The academic economics war

The academic economics war

I know I pick on Women’s Studies often; I have many issues with this particular field of “study,” namely that it isn’t one. There’s another field that sure looks like it should be a legitimate academic topic, which nevertheless bears even more claim to absolute scorn: economics. It isn’t simply because economics departments succumb to […] … learn more→

Diversity statements aren’t enough to combat implicit bias

Diversity statements aren’t enough to combat implicit bias

As we grapple with regular reminders that the America available to whites is still different from the America available to people of colour, one environment that must be examined is the university classroom and gradebook. Most US universities distribute standardised policies, to be included in all course syllabi, assuring students that their educational environment will […] … learn more→

China bans foreign waste – but what will happen to the world’s recycling?

China bans foreign waste – but what will happen to the world’s recycling?

The dominant position that China holds in global manufacturing means that for many years China has also been the largest global importer of many types of recyclable materials. Last year, Chinese manufacturers imported 7.3m metric tonnes of waste plastics from developed countries including the UK, the EU, the US and Japan. However, in July 2017, China announced big changes […] … learn more→

Google’s new Go-playing AI learns fast, and even thrashed its former self

Google’s new Go-playing AI learns fast, and even thrashed its former self

Just last year Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo took the world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) by storm, showing that a computer program could beat the world’s best human Go players. But in a demonstration of the feverish rate of progress in modern AI, details of a new milestone reached by an improved version called AlphaGo Zero were published this week in Nature. Using […] … learn more→

7 Useful student tools to write winning paper research

7 Useful student tools to write winning paper research

Learning has a lot of demands and as a student, you definitely have a lot to do to excel in your studies. One of the areas that require much of your effort is in writing a winning paper research assignment. You always feel like procrastinating the assignment every time it is given or else find […] … learn more→

Insights on the increasing number of cyber attacks

Insights on the increasing number of cyber attacks

The Recent Cyber Attack on Equifax It was recently reported that between May and late July of 2017, hackers breached the cyber security of Equifax and gained access to the personal information of 143 million Americans as well as some Canadian consumers from the province of British Columbia.  This was discovered in late July, but […] … learn more→

Sanity for campus rape claims?

Sanity for campus rape claims?

Most people don’t realize that our campuses have a “private” court system on them. Whenever there’s a claim of wrongdoing, from minor quibbles over policy to brutal gang rape, quirks in our laws allow the campus to handle it. Faculty (proudly): “So, after the defendant finished his defense, I was secretly escorted in to the […] … learn more→

Memo to the IPA: history teaching is driven by student demand, not ‘identity politics’

Memo to the IPA: history teaching is driven by student demand, not ‘identity politics’

The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) has released a survey of history subjects at Australian universities, arguing that “identity politics” (subjects related to race, gender, class and the environment) have increased at the expense of subjects related to “Western civilisation”. The report, authored by Bella d’Abrera, has found that of 746 history subjects on offer, 241 […] … learn more→

Targeting the labor market with free College

Targeting the labor market with free College

It’s time to combine two of the hottest topics in higher education: free college and apprenticeship. States are already trying to use free college to address labor market demands. Arkansas, Kentucky, and Indiana have all created programs that only provide “free college” for particular certificates or degree programs that they believe are in demand. Arkansas’ ArFuture program […] … learn more→

The time is right for universities to make the most of AI

The time is right for universities to make the most of AI

Artificial intelligence has been around as a concept for a long time but, in reality, the latest surge of technological development in AI is likely to see automation continue to escalate and accelerate. The machines we’re building today are so much more powerful than ever before in terms of their processing power and storage ability, […] … learn more→