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How a New Engine Could Revolutionize Air and Space Travel

The RTR turborocket combines the best of both rockets and jets to enable faster, higher flying aircraft.<p>Ever since the Concorde was put out to pasture, supersonic travel has remained out of reach for commercial air passengers. And while SpaceX and Blue Origin are showing re-usable rocket boosters …

Aerospace

Opinion: The U.S. education bubble is now upon us

SAN FRANCISCO (Project Syndicate) — One of the fundamental purposes of government is to advance important public goods. But, if not handled …

World’s first use of gene editing in leukemia saves life of infant girl

An infant with ‘incurable’ leukemia was the world’s first leukemia patient to be sucessfully treated with the experimental technique of gene editing. …

Cheating in Online Classes Is Now Big Business

The growth in courses available on the web has led to a growth in paid services that will impersonate students and do their work for them.<p>When I was in high school, I cheated pretty regularly. And I mean all the time. I remember writing chemistry formulas on small bits of paper that I then sealed …

Higher Education

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Genetics

In the Age of Loneliness, Connections at Work Matter

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Loneliness is a feeling we’d all like to avoid. Research shows it’s terrible for our health; it diminishes cognitive performance and the immune system, increases the risk of heart disease and dementia and hastens early death. And the psychological effects are just as bad; studies show that …

Elon Musk's Hyperloop Idea Takes a Giant Leap Towards Existence

A massive engineering firm just got involved with the futuristic transportation.<p>If we were betting types, we'd say the odds that something called the Hyperloop will ever shoot paying passengers around the West Coast in tubes held at a near vacuum is still pretty low. That said, news yesterday that …

Transportation

3 Cognitive Biases That Alter Your Thinking

“<i>Change your thoughts and you change your world.</i>”<br>~Norman Vincent Peale<p>There are far too many layers of cognition (thinking, knowing, remembering) to …

Critical Thinking

Bernie Sanders doesn't follow the money

The Vermont senator has an unorthodox strategy for raising campaign cash: Don't do it.<p>Bernie Sanders has an unusual approach to fundraising: Do as little of it as possible.<p>It’s a point of distinction for the independent senator from Vermont. But it could be a serious limitation to his surging …

Middle-class

Entrepreneur Elon Musk built his empire using innovation and design — and a whole lot of taxpayer money

Electric cars, solar power, and space flight. Entrepreneur and designer Elon Musk has made himself a billionaire using innovation and design to …

The 25 best medical schools in America

We asked a panel of 15 doctors with different backgrounds and specialties to weigh in. Each panelist listed which schools they believe train the best primary-care doctors based on their experience and professional opinion.<p>The panelists are affiliated with some of the best hospitals in the country, …

College & University

How the Supreme Court is about to explode America’s racial wealth gap

Yet again, conservatives on the Supreme Court are poised to do significant damage to minority communities<p>When discussing race, the conservative argument is best expressed by the famous words of Chief Justice John Roberts: “The best way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop …

A Lack of Bacteria Can Make You Overweight

Genetics and Microbes in Your Gastrointestinal Tract Offer Clues to Metabolism and Obesity<p>Does fat run in your family?<p>Blame your gut bacteria.<p>Researchers at Cornell University have identified a family of microbes called Christensenellaceae that appear to help people stay lean—and having an …

Wellness