Happy first day of classes! To those of you with an 8:40, we salute you. To the rest of you, check out what’s going on today in our Bwoglines.
Happening in the world: If natural disasters weren’t enough, Wang Naiyan, a senior researcher on China’s nuclear weapons program, warned that nuclear tests could cause a North Korean mountain to collapse, sending radiation across the region. Geophysicist Wen Lianxing, a professor at Stony Brook University, analyzed earthquake data to estimate the location of North Korean tests to within 100 meters. (South China Morning Post)
Happening in the nation: A Georgia State University student has filed a lawsuit against Michigan State University after the University denied a request to rent a space in which noted white supremacist Richard Spencer would speak. The student, Cameron Padgett, and his attorney, Kyle Bristow, sued Auburn University earlier in the year, for the exact same reason. (Lansing State Journal)
Happening in NYC: The New York Daily News, a tabloid founded in 1919, has been sold to Tronc, publisher of The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune. The sale may reduce the political influence of Mortimer Zuckerman, a real-estate rival of Donald Trump, and opens up The News to future overhauls. (New York Times)
Happening on campus: Kevin Murphy, a research scientist at Google, will come to Pulitzer Hall’s World Room for the Data Science Institute Colloquium. In his talk, “Towards Machines that Perceive and Communicate,” Murphy will summarize recent (2016-2017) work “related to visual scene understanding and ‘grounded’ language understanding.”
Overseen: After a long weekend of sales, EcoReps has finally cleared out the Wien Lounge. Congratulations, and we hope your refrigerator works!