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Exactly how valuable is a PhD?

Exactly how valuable is a PhD?

Currently, UK higher education is undergoing changes, and recent evidence suggests that change is extending to the career paths that some PhD graduates are taking. These higher education veterans have begun to buck the trend of staying on in their academic departments and are branching out of familiar collegial settings into industry. Findings from RCUK and […] … learn more→

White shaming out of control in Oregon

White shaming out of control in Oregon

I understand that “Western Culture” has done a few shameful things in the past. Yes, I can rationalize that every culture on the planet has done horrific things to human beings and the environment, but I know that another’s wrongs don’t excuse my own. Of course “my own” is the issue in that previous sentence. […] … learn more→

Best of 2012: Why the global warming skeptics are wrong

The threat of climate change is an increasingly important environmental issue for the globe. Because the economic questions involved have received relatively little attention, I have been writing a nontechnical book for people who would like to see how market-based approaches could be used to formulate policy on climate change. When I showed an early […] … learn more→

How Usain Bolt can run faster – effortlessly

Usain Bolt can achieve faster running times with no extra effort on his part or improvement to his fitness, according to a new study by Professor John Barrow, Director of the Millennium Maths Project at the University of Cambridge. The study is published today in Significance, the magazine of the Royal Statistical Society and the […] … learn more→

Busting the myth of China’s property bubble

Five years on, the US economy remains sluggish after the bursting of a house price bubble. More recently, the focus has been on China, the world’s second largest economy, and whether it too might be overwhelmed by a similar event. Reports of “ghost cities” and some property developers facing bankruptcy have become commonplace. Some commentators […] … learn more→

Fishing industry leads charge to reduce net bycatch

Queensland fishermen are behind a new research project to reduce the risk of tangling species such as dugongs and turtles in their nets. The project is being headed by James Cook University’s Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture and funded by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) on behalf of the Australian Government. […] … learn more→

Online insecurity

Online passwords are so insecure that one per cent can be cracked within 10 guesses, according to the largest ever sample analysis. The research was carried out by Gates Cambridge scholar Joseph Bonneau and will be presented at a security conference held under the auspices of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in May. […] … learn more→

Where the wild winds blow

Stanford engineers enlist weather models to find the best place on the map for a grid of four wind farms in the ocean off the U.S. East Coast. Politics aside, most energy experts agree that cheap, clean, renewable wind energy holds great potential to help the world satisfy energy needs while reducing harmful greenhouse gases. […] … learn more→