We must be honest about what data exists that can be fairly compared across national borders and we must be clear about what global rankings do not measure, and cannot measure. We must be clear about the compromises made and the proxies employed. We must be transparent.
The notion that students have to be immersed in 'lower-level' factual and procedural knowledge BEFORE they can do 'higher-level' thinking work doesn't comport with what we know from cognitive research.
A suite of artificial intelligence algorithms may become the ultimate chemistry set. Software can now quickly predict a property of molecules from their theoretical structure. Similar advances should allow chemists to design new molecules on computers instead of by lengthy trial-and-error.
Taught by Anant Agarwal, Circuits and Electronics is an online adaption of MIT’s first undergraduate analog design course. According the MITx web site, this prototype course will run — free of charge — for students worldwide from March 5, 2012 through June 8, 2012. And students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of the material and earn a certificate from MITx.
Researchers have found that deep brain stimulation by sending in electric shocks to a part of the brain that plays a key role in memory improved people's ability to learn. This could raise hope for patients of Alzheimer’s.
Helen De Cruz has the results of a fascinating survey on how various arguments for and against the existence of God are treated by philosophers… according to their general stance – atheist, agnostic, or theist.
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Israel’s national library, an unlikely owner of a vast trove of Newton’s writings, has digitized his theological collection — some 7,500 pages in Newton’s own handwriting — and put it online. Among the yellowed texts are Newton’s famous prediction of the apocalypse in 2060.
Britain's credit rating took a knock this week, when Moody's expressed a 'negative outlook' for the national economy. But who are the mysterious agencies who take it upon themselves to grade everything from countries to corporations – and how much power do they really wield?