Skipping despite hunger, and deferring for want of it, are not the same. And clearly all breakfasts are not created equal.""

"The two megatrends of demographic growth and urbanization are rapidly transforming human settlement from rural to predominantly urban environments. This is particularly true in Asia and Africa, where the UN forecasts that the urban population will grow from 2.3 billion people in 2011 to 4.5 billion in 2050. Many large cities in these regions are struggling with how to provide services, housing and jobs for large numbers of rural migrants. These migrants are often highly vulnerable: although they have moved to the city in search of jobs and access to services, the informal neighborhoods that receive them lack infrastructure and are often removed from main centers of economic activity. A lack of economic opportunities and poor living conditions set the stage for marginalization, instability and violence. "

"To see, we compiled a dataset in which we asked 332,860 bosses, peers, and subordinates what skills have the greatest impact on a leader’s success in the position the respondents currently hold. Each respondent selected the top four competencies out of a list of 16 that we provided.We then compared the results for managers at different levels."

"To have a fighting chance in AEC competition, the Philippines needs to substantially and efficiently ramp up investment spending on its suprastructure. If this is achieved along with the country’s other ongoing policy and institutional reforms, the economy would in time be on a stronger platform to face up to challenges in AEC."

"Together, these three books make a persuasive case that the Ivy League is, collectively, a moribund institution, a triumph of marketing whose allure far exceeds its social utility. After all, if our finest colleges can neither turn relatively privileged men like Lohse into models of society nor vault someone like Peace out of the urban destitution from which he’d so nearly escaped, then what are they good for? Perhaps what Will Hunting says to a pompous Harvard scholar is really true: “You dropped a hundred and fifty grand on an education you coulda’ picked up for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library.” Except, of course, an Ivy League education has become even more obscenely expensive in the 17 years since Good Will Hunting romanticized Southie autodidactism."

"Quoting Major General Zhang Zhaozhong of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, the New York Times said the cabbage strategy “entails surrounding a contested area with so many boats – fishermen, fishing administration ships, marine surveillance ships, navy warships – that the island is thus wrapped layer by layer like a cabbage.”"

"The hope is that after sorting through enough data, Google’s computing network can detect “biomarkers” or patters in human health. These “biomarkers” could help doctors with early detection of diseases, or help study other body functions."

"At the same time, a technological revolution is challenging higher education’s business model. An explosion in online learning, much of it free, means that the knowledge once imparted to a lucky few has been released to anyone with a smartphone or laptop. These financial and technological disruptions coincide with a third great change: whereas universities used to educate only a tiny elite, they are now responsible for training and retraining workers throughout their careers. How will they survive this storm—and what will emerge in their place if they don’t?"

"According  to Amb. Severino, ASEAN is a tool for the convergence not just of all states in Southeast Asia, but also the neighboring states and the greater Asia Pacific. He commended ASEAN for its role as a hub in managing interactions through the various external relations mechanisms between its member states and dialogue partners. In response to the many criticisms on ASEAN’s inability to address the international issues of today, Amb. Severino posited the question “If ASEAN were to take a more proactive and firmer position, would ASEAN not lose its credibility and neutrality?”"

"Former OPM president Jim Paredes echoed Cabangon’s sentiments, saying that cooperation among different music groups is stronger now than it has ever been. “I think this is so far the biggest effort,” said Paredes. “Local audiences are starting to appreciate the value of our music.”"

"Mr Shenk, once a writer for this newspaper, backs up his assertion with reference to three archetypal creative duos: “the liquid and the container”, “the star and the director” and “the dreamer and the doer”. He uses John Lennon and Paul McCartney, liquid and container respectively, as a theme throughout this book. “Paul took the challenging, defiant material John laid before him and found ways…to make it work in the vernacular of popular music,” he writes. Mr McCartney provided structure and form for Lennon, who, in turn, pushed against Mr McCartney’s more conventional, naive thinking. In one songwriting session, Mr McCartney suggested starting a song with the lines, “She was just seventeen/Never been a beauty queen.” Lennon sneered at the second line and came back with, “She was just seventeen/You know what I mean,” joining sexual experience to innocence."