The HEA published the 2021/22 set of facts and statistics for the higher education sector in Ireland. The dashboards allow you to dig into the stats details such as student enrolments and graduations, subjects & domains, and demographics etc.
Ars Technica published an interesting interview with Filip Brabec from Audi about the process of creating a concept car and what the manufacture gets in return, such as a test bed for upcoming new production line features, as well as a yardstick for design sensibilities and market receptiveness to feature concepts.
Check out this great video (with super graphics) from the BBC Archives of an interview with Dr Laurence J. Peter, who coined the Peter Principle. I did not know it was meant to be expressed as satire while describing a very real phenomenon.
Switzerland have given go-ahead for the construction of the first 70km of a new underground autonomous cargo delivery system called Cargo Sous Terrain (CST) at a cost of $3 billion. The full 500km network is expected to cost $35 billion and be complete by 2045. Electric induction power cargo pods will travel on rails in the underground tunnels at 30km per hour.
The Rhodes Centre Podcast (RCP) published a fascinating interview between Francis Haugen, the Facebook whistleblower, and economist Mark Blyth. The interview goes beneath the surface of the practices highlighted by Francis Haugen's testimony to congress, and discusses the long term impact that the lack of oversight on social media content delivery algorithms can have on democracy.
The Royal Academy of Engineering published a report on building health into construction to make infection resilient buildings. The report shows that in the long run, it is cheaper to build better ventilation and lighting into buildings due to increased health and productivity of its users.