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'Instead of discussing great teaching and learning, we're looking for loopholes to hoodwink the moderators'

Few things unite the profession more than external scrutiny. My last few days have been filled with emails, tweets and text messages to colleagues …

PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel warns new grads of the hidden dangers of sticking to a career path

It's not easy to challenge the status quo, Peter Thiel says, but it's possible.<p>"Familiar tracks and traditions are like clichés: They are everywhere, they may sometimes be correct, but often they are justified by nothing except constant repetition," the PayPal cofounder and "Zero to One" author …

How a research campus in North Carolina deals with ethical questions on biobanking

<b>Read the full transcript below:</b><p><b>JOHN LARSON:</b><p>When you first see The North Carolina Research Campus near Charlotte, you’re struck by its colossal, …

What Science Says About the Bathroom Debate

Want to see a living experiment in what happens when traditional gender lines are truly blurred? Forget North Carolina or Mississippi or any of the …

LGBTQI

Freudian notions of fantasy are apparent in how we use the internet

The founder of psychoanalysis was born 160 years ago this week, and Google chose to honor the occasion by making Sigmund Freud its May 6 doodle of the day. But what would the neurologist have made of today’s most popular search engine, and indeed, the internet as a whole?<p>Though Freud died long …

Psychology

WATCH: It's Illegal to Know or Distribute This Number

Just having this number in your possession could get you arrested.<p>Despite the law being one of the most ancient and fundamental aspects of being a …

Mathematics

The Circular Economy: Butterflies and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

<b>By Estrella Peinado-Vara</b><p><i>Estrella Peinado-Vara has worked on a range of projects and publications involving social and environmental sustainability for the Multilateral Investment Fund. She has a master's degree in international trade and an MBA from Georgetown University.</i><p>A butterfly sums it up: It …

Why the Internet Loves Cats: An Interview With Cole & Marmalade

When did cats take over the internet? Dogs are cuter. Dogs can be trained. Dogs are literally called 'man's best friend!' So why are cats, the jerks of the domesticated animal family, the darlings of the world wide web? And don't think I'm a feline hater, I'm actually the proud co-parent of Fatty …

Why your cat is so weird, explained by an actual scientist

Sci-Hub is providing science publishers with their Napster moment

A report from Science shows that academic paper piracy site Sci-Hub is not a niche product catering to cheapskates and isolated mad scientists: It’s as popular as it is illegal, and its millions of users span the globe, from Tehran to Boston.<p>For those not aware, Sci-Hub is, in the X for Y startup …

Social Sciences

Are we alone? Setting some limits to our uniqueness

Are humans unique and alone in the vast universe? This question-- summed up in the famous Drake equation -- has for a half-century been one of the …

What Is The Strongest Force In The Universe?

When it comes to the fundamental laws of nature, we can break everything down into four forces that are at the core of everything in the Universe:<p>The <b>strong nuclear force</b>: the force responsible for holding atomic nuclei and individual protons and neutrons together.<br>• The <b>electromagnetic force</b>: the force …

Physics

Kill or Be Killed: Driverless Cars and the Ethical Trolley

As per statistics from the World Health Organization, 1.2 million lives are lost each year to car accidents. Reckless driving, drunken driving and underaged driving are responsible for so many deaths worldwide. According to Google, by eliminating the human factor in driving, road accidents can be …

16 Physics-Defying Cats Who Have Schrödinger Rolling Over In His Grave

We've all been there with our cat, or someone else's cat, or even just coming into contact with a cat.<p>They jump, squeeze and apparently float past …

What the Internet of Things Will Mean?

<b>Your data, presence, privacy and life in connected digital spaces</b><p><b>The Internet growing up</b><p>From the early days of the Internet to a global system of interconnected computer networks and devices, the internet links billions of devices across personal, business, government and pervading across all …

Bill Nye 'the Science Guy' gets political

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> On the eve of Earth Day, environmental activist Bill Nye told CNN that while everybody is more aware of climate change "than ever before," we still have a long way to go.<p>The science educator and engineer, who became an icon on his 1990s hit show "Bill Nye the Science Guy," …

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The internet is not making us smarter—but we can fight back

In the time since I first sat down to write this piece, my laptop tells me the National Basketball Association has had to deny that it threatened to cancel its 2017 All-Star Game over a new anti-LGBT law in North Carolina—a story repeated by many news sources, including the Associated Press. The …

Critical Thinking

Scott Aaronson Answers Every Ridiculously Big Question I Throw at Him

<i>Scott Aaronson has one of the highest intelligence/pretension ratios I’ve ever encountered. I wasn’t really aware of him before last fall, when I</i> …

Quantum Computing

The psychology of climate change inaction

For decades, climate scientists have wondered why their near-consensus on the existence and danger of global warming hasn't translated into …

How to Write with Substance

Nothing drags down writing more than spreading good ideas over too many words.<p>Making keystrokes matter has only grown in importance as communication …

This technology is designed to predict big earthquakes and save lives, but it can’t get funding

Last week, in less than four days, the world had three earthquakes at 7.0 magnitude or more. One in Myanmar caused two deaths; in Japan there were 40; and in Ecuador there have been 350 killed and still counting.<p>Two methods have been shown to save lives: building earthquake-proof buildings and …

Electromagnetism

The Biggest Problem With The Expanding Universe

And why it might spell trouble for dark energy as we know it.<p>“That’s all regular matter, just five percent. A quarter is “dark matter,” which is …

Revisit the Very 1980s Moral Panic Over Dungeons & Dragons

Twenty-sided dice are corrupting our children.<p>Today, it's franchises like <i>Grand Theft Auto</i> and <i>Call of Duty</i> that have parents, evangelical groups, and the media claiming that gory games lead to real-world acts of violence. But, as a new <i>Retro Report</i> video from the <i>New York Times</i> reminds us, things …

Apple's data centre in Ireland could increase the country's electricity consumption by 8.2%

Galway County Council received a detailed letter from an engineer named Allan Daly last May expressing a number of concerns he has over an €850 million (£599 million) data centre that Apple wants to build in a forest near Athenry, on the west coast of Ireland. Electricity consumption and energy …

Last Minute Deal: The Complete Computer Science Bundle, Save 89%

We have a great last minute deal in the Geeky Gadgets Deals store, you can save 89% off the Complete Computer Science Bundle.<p>The Complete Computer …

Programming

Ed Miliband says Panama Papers show ‘wealth does not trickle down’

Ed Miliband has said the revelations in the leaked Panama Papers provide evidence that wealth does not trickle down in society – rather, it gets …

Singapore's export slump is a worrying sign for the global economy

As a global barometer for the health of the global economy, Singapore continues to paint a bleak picture at present.<p>Not only did its economy fail to grow in the first three months of the year, demand for the nation's exports is now also plummeting.<p>According to International Enterprise (IE), non-oil …

Big Science is broken

Science is broken.<p>That's the thesis of a must-read article in <i>First Things</i> magazine, in which William A. Wilson accumulates evidence that a lot of …

S’pore facing at least four types of terror threats, says Shanmugam

Forget Apple vs. the FBI: WhatsApp Just Switched on Encryption for a Billion People

For most of the past six weeks, the biggest story out of Silicon Valley was Apple's battle with the FBI over a federal order to unlock the iPhone of …