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January 2014

US Government Shuts Down Access to Online Courses in Syria, Sudan, Iran and Cuba

by NEUROBONKERS JANUARY 28, 2014, 11:09 PM BigThink Coursera is a service that allows top universities around the world to share their material online. Without spending a penny I’ve completed courses on Coursera from universities including Stanford and Caltech on topics ranging from science writing and law to neuroscience and clinical problem solving. My experience […]

The One Video to Shut Down All of the Climate-Change Deniers

Reena Flores By Reena Flores January 30, 2014 National Journal Somewhere in Michigan, a lake is frozen. And Dr. Jeff Masters, the Weather Underground’s king of climate nerds, stands atop the ice trying to explain to climate deniers: Yes, it’s cold this winter. No, that doesn’t mean global warming is a liberal conspiracy. “If There’s […]

Forgive Student Loan Debt: Five Years On

Robert Applebaum and StudentNation on January 30, 2014 – 12:45 PM ET Five years ago this week I wrote an essay called, “Forgive Student Loan Debt to Stimulate the Economy,” which I posted to a new group I had created on Facebook. To my great surprise, the essay wasn’t read just by the ten friends […]

Capitalism vs. Democracy

JAN. 28, 2014 Thomas B. Edsall NYTimes Thomas Piketty’s new book, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” described by one French newspaper as a “a political and theoretical bulldozer,” defies left and right orthodoxy by arguing that worsening inequality is an inevitable outcome of free market capitalism. Piketty, a professor at the Paris School of Economics, […]

SRC-appointee Green says Shyamalan’s education-reform book ‘shaped thinking’

JANUARY 29, 2014 BY KEVIN MCCORRY NewsWorks Before being nominated by Gov. Tom Corbett to chair the Philadelphia School Reform Commission, City Councilman Bill Green released two policy papers outlining his views for how to “repair public education.” In them, he envisioned a “recovery school district” model (similar to what’s currently in place in Louisiana) […]

China confirms limited interhuman infection of H7N9 bird flu

January 29, 2014 Asahi Shimbun Beijing confirmed for the first time that the H7N9 bird flu has spread from person to person, but for now there appears to be no threat of a major epidemic. Limited human-to-human infection of avian influenza of the H7N9 strain occurred in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang, the state-run […]

Why Privacy Is a 21st Century Myth

Stewart Wolpin Posted: 01/28/2014 9:42 am Huffington Post You cherish your privacy, don’t you? Do me a favor. Go into your bathroom. Check for hidden cameras. Pull down the window shade. Get naked. Shut the door. Sit down. You may now cherish your privacy. Just don’t expect to cherish it for long. Eventually someone else […]

Will Congress turn its back on students?

By Ronan Farrow 01/28/14 09:00 AM—UPDATED 01/28/14 12:08 PM MSNBC Becky Gaul holds $96,000 of student loan debt. Her salary as a public school teacher for Nevada’s Clark County is about half that amount. Becky was raised in a household of little means in Ohio, but her single mother encouraged her to dream big. Becky […]

Scientists discover ancient plague DNA in teeth, warn of future outbreaks

Published January 28, 2014 Associated Press LONDON – Scientists say two of the deadliest pandemics in history were caused by strains of the same plague and warn that new versions of the bacteria could spark future outbreaks. Researchers found tiny bits of DNA in the teeth of two German victims killed by the Justinian plague […]

President Hopes His Pen May Be Mightier Than Gridlock

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 6:56 pm WUMU Transcript ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: A couple of minutes ago, we heard White House aide Dan Pfeiffer speak of using every ounce of creativity to advance policies that the president favors and that Congress will not approve. That is an illusion to the realm of executive […]