1. For those interested in maximum likelihood estimation techniques, Vincent Granville discusses the method of steepest ascent in relation to Google's search algorithm.
2. The Economist: "Only a few fast-developing countries, such as Brazil and China, now seem short of PhDs."
3. U.S. Council of Graduate Schools: The Ph.D. Completion Project
4. Yesterday it was announced that Irish property prices fell back to 2002 levels in 2010, according to reports from MyHome.ie and Sherry Fitzgerald; so it is interesting to read this SSISI paper (2007) by P.J. Drudy which "argues that Ireland’s housing problems stem in part from a particular philosophical orientation which supports the 'commodification' of housing".
5. The (U.K.) Royal Statistical Society "Get Stats" Campaign: 'giving everyone the skills and confidence to use numbers well'.
6. Researchers at Harvard have found a way of using the iPhone to measure people’s moods and have found a correlation between daydreaming and unhappiness.
7. The new Happiness Index to gauge Britain's national mood.
8. The regional impacts of Northern Irish HEIs.
9. Tom McKenzie and Dirk Sliwka: Universities as Stakeholders in their Students' Careers: On the Benefits of Graduate Taxes to Finance Higher Education.
10. CNN Money: Should companies offer sabbaticals?
11. Damien Mulley: "Failure" and Enterprise Culture in Ireland.