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FAA Drags Feet on Drone Rulings

December 16th, 2014 at 9:58 am » Comments Off

Many new drones are now making their debut – Image by media.salon.com In August, the Federal Aviation Administration missed a key deadline for developing rules for small commercial drones. That failure has infuriated businesses that want to test and use drones for delivering goods, monitoring crops and doing other awesome things. Some have even threatened […]



Why Left-handed People Make Less Money

December 15th, 2014 at 3:39 pm » Comments Off

There’s a stereotype that left-handed people are clumsier, but that might have something to do with the fact that they live in a world of objects optimized for the right-handed: scissors, the computer mouse, surgical tools, and guns, to name a few. The discrimination against the 12 percent of the population who are lefties has […]



What changes should we expect when robots replace workers?

December 13th, 2014 at 9:10 pm » Comments Off

How long will it be before we see the first worker fired by a robot manager? It is rather significant that economists are shifting their belief. Up until now, economists have believed that new jobs will replace lost jobs. Now the numbers suggest that is changing for the first time in history, and the trend […]



Here’s where 620 million people in Africa live without electricity

October 30th, 2014 at 10:27 am » Comments Off

The International Energy Agency has come out with an in-depth analysis of Africa’s energy sector.  According to the IEA report, there are 620 million people in sub-Saharan Africa who don’t have any electricity at all — and fixing that could require burning a lot more fossil fuels.    



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 […]



The U.S. government’s secret rulebook for labeling you a terrorist

July 25th, 2014 at 12:10 pm » Comments Off

The guidelines state that “the general policy of the U.S. Government is to neither confirm nor deny an individual’s watchlist status. There has been a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system and it has been quietly approved by the Obama administration. It authorizes a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to […]



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. […]



What you need to earn in every county in the U.S. to afford a decent one-bedroom apartment

April 30th, 2014 at 8:26 am » Comments Off

San Francisco is in the top 10 of most expensive counties. A report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition shows how much a worker would have to earn to afford what the Department of Housing and Urban Development considers ”fair market rent” in local communities across the country. The government sets these housing rates, which include rent plus […]



Mobile video viewing increased 719% between 2011 and 2013: Ooyala

April 2nd, 2014 at 9:43 am » Comments Off

Mobile viewership will double by end of 2015. TV isn’t just a box in the living room anymore, it also includes smartphones and tablets. A new report from video services company Ooyala provides more evidence of that trend. By analyzing viewing data from 200 million people, the Global Video Index report found mobile and tablet viewing […]



6 key trends that are accelerating the adoption of technology in higher education

February 11th, 2014 at 12:25 pm » Comments Off

There is a shift from students as consumers to students as creators On February 3, 2014, the NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition, officially launched. The report aims to examine emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching and learning within higher education settings.    



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