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The Danger of Telling Poor Kids That College Is the Key to Social Mobility

Higher education should be promoted to all students as an opportunity to experience an intellectual awakening, not just increase their earning power.<p>A 12th-grader wrote a college admissions essay about wanting to pursue a career in oceanography. Let’s call her Isabella. A few months ago, we edited …

AirServer update lets you record, save video from your iOS device

AirServer, a Mac tool that turns you Mac into an AirPlay receiver, has been updated to version 5.0. With AirServer, you can do anything you could do …

Kano: A computer anyone can make

<i>Build a computer? No really, you can do it! This is a great educational toy for kids and adults.</i>Created by KanoA computer and coding kit for all …

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Want to learn Rails? Start here.

<i>I’m teaching an online course on Rails on June 22, 2013. It costs $99 and lasts three hours. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to code, this could</i> …

Codecademy Releases Its First Educational App, A.K.A. My New Subway Time Killer

Although I write a lot about apps and Internet stuff, I never really learned to code.<p>I threw the “really” in there to soften the blow, but the fact is, I straight up don’t know how to do it. I started learning at one point in middle school, but my high school didn’t push CS, and by college I spent …

From garbage to gigawatts

Anaerobic digestion uses microbes to devour organic waste. Could it become a major power supply?<p>Beginning next summer, landfill-bound garbage trucks in Massachusetts might smell a little less putrid than usual, thanks to a new regulation that would prohibit any generator of more than a ton of food …

On the Red Couch with Rancher Bill Niman

Inside Flipboard / November 26, 2013<p><i>Bill Niman never thought he was going to be a rancher—never mind one who’d take the food industry by storm. But</i> …

Douglas Elliman rep: 70% of Brooklyn home sales going to hedge funds, investors and international buyers

This dude can’t even remember how many Bushwick properties<br>his Australian-based investment company bought<p>And this is why you can’t afford …

Snowden spyware revelations: we need to unmask the five-eyed monster

With revelations of spyware planted on 50,000 networks, the "Five Eyes" states have been allowed to trample over their citizens' privacy for far too long<p>As the global public reels from yet another Snowden revelation – this time, that the US and UK intelligence forces have hacked into and planted …

Japan's Cutthroat School System: A Cautionary Tale for the U.S.

A new book shows how fixating on testing and achievement can backfire.<p>"No Child Left Behind." "Race to the Top." The names suggest mobility, progress, moving on up and not falling back. The goal of education, according to these national education initiatives with their standards and testing, is …

​8 Basic Life-Saving Skills Everyone Should Know

We've featured a ton of survival and MacGyver tips over the years that could help you out of a fix, but what if you're next to someone else who's …

Secret deal let NSA spy on ordinary U.K. citizens

Snowden leaks affirm that Britons suspected of no wrongdoing caught in mass spy dragnets<p>The latest NSA leak from whistle-blower Edward Snowden, published in the Guardian, reveals for the first time that ordinary British citizens had their communications surveilled by the NSA, without any grounds …

5 signs the rich have way too much money

You know our economic system is out of whack when someone can buy a $5,000 hamburger or a $500 milkshake<p>Here's something to read after you get done trying to figure out how to make the mortgage or the rent or the car payment this month. It's a little story about how the other half lives. Well, …

Is Your Next Great CEO a Management Consultant?

<i>There are a variety of places where corporations and boards look for potential CEOs, but the leagues of management consulting generally isn’t one of them. However, new unreleased research from Spencer Stuart, a global executive search firm, suggests that we’re giving this sector short shift: There</i> …

At Berkeley, Frederick Wiseman’s documentary about UC–Berkeley, reviewed.

Full (and proud) disclosure: I—like my mother before me, as a matter of fact!—am an alumna of the University of California at Berkeley. I was a Ph.D. …

At Berkeley, Krugman’s warning becomes reality

How the crisis at our greatest public university reflects crippling inequality and the dangers of austerity<p>How long will it take us to understand that the entire neoliberal project – the puritanical mania for cutting taxes, cutting social services and cutting budget deficits that has dominated the …

The magic of Fibonacci numbers

Math is logical, functional and just ... awesome. Mathemagician Arthur Benjamin explores hidden properties of that weird and wonderful set of …

Intel Has Acquired Kno, Will Push Further Into The Education Content Market With Interactive Textbooks

We had a tip about, and have now confirmed, Intel’s latest acquisition: Kno, the education startup that started life as a hardware business and later pivoted into software — specifically via apps that let students read interactive versions of digitized textbooks.<p>“I can confirm Intel has purchased …

Ibotta Expands Beyond Mobile Coupons, Now Lets You Earn Cash Back From Restaurants, Fast Food & Home Improvement Stores

Denver-based mobile couponing application Ibotta, which pays you cash back for items you buy in grocery stores by simply scanning your receipt, has today debuted its iOS 7-optimized version 2.0 that now brings its shopping discounts to a number of new stores, including home improvement stores like …

Nomorerack Raises $40M In Series B Financing To Build Depth Across Its Biggest Categories

Less than one year after completing a $12 million Series A round, the multi-category retailer Nomorerack has raised $40 million in Series B financing led by Oak Investment Partners and HTV Industries. Although the company launched as a flash sales site in 2010, Nomorerack has since transitioned to …

Runtastic Releases Scary, Exciting “Story Running” To Encourage Your Ploddings

Runtastic, an Austrian running startup with an aim of hitting the Polars and Nikes of the world where it counts, has released something it’s calling “Story Running,” essentially an app that tracks your run and replays an audio story that becomes more exciting as you approach the high points of an …

After Nearly 5 Years And 5M Backers, Kickstarter Gets A New CEO As Two Founders Step Back

As it approaches its fifth birthday, Kickstarter’s star continues to rise, as the indie crowdfunding goliath announced yesterday that five million people have now collectively pledged nearly one billion dollars to its crowdfunding projects.<p>Today, in a somewhat surprising turn after yesterday’s …

Buffett Family Puts Money Where Their Mouth Is: Food Security

Oh, what a job. You've got $3 billion to address society's most intractable problems. So what do you do?<p>If you're philanthropist Howard G. Buffett, son of famed investor Warren Buffett, you set a deadline: 40 years.<p>And you move at "fast-forward" speed (that's the way Warren describes his son's …

New York's Looming Food Disaster

Maneuvering Through Startup Land

<b>Editor's Note:</b> This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.<p>At the end of this past summer I was asked to be the CEO of an education startup called Nanoogo. …

Harvest Share

click to enlarge<p>Nick Papadopoulos is a farmer now, but he has a professional background in conflict resolution. So, standing in a vegetable cooler on …