November 12, 2019
Profs. Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee speak with Mark Whitehouse of Bloomberg about their new book, “Good Economics for Hard Times.” Banerjee notes that the book was written for, “people who feel they want a reasoned resolution to the conflicts of today but do not see how to get there.”
Senior lecturer Hal Gregersen writes for The Wall Street Journal about how employers can retain their best-performing employees in a competitive labor market. “The best managers are getting creative,” writes Gregersen, “not by offering higher pay pre-emptively, but by thinking more about what would make someone sad to leave, and about whether they are giving employees enough of those things.”
Washington Post reporter Emily Langer memorializes Jeanne Guillemin, a research associate and senior advisor at the MIT Security Studies Program, known for her pioneering work investigating the history of biological warfare. Guillemin was a “sought-after analyst of biological warfare,” Langer writes, “blending anthropology, sociology and security studies into a distinctive expertise in a field where men had long outnumbered their female colleagues.”
New research by postdoctoral fellow Claire Nichols provides evidence that the Earth’s magnetic field arose at least 3.7 billion years ago, reports Alexandra Witze for Nature. “The finding pushes back the time of the magnetic field’s birth to about 200 million years earlier than the commonly accepted estimate — around the time life first appeared on Earth,” Witze explains.
Verge reporter James Vincent writes that MIT researchers have developed a new dataset of images called ObjectNet that is aimed at testing the limits of computer vision. ObjectNet “consists of 50,000 images of objects viewed from weird angles or in surprising contexts,” writes Vincent. “The idea is that ObjectNet can be used to test and assess the capabilities of different algorithms.”