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How much time do students spend in classrooms worldwide?

August 29th, 2014 at 9:43 am » Comments Off

Does a greater number of years in school mean more learning? When you compare education systems around the world to see what’s working and what isn’t, one of the metrics we often see is ‘school life expectancy.’  This is known as how many years students go to school. We most often assume that students go […]



Where cats are more popular than dogs around the world

August 4th, 2014 at 12:56 pm » Comments Off

There are only two types of people in the world: cat people and dog people. Data from Euromonitor, a market research firm, suggest that these differences extend beyond individual preferences and to the realm of geopolitics: it turns out there are cat countries and dog countries, too. (Video)    



How five U.S. innovations helped improve schools in Finland even as American’s ignore the same reforms

July 31st, 2014 at 8:08 am » Comments Off

Finland has a staggering record of education success. Pasi Sahlberg, a Finnish educator and scholar, is one of the world’s leading experts on school reform and educational practices. He is the author of the best-selling “Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn About Educational Change in Finland?”and a former director general of Finland’s Center for International […]



China and India race to fully harness thorium for nuclear power

July 25th, 2014 at 8:00 am » Comments Off

Thorium is an alternative to uranium as a way of doing nuclear fission. Although the chemical element thorium sounds like the kind of material used as a plot device in a comic book blockbuster, it could solve the fuel crisis in the real world.    



The story behind Japan’s drone boom

July 24th, 2014 at 8:17 am » Comments Off

The U.S. Air Force has deployed two of its most advanced long-distance surveillance drones to Japan. Japan has been the world’s playground for design innovation for decades. But now it may become ground zero for the future of something far more hostile: military drones.



China expected to become a world leader in high speed rail while the U.S. stands by

July 20th, 2014 at 8:33 am » Comments Off

A maglev train at the Pudong International Airport. High-speed rail (HSR) will connect not only cities, states and countries in the future, but also far-reaching continents. In about 15 to 20 years from now, one could travel seamlessly from London, UK to Beijing, China and even have a detour within the Gulf countries using the […]



OECD predicts global capitalism will collapse in 50 years

July 14th, 2014 at 7:53 am » Comments Off

Symbol of capitalism The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a pro-establishment, pro-market thinking organization has released a report predicting a collapse in global economic growth rates, a rise in feudal wealth disparity, collapsing tax revenue and huge, migrating bands of migrant laborers roaming from country to country, seeking crumbs of work. They prescribe “flexible” […]



The state of the internet in 10 graphs

June 20th, 2014 at 11:05 am » Comments Off

Share of Internet usage is two times higher in Asia and Africa. Over the past two years online photo sharing has sextupled. Nigerians are on their phones 30 percent more than Americans. We now spend more time on mobile than on print and radio combined.    



U.S. healthcare most expensive and worst performing in a new international ranking

June 18th, 2014 at 6:10 pm » Comments Off

The origin of the phrase “You get what you pay for” – the origin of that phrase is sometimes attributed to the fashion mogul Aldo Gucci, who said, “The bitterness of low quality is remembered long after the sweetness of low price has faded.” But Americans get neither quality nor affordability when it comes to healthcare. […]



‘Mesh networking’ – the promise of a new internet

June 14th, 2014 at 8:03 am » Comments Off

People tend to talk about optimistically about the Internet. They talk about it in terms that describe how it ought to be rather than how it actually is.    



Steve Jobs