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Students need to learn about sexual assault and consent long before college

There are some essential life skills that high schools know they have to teach students. That’s why most offer classes like woodshop, home economics and drivers education. So I have to ask: Given that we’re keen to teach teenagers the basics they need to function in society, why do we still have no …

Education

Supreme Court gives tacit approval for government to take anybody’s DNA

To keep DNA profile private, we must live in a "hermetically sealed hazmat suit."<p>The Supreme Court on Monday let stand the conviction of a rapist …

Why the Gap Between Worker Pay and Productivity Is So Problematic

Labor has become more efficient and profitable, but employees aren't sharing in the benefits.<p>One of the most frustrating parts of the sluggish recovery has been paltry wage gains for most workers. The stock market may be booming, corporate profits increasing, and home values rising, but middle and …

Economics

UCLA physicists offer a solution to the puzzle of the origin of matter in the universe

Courtesy of Alexander Kusenko<p>Alexander Kusenko<p>Most of the laws of nature treat particles and antiparticles equally, but stars and planets are made of …

Lawsuit May Affect How Employers Handle Retirement Savings | Inc.com

The Supreme Court appeared likely Tuesday to make it easier for participants in employee retirement plans to challenge companies' investment decisions that eat into retirement savings.<p>The justices heard arguments in an appeal filed by current and former employees of energy company Edison …

Agriculture Has a Science Problem

Ag­ri­cul­tur­al sci­ence is in trouble.<p>Every­one in ag­ri­cul­ture—from farm­ers, to ag­ribusi­ness ex­ec­ut­ives, to the pro­fess­ors who con­duct …

Rapid data transfer thanks to quantum physics

Fig. 1<p>If you enter “spin laser” in Google, you will get over 10,000 results in 0.2 seconds. Quite fast. In future, this could work even faster. The …

17 visualisation tools to make your data beautiful

Not all will be suitable for your particular data set or your audience, but its certainly worth experimenting with a few to seek out the most …

How Microgrids Could Bring Electricity To 1.5 Billion People

<i>This article was originally published in December 2012 on the Energy Realities blog.</i><p>Since most of the world has taken electric lights, air conditioning, ubiquitous power outlets and so on for granted for several generations, it’s easy to forget that more than 1.5 billion people on the planet – …

Energy

Arkansas clears a new kind of anti-LGBT law

It may not be a religious freedom measure, but critics warn that Arkansas’ SB 202 will have the same effect: crippling the rights of LGBT …