• Science Updates
    NASA’s Planet Hunting TESS Satellite Captures Image of Comet

    NASA’s latest planet hunter Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has captured a stunning sequence of images showing the motion of a comet that is 48 million km from Earth. Launched in April, TESS took a series of images of the comet C/2018 N1, over the course of 17 hours on July 25 — the day the […]

  • Education
    Do we have the education leadership we need?

    What do you do with a commissioner who talks about our schools only in terms of failure? I watched his recent presentation to the Rochester 911 group on YouTube and that’s what is sounded like to me. Leading an education system is a complex undertaking. It takes real … well … leadership. I wonder if […]

  • Science Updates
    Astronomers Discover the Most Lithium-Rich Giant Star

    Chinese astronomers have discovered the most lithium-rich giant star ever known, which could shed new light on the evolution of the universe. With 3,000 times more lithium than a normal star, it was found in the direction of Ophiuchus, on the north side of the galactic disk, at a distance of 4,500 light years from […]

  • LeBron’s radically different vision for public education is what we need

    It’s become fashionable for celebrities and the ultra-rich to start charter schools or make philanthropic gifts with the aim of remaking our “failing” public schools. Mark Zuckerberg, for example, gave away $100m to schools in Newark, New Jersey, which was largely squandered on consultants. The rapper Pitbull founded a charter school in Miami. It is run by a for-profit […]

  • Science Updates
    Humans Susceptible to Emotional Manipulation by Robots: Study

    Researchers from the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany have found that humans are susceptible to emotional manipulation by robots. The findings indicated that humans have such a strong tendency to anthropomorphise – attribution of human traits, emotions, or intentions to non-human entities like robots – that we can fall prey to emotional manipulation by such […]

  • Education
    Education, not restriction, is key to reducing harm from offshore gambling

    Australian internet gambling policies have been refined and prohibitions on illegal gambling sites clarified in recent years. Despite this, offshore gambling sites are as popular as ever with Australians. Estimates of offshore wagering in Australia range from A$63.9 to $400 million. Some predict this will grow to $910 million by 2020. These offshore sites not only pose potential […]

  • Education
    Oil companies band together for education

    Three oil and gas producers that help dominate Permian Basin activity have banded together to establish a new preschool to serve their employees. Anadarko Petroleum, Chevron USA and EOG Resources are partnering with Primrose Schools to open Primrose School of Midland at Westridge. With the iron skeleton of Anadarko Petroleum’s new regional headquarters in the […]

  • Science Updates
    New Trickle-Down Method Developed to ‘Grow’ Graphene

    By making carbon leak (trickle down) through cracks on copper, researchers have developed a new process for ‘growing’ graphene directly on materials used for nano-scale electronic applications, thereby opening the way to produce high-performance electronic devices. This versatile process, developed by a team of chemical engineers led by Vikas Berry at the University of Illinois […]

  • Internet
    India Says Storing Copies of Foreign Payment Firms’ Data a Likely Solution

    Foreign payment firms could keep copies of customer data in India while retaining offshore storage operations, the government said, as a way to resolve a row with MasterCard, Visa and American Express over the localisation of such information. A decision by India’s central bank in April that all payments data should, within six months, be […]

  • Uncategorized
    ISRO Said to Postpone Launch of Chandrayaan-2 Again

    There will be a further delay in the launch of India’s second mission to the moon Chandrayaan-2 and it may be no sooner than January, according to a top official. The postponement of the ambitious mission from October comes in the wake of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) facing two setbacks in less than a year. […]