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STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Megan Ruyle is the ASA’s newest graphic designer and production...

Tue, 23 June 2015 16:00 +0000 GMT

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Megan Ruyle is the ASA’s newest graphic designer and production coordinator. http://magazine.amstat.org/blog/2015/06/01/staff-spotlight-megan-ruyle/


What can computer skills do for you? Read new blog post on OECD educationtoday h...

Tue, 23 June 2015 15:29 +0000 GMT

What can computer skills do for you? Read new blog post on OECD educationtoday http://bit.ly/1K74Ggs #OECDSkills


Featured this week: Comparative, transcriptome analysis of self-organizing optic...

Tue, 23 June 2015 14:36 +0000 GMT

Featured this week:
Comparative, transcriptome analysis of self-organizing optic tissues
http://www.nature.com/articles/sdata201530
Embryonic stem (ES) cells have the remarkable capacity to self-organize in vitro optic cups that include tissues such as the neural retina (shown in green). In vitro generated optic cups provide a convenient source of optic progenitor tissue for experimental analyses, including RNA-Seq. Here, Andrabi and colleagues profile gene expression in embryonic stem cell-derived optic tissue exposed to either Fgf or Wnt/β-catenin stimulation, and openly release the resulting RNA-seq datasets.


Comparative, transcriptome analysis of self-organizing optic tissues
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Scientific Data, Published online: 23 June 2015; | doi:10.1038/sdata.2015.30

Last week, the RSS hosted the first meeting of the inquiry into why the pre-elec...

Tue, 23 June 2015 14:12 +0000 GMT

Last week, the RSS hosted the first meeting of the inquiry into why the pre-election polls failed to predict the general election result. Anthony Wells reports on what the pollsters had to say and how the list of possible reasons is narrowing.


Event report - The polling inquiry public meeting | StatsLife
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Last Friday the British Polling Council and Market Research Society inquiry into the polls at the 2015 started rolling. The inquiry team had their first formal meeting in the morning and in the after

ONS seeks volunteers to test usability of new beta website

Tue, 23 June 2015 13:00 +0000 GMT

ONS seeks volunteers to test usability of new beta website


ONS seeks volunteers for website | StatsLife
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The Office for National Statistics are looking for volunteers to help shape their forthcoming BETA website over the next few months. They are specifically looking for people who use the ONS website a

Unit labour costs rose by 0.5% in OECD area in the first quarter of 2015. Compar...

Tue, 23 June 2015 12:01 +0000 GMT

Unit labour costs rose by 0.5% in OECD area in the first quarter of 2015. Compare countries and productivity stats: http://bit.ly/1Gx5UKQ


The terms and conditions that no one reads are opening up all kinds of data on h...

Tue, 23 June 2015 11:27 +0000 GMT

The terms and conditions that no one reads are opening up all kinds of data on human behaviour. Ansgar Koene writes about the ethical problems that this throws up for researchers.


Most of us don’t read the social media small print – and it’s a data goldmine for third parties...
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The history of human experiments often focuses on biomedical research and the gradual changes in acceptable practice and ethical considerations. But another class of human experiments that has had it

Higher connectivity, higher salaries: People who use email frequently at work ea...

Tue, 23 June 2015 09:25 +0000 GMT

Higher connectivity, higher salaries: People who use email frequently at work earn 9% more than those who are equally skilled but use email less http://bit.ly/1d5Rr0X #OECDSkills 


Free ASMBI Special Issue paper: Reliability of demand-based warm standby systems...

Tue, 23 June 2015 09:02 +0000 GMT

Free ASMBI Special Issue paper: Reliability of demand-based warm standby systems subject to fault level coverage http://ow.ly/OFpMJ


VIDEO: Energy supply is fundamental to Indonesia's rapid development.The nation...

Tue, 23 June 2015 07:00 +0000 GMT

VIDEO: Energy supply is fundamental to Indonesia's rapid development.The nation of nearly 250 million people will play a big part in the global community to combat climate change. Is there a green solution to rising power demand? Watch now & find out:


Indonesia's fishing village offers a solution to electricity demand

Energy supply is fundamental to Indonesia's rapid development.The nation of nearly 250 million people will play a big part in the global community to combat ...

New Zealand should raise aid budget towards goal of 0.7% national income vs 0.27...

Mon, 22 June 2015 21:15 +0000 GMT

New Zealand should raise aid budget towards goal of 0.7% national income vs 0.27% in 2014, according to our new report. Read more: http://bit.ly/1NfEO0a #ODA


Connie Britton recently visited IHub, an ICT innovation center in Nairobi, Kenya...

Mon, 22 June 2015 18:00 +0000 GMT

Connie Britton recently visited IHub, an ICT innovation center in Nairobi, Kenya. There she met with women and youth, who she considers critical innovators for inclusive and sustainable development:


Connie Britton visit to Kenya and Rwanda
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US actress and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Connie Britton has arrived in Kenya for the start of her official visit to the continent. Her visit will allow her to witness firsthand some of UNDP's work helping the world's poorest and most vulnerable. Connie Britton became a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador in 201…

Super-size me? Longer than the Tour Eiffel, mega-#ships can save money but could...

Mon, 22 June 2015 14:28 +0000 GMT

Super-size me? Longer than the Tour Eiffel, mega-#ships can save money but could lead to port gridlock http://bit.ly/1GCk68x


AMSTAT NEWS | In the sixth installment of our series of interviews with ASA pres...

Mon, 22 June 2015 13:00 +0000 GMT

AMSTAT NEWS | In the sixth installment of our series of interviews with ASA presidents and executive directors, we feature a discussion with 2003 ASA President J. Stuart (Stu) Hunter. http://magazine.amstat.org/blog/2015/06/01/j-stuart-stu-hunter


'It was wonderful to be part of a society at time when it was rediscovering itse...

Mon, 22 June 2015 10:50 +0000 GMT

'It was wonderful to be part of a society at time when it was rediscovering itself' - our former president John Pullinger reflects on his RSS presidency and current role as National Statistician.


"It was wonderful to be part of a society at a time when it was rediscovering itself": John...
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Last summer, John Pullinger stepped down as Royal Statistical Society President to succeed Jil Matheson as the UK's National Statistican.

A revised draft of EU data regs has been cautiously welcomed by research and sci...

Mon, 22 June 2015 10:05 +0000 GMT

A revised draft of EU data regs has been cautiously welcomed by research and science organisations (including the RSS) who have signed up to a Wellcome Trust statement on the issue:


Revised draft of EU data regs cautiously welcomed by researchers | StatsLife
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A new draft of the European General Data Protection Regulation has been agreed by the EU Council, but science organisations are concerned that the new regulation will make it more difficult to conduct

One element of tackling climate change is household behaviour. Read more about h...

Mon, 22 June 2015 09:25 +0000 GMT

One element of tackling climate change is household behaviour. Read more about how our choices in daily life affect the environment http://bit.ly/1LoRq7h


“The tap water in our home is undrinkable,” explains Fatjon from Tirana. Once a...

Mon, 22 June 2015 09:00 +0000 GMT

“The tap water in our home is undrinkable,” explains Fatjon from Tirana.

Once a month, he and his wife Vjollca load up empty plastic containers and drive to the spring at Mount Dajti for water. We're working with Albanian officials to improve the quality of water supplies:

#COP21


Helping Authorities Explain the Real Cost of H2O
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Once a month, Fatjon and his wife Vjollca, drive ten kilometers from their home in Tirana to a spring on the slopes of Mount Dajti, near the capital’s aqueduct. Although the mountain and its pine forest designated as a national park are renowned for their vistas of the city, the couple is in no mood…

Free article of the week from Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A...

Mon, 22 June 2015 08:25 +0000 GMT

Free article of the week from Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society): A joint model of persistent human papilloma virus infection and cervical cancer risk: implications for cervical cancer screening http://ow.ly/O5lqZ


Sun, 21 June 2015 20:56 +0000 GMT


Connie Britton, UNDP Ambassador visits Kenya projects
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Britton is witnessing firsthand UNDP’s work and impact on communities, climate change, environmental conservation, disaster risk reduction and economic empowerment.

“We received training around tree cropping and infusing and now have a more spec...

Sun, 21 June 2015 19:00 +0000 GMT

“We received training around tree cropping and infusing and now have a more species-diverse plantation and our income increased” —Li
In #China, organic tea with a sent of biodiversity attracts hundreds of tourists each year and allows farmers like Li to earn a decent living:


Biodiversity Conservation Yields Organic Tea
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As a seasoned tea farmer, Li Mingshui is well acquainted with Xinyang Maofeng tea, one of the most famous green teas in China. “To cultivate the best tea leaves, it is important to find a place with amiable weather and quality water supply. So mountains provide suitable conditions for tea to grow,”…

Dads at home? On #FathersDay, compare paid paternity leave & other family stats...

Sun, 21 June 2015 14:38 +0000 GMT

Dads at home? On #FathersDay, compare paid paternity leave & other family stats (see PF2.4) http://bit.ly/1zZvJ9C


A unique approach to the field of simulations focusing on techniques necessary i...

Sun, 21 June 2015 10:20 +0000 GMT

A unique approach to the field of simulations focusing on techniques necessary in the fields of finance and risk management. Read the 2nd Edition of: Simulation Techniques in Financial Risk Management. http://ow.ly/OuDdI


Since 1960, overall cardiovascular disease (#CVD) mortality rates have fallen by...

Sun, 21 June 2015 09:00 +0000 GMT

Since 1960, overall cardiovascular disease (#CVD) mortality rates have fallen by over 60%, but these improvements are not evenly spread across OECD countries, and the rising prevalence of #diabetes and #obesity are threatening to offset gains. Learn more http://bit.ly/1cYnU9a


Our Goodwill Ambassador Connie Britton receives a warm welcome from the Bodo com...

Sun, 21 June 2015 05:00 +0000 GMT

Our Goodwill Ambassador Connie Britton receives a warm welcome from the Bodo community in Kenya, while touring the coastal mangrove forests where UNDP Kenya is undertaking conservation efforts. Learn more about her trip here:


Connie Britton, UNDP Ambassador visits Kenya projects
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Britton is witnessing firsthand UNDP’s work and impact on communities, climate change, environmental conservation, disaster risk reduction and economic empowerment.

Iraq current faces very complex humanitarian challenges. It hosts Syrian refugee...

Sat, 20 June 2015 20:00 +0000 GMT

Iraq current faces very complex humanitarian challenges. It hosts Syrian refugees, over 120,000 stateless persons, and has 3.59 million internally displaced Iraqis living in camps and shelters, who were forced to flee for their lives due to war and insurgencies such as ISIL.

Our job, as a development agency in Iraq has been to work together with affected communities to increase public services and structures such as shelters, schools, hospitals and employment opportunities so that host communities, refugees and displaced persons can access water, food, sanitation, healthcare, access to market and live with dignity.

UNDP Iraq


Bolstering self-reliance for refugees and the displaced in Iraq
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Many of UNDP's relationships with countries and territories on the ground exceed 60 years. Find details on our successes and ongoing work.

Violence broke out in December 2013 in the Central African Republic (CAR), stemm...

Sat, 20 June 2015 17:13 +0000 GMT

Violence broke out in December 2013 in the Central African Republic (CAR), stemming from civil war. Without peace, farmers can't farm, traders can't trade, students can't go to school and society can't develop. Basics we take for granted in peaceful societies like going to the supermarket for food and safe water becomes obsolete.

We've been working in CAR for the past 2 years to restore local livelihoods especially for farmers and jobs that build essential public infrastructure, like energy, running water, farms and medical and police centers. We're working on restoring the rule of law so that there's trained police to protect the public as they go about their daily lives--and crimes committed during lawlessness are pursued and indicted.

Since spring 2015, we've also been supporting in the negotiations on the transitional government and proposed elections which we hope will restore peace to CAR.


International community urged to boost efforts to end crisis in Central African Republic
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In Bangui, Head of UNDP in Africa stresses the urgency of the transition.

Larysa & Yuliya are only 3 & 4 years old, but they are already among 2 million...

Sat, 20 June 2015 17:00 +0000 GMT

Larysa & Yuliya are only 3 & 4 years old, but they are already among 2 million displaced people in #Ukraine. On #WorldRefugeeDay let us remind ourselves how important a safe home and a sense of normalcy are to all, but especially the youngest.


A safe home and a sense of normalcy for displaced families in Ukraine
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UNDP works with the Government, donors and civil society partners to provide comprehensive support and early recovery programmes for those displaced my the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

On #WorldRefugeeDay, meet Aaron Bageya Motooka, an experienced lawyer in constit...

Sat, 20 June 2015 16:58 +0000 GMT

On #WorldRefugeeDay, meet Aaron Bageya Motooka, an experienced lawyer in constitutional, family, company law and parliamentary practice.

He has been working with the South Sudanese National Legislative Assembly where he has been coaching and mentoring his South Sudanese counterparts on drafting bills.

Aaron and other professionals have been coming to South Sudan as part of the IGAD exchange program which we facilitate. They work with civil servants in countries emerging into young democracies or are still in civil war and are struggling to rebuild a peaceful society.

UNDP South Sudan


On #WorldRefugeeDay, meet a few of the men and women from IGAD countries who wen...

Sat, 20 June 2015 16:47 +0000 GMT

On #WorldRefugeeDay, meet a few of the men and women from IGAD countries who went to South Sudan to share their knowledge with their South Sudanese counterparts, in the midst of civil war.

Dr. Kakande (green cap) is a trained surgeon who teaches young doctors in South Sudan how to perform life saving operations. Nurse Odukis? He saves pregnant women facing difficult births and teaches nursing. Some are engineers, others are teachers and medical staff who work around the clock and spend the rest of their time passing on teachings to young South Sudanese counterparts.

UNDP South Sudan