Using four years’ worth of data from the Kepler space telescope, researchers announce the new exoplanet along with 12 possible ‘habitable’ others
Research suggests that an earth-like planet, currently named "452b" has five times the mass of Earth, is about 1.5 billion years older, and has a gravity about twice as powerful as our own. Being that this planet receives 10% more energy than the Earth, it could provide a glimpse into a burning, waterless future. What does the scientist mean when he said: “If Kepler 452b is indeed a rocky planet it could mean that it is just entering a runaway greenhouse phase of its climate history. Its ageing sun might be heating the surface and evaporating any oceans. The water vapor would be lost from the planet forever.”
Charles Ornstein discusses his investigation of “NY Med,” the reality medical show that broadcast a patient’s death without permission.
A reality news TV-show on the ABC network, NY Med, provides free publicity to hospitals by broadcasting stories about the medical care patients receive in New York and New Jersey hospitals. Though patient-privacy is protected under the 1996 federal law known as HIPAA, (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), patients do not actually have the right to sue doctors or hospitals if they feel their privacy was violated, In this particular case, an 83-year man who was struck by a sanitation truck in 2011, was filmed in his dying moments. His wife and family members -- who never consented to the filming -- heard his dying words on TV! In court filings, the hospital and ABC do not dispute that they did not have consent, but they say the patient is not identifiable to the public, and because the show is produced by its news division, it is protected by the First Amendment. What side of justice do you sit on? Do you think ABC is protected by the First Amendment and did nothing wrong? Does HIPAA do enough to protect patient privacy?
A complicated piece of malicious software has been lurking on computer networks stealing whatever secrets have come its way.
As the world has gone digital, spying has too. But cyber-spying raises two tricky issues: (i) this low cost way of gathering information may encourage more of it, and (ii) since there is no sharp distinction between digital spying tools and weapons, there is a danger that the greater ease of attacking an enemy’s digital assets means that governments will make war on each other with greater abandon. How likely is it that viruses like Regin and DarkHotel are the products of nation states? Should this form of espionage become an acceptable practice? Why / Why not?
Ever since the 1950s, children have undergone a test for tracking their creativity, in similar fashion to the IQ test. Professor E. Paul Torrance developed the series of tasks, which are administered by a psychologist, to a subject to measure the person’s ability to produce something original and useful. No [...]
Every generation, IQ scores have gone up – this is not surprising, given the advancement in the availability of information, instantly and at our fingertips. As this has advanced, so has our societal intelligence. However, the creativity scores had also been going up in the same way as their IQ equivalents until the 1990s, upon which these scores have consistently dropped in American children. How important do you think creativity is to life? Your thesis should explain how you could use your own creative currencies outside of school and into the workforce.
In education and tech, there's a huge push to support girls' participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs. Toy manufacturers are building out new categories by addressing girls' interest in toys that go beyond frills and fluff.
Female empowerment is as prevalent -- or even more prevalent -- as a marketing theme as it was in the heyday of women's rights. Still, marketers have to be careful not to label themselves or their marketing messages as "feminist." Twenty-six percent of consumers consider calling someone a feminist to be an insult, while just 14% consider it to be a compliment, according to a July YouGov Poll. Only one in four consumers considers themselves feminist, yet when the word is defined for them as someone who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes, the figure jumps to 60%. In your opinion, how does advertising and marketing help or harm gender relations and roles? Should messages play to a gender over an interest? Why / Why not?
But it seems the sleeveless revolution has yet to reach students at Utah’s Wasatch High School, where female students’ yearbook photos were edited to conform with its dress code, which calls for “modesty.”
“I feel like they’re shaming you, like you’re not enough, you’re not perfect,” one student said. “When I show my grandchildren, I’m gonna be like, ‘Yeah, I went to a high school where we weren’t allowed to be who we were!” Does the altering of these photos reinforce a general theme in society that women must be controlled and directed 'so as not to inflame male sexual appetites,' as was quoted in the article?
As Dove's tactics for convincing women they look good get nuttier--a beauty patch, anyone?--the backlash gets smarter and funnier.
The Campaign for Real Beauty was launched in September 2004 featuring real women whose appearances are outside the stereotypical norms of beauty. Do you agree that the "Real Beauty" campaign can be condescending to women as this parody show suggests?
In the fall of 2008, when I was 11 years old, I wrote to the CEO of McDonald’s and asked him to change the way his stores sold Happy Meals. I expressed my frustration that McDonald’s always asked if my family preferred a “girl toy” or a “boy toy” when we...
McDonald’s is estimated to sell more than 1 billion Happy Meals each year. When it poses this question—“Do you want a boy’s toy or a girl’s toy?”— does McDonald’s pressure innumerable children to conform to gender stereotypes?
This video tells the story of two of Afghanistan's most promising young jewellers, Storai and Saeeda, students of the Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul. Founded…
A young girl from Afghanistan explains how she supplements her access to education through an artisan craft. Do you agree with her that every student should pursue a career they would love versus one that will bring them in good money?
Leading the way toward protecting individual rights and freedom of expression on the Internet, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies has approved a Bill of Rights, “Marco Civil.” The landmark legislation now awaits approval by Brazil’s Senate and president to become law.
The Marco Civil bill’s first draft was written about five years ago through a partnership between the Brazilian Ministry of Justice and the Center for Technology and Society of the Law School at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV). It was published online and openly discussed on a website. Anyone could propose changes and the community could see and discuss the details. More than 800 contributions were received. What do you think of the idea of crowd-sourcing bills, policies and laws?
"54% of high school grads aren’t ready for college math. 69% of high school grads aren't ready for college -level science."
The National Math + Science Initiative has hard facts on why STEM education matters and why our country’s student performance must improve in order for America to remain globally competitive. Many factors contribute to the falling numbers of STEM degrees and jobs in the U.S. including; high turnover rates for teachers, the economy, educational requirement standards and a reduction in research. The United States is losing its competitive edge in math and science while the rest of the world soars ahead. Our knowledge capital, which fuels innovation and economic growth, is at risk. What factors do you think contribute to this decline? Why do you think other countries are so far ahead of the U.S.?
At present, 14 per cent of the country’s engineers are women, according to a 2012 congressional report." Advertising for girls are sold pastels and pink while boys are sold toys in dark blues, purples and blacks. Do you think as a child you were pushed into liking toys related to gender? If you are a male were you encouraged not to play with "girl" toys? As a woman do you feel engineering was a career option for you?
In 22 countries affected by conflict, nearly 24 million children living in crisis zones are out of school.
UNICEF fears that unless the provision of education in emergencies is prioritized, a generation of children living in conflict will grow up without the skills they need to contribute to their countries and economies, exacerbating the already desperate situation for millions of children and their families. Describe why education continues to be one of the least funded sectors in humanitarian appeals?
Forty-three percent of those raised in the bottom fifth of the income ladder remain there a generation later, and 40 percent of those raised at the top stay there.
According to recent studies, more than half of Americans believe that the prospect of a good job and a home with a "white picket fence" is gone, never existed or unachievable. Recent polling shows that Americans feel increasingly financially insecure. How much does the media influence our perspective about the American Dream and what we hope to achieve in our lives?
In documents distributed around areas it controls in Syria, Islamic State — also known as ISIS — a new harsh set of rules exists for schools and educators to follow.
Much of the liberal arts have been "permanently annulled," including music, social studies, history, arts, sports, philosophy and psychology. Further, all references to the Iraqi and Syrian republics are to be replaced with the "Islamic States," and anything that puts into question religious beliefs or custom are banned including Darwin's theory of evolution and pictures that don't align with ISIS's ultraconservative views. Recently, ISIS closed schools in 3 provinces, leaving 670,000 children without access to education. In all, 4.3 million Syrian children are enrolled nationwide this school year, according to the education ministry, but half -- between 2.1 million and 2.4 million -- are currently either out of school or attending classes irregularly, UNICEF said. The United Nations has described living under ISIS in Syria as a rule of terror. After watching the video, describe how the new ISIS parameters of education might promote or destroy social cohesion. How do culturally diverse populations pose challenges to the shared values, ethics and identities of societies?
I want to focus on a personal passion, innovating at the interface between art and science.
Many people today believe that science and art, like oil and water, do not mix. Artists and designers are typically DIVERGENT thinkers, capable of spontaneously ideating outside of the box. Scientists and engineers, on the other hand, are more likely to be CONVERGENT thinkers, capable of swiftly arriving at an answer through logic and reasoning. Said another way, convergent thinking is the process of finding the single best solution to a problem whereas divergent thinking is the process of creating many solutions in order to solve a single problem. Explain why art (and divergent thinking) coupled with science (and convergent thinking) might be the bookends of innovation. Cite a well known innovator and describe what kind of a thinker s/he was.
The pictures we post of ourselves, in which we literally put our best face forward, are a face matcher’s dream. Technology that matches faces to names can already single out criminals. What happens when it can identify anyone? Is this the end of anonymity?
The FBI’s Identification Division has been collecting data on criminals since it formed in 1924. The earliest biometric markers were fingerprints, followed by DNA testing, and now facial recognition. Since its invention though, facial recognition has been criticized by the technology’s biggest analytical challenge, and generally summed up in a single acronym: APIER, or Aging, Pose, Illumination, Expression, and Resolution. For the most part, biometrics researchers have responded to these challenges by training their software, running each algorithm through an endless series of searches. A decade ago, matching a subject to a five-year-old reference photo meant overcoming a 25 percent drop in accuracy, or 5 percent per year. Today, the accuracy loss is as low as 1 percent per year due in large part to social media which has precisely what facial recognition needs: billions of high-quality, camera-facing head shots, may of them tied directly to identities. Should transformative technology like facial recognition be debated or celebrated?
A government spokesman called “The Interview,” a comedy in which two Americans are recruited to kill Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, “an act of war.”
In the movie, The Interview, scheduled to be released in October, two friends head to North Korea for the assignment of a lifetime: an exclusive interview with Kim Jong-un. According to the plotline, the Central Intelligence Agency then drafts them to kill Mr. Kim. In reaction to the movie, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “If the United States administration tacitly approves or supports the release of this film, we will take a decisive and merciless countermeasure.” This isn't the first time that the American movie industry has irritated other nations. The government of Kazakhstan denounced the 2006 film “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” and threatened to sue over its parody of the country. Kazakh officials later credited the film with boosting tourism. How seriously do you think the American government and film-makers should take this threat? Do you think the government should be able to have any control over the movie's release? If so, does this infringe on a freedom of speech?
In today's pop culture, Asperger's makes for ripe entertainment opportunities. Why Hollywood's treatment of the disorder reeks of ignorance.
You can't see it, but one in every 500 Americans has it. It makes them anxious, obsessive and often unable to pick up social cues. It's Asperger's syndrome -- a disorder on the autism spectrum. Recently, Hollywood has been straddling a fine line between mockery and mirth. Does it help or hurt the public's understanding of these types of disorders by having Hollywood define them for us? Should there be guidelines as to how Hollywood portrays medical, political, and/or legal data?
We owe it, not only to this generation, but also to future generations to address the economic and social impacts which may flow from the potential reduction in productivity and limitations on creativity and innovation resulting from this growing reality in our labour markets.
Students who undertake work experience as part of their study have a greater success rate of achieving employment with business and community mentors playing a significant role in how youth learn. Many organizations and apprenticeship providers are now offering life skills development to their young employees to help them navigate those things that most adults take for granted but which is so important to their future success. How important is innovation in learning environments? What subjects or experiences would you infuse into your place(s) of learning?
A new report cites inaccurate assessments of the needs of students entering the system, poor coordination between teaching and learning, and inconsistency in curricula as significant problems.
On any given day, 70,000 students are in custody in juvenile-justice systems across the country. Nearly two-thirds of those young people are either African-American or Hispanic, and an even higher percentage are male. Just 9 percent of students ages 16 to 21 in such facilities were on track to earn a GED credential or high school diploma. Two percent were accepted and enrolled at a two- or four-year college. Do you believe education needs to become a bigger focus in these detention centers? Is education a pathway to participation in the economy and society?
Explore the challenges that cloud a Native American boy’s future and the opportunities that lie in a state-of-the-art school run by a California tribe.
American Indian graduation rates have been on a downward trend since 2008. Research studies have shown that Native American students who are taught their native languages and in ways that connect directly to who they are and where they live, perform better academically than their peers who are not. How important is it to enhance the incorporation of cultural competence in schools?
"According to the U. S. Labor Department, the 10 fastest growing occupations) from 2008-2018, and their median wages are:
Biomedical engineers, $77,400
Network systems and data communications analysts, $71,100
Financial examiners, $70,930
Medical scientists, except epidemiologists, $72,590
Biochemists and biophysicists, $82,840..."
" Math and science courses need to be taught by engaged and enthusiastic teachers using hands-on and minds-on activities. Making science and math fun and interesting will not only help students to learn, but might also plant the “seed of interest” that could grow into an exciting and rewarding STEM career. Students should be encouraged to take as many math and science courses in middle school and high school as possible. In what ways do you find math and science interesting? What made it interesting for you when you were learning? If you had to teach a class of 8th graders something in engineering what would you do?
"... Leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today—especially in science, technology, engineering and math." ~ President Barack Obama
Only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career. Do you agree that the United States might lose its position as a global leader if we don't start focusing on STEM education? How do you propose to get students interested in these career fields?
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